Catalog 2022-2023

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Music Department Mission Statement

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.

Degrees and Certificates

Degree or Certificate ProgramAward TypeRequirements
Creating Music for Film, TV and Gaming Certificate of Achievement 18 units
Commercial Music Production Certificate of Achievement 24 units
Music - Professional Associate in Arts Degree 68 - 70 units
Music Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer 60 units
Musical Theater: Music Focus Certificate of Achievement 44 units

MUSIC: Transfer: For transfer information see and/or consult with a counselor.

The Faculty

  • Esther Archer-Lakhani
  • Troy Davis
  • Lou De La Rosa
  • Jeff Forehan
  • Robert Sinclair


  • Digital Music Center: 30 Digital Audio Workstations featuring Ableton, Pro Tools & Logic Pro
  • Recording Studio with Editing Suites & World Class Microphone Cabinet
  • Performance opportunities in choral and instrumental ensembles
  • National and International Concert Tours in 2006, 2009, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2022
  • Integrated learning opportunities across Performing Arts Department including annual musical theater production
  • Professional teaching faculty perform with world-class opera, choral, symphony and jazz ensembles
  • Focused workshops with music professionals
  • A wide variety of music courses available online
  • All Steinway School
  • WVC Music alumni have graduated from Berklee, Boston Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, Julliard, Eastman, Indiana, UCLA, UNT and more
  • WVC Commercial Music and Creating Music alums are working in the music industry throughout the West Coast
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  • Dean
    Shannon Price
  • Department Chair
    Lou De La Rosa
  • Department Chair Phone
  • Department Chair Email
  • Embedded Counselor
    Geneva Leighton
  • Embedded Counselor Phone
  • Embedded Counselor Email
Last Updated 4/6/23