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 Whether it’s Rock, Pop, Latin, Electronic, Classical, Guitar or Piano, Oxnard College has a course for you!

Welcome to the Music Department at Oxnard College!

Are you thinking about courses that will help you transfer?

Music Appreciation, History of Rock, Music of Latin America, and Music Fundamentals are all part of the CSU and IGETC General Education Transfer requirements in Arts and Humanities. Music Appreciation, Music Fundamentals, and History of Rock are all available as face-to-face and online courses!
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  • MUSIC APPRECIATION (MUS R103A) - Gain a greater understanding of the great works through the ages, learn the social contexts that brought about these beautiful musical traditions, fine tune your ears for classical music, and find out why Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach are still familiar names hundreds of years after their lifetimes. 

  • MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS (MUS 101) - You will learn to read and write music notation and develop the skills to compose your own original musical pieces. This is a great course for music majors thinking about entering into Music Theory courses, as well as for non-majors who are simply curious about how the written language of music works. 

  • HISTORY OF ROCK MUSIC (MUS 116) - Learn about the social context that helped create one of the most important musical forces in the 20th century, listen to great music, and earn transfer credit in the process!

  • MUSIC OF LATIN AMERICA (MUS 109) - Explore diverse musical styles from all over Latin America, including Mexico, the Caribbean, Brazil, Argentina, Central America, the United States and more! This course is a wonderful introduction into what makes Latin American music so unique through its many distinct cultures and history. 

  • CLASS PIANO (MUS 107ABCD) - You’ll receive instruction in how to play piano, including how to read music. This course is available for complete beginners as well as more advanced students. If you have always wished you could play an instrument, this is a great way to start! 

  • CLASS GUITAR (MUS 118ABCD) - You will learn the fundamentals of guitar playing in a variety of styles and will learn to read all notations associated with the instrument (standard notation, TAB, chord charts, and more!). You will need your own guitar for this class, a nylon-string, acoustic guitar is best. 

  • RECORDING TECHNOLOGY (MUS 140) - Do you love making music on the computer or phone? Learn the industry standard music software Pro Tools and take your recording, production, and mixing skills to the next level. This course also offers an optional Avid Certified User certification.

  • MARIACHI ENSEMBLE (MUS 126) - Do you have some Mariachi experience and want to join the Oxnard College Mariachi community? Please join the new Oxnard College Mariachi led by maestro Jorge Herrera. Beginners are welcome, but some experience is preferable. If you don't have an instrument, please inquire with the instructor, as there may be one available for you to check out.


Department Chair: Amy Edwards
Email: aedwards@vcccd.edu