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Department of Music


The Music Department at Grossmont College

Who takes music courses at Grossmont College?

People with a variety of interests:

  1. Biology major with two lab classes, who played trumpet in High School, now plays trumpet in the Jazz Band (MUS 156).

  2. English Literature major, who currently plays flute and has cross-cultural interest, enrolls in Music History (MUS 203).

  3. Music major, whose performance emphasis is piano, interested in the application of computer technology to the field of Jazz, takes MIDI Sequencing and Recording (MUS 187).

  4. Theatre Arts major interested in Musical Theatre, looking to build a singing voice, joins Voice Class (MUS 170).

  5. Electrical Engineer who works during the day, and had played cello in High School and College, enrolls for the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra (MUS150).

  6. Entering Freshman, who works evenings and takes daytime general education courses, registers for History of Rock & Roll Music (MUS 115).

  7. Rock Band musician, who wants to compose original music, enrolls for Rudiments of Music (MUS 001).

  8. Private music teacher selects one or more music classes to broaden his/her knowledge.

General Education

If you are looking for general education classes, you may wish to consider this list:

Mus 110

Great Music Listening

Mus 111

History of Jazz and Popular Music

Mus 114

Music in the United States

Mus 115

History of Rock Music

Summer Courses

During the summer you may join and participate in public performances of the following groups:


Great Music Listening


Classical Guitar I


Class Piano I


Class Voice

Music and Computers

Should your interest be in working with computers, even if you don't play a musical instrument, we have this class to offer you:

MUS 187

MIDI Sequencing and Recording

Performing Ensembles

The Music Department at Grossmont College invites you to explore and discover what the world of music has to offer. You are welcome to experience music which can enhance your life.

You can find a performing group to join if you play an instrument or sing, and there are eight groups to choose from (some by audition):


Grossmont Master Chorale


Afro-Cuban Ensemble


Guitar Ensemble


Jazz Ensemble


Grossmont Symphony Orchestra


Gospel Choir


Concert Band


The Music Major

If you are a music major, whose goal is to transfer to a four-year school, you will complete the following courses:


Music Theory and Practice I


Class Piano III


Music Theory and Practice II


Class Piano IV


Music Theory and Practice III


Performance Studies


Music Theory and Practice IV


Performance Studies


Introduction to Music History & Literature


Performance Studies


Class Piano I


Performance Studies


Class Piano II



plus four units from the following electives:

MUS 170

Class Voice

MUS 171

Class Voice

MUS 270

Class Voice

MUS 271

Class Voice

MUS 183

Basic Synthesizer Programming I

MUS 187

MIDI Sequencing and Recording

These courses will also qualify you to receive an associate degree in music. Some of you may choose not to transfer.

You are invited to audition for a scholarship which will pay for your private lessons.

Other Music Classes

A special invitation is extended to those of you who have had no previous exposure to music. You are invited to choose from the following list:

MUS 001

Rudiments of Music and Musicianship

MUS 118

Introduction to Music

MUS 123

Beginning Folk Guitar

MUS 124

Classical Guitar I

MUS 125

Classical Guitar II

MUS 224

Classical Guitar III

MUS 127

Class Guitar I

MUS 128

Class Guitar II

MUS 226

Class Guitar III

MUS 128

Music Theory for Guitar I

MUS 129

Music Theory for Guitar II

MUS 131

Modern Drum set Techniques

MUS 170

Class Voice

MUS 171

Class Voice

MUS 270

Class Voice

MUS 271

Class Voice

MUS 299

Jazz and Pop Keyboard

MUS 299

Acting Studies in Musical Theatre

Phone (619) 644-7254

Learn more about transfer from Grossmont College Music Department to other institutions here.

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