About CSCM

The modern music industry is looking for complete musicians; talented people who can create, know the technology, and run their business. The Cornel School of Contemporary Music is the place to get a complete musical education, and real-world practical training. The skills you acquire at CSCM prepare you for success in the competitive professional world.

For information about Tours of the Facility and the Department see below.


Exceptional Faculty

The CSCM faculty members are leading professionals in the entertainment industry, and alumni from prestigious institutions who are experts in education. Their award winning work has appeared in major motion pictures, television, and with top-name recording artists.

Leading Edge Programs

At the Cornel School of Contemporary Music, students participate in innovative programs that offer an academic education, and leading-edge practical training at the same time. Graduates advance into the professional world with competitive skills and an education that provides them with the abilities and sophistication necessary for real success.


Scholarships and Financial Assistance

At the Cornel School of Contemporary Music, we provide students with scholarships and financial aid to help make it possible to achieve their goals as world-class musicians. It is our commitment to create an environment of learning, and personal growth for dedicated students who strive to achieve their goals. Our programs of financial assistance help make these goals a reality.


Exciting Location

Located in the heart of culturally active Los Angeles, California, the Cornel School of Contemporary Music at Shepherd University is situated at the center of the entertainment industry. Close to film and television studios, and recording industry headquarters, students have opportunities to connect with industry activities and professionals. The cultural diversity of the city offers students a wide variety of exciting and unique choices in food and experiences. And international students will find a little piece of home nearby.


Visit the Cornel School of Contemporary Music, take a tour of our state-of-the-art facilities, sit in a class, and see if we’re right for you. Tours are available on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at the following times:

Monday 5:-00pm: Tour of the facilities and then join the CSCSM students as they perform courtyard concerts for the student body, friends and community members.

Tuesday 1:00pm: Tour of the facilities and then sit in on the Art of the Groove class taught by legendary bassist, Abraham Laboriel.

Wednesday 4:00pm: Tour of the facilities and then submerge yourself in videos and information in the History of Contemporary Music class.

If you don’t see a tour available on your desired date or time, please contact us for assistance.

Join the CSCM Community!

  • Clinic Series on selected Monday nights at 6pm – Open to all.
  • Coffee House Concerts on selected Monday nights at 6pm – Open to all.

Contact Erika Rycina in the Admissions Office to schedule your tour. (323) 550-8888 ext. 8302