California College of Music offers a unique approach to music education. Our curriculum is designed to strengthen our students' technical skills in performing and composing contemporary popular music. Our faculty is made up of experienced educators and accomplished musicians with diverse backgrounds. Whether you are an aspiring performer or composer, we have programs and courses that will help you develop your skills and reach your goals in the industry. Become a student at CCM and begin harmonizing your future today!
Our mission is to educate musicians effectively, empowering them with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to express themselves dynamically through modern popular music.
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.