Our mission is to educate musicians effectively, empowering them with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to express themselves dynamically through modern popular music.

Our vision is to create an inspiring, diverse, and inclusive higher education space in which students, faculty, and members of the community may gather together to study, create, perform, record, and share music.

STUDY: When we study modern popular music, we research the techniques that have shaped music that has had wide appeal across contemporary populations through its inherent memetic value. Institutional assets such as our Anthology of Popular Music, our Library and Record Collection, our Ensemble Repertoire Lists, and our Chord Symbology Style Guide exist in order to guide, model, and inform experiential and explorative processes without seeking to restrict or delimit the popular music space.

CREATE: When we compose new music, we create unique artistic capital which has the power to transform lives both economically and emotionally. We pledge to respect all forms of intellectual property regardless of style or content, and remain non-judgemental towards the process and product of others.

PERFORM: When we perform popular music, we engage openly with a public listenership in an attempt to connect over shared human experience. We pledge to seek new avenues for live performance that question existing models, trouble the status quo where necessary, and connect audiences of disparate backgrounds across temporal and geographical boundaries.

RECORD: We believe that the primary performance space for modern popular music is the recording studio. The recorded master is the truest representation of an original composition meant for mass appeal, and therefore we seek to provide excellent studio spaces for sonic experimentation and invention in which new musical recordings can be arranged, engineered, produced, mixed, and mastered. Through outstanding mentorship in studio craft, etiquette, and process, all of our students develop recorded material meant to catalyze their musical futures.

SHARE: As Nietzche famously wrote, “Without music life would be a mistake.” Indeed, access to music and the other arts is intrinsic to a high quality of life. Popular music has the power to incite happiness and enjoyment of life, enrich and sustain our individual lives, create community, and even to help heal and forgive. At the end of the day, as scholars of popular music, we recognize that our music exists not only for our fellow musicians and academics to analyze and consume, but for all people everywhere (including non-musicians) to enjoy and integrate into their lives. For this reason, the sharing and wide distribution of our music is essential, and we must examine the evolving modalities in which music is successfully disseminated in the modern age.




California College of Music is a forward-thinking modern popular music college that accepts students from all over the world. Originally founded in 1999, the school first blossomed under the supervision of legendary trombonist Wayne Henderson and Grammy-winning producer Reggie Dozier, who designed our teaching facilities to function as a world-class recording studio. In recent years, under the direction of current Dean Daniel Brummel, M.M., California College of Music has developed a reputation for its encouraging environment, its emphasis on recorded work, its distinguished faculty of experienced music industry professionals, and its outstanding performing ensembles.


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Here in Los Angeles County, we live in the heart of the global music industry, with many recording studios and live performance venues in close proximity. California College of Music is filled with musicians every day, giving students the opportunity to make valuable industry connections and find their foothold in the music scene. Downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood are also just minutes away, so international artists are constantly performing nearby.





California College of Music is located in Pasadena, California. We are conveniently situated near the Gold Line Metro Rail and the 210, 134, and 110 freeways, providing you with access to all major destinations in Los Angeles. Pasadena’s first-class characteristics make it an ideal location for you. You will discover a unique blend of an urban feel and residential charm. Pasadena is a safe, fun city — perfect for aspiring young music students.