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Dr. Andrew Maz

Chair, Music Department
Lead, Commercial Music
CTE Faculty Liaison
Fine Arts Division

amaz@cerritos.edu 

Andrew looking towards you with red buildings in the background 

Andrew Maz received a D.M.A. in Early Music at USC Thornton School of Music, specializing in music of Medieval and Renaissance Spain. At USC, he learned to play the lute, the vihuela, tenor viol, and the cittern. His studies concentrated medieval song cycles such as the Cantigas de Martin Codax and the Cantigas de Santa Maria. He formed his own group, Ensemble Vigo, to further explore and perform this music. His thesis on the 16th-century Spanish Villancico earned him a Masters in Musicology from UCLA. He has done extensive research on the vihuela repertory, particularly the settings of Romances and Villancicos. Andrew’s instrumental studies also include ten years of classical guitars studies with Pepe and Celin Romero. 

Andrew also studied composition with Brian Ferneyhough during his undergraduate years at UCSD. He soon discovered that his interest was primarily in electronic music. This led to his studies with Rand Steiger. He also explored microtonal music with John Fonville. Andrew was strongly drawn to minimalist composers such as Steve Reich and Philip Glass. At the same time, he was fascinated by the music and electronics by Morton Subotnick and Brian Eno. 

Andrew joined the Cerritos College Music Department as a full-time faculty member in Fall 2012. He was charged with creating a Commercial Music program that is viable and competitive. He became Chair of the Music Department in Fall 2015 and has worked with the faculty to create an Applied Music program that best serves students for transfer.

Andrew spends his spare time working as a sound engineer for music and film projects. He has engineered and produced several albums and runs an independent production company. His present fascination is studying the effects of technology and has it has changed the creation, distribution, and perception of music. 

Andrew is finishing his third album, Winter, with his band consisting of all Cerritos College students. The first two, Entropy and Singularity, were premiered at Cerritos College in 2017 and 2019. 

 Andrew on stage with blue lighting in the background

Chair, Music Department
Lead, Commercial Music
CTE Faculty Liaison
Fine Arts Division

Office hours: by appointment
Office number: BC 52E
Phone number: (562) 860-2451 x2644

Email: amaz@cerritos.edu

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