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Applied Music

Applied Music (Mu 190abcd) is a one unit course for the Music Major to further develop musical skills, obtain an Associate of Arts Degree, and successfully transfer to a four-year institution for continued music study. The program includes private music lessons in piano, organ, voice, electric and acoustic guitar, and all orchestral instruments.  Music styles include jazz, classical and Broadway theater.

Applied Music Instructors

The Applied Music Instructors are experienced, certificated and professional musicians.  Instructors are part of the 35 plus member staff which includes both full-time and adjunct faculty members. See the Applied Music Faculty Biographies.


The Applied Music program is offered during the Fall and Spring semesters only. Students must apply, audition and be accepted into the Applied Music program BEFORE they may register. Students should begin their application process approximately two weeks before the beginning of the Fall or Spring semester and follow the audition instructions below.  Jump to to Apply Auditions.


The Applied Music Program is designed for El Camino Music majors and students who are serious about improving their performance skills and have already reached at least an intermediate level of proficiency. Students must also be prepared to devote adequate time to the program. An audition is required for entrance to the program.

High school seniors in their second semester may audition for the program but must compete with college students for acceptance.

Program Requirements

Students accepted into the Applied Music program are required to do the following:

1.      Enroll in one unit of Music 190, committing to a weekly individual lesson and a weekly recital class

2.      Enroll concurrently in one of the large performance ensemble classes at El Camino College

    • Instrumentalists choose from:
      Music 265 Symphonic Band, Music 266 Jazz Band Two, Music 267 Jazz Band One, Music 268 Symphony Orchestra Instrumental Ensembles
    • Vocalists choose from:
      Music 151 Mixed Chorus, Music 152 Concert Choir, Music 253 Chorale Choral Ensembles
    • Pianists and guitarists
      You may choose from any of the above, but the instrumental group acceptance may be limited.

3.      Practice a minimum number of hours every week on campus

4.      Follow the Music Major Education Plan Co-requisite courses

  • 1st semester: MU 101 Music Fundamentals or MU 131A Beginning Piano
  • 2nd semester:  MU 103A  Music Theory
  • 3rd semester:  MU 103B Music Theory, MU 215A Music History
  • 4th semester:  MU 203 Music Theory, MU 215B Music History

5.      Attend three professional music performances at ECC and in the community

To Apply

To apply to the Applied Music program:

1.      Complete an Applied Music Application form.  Applied Music Application

2.      Provide a letter of reference from a music teacher addressing your musical ability, reliability and commitment.

3.      Schedule an audition appointment in the Fine Arts Division Office (Music Building Room 101) approximately two weeks before the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters.

4.      Audition on Saturday before the first full week of instruction.


Auditions are held 9:30 am - 3:00 pm on the Saturday preceding the first week of instruction of the Fall and Spring semesters. For the audition, you should prepare a brief musical composition (no more than five minutes) that demonstrates your musicianship and technical achievement. 

AUDITIONS FOR SPRING will be held Saturday, January 16, 2016 between 9:30 am - 3:00 pm 

  • Piano / Organ:  9:30am - 11:00pm  Recital Hall Music 7
  • Jazz Instruments, Vocal Jazz, Classical Guitar:  10:00am - 12:00pm  Band Room Marsee Aud. Room 130
  • Classical and Broadway Voice:  11:00pm - 1:00pm  Recital Hall Music 7
  • Classical Strings / Woodwinds / Brass / Percussion:  1:30pm - 3:00pm  Recital Hall Music 7

 Bring to the audition:

  • The completed Applied Music Application.
  • A letter of recommendation from a music teacher/director attesting to your musical ability, reliability and commitment.
  • Your sheet music. An accompanist will be provided.

At the audition:

  • Perform a brief musical composition (no more than 5 minutes) that demonstrates your musicianship and technical achievement in the area of Classical, Jazz, or Musical Theater.
  • You may be asked to sight read and play or sing music excerpts and scales.

Designated Applied Music Sections:

  • Tuesday  2:00-2:50pm   Jazz Instruments and Vocal Jazz
  • Thursday  2:00-2:50pm   Piano, Organ, Classical Instruments (strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, guitar)
  • Thursday  3:00-3:50pm  Classical and Broadway Voice

After the Audition

Students will be notified of audition results in the evening of the day of auditions. Accepted students must register by adding the class online with an add sticker provided after the audition.  It will be necessary to enroll in an El Camino College performance ensemble prior to adding the Applied Music course.

For more information about the Applied Music program contact: 

Jazz Instruments, Vocal Jazz, Classical Guitar   Alan Chan

Piano, Organ, Classical Instruments   Dane Teter

Classical and Broadway Voice   Erin Wood

 Last Published 11/6/15