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Students perform during the "Sound of Music" concert at Chaffey College.


If you're interested in playing an instrument, singing in front of an audience, making beats in a recording studio or teaching others about music, consider pursuing a degree in music. Our music department offers associate degrees in music performance (AA-T, music) and recording/electronic music (AS, commercial music) and recording arts technician certificates. The flexible curriculum will prepare you for transfer or a career in music performance, music education, recording and related fields. 

Explore Your Programs Degree/Certificate Options

Music AA for Transfer Program Map

Commercial Music AS Program Map

Recording Arts Technician Certificate Program Map


Our Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T) in music prepares students for professional work and further educational pursuits through the following core curriculum:

  • Four semesters of music theory (how to read, write, and understand music)
  • Four semesters of participation in an ensemble (choir, concert band, jazz band)
  • Four semesters of individual instruction (voice lessons, instrumental lessons, composition lessons)

Classes take place in our beautiful band and choral rehearsal rooms ($24 million new build, 2009), as well as our newly-renovated practice rooms and keyboard lab, equipped with a combination of acoustic pianos and Yamaha clavinovas.

Our large faculty of individual instructors includes some of Southern California’s finest performers and educators, active as studio recording artists, film scorers, jazz band members and leaders at many of the area’s most prestigious venues, orchestral soloists, and more. They work with our music majors to help them grow as musicians, professionals, and educators, remain valuable contacts and advocates even when our students finish their studies at Chaffey.

Commercial Music

Is your dream to be an engineer, producer, sound designer, mixer, or recording engineer? Chaffey’s Commercial Music program has two options for you. Our certificate program offers you entrance into the field with a select group of core courses. If you want to go further, we have an Associate of Science Degree in Commercial Music, which will prepare you for transfer to a Bachelor’s degree program, as well as entry into the professional field.

You will work on state-of-the-art equipment including our SSL Origin Console in an Atmos specified mixing room, Avid S6 control surface, and Moog IIIP synthesizer. You can even borrow equipment packages that you can use to work with sound in your own space. Classes are offered in-person and remotely, and both degree/certificate paths include the option of becoming an Avid Certified User (Pro Tools).

Our newly-renovated classroom/studio suite ($3 million renovation, 2019) includes the following:

  • Solid State Logic Origin Console
  • Avid S6 Control Surface
  • Apple Mac Pro with Avid HDX Card
  • Solid State Logic SiX Desktop Mixers
  • Focal Monitors
  • Genelec Atmos Monitoring
  • Avid MTRX Interface
  • Bricasti M7 Reverb Processor
  • Moog IIIP Synthesizer with Sequencer
  • AKG, Neumann, Sennheiser, Shure, and Royer Microphones
  • Arturia Minilab Mk II Controllers


Patrick Aranda
Professor (Instrumental Music)
Garrett Kenehan
Professor (Commercial Music)
David Rentz
Professor (Vocal Music)
Coordinator of Broadcasting, Cinema, Digital Media, and Photography

Support Staff

Jonathan Johnson
Music Technician (Accompanist)

 Students and community members perform during the True Witness concert at Chaffey College.