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​​​Because Orange Coast College is at the heart of the television, movie and recording industries, OCC answers a real need to train performing musicians and sound technicians, as well as composers, teachers, and music­-​store owners and salespeople. 


​OCC's music industry programs are designed to give the serious music student the theory, applied training and performing experience needed for success in the field they choose. Traditional music courses are integrated with music-industry courses to provide a comprehensive program. 



Certificates of Achievement 


Business Employee 

This certificate prepares students for employment in music stores, record shops and other commercial music activities. Many opportunities in the business of music are available to students with broad general knowledge of how this segment of the music industry functions in addition to traditional musical skills. 


MIDI Applications 

This program is designed for the musician or computer professional who wants a concentrated course of study in the field of computer music. Courses are designed to emphasize the practical application of Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI). 


Musical Entertainer - Instrumental 

This program is designed to give the aspiring commercial instrumentalist a concentrated theoretical background in traditional and commercial music, as well as a look at the music industry. 


Musical Entertainer - Vocal 

This program is designed to give the aspiring commercial vocalist a concentrated theoretical background in traditional and commercial music and vocal techniques, as well as a look at the music industry. 


Studio Guitar Performer 

A studio guitarist is a complete guitarist and musician who can accurately perform in a variety of musical styles. This program covers jazz, rock and classical guitar techniques, traditional and commercial music theory, and includes numerous performance opportunities. ​

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Additional Information

For complete requirements and course information please see our catalog​.​​​​

Use the link below to view gainful employment reports with important information regarding the costs, benefits and potentia​l employment options of OCC certificate programs.

​Federal Gainful Employment Reports:


Find career outlook and salary information at www.bls.gov ​


View the program website.​


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Contact Info​

Dana Wheaton 
Music Department 
(714) 432-5985 

Paul Navidad 
Music Department 
(714) 432-5692