Associate of Science in performance

The Associate of Science in Performance degree program (6 quarters, 18 months, 90 credits) is the most in-depth and intensive program offered at California College of Music. Emphasizing polished musicianship, personal artistic mentoring, and dynamic self-expression, students develop practical real-world skills and extensive musical experience, establishing and honing their own unique voice or playing style along the way.

Courses are taught by successful musicians with proven professional track records, excellent academic backgrounds, and scrupulous yet accessible teaching styles. The rigorous 6-quarter associate degree program is designed to be completed in only 18 months and to quickly and thoroughly address the complex expectations modern musicians face. Our associate degree program emphasizes deep knowledge of musical structures, technical proficiency, and self-confidence, and exposes students to a diverse, well-rounded palette of styles. By graduation time, students will have performed in front of live audiences numerous times, participated in recording sessions, led their own bands, created electronic music, received copious amounts of critical feedback on their performances, and developed a portfolio and press kit materials to begin promoting their work to music lovers and industry representatives.

We accept students into the Associate of Science in Music Performance

program in the following instrumental emphases:






How do i apply?

It’s so easy! See our HOW TO APPLY page for step-by-step guidance through the application process. If you need assistance, contact us directly at (626) 577-1751 or for help.

What are the housing options at CCM?
We do not offer on-campus housing, so detailed information is available at our HOUSING RESOURCES PAGE to enable students to find their own housing in the Pasadena area. For those who still require assistance locating housing, we offer a HOUSING PLACEMENT SERVICE for a one-time fee of $250. Please visit the HOUSING RESOURCES PAGE or contact us at (626) 577-1751 or for assistance.

Financial Support

Federal Students Aid

We are happy to provide federal financial aid for students enrolling in the 12-month Certificate in Songwriting & Music Production program. Students can complete a Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) form to receive the funds needed to support their studies based on their need. Please note: you can still apply for our Talent-Based Scholarship and/or Economic Tuition Reduction if applying for a FAFSA.
In order to be eligible, you must:

  1. Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen
  2. Have completed a high school education
  3. Have a valid Social Security Number
  4. Be registered with Selective Service (males only between the ages of 18-25 years old)
  5. Be enrolled in the Certificate in Songwriting & Music Production program
    To see how much aid you may qualify for, you must first:
  6. Complete and submit your FAFSA form through Search for California College of Music (school code: 04293000) when prompted.
  7. Stay in contact with our Admissions Department ( for updates regarding your application and award amount.
    For further assistance completing your FAFSA form, please refer to this FAFSA resource page.
    NEW Fall 2021 Applicants
    FAFSA: September 3, 2021
    NEW Spring 2022 Applicants
    FAFSA: March 4, 2022
    For continuing students, you will need to re-submit a FAFSA form every year. Check with to ensure your FAFSA is up to date.

Talent-Based Scholarship

A Talent-based Scholarship at California College of Music is an institutional award which all students can apply for!
Students who receive this scholarship may be awarded up to 10-30% reduced from their tuition.
In order to be considered you must first apply to a full-time program and then fill out and meet the requirements within the Talent-based Scholarship Application

Student conditions and obligations in order to maintain scholarship
Student must pay tuition and fees in full according to the payment schedule in the Enrollment Agreement.
Student must maintain full-time status (a course load of at least 12 units) at all times. A student who must extend his/her program beyond the initial program length as stated in the Enrollment Agreement, whether by choice or due to failed courses, may not reapply for a scholarship or redistribute any remaining scholarship to the new quarter.
Student must attend at least 85% of scheduled classes in every course.
Student must make continuous academic progress each quarter and complete his/her program on time.
Students receiving scholarships must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for their scholarship award to be disbursed in each new quarter.
IMPORTANT: The maximum amount of institutional awards (Talent-based Scholarship & Economic Tuition Reduction) combined cannot exceed 30% of the programs tuition. Only new applicants may apply for scholarships; previously or currently enrolled students are not eligible. Scholarships are non-transferable and have no redeemable cash value. All scholarship application information (including auditions, personal statements, and letters of recommendation) is considered final once submitted. California College of Music is not responsible for damage or loss of any submission.

Economic Tuition Reduction

An Economic Tuition Reduction (ETR) at California College of Music is an institutional award reserved for domestic students who can demonstrate significant economic hardship. Students can reduce their tuition by $750-4,500 (depending on program length and need).
In order to be considered you must first apply to a program, fill out the Economic Tuition Reduction Application, and then submit your most recent Tax Return. If you are approved for an ETR award you are also eligible to request a 0% interest monthly payment plan.
IMPORTANT: The maximum amount of institutional awards (Talent-based Scholarship & Economic Tuition Reduction) combined cannot exceed 30% of the programs tuition. Only new applicants may apply for ETR; previously or currently enrolled students are not eligible. ETR awards are non-transferable and have no redeemable cash value. All ETR application information is considered final once submitted. California College of Music is not responsible for damage or loss of any submission.

Veteran`s Benefits

California College of Music is approved to accept veteran education benefits. Eligible veterans, active duty service persons, reservists, or otherwise eligible members (such as spouses and dependents) may student in the following programs:

  • Certificate in Performance
  • Associate of Science degree program in Performance
  • Certificate in Songwriting & Music Production
    During your military service, you have developed skills and disciplines that directly transfer to music study. The strong work ethic and attention to detail cultivated during your service are valuable assets when learning music. We take pride in having veteran students and believe music can be a positive outlet after serving our country
    NOTE: CCM does not approve veterans for educational benefits. The School Certifying Official (SCO) only certifies student enrollment based on veterans’ Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and will serve as a direct liaison between CCM and the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding underpayment, overpayment, or non-payment of VA educational benefits.

Step 1: Apply for VA Education Benefits
Check with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) for an excellent step by step road map that will help you determine your benefit eligibility, compare programs, calculate your benefit, collect your paperwork, and apply for VA benefits online. The Department of Veterans Affairs can take at least 45 days to approve your benefits if you are a new applicant. For questions regarding eligibility or remaining benefits, contact VA at 888.442.4551 or visit
Step 2: Apply and Enroll at CCM
Follow and complete our easy 4-step process located on our website at HOW TO APPLY. Within the online application, be sure to indicate under Financial Support Options that you would like to use VA educational benefits. Additionally, all veterans are required to obtain and submit transcripts from all previously attended school(s) for consideration of transfer of credit.
Once accepted into CCM, you must submit your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or a Statement of Benefits to our SCO in order to attend the mandatory Student Orientation, take placement exams, and register for courses. A submission of your COE, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA, will guarantee the school will not:
Prevent your enrollment into the institution
Assess late penalty fees
Require you to secure alternative or additional funding, or
Deny you access to any resources available to other students who have satisfied their tuition & fees to the institution.
All questions regarding the application process and enrollment into the College as a veteran student should be directed to the SCO of CCM. Call 626.577.1751 or email
Step 3: Request Your Benefits Each Quarter
Certification of enrollment is not automatic. To have your certification submitted to the VA, you must meet with your academic advisor by the end of every quarter. You will review current grades, satisfactory academic progress, and upcoming quarter requirements. Upon completion, you will receive final grades and be eligible to register for courses.

Private loan Disclosure

The College is not currently affiliated with ANY lenders that provide private education loans, therefore we cannot provide any preferred lender lists. However, We encourage students to consider Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans first, as they generally have lower fixed interest rates and more flexible repayment options.


The Associate of Science in Music Performance (6 quarters, 18 months, 90 credits) is a professional music degree designed for students wishing to gain commanding skill as instrumental or vocal performers, enabling themselves to pursue a career in modern popular music. Graduates of this program are musicians empowered with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to express themselves dynamically through modern popular music.


The purposes of the Associate of Science in Music Performance degree program are:
• to establish an advanced level of instrumental or vocal performance ability;
• to provide multiple excellent public performance opportunities in ensembles and as bandleaders;
• to develop an understanding of music technology;
• to develop a comprehension of the history of American popular music;
• to develop musical arranging and directing skills;
• to provide experience in music video production;
• to establish skills for effective self-promotion in the digital realm;
• to develop excellent studio recording abilities through multiple session experiences;
• to develop the ability to improvise within popular music structures;
• to develop fluency in music theory including advanced harmonic structures and notational skills;
• to develop strong aural skills including extended chord recognition and harmonic dictation;
• to instill a nuanced understanding of rhythm and accuracy of rhythmic interpretation;
• to develop the ability to sight-read and/or sight-sing music in real time;
• to establish intermediate proficiency at the keyboard for all musicians;
• to establish strong skills and qualifications for careers in modern popular music.
• Notice to Prospective Degree Program Students: The Associate of Science in Music Performance is an occupational degree and does not include general education requirements or specific preparation for study at the baccalaureate level.

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