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Compton College / Guided Pathway Divisions / Fine Arts, Communication, Humanities / Music


Fine Arts, Communication and Humanities Guided Pathway Division

The music program provides students with a comprehensive foundation in music theory, history, and performance. This is achieved through a structured program of training in a variety of solo performance media, ensembles, music theory, keyboard skills, music history, and music technology. The program prepares students for further study of music education, music business, audio for film/video production, songwriting, and music production. Students will demonstrate proficiency by analyzing, writing, interpreting, and performing pieces of music, and by demonstrating skills utilizing professional music software.

Program Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Forms of Movement: analyze and explain the form of a movement from a Classical Era piano composition by constructing a diagram of form and demonstrating an intermediate level of skill in harmonic analysis using Roman numerals.
  • Analyzing Music: analyze music example recordings based on elements of music including form, style, rhythm, harmony, melody, timbre, texture, and dynamics, with an intermediate level of proficiency.
  • Performing: demonstrate intermediate mastery in their performance of two collegiate level pieces from contrasting styles, observing accurate pitches, rhythms, and interpretative markings.

Certificate of Achievement

Commercial Music 

The Commercial Music certificate of achievement is designed so that upon completion the student will be equipped with the necessary technical skills to be employed as a professional in the field of Commercial Music Technology, Film Scoring, Video Game/ Audio Development, Music Business Entrepreneurship, Audio Forensics, and other Digital and Multi- Media Entertainment and Serious industries, involving music, audio and/or video.

The demand for certified music/audio technicians is extremely high for the California region due to the fast growing multi-billion dollar entertainment multi-media industry. This also includes such sectors as mobile phone entertainment, motion pictures animation (Foley) and video games to name a few. A Certificate of Achievement will be granted upon completion of all program requirements. MUSI 182, MUSI 284 and MUSI 285 must be completed at Compton College.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Examine and explain the entrepreneurial Challenges in entering the field of Commercial Music /Technology, Audio Sciences, and Multimedia Entertainment, in the following areas:
    • Music Business/Publishing
    • Music Production/ Composition
    • Audio Technology/ Sound Design
  • Analyze music example recordings based on elements of music including Lyrics, Form, Style, Rhythm, Harmony, Melody, Timbre, Texture, and Dynamics, with an intermediate level of proficiency.
  • Recognize the underlying Acoustic (Physics of sound) and Sound Wave Characteristics and concepts in a given context (Analog, Digital Recording) and apply them accordingly using the computer, microphones, and other hardware/software’s, as the means for creating final Mixing, Mastering and Post Production.

Course Catalog (webpage)

Major Preparation Work Sheet (Counseling webpage)


Dr. Rebekah Blonshine
Dean of Student Success
310-900-1600, ext. 2235
L-SSC, Room 103

Dr. Valerie Woodward
Division Chair - FACH
310-900-1600, ext. 2239

Music Faculty

Harvey L Estrada
Music Faculty

Mandeda R Uch
Music Faculty


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