The MiraCosta College Music Department offers courses in both traditional and commercial music for students who plan on transferring as music majors to four-year institutions, for those who need to satisfy general education requirements, and for those who wish to earn a certificate or associate degree in traditional or commercial music. The program provides performance opportunities for both music and non-music majors.

Careers in traditional music include professional performance, conducting, arts management, composing, academic research, and public and private teaching. Employment opportunities in the commercial music industry include audio recording, MIDI music systems, professional songwriting, sound reinforcement, production, and music business.