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Originally founded in 1999 as Pasadena International Music Academy, we rebranded as California College of Music in 2008, initially helmed by legendary trombonist Wayne Henderson of The Crusaders and Grammy-winning producer Reggie Dozier, who designed the College's facilities to function as a professional-grade recording studio. Now under the direction of Dean & Chief Academic Officer Chris Kapica, M.M., and our institutional Board of Directors, California College of Music has become known for its distinguished faculty of experienced music industry professionals, its focus on popular music performance and production, and the encouraging environment it provides for its students and the community at large.


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Our mission is to educate musicians effectively, empowering them with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to express themselves dynamically through modern popular music. Our vision is to create an inspiring, diverse, and inclusive higher education space in which students, faculty, and members of the community may gather together to study, create, perform, record, and share music.

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42 S. Catalina Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106

CCM is certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to enroll nonimmigrant students for F-1 classification.

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California College of Music is an accredited institutional member of the
 National Association of Schools of Music

Association for Popular Music Education
Pasadena Chamber of Commerce

Licensed by the State of California's
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
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