Music Home


Welcome from the Chair

We're pleased you've come to the online home of the Music Department at Cal Poly Pomona. In Cal Poly Pomona's tradition of "learn by doing," music majors get hands-on experience through master classes with renowned artists, internships in the music industry and field experiences in teaching. We have over 250 majors choosing degree paths in performance, composition/production, industry studies, music education and general studies in music. Our general-education classes, such as Introduction to Music, Music Appreciation and World Music, as well as our ensembles are open to all university students, regardless of major. The department presents over sixty events annually, drawn from faculty/staff artist concerts, guest artists, and department ensemble class concerts. Please visit our events page to see the calendar for this year. For departmental admissions information, please see the Admissions FAQ (PDF). If you have questions about how to become part of the Department of Music, feel free to contact me. Peter Yates, Chair Request for more information

Enjoy one of our latest videos! In the studio recording "We're Ready Now" written by Professor David Kopplin at the request of CPP President Soraya Coley about semester conversion. First performed at the Cal Poly Pomona Fall Conference 2018.

Mission Statement

The music department is a hands-on creative community combining performance, musicianship, industry and technology to empower musicians of the future. We promote music as a diverse practice that rewards and fulfills individual lives and the human experience. We foster ethical innovative careers in performance, teaching, and the music industry. We encourage all to realize their highest artistic, scholarly and professional potential.


Music Professor’s New CD Nominated for Two Grammy Awards

Dec 06, 2019

Recording artist and Cal Poly Pomona Music Professor Nadia Shpachenko’s new CD “The Poetry of Places” has been nominated for two...