See below for information about the many degrees and programs offered at the Herb Alpert Music Center at LACC. Click the program name to view the program map for each, including the course map, milestones for success, and more. For more information about the department, visit our main page.
Degrees & Transfer Programs
The HAMC Applied Music Program is an audition-only transfer program that provides qualified students the opportunity to complete the first two years of four-year university and conservatory courses. The program provides full scholarships for private lessons to students who intend to transfer to four-year schools and continue as a music major. Students also prepare and perform in the Applied Music Master Class, which culminates in a jury examination. The program aligns with the first two years of the four-year Bachelor of Music curriculum.
The faculty in the HAMC Applied Music Program are highly qualified and experienced professors. Private lessons are offered in instrument and voice performance, songwriting, composition, music production, and music technology.
Through established transfer agreements, HAMC Applied Music Program students who complete the required courses have a streamlined pathway to the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and are provided priority consideration for transfer to the Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts.
The Music Associate of Arts degree provides the student with practical skills in theory, musicianship, piano, and performance. The degree may serve as a basis for further undergraduate education in music or prepare the student for entry into the music industry.
The Music Associate in Arts (AA-T) transfer degree prepares the student to transfer seamlessly to California State University (CSU) schools through courses that provide practical skills in theory, musicianship, piano, and performance. To earn the AA-T, students must meet the following requirements: (a) Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University by completing the following: The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE-Breadth) requirements; and a minimum of 18 semester units in a major or area of emphasis, as approved by the CCC Chancellor's Office. (b) Minimum grade of “C” (or “P”) for each course in the major and minimum grade point average of 2.0 or higher. Students completing this degree will have satisfied the lower division major preparation and transfer requirements for priority admission consideration to a local CSU campus.
Certificates of Achievement
The Instrumental Performer Certificate of Achievement provides the student a pathway to a career in teaching courses in music, directing and conducting instrumental groups, and playing the chosen instrument in solo or ensemble performance. The student will gain knowledge and practical and technical skills in their chosen instrument (piano, guitar, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion), theory, musicianship, and ensemble performance.
The Music Songwriting and Composition certificate of achievement provides the student a pathway to a career in teaching music and writing and transcribing musical scores. The student will gain knowledge and practical and technical skills in composition, theory, musicianship, piano, and the music business.
The Music Technology certificate of achievement provides the student a pathway to a career using audio and video equipment, and operating equipment to record, synchronize, mix, or reproduce music. The student will gain knowledge and practical and technical skills in music technology, music business, and theory.
The Vocal Performer Certificate of Achievement provides the student a pathway to a career in teaching courses in music, directing and conducting instrumental groups, and singing in solo or ensemble performance. The student will gain knowledge and practical and technical skills in voice, theory, musicianship, and ensemble performance.