California College of Music

California College of Music (CCM) is a forward-thinking institute for popular music located in sunny Pasadena, California, just minutes from Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles.

CCM offers Associate Degrees in voice, guitar, bass, drums, and piano performance, as well as an Artist Development Certificate for recording artists and producers who wish to develop their unique artistic vision within our state-of-the-art facilities.

  • Average Tution USD 22,800
  • Acceptance Rate 80%
  • Scholarships Yes
  • Student-Faculty Ratio 12:1

School Description

The mission of the California College of Music is to empower aspiring musicians with the skills and confidence to thrive in the modern popular music industry. Founded in 1999, CCM is located in the heart of the global music business. This provides a unique advantage for students seeking to create valuable industry connections while simultaneously achieving their academic and musical goals.

California College of Music is home to a vibrant musical community spearheaded by an experienced faculty with extensive scholarly and professional backgrounds. For the benefit of students and the public, CCM hosts frequent artist clinics, workshops, masterclasses, music movie screenings, and the Summer Shock youth music camp. The CCM Contemporary Ensemble performs frequently in public, as does the CCM Public Pop Choir, which has a free and open membership. CCM's Alumni Network is a close-knit group of graduates who help each other build careers in the music business.

California College of Music's excellent facilities include a world-class recording studio with control room mixing console and isolation booths, an impressive music library, a music technology center with digital audio workstations, a live ensemble performance space, a piano lab with grand piano and electronic keyboards, and personal practice rooms equipped with mics, amplifiers, drumsets, and keyboards. 


  • California College of Music
    42 S Catalina Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106, USA

    Associate Degree in Music Performance

    USD 22,800 Tuition Fee
    • App deadline Aug 02 2017
    • Scholarships USD 11,400
    • Cost of living USD 12,000
    • Start date Oct 02 2017

    The Associate of Science Degree in Music Performance is the most in-depth and intensive program offered at CCM. Emphasizing thorough and polished musicianship, personal artistic mentoring, and preparation for music industry, students develop extensive practical real-world skills while honing their own unique musical voice along the way. Important subject areas taught include: Music Theory, Ear Training, Songwriting, Studio Recording, Music Technology, Instrumental Technique, Sightreading, Improvisation, Music Business, Private Lessons, and Ensemble Performance. 


  • SchoolApply Ranking N/A


  • Minimum GPA 2.00
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL 45
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.00


    Financial Aid & Scholarship

    Many students at California College of Music receive talent-based scholarships which greatly offset the cost of tuition. You can apply for a talent-based scholarship easily within the Online Application by providing a 250-word personal statement about your musical goals, academic awards, and artistic accolades.

    School Locations

    Other Information

    Established in 1999



    Explore Careers of Alumni

    Where they work

      What do they do

        The Location

        42 S Catalina Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106, USA

        Popular venues

          Social Media Feed

          Other viewers of this school also liked

          In the Blog

            Ratings & Reviews

            • Academic Quality
            • Student Life
            • Campus Facilities

            There is no ratings for California College of Music yet,
            be the first one to rate it.