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Music Department

Areas of Study

Music Faculty Bios and More!

Music Skills and Theory

The Laney College Music Department helps students build a foundation for success throughout their studies and careers. Our community of students and faculty bring together a rich mix of styles and cultures. Our experienced instructors are accessible and student focused. Students range from some with no experience to working professionals, all are welcome. Our degrees and certificates reflect the diversity of our students’ interests: Chinese Music, Commercial Music, Jazz, General Music (including Western Classical). Laney offers an affordable and nurturing environment to pursue musical studies at every level.

News and Announcements

Music Industry courses will now be listed under the discipline: Commercial Music or Music-CM.

  • Music-CM 1A, B, and C: Introduction to Electronic Music and MIDI
  • Music-CM 2A and B: Songwriting
  • Music-CM 3A and B: Live Sound

New Guitar Instructor: Mark Simons



The Music Faculty of Laney College bring a wealth of professional experience to the department. They are seasoned performers, educators, and include graduates of the Eastman School of Music, The Manhattan School of Music, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, USC School of Music, Yale, and other leading university music programs.

Student Performance


Laney College hosts a variety of ensembles designed to give students performance opportunities in a variety of styles including Chinese, Classical, Jazz, Pop Music, and Spirituals. In addition to these main styles, many other traditions from around the world find their way into our ensemble and applied classes. Current and former Laney students have performed at the Grammy Awards, for U.S presidents (G.W. Bush and Barack Obama), at Davies Symphony Hall, the Oakland Paramount Theater, and more. Please consult the catalog for audition requirements.