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Applied Music (Mu 190abcd) is a one unit course for the Music Major to further develop musical skills, obtain an Associate of Arts Degree, and successfully transfer to a four-year institution for continued music study. The program includes private music lessons in piano, organ, voice, electric and acoustic guitar, and all orchestral instruments.  Music styles include jazz, classical and Broadway theater.

Applied Music Instructors

The Applied Music Instructors are experienced, certificated and professional musicians.  Instructors are part of the 35 plus member staff which includes both full-time and adjunct faculty members. Jump to  Applied Music Faculty Biographies


The Applied Music program is offered during the Fall and Spring semesters only. Students must apply, audition and be accepted into the Applied Music program BEFORE they may register. Students should begin their application process approximately two weeks before the beginning of the Fall or Spring semester and follow the audition instructions below.  Jump to to Apply Auditions.


The Applied Music Program is designed for El Camino Music majors and students who are serious about improving their performance skills and have already reached at least an intermediate level of proficiency. Students must also be prepared to devote adequate time to the program. An audition is required for entrance to the program.

High school seniors in their second semester may audition for the program but must compete with college students for acceptance.

Program Requirements

Students accepted into the Applied Music program are required to do the following:

1.      Enroll in one unit of Music 190, committing to a weekly individual lesson and a weekly recital class

2.      Enroll concurrently in one of the large performance ensemble classes at El Camino College

    • Instrumentalists choose from:
      Music 265 Symphonic Band, Music 266 Jazz Band Two, Music 267 Jazz Band One, Music 268 Symphony Orchestra Instrumental Ensembles
    • Vocalists choose from:
      Music 151 Mixed Chorus, Music 152 Concert Choir, Music 253 Chorale Choral Ensembles
    • Pianists and guitarists
      You may choose from any of the above, but the instrumental group acceptance may be limited.

3.      Practice 6 hours every week on campus

4.      Follow the Music Major Education Plan Co-requisite courses

  • 1st semester: MU 101 Music Fundamentals or MU 131A Beginning Piano
  • 2nd semester:  MU 103A  Music Theory
  • 3rd semester:  MU 103B Music Theory, MU 215A Music History
  • 4th semester:  MU 203 Music Theory, MU 215B Music History

5.      Attend three professional music performances at ECC and in the community

To Apply

To apply to the Applied Music program:

1.      Complete an Applied Music Application form.  Applied Music Application

2.      Provide a letter of reference from a music teacher addressing your musical ability, reliability and commitment.

3.      Schedule an audition appointment in the Fine Arts Division Office (Music Building Room 101) approximately two weeks before the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters.

4.      Audition on Saturday before the first full week of instruction.


Auditions are held 9:00 am - 3:00 pm on the Saturday preceding the first week of instruction of the Fall and Spring semesters. For the audition, you should prepare a brief musical composition (no more than five minutes) that demonstrates your musicianship and technical achievement. 

AUDITIONS FOR FALL 2015 will be held Saturday, August 22, 2015 between 10 am - 3 pm 

  • Piano / Organ:  10:00am - 12:00pm  Recital Hall Music 7
  • Jazz Instruments and Vocal Jazz:  10:00am - 12:00pm  Band Room Marsee Aud. Room 130
  • Classical and Broadway Voice:  1:00pm - 3:00pm  Recital Hall Music 7
  • Classical Strings / Woodwinds / Brass / Percussion / Guitar:  1:00pm - 3:00pm  Band Room Marsee Aud. Room 130

 Bring to the audition:

  • The completed Applied Music Application.
  • A letter of recommendation from a music teacher/director attesting to your musical ability, reliability and commitment.
  • Your sheet music. An accompanist will be provided.

At the audition:

  • Perform a brief musical composition (no more than 5 minutes) that demonstrates your musicianship and technical achievement in the area of Classical, Jazz, or Musical Theater.
  • You may be asked to sight read and play or sing music excerpts and scales.

Designated Applied Music Sections:

  • Tuesday  2:00-2:50pm   Jazz Instruments and Vocal Jazz
  • Thursday  2:00-2:50pm   Piano, Organ, Classical Instruments (strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, guitar)
  • Thursday  3:00-3:50pm  Classical and Broadway Voice

After the Audition

Students will be notified of audition results in the evening of the day of auditions. Accepted students must register by adding the class online with an add sticker provided after the audition.  It will be necessary to enroll in an El Camino College performance ensemble prior to adding the Applied Music course.

For more information about the Applied Music program contact: 

Jazz Instruments and Vocal Jazz   Alan Chan

Piano, Organ, Classical Instruments, Classical Guitar   Dane Teter

Classical and Broadway Voice   Erin Wood

Applied Music Faculty Biographies

For contact information, please consult the Faculty Directory


DANE TETER: D.M.A., USC. M.A., B.A., CSU Chico. Specializing in woodwind pedagogy and Music Education. Performs and teaches Classical music, chamber music, and jazz on all woodwind instruments. Director of Instrumental Music and Coordinator of the Applied Music Program at El Camino College. Performed with the Santa Ana Symphony, Bellflower Symphony, Cypress Pops Orchestra, a myriad of chamber ensembles, and in numerous musical theatre pit orchestras throughout Southern California.


MANON ROBERTSHAW: M.M. Univ. Wisc., B.M. USC.  Specializing in Classical, ensemble, chamber music.  She has studied with renowned cellists Gabor Rejto (USC), Radu Aldulescu  (Maastricht Conservatory, Holland), and Wolfgang Laufer (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee). Ms. Robertshaw is the State president of the American String Teachers Association.  She is a a member of Musicians Union Local #47, ASTA, MENC and MTAC, where she served on the State Board for four years.  Her former students are now members of professional orchestra and string quartets.  She has produced a CD for cello and Native American flutes, with flutist Tom Thompson.  Ms. Robertshaw is on the faculty at UC Riverside and Loyola Marymount University.

KYUNG EUN CHOI:  D.M.A, USC, M.M, Royal Northern College of Music, UK. B.A, Seoul Nat’l Univ, Korea. One of the most exciting talents to emerge from the new generation of young Korean classical musicians, Dr. Choi has enjoyed great success in prestigious national and international competitions including the Julio Cardona (Portugal), the Aldo Parisot (Brazil), the RNCM concerto Competition (Manchester), and received the Gold medal at Japan’s Kirishima International Music Competition. Dr. Choi received Unpa award given to honorable Korean young artist by legendary conductor Won-Sik Lim foundation in 2009. She has been invited to teach and perform in many renowned cello festivals such as Adelaide International Cello Festival, Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, Manchester International Cello Festival, and Kronberg Cello Festival. She has performed in many major concert halls in Europe and Asia with leading conductors including Yan Pascal Tortelier, Pinchas Zukerman, Won-Sik Lim and fellow rising star, Ewa Strusinska and Matthew Wood. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Choi has appeared in many venues across the US, Europe and Japan collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma, Jian Wang and Julliard String Quartet. She toured France at the invitation of the Rencontres Franco-Americaines Music Accociation, and was invited by Pinchas Zukerman to participate in Japan’s Miyazaki Music Festival. She is a faculty member in Montecito International Music Festival and JCM.

ALISHA BAUER: M.M., UCLA.  Alisha Bauer is an active performer and recording artist in classical and popular music settings.  After graduating with BM and BS degrees, Ms. Bauer continued her music studies under a full scholarship at UCLA and received an MM in Cello Performance.

Chamber music has been a staple in Ms. Bauer's performance career.  She is the cellist and co-founder of the Alcantara Ensemble which has competed in the Fischoff and Coleman chamber music competitions.  Ms. Bauer has been a guest artist for chamber programs presented by Chapman University, The Previews - Manhattan Beach, South Bay Chamber Music Society and the Banff Summer Residency Series.

As a teaching artist and music education advocate, Ms. Bauer has worked throughout Los Angeles presenting educational outreach programs.  She teaches cello at Los Angeles City College and coaches sectionals at Santa Monica H.S.  Her cello studio has produced many fine cellists who have been accepted into esteemed music programs such as the Heifetz International Music Institute, Cal Arts, and UCLA. 

Ms. Bauer is a highly sought after cellist by the recording industries. Along with performing regularly on soundtracks for television and film, she is also a solo recording artist for organizations producing advertising media.  Some of her recent discography contributions include albums for Christina Aguilera, Michael Buble, Lady Gaga, Chris Botti, Broken Bells and The Beach Boys.



Specializing in Classical clarinet and saxophone. Northwestern Univ. CSULA, UCLA. Prof. Emeritus ECC Instrumental Music. Frequent soloist and recitalist. Principal clarinet Carson/Dominguez Symphony.


MARIA JAQUE: M.M., B.M., USC. Specializing in solo flute and chamber music literature.


ANNIE BOSLER: D.M.A., USC. Freelance musician. Specializing in orchestral and chamber music. Teaches at Colburn School.



John Dearman is one of the most recognized figures in the classical guitar world today. As a member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, he has concertized world-wide for more than thirty years, appearing in the major concert halls and international festivals. His work with the quartet has resulted in more than a dozen recordings including the Grammy Award winning “LAGQ’s Guitar Heroes” in 2007. 

Concert appearances with LAGQ include Alice Tulley Hall; Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; the Hollywood Bowl; Orchestra Hall, Chicago; Herbst Theater, San Francisco; Tokyo Opera City; Queen Elizabeth Hall, London; the Concertgebow, Amsterdam; the Kleine Philharmonie, Berlin; Auditorio Nacional, Spain; National Concert Hall, Beijing; House of Music, Moscow; and International arts festivals in Singapore, Istanbul, Mexico and Hong Kong.

As a soloist Mr. Dearman has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group for the Green Umbrella Series and at the Ojai Festival. In 2007 Mr. Dearman was a soloist in the Atlanta Symphony and Chorus performances, and Deutche Grammaphone recording, of Osvaldo Golijov’s “Oceana” and performed in subsequent productions of the work including a 2008 performance with the Pacific Symphony and Chorale.

A native of Minneapolis, Mr. Dearman was a protégé of the Romero family and was selected to perform in the historic Segovia Master Classes held in Los Angeles in 1981. He’s a graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music where he was named an Outstanding Alumnus in 1997 and is currently a faculty member at CSU Northridge where he directs the guitar chamber music program.


Matthew Greif is a versatile performer and teacher. He has performed all over the world, from Los Angeles jazz club Baked Potato to New York’s Carnegie Hall, covering the stylistic spectrum. He is a member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

Matthew specializes in classical and jazz guitar. He holds B.M. and M.M. degrees from USC where he studied jazz guitar with Joe Diorio and Frank Potenza, and classical guitar with William Kanengiser and James Smith.

JON MINEI: M.M., USC As a soloist and ensemble player, Jon has performed extensively locally and abroad. His principle instrument is a 7-string classical guitar with extended lower and upper registers. Jon has performed with the Brouwer Quartet, the Commonwealth Guitar Trio, as well as playing in the basso continuo section for various baroque performances throughout Southern California.  Jon Minei is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music pursuing a DMA in classical guitar and has studied with renowned classical guitarists William Kanengiser, Scott Tennant, John Dearman, Brian Head, Pepe Romero, as well as lute and early music specialist John Schneiderman, flamenco guitarist/composer Adam Del Monte, and jazz guitarist Pat Kelley. His studies include minor fields in studio jazz guitar, music industry, and an academic minor in music education. Jon has also taken coursework on Arts Leadership and Entrepreneurship with former chair of the National Endowment of the Arts, renowned poet, Dana Gioia.



JAMES HURD: USC.  Full-time professor of music.  Dr. James Hurd has taught organ at El Camino College since 1973. He received his Bachelor Degree in music from Washburn University, studying organ with Max Elsberry.  He received a Master Degree from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago where D?r. Edward Eigenschenk was his instructor.  In 1973, he received a DMA degree from USC and was an organ student of Dr. Irene Robertson.  He is currently Organist/Director of Music at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Redondo Beach, CA.  Dr. Hurd has performed across America and Europe as an organ soloist.  He and Dr. William Doyle were featured in performances for trumpet and organ in both California and Europe, the last being a performance at St. Stephans Cathedral in Vienna, Austria.  Dr. Hurd's organ concerts have showcased traditional organ literature as well as jazz and gospel arrangements for the pipe organ.


DEBORAH AITKEN:  International concert pianist appearing throughout the US, Mexico, Europe, Asia on TV, for film and radio broadcast throughout Europe. Annual performances and master classes in Tokyo since 1997. Youngest student of Alberto Mozzati of Verdi Conservatory (Milan, Italy); study on grant in Paris with Francoise Labroquere. Teachers and coaches include Bernardo Segall, Jacob Gimpel, Andre Watts, Daniel Pollack, Gabriel Tacchino (Paris Conservatory) and harpsichord with Malcolm Hamilton. Degrees in piano performance and accompanying from CSUN and USC. Specializing in solo, chamber and orchestral as well as accompanying. In demand as adjudicator of competitions and for lecture-recitals and master classes of music teacher organizations, Students have won competitions locally, statewide, nationally and internationally and have been accepted at fine schools such as Juilliard, USC, Oxford, San Francisco Conservatory.

POLLI CHAMBERS-SALAZAR:  DMA, USC.  Director of Piano Studies at El Camino College. Ms. Chambers-Salazar has appeared on KCBS Television and KUSC Radio, and has recored "First Flight," a CD of solo piano music by Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Boulander, and Coleridge-Taylor. In March she presented "Sound and Color: Henri Matisse and the Music of his Time" at the Norton Simon Museum of Art. This concert was the seventh in a series of multi-media performances given at the museum by Ms. Chambers-Salazar.

KRISTI LOBITZ: USC. Specializing in Classical piano. Teaches at Loyola Marymount Univ.

LOIS ROBERTS: Juilliard, Mannes College, CSULB. Specializing in Classical repertoire, solo, chamber and orchestral. Ms. Roberts entered The Juilliard School in the upper division at the age of 11 after her New York Town Hall debut. She studied with Josef Raieff, Albert Fuller, Guido Agosti, and Konrad Wolff. In addition to her degrees from Juilliard, she was awarded the Diploma di Merito at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy.  She has concertized in the U.S. and in Europe and has taught at American Boychoir and Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. Ms. Roberts is also on the faculty at Santa Monica Community College. Her students are accepted into the finest schools of music including Juilliard, Mannes, and Manhattan.


MARK MASSEY: M.A. CSULB, Composition. Received the Carmen Dragon Fellowship for Composition (1990). Performed throughout the U.S., Europe, Russian, the Far East, and India. Worked with Freddie Hubbard, Hubert Laws, Stephane Grappelli, Louie Bellson, Maynard Ferguson and many others. Features guest at the Moscow Jazz Festival (2001). Toured the U.S. for 6 weeks with Side Street Strutters (2004), summer tour in Japan (2007, 2008) with Scott Martin Latin Jazz Band.  On faculty at CSU Fullerton, currently teaching at OSCHA.  Mr. Massey has taught jazz piano, theory, and composition privately for over 25 years.


 JAMIE HOVORKA:  Univ. N. Texas. Specializing in jazz, commercial, and Classical trumpet. Tours with Paul Anka band.



ROBERT COOMBER:  Specializing in trombone, euphonium, tuba. Classical to big band jazz.


JOSEPH MITCHELL:  Specializing in snare drum, mallets, timpani, orchestral percussion, jazz drumming, hand drumming, jazz vibes.

DEAN KOBA: BA, Percussion Performance, Northwestern University; MM, Jazz Studies, USC School of Music.  Performed with such jazz greats Benny Bailey, Bud Shank, the Clayton Brothers, Bill Cunliffe, Jeff Berlin, Gary Foster, Fareed Haque, Makoto Ozone, Roberta Gamborini, Jackie Ryan, and Tamir Hendelman, among others.  Currently freelances in the greater Los Angeles area and has specialized in jazz drum set instruction for 22 years. 



Ann Patterson is probably best known as the leader of the highly acclaimed all-female jazz big band Maiden Voyage, with major appearances at the Concord, Monterey, and Playboy Jazz Festivals, the Kennedy Center, the Tonight Show, the Hollywood Bowl, and throughout Japan.  A veteran Los Angeles  freelance saxophonist and woodwind player working in all areas of the music business, her oboe can be heard on the theme music for NBC's "Parks and Recreation".  She has performed and/or recorded with the big bands of Don Ellis, Bill Holman, Buddy Colette, Jack Sheldon, Buddy Childers, Frank Capp’s Juggernaut, Tim Davies, and James Newton’s Luckman Jazz Orchestra.  She has backed, toured or recorded with such artists as Louie Bellson, Joe Williams, Etta James, Sheena Easton, Amanda McBroom, Gloria Loring, Lou Rawls, Barry White, Melissa Manchester, The Temptations, John Mayall, Ray Charles, Dave Stewart, and k d lang. 

A graduate of the University of North Texas (B.M.) and the University of Illinois (M. M. and M. S.) as a classical oboist and music educator,  Ms. Patterson also has completed the coursework for the DMA in Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California.  Named Jazz Educator of the Year in 2000 by the Los Angeles Jazz Society, she has taught at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, Cerritos College, California State University Dominguez Hills, and the Henry Mancini Institute.  She currently teaches jazz courses and saxophone at El Camino and Los Angeles Harbor College and is on the faculty of the Colburn School.  She was awarded the Friends of Jazz at UCLA Claudia Mitchell-Kernan Award for Contributions to Scholarship and Education in the Field of Jazz.  Ann and Maiden Voyage appear in the documentary film "The Girls in the Band", and in the following books: American Women in Jazz by Sally Placksin, Stormy Weather by Linda Dahl, and Madame Jazz by Leslie Gourse.


LARRY STEEN: Classical and Jazz String Bass/Electric Bass Guitar.  M.F.A., Jazz and African-American Music Performance, CALARTS.  B.M. (Magna Cum Laude), Studio Music and Jazz, University of Miami (FL), Berklee College of Music.  Winner of the International Society of Bassists’ Jazz Competition.  Has performed with Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Barry Manilow, Melissa Manchester, Jimmy Buffet, etc.  Recorded extensively for film, television, radio and CDs which include his own world jazz releases First Move and View From Afar ( with Ernie Watts, Dave Weckl, Robben Ford, Russell Ferrante, etc.


WILLIAM DOYLE:  D.M.A., USC. Full-time professor of music at ECC (Music History, World Music, Music of the Beatles, Music Appreciation). Received his MM in Trumpet performance while studying trumpet with Charlie Schlueter (BSO) at the New England Conservatory. Has also studied with Edward Tarr (Baroque trumpet), George Kent (URI), Boyde Hood (USC), Vince Cichowicz (Northwestern), and Fred Sautter (Portland Symphony).   He has performed all over Europe, in Brazil and in Australia. In addition, he has performed and recorded in Europe with Dr. James Hurd (organist) and on live radio from St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria. His area of specialization is Baroque - Modern solo and ‘classical’ repertoire. He is also a composer and arranger for trumpet, winds, and orchestra and has worked extensively with Keali’i Reichel and 6-time GRAMMY winner Daniel Ho.

GRANT HUNGERFORD:  USC. Manhattan School of Music. Specializing in Classical, jazz & commercial trumpet. Performs with LA Phil. Recorded with John Lennon.


ANNE FARNSWORTH: MM, USC; BM, New England Conservatory; Fulbright Scholar; specializing in jazz voice. She has taught at NEC, USC, Occidental College and Idyllwild Arts Academy. An active performer on the LA music scene, she appears internationally as a sideman as well as leader, and her performance and compositions can be heard on television soundtracks. A music journalist, she writes for online and print publications and is a biweekly columnist for the Concord Records website. She is the author of “Jazz Vocal Techniques.” Anne’s recordings are released on the JazzMedia label and distributed by Naxos.


RHONDA DILLON: M.M., USC, Choral Conducting, B.M., USC, Voice. Specializing in application of Classical techniques to concert and theatre music. Also teaches at Cerritos College and the Stella Adler Institute. Member of SAG, AEA, NATS, and AGMA. Played in every company of Phantom of the Opera in the US. Her voice can be heard on several motion picture soundtracks. Her students are singing on Broadway and in major university programs.

BARBARA DYER: USC. Specializing in Classical and opera. Teaches at Loyola Marymount Univ.

VICKI MUTO: D.M.A., USC, vocal performance. Specializing in opera and musical theatre. As a soprano, she has received awards in vocal competitions such as McAllister Awards, Baltimore Opera, Liederkranz Competition and the Metropolitan Opera.  She has performed leading roles opposite Richard Leech and Debra Voigt and sung operatic roles with the tri-Cities Opera in upstate New York.  Her students have placed and won vocal competitions in Southern California and been awarded scholarships and professional engagements in Europe. She teaches private voice at ECC, USC, and Pasadena City College and directs the Opera Workshop at ECC.

DEAN SHEPHERD:  An accomplished producer, vocal/performance coach, and music director, Mr. Dean Shepherd is passionate about working with singers. His vocal students have included film star Mr. Christopher Lee, as well as several finalists on TV’s X Factor, alongside numerous private and college students. Dean is a modern day “Renaissance Man,” working in voice, conducting, piano and composition. Dean has worked with Met Opera star Deborah Voigt, Broadway stars Eden Espinosa, Dale Kristien and Michael Maguire, and TV stars Tracie Thoms and Ariel Winter. In addition, he has conducted performances of the Mozart “Requiem,” as well as “Carmina Burana” for choir and orchestra. As a professional singer and actor, Dean has performed on television, radio, stage and film, including singing backup for Celine Dion’s Christmas album. Having worked as a full time musician since the age of thirteen, this is Dean’s eighteenth year as a faculty member at either the Community College or University level. Additionally, Dean served as an Assistant Music Director for ten years for the former “Hour of Power” international broadcasts from the Crystal Cathedral with Dr. Robert Schuller. In his free time, Dean is an avid golfer, competitive latin/salsa dancer, and writes songs with his wife, singer-songwriter Ella Foster-Weaver.

ERIN WOOD:  Erin Wood's portrayals of Verdi and Wagner heroines have received praise for her “soaring soprano” and "volcanic outpouring of sound". For Lyric Opera of Chicago, Ms. Wood has portrayed Sieglinde in Die Walküre, Lisa in Queen of Spades, Gutrune/Third Norn in Götterdämmerung as well as 9 other roles since her tenure with their Ryan Opera Center. She has been seen as Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera with San Francisco Opera and Opera Colorado, and proudly joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in 2004. Ms. Wood is an alumna of UCLA.


VIRGINIA FRAZIER:  Julliard. Specializing in Classical orchestral and chamber music.  Freelance musician.

LJUBOMIR VELICKOVIC:  D.M.A. in performance at University of Texas at Austin. Velickovic is a renowned violinist with considerable international experience. He studied violin in Belgrade, Sophia, and with teachers from Moscow, Japan, and in the U.S. He played in master classes for Max Rostal, Henry Roth, Isaac Stern, and Dorothy Delay. He has performed as a soloist and in chamber music groups in Yugoslavia, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Ireland, Canada, South Africa and Japan. He performed in the Broadway-bound production of La Boheme in San Francisco and in functions for Gregory Peck, Ladybird Johnson and Walter Cronkite in Austin, Texas. He was violinist for Smokey Robinson and Ann Murray in California and was violist with Mannheim Steamroller as well as for Luciano Pavarotti at the Arco Arena in Sacramento. Velickovic participated in recordings at Willie Nelson Studios in Austin, Texas and at George Lucas’ Skywalker Sound Studios.  He lives in Upland, and is assistant concertmaster of the Stockton Symphony and first violinist of the Sacramento Philharmonic. He is also the founder and director of Divertimento Chamber Group and Baroque Chamber Orchestra.  The Stockton Record wrote several articles about him and his performances.

 Last Published 3/27/15