Commercial Rock/Pop Performance



Our Commercial Music Ensembles meet on Monday afternoons. Directed by Adam Hawley (seven #1 Billboard hits and 50+ touring dates a year), students rehearse in small groups based on experience and genre preference. New students should sign up for Commercial Music Ensemble (MUS 39). 

Music Majors (Applied Program)

Students who wish to earn AA degrees and transfer to a four-year school in music join our Applied Music program. These students receive private lessons and meet weekly in a small-group format to receive coaching by faculty members. Graduates of our Applied Program have gone on to become music majors at CSULA, Berklee School of Music, Belmont University, USC, and many more programs!

Questions? Email Ariel Alexander:


Adam Hawley - Commercial Music Ensemble, Private Guitar and Bass lessons 
With SEVEN number one hits on Billboard, Adam Hawley is an incredible performer and educator. He has performed and/or recorded in a myriad of settings with such artists as Jennifer Lopez, The Backstreet Boys, Joss Stone, Natalie Cole, Dave Koz, Lalah Hathaway, Ruben Studdard, Sheila E, Peabo Bryson, Terry Lewis, Larry Graham, Jordin Sparks, Fantasia, Eric Benet, Rahsaan Patterson, Mario, Monica, The Manhattan Transfer, Marc Anthony, Flo Rida, Lil’ Wayne, Wisin Y Yandel, Pit Bull, Phil Perry, Jessy J, Kenny Latimore, Michael McDonald, Tiara Thomas, Montell Jordon, Sally Richardson-Whitfield, Brian Culbertson, Richard Elliott, Euge Groove, Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Take 6, Ray Parker Jr., Nick Collione, Gregg Karukas, Michael Lington, Jonathan Fritzen, Selina Albright, Eric Darius, Jeff Lorber, Jimmy Haslip, Phillipe Saisse, Peter White, Althea Rene, Elan Trotman, Rick Braun, Brian Simpson, Mindi Abair, Keiko Matsui, Peter White, War, John Hendrix, The New York Voices, Marc Antoine, Regina Carter, Chick Corea, The Escovedo Project, Onitsha, Barbara Lewis, Styles P, and Regina King. He holds endorsements with D’Addario, Gibson, Martin, PRS, Taylor, Carvin, Voodoo Labs, Duesenberg, Suhr, Nash, Benedetto, Divided By 13, Orange, Xotic, XTS, and Reunion Blues.

Ariel Alexander- Commercial Music Applied Class

Dr. Ariel Alexander has gained recognition as a Los Angeles composer, producer educator and entrepreneur. Originally from St Louis, Ariel earned her B.A. at Indiana University and her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California. Ariel has worked as an arranger, transcriber, orchestrator, copyist and performer for performances by Camila Cabello, Stevie Wonder, Eminem, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Steve Miller, John Mayer, Anderson.Paak, SZA, Miguel, Ella Mai, Juice WRLD, Bazzi, Nick Jonas, and many more. Her work has been performed at Super bowl 2020, Coachella 2018, the BET Awards, the American Music Awards and the MTV VMA Awards. She also served as an arranger for the Fox TV Show, “The Four.” She has also worked on the TV shows "The Masked Singer" and BET's "Sunday Best."  

Sara Leib- Commercial Vocals

As a performer, Sara Leib, MM, has worked with some of the biggest names in the jazz genre and has toured the world as a performer and a clinician. A natural improviser, Leib began singing seriously in high school and continued to pursue music through studies at the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory. She later found her passion for teaching while serving as graduate teaching assistantship at the University of Southern California, where she graduated with a master’s degree.  Since then, Leib has taught private voice lessons, ensembles, vocal improvisation, and workshops at several educational institutions in Southern California, including the University of Southern California and Azusa Pacific University. She also served on faculty of the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, El Camino College, and Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music. Leib has performed and taught all over the country and the world, including Guatemala, Nepal, New Zealand, and South Africa. She is a certified teacher of Somatic Voicework™, the LoVetri method.  In 2010, Leib opened Voice Studio LA and launched an interactive and easy-to-understand voice lesson website, Singing TV, which has has over a million views to date on Youtube. Leib has also worked on a vocal warmup app, Voxercise. Additional work has included serving as a panelist for the NARAS Foundation’s Grammy In The Schools, performing at the Academy Awards, voicing a Coffeemate commercial, and singing for the NBA, the WB, and more collaborations.

Featured Students & Alumni

Brian Gomez (emcee) and Chris Trimmer (guitar) from Apollo Bebop

Brian and Chris met in Saddleback's Commercial Ensemble! They went on to form one of Orange County's most popular local groups, Apollo Bebop! 


Jessica Gordon

Jessica Gordon is a singer/songwriter from Long Beach, CA, who went on to earn a Master’s in Commercial Music and Songwriting from Cal State LA. She has participated in many competitions, including the SongDoor Songwriting Contest (Winner - Pop Category) and  the International Songwriting Competition (Semi-finalist).