Explore a world of great music while earning General Education credits! All Music History courses are 3 credits and are UC- and CSU-applicable.


MUSIC 100: Introduction to Music

Develop a deeper understanding of the elements of music. Learn to listen more closely through the study of musical masterpieces by the great composers of the Western classical tradition such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Stravinsky.


MUSIC 103: History of Rock Music

Learn the origins and development of rock and roll music from the early 1950s to present. The course focuses on the evolution of different styles within the genre as well as the social, political, economic and cultural contexts of rock music.


MUSIC 109: World Music

Explore the music cultures of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and other areas with resident populations in San Diego. Musical practices and perspectives from several music cultures are studied with an emphasis on understanding and appreciation from non-ethnocentric viewpoints.


MUSIC 111: Jazz History

This course is designed to give you the tools to help you listen more closely, write more clearly, and appreciate more deeply this truly American art form. Investigate the music and personal histories of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis, and many more.



Our faculty have a wide range of professional experience in the music industry, from recording engineers to concert pianists, entertainment attorneys to record producers. Learn more here.



For more information about the Music and Commercial Music Programs, please contact Associate Professor Bob Kostlan (rkostlan@sdccd.edu) or Assistant Professor Mike Espar (mespar@sdccd.edu).