Music Department

New Performing Arts buildiing

  • The Hub overlooking Vasona Creek
  • Rendering of new Theater building
  • Instrumental Hall looking onto Jam Lawn
  • Recital Hall

Welcome to the Music Department

The West Valley College Music Department provides an exceptional education through coursework and opportunities for artistic pursuit at the highest level, embracing diversity, creativity, literacy, performance, technology, and engagement with the community. We strive to create consummate professionals by nurturing determination and discipline while supporting artistry and intellect. Our faculty create conservatory and commercial music experiences that foster lifelong learning, university transfer, and direct entry into the music industry workforce.

Choral Program

Commercial Music

Land Acknowledgment

West Valley College rests on the land of the Muwekma Ohlone peoples, the original inhabitants of what is now known as Santa Clara Valley, colloquially Silicon Valley. The Ohlone inhabited the area along the coast from San Francisco Bay through Monterey Bay to the lower Salinas Valley.

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  1. Music Teacher (Vocal, Instrumental, General Music)
    1. Community School
    2. Parks & Rec Program
    3. Public/Private K-12 School
    4. College or University
    5. Private Music Teacher
  2. Band, Orchestral, Choral Music Director
    1. K-12 school ensemble director
    2. College, Conservatory & University ensemble director
    3. Community ensemble director
  3. Church or Synagogue Music Director
    1. Cantor (Church, Synagogue)
    2. Church Organist
  4. Conductor (Vocal or Instrumental)
    1. Educational Settings (K-12, College, University)
    2. Church & Community Settings
    3. Community Choirs
  5. Music Director (Musical Theater)
    1. K-12 school musical theater director
    2. College, Conservatory & University musical theater director
    3. Community musical theater director
  6. Collaborative Pianist (Accompanist)
  7. Composer or Arranger
    1. Film, TV, Gaming, Commercial jingles
    2. Songwriter
    3. Lyricist
  8. Symphony Orchestra musician
    1. Ballet: orchestra musician, conductor
    2. Concertmaster (Orchestra)
    3. Section Leader (Orchestra)
    4. Section Member (Orchestra)
    5. Orchestra Manager
  9. Musical Theater Singer
    1. Broadway, Off-Broadway, Touring Shows
    2. National, Regional, Local
    3. Concerts and Recitals: performer, producer
    4. Floor Shows (Hotels, casinos, clubs)
    5. Band Member (Vocalist)
  10. Opera Singer
    1. Productions, Concerts and Recitals
    2. National, Regional, Local
  11. Music Librarian
  12. Music Therapist
  13. Sound Designer
  14. Sound Technician
  15. Recording Artist
  16. Studio Musician
  17. Music Publisher
  18. Music Copyist
  19. Music Licensing Consultant
  20. Music Producer
  21. Radio Music Director
  22. Music Store Manager
  23. Music Instrument Sales Representative
  24. Music Instrument Repair and Restoration Specialist
  25. Music Instrument Builder/Designer
  26. Piano Tuner/Technician
Last Updated 12/18/23