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Joseph Ordaz, Professor of Music


Welcome to my Mission College Web page
Faculty at Mission College since 1997
M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; 1992
B.M., San Jose State University; 1989

Contact Information:
Office: Main Building, S1-601
Hours (SPRING 2012): 

Tuesday & Thursday 2:05 PM - 3:35 PM

Phone: 408-855-5276
mail: E-mail:

Visit the Music Department Web site for additional information:

Visit the Mission College Performing Arts Series Website:


GO TO and enter "Mission College Music" for the latest promo video


(all course syllabi and documents are in PDF format)

MUSIC 5A (Music Fundamentals)

Helpful links:
GREAT Music Theory training:
Music Theory info:
Music Clef:

MUSIC 10 (Music Appreciation)
NOTE: Required text is "Music, An Appreciation", 7th brief edition by Roger Kamien(comes with set of 5 CD's), available at the Mission College Bookstore.

For information on concerts in the area, go to the Music Dept. "Links" page:

Links to Composer websites and information:
Composers Online:
The Classical Music Pages:
Composers index:
Early Music:

bass clef:

MUSIC 30A(Beginning Piano/1st Semester)
MUSIC 30B (Beginning Piano/2nd Semester)
Music 30B Syllabus

Textbook Publisher Website:

Interesting Piano Links:
The Benefits of Playing the Piano:
The Piano Education Page:
PianoToday Magazine:
Repeat Sign:

MUSIC 31A(Intermediate Piano/1st Semester)
MUSIC 31B(Intermediate Piano/2nd Semester)
MUSIC 31C(Intermediate Piano/3rd Semester)
MUSIC 31D(Intermediate Piano/4th Semester)

Music 31 A,B,C,D Syllabus

Interesting Piano Links: See links above for Music 30A/B
16 note:

MUSIC 39A,B,C,D (Advanced Piano Masterclass)  
Syllabus - Music 39
Books available at Mission College Library for this class

Upcoming student recital: Monday, May 14, 2012; 6 PM, Location: Telecommunications Building, Room 130

$5 Donations Accepted (Free for students)

For more info, go to:

Interesting Websites:
National Piano Foundation:
Composer bios and music:



MUSIC 48(Symphony Orchestra)



Next Concert: Sunday, April 22, 2012
3:00 PM, Mission College Main Building - Center Space


MUSIC 90 (Music Lab - room W1-205)

Hours for SPRING 2012: Monday 10:55 AM - 12:40 PM, Tuesday 3:45 - 5:15 PM, Thursday 3:45 - 5:15 PM, Thursday 7:00 - 10:10 PM

Music Line:

Did You Know?
A ten-year study, tracking more than 25,000 students, shows that music-making improves test scores. Regardless of socioeconomic background, music-making students get higher marks in standardized tests than those who had no music involvement. The test scores studied were not only standardized tests, such as the SAT, but also in reading proficiency exams.
Source: Dr. James Catterall, UCLA, 1997

Did You Know?
College-age musicians are emotionally healthier than their non-musician counterparts. A study conducted at the University of Texas looked at 362 students who were in their first semester of college. They were given three tests, measuring performance anxiety, emotional concerns and alcohol related problems. In addition to having fewer battles with the bottle, researchers also noted that the college-aged music students seemed to have surer footing when facing tests.
Source: Houston Chronicle, January 11, 1998

The information above provided by

Music Line:

"Music is to me the perfect expression of the soul."
-Robert Schumann

"Where words leave off, music begins."
-Heinrich Heine


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Joseph Ordaz personal website:

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