College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

About the Department

Welcome from the Chair

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 career paths in performance, music composition/production, music industry studies and music education. 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. 

If you have questions about how to become part of the Department of Music, feel free to contact me.

Peter Yates, Chair

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.