Program Description

The Commercial Music Occupational Skills Certificate prepares students for employment in a variety of commercial music and music production settings such as sound designer assistant, sound editor assistant, automation dialogue replacement assistant and sound recordists. They will gain skills in applying musical skills in audio production, audio signal flow, using recording equipment, signal processing and audio editing and post-production.

An Occupational Skills Certificate is awarded upon successful completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate conventional, industry-standard recording techniques including microphone selection and placement.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in multi-track recording production by recording multi-track sessions that are enhanced with the use of compiled play-lists, quantization and elastic audio.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in audio post-production by mixing a multi-track recording session so that elements of the mix are clear, and the frequency range, stereo width, and perception of depth/dynamics are all to industry standards.

This program is designed to be completed in months.

This program will cost if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with of debt.

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This program has not passed standards established by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department based these standards on the amounts students borrow for enrollment in this program and their reported earnings. If in the future the program does not pass the standards, students who are then enrolled may not be able to use federal student grants or loans to pay for the program, and may have to find other ways, such as private loans, to pay for the program.

Requirements for the Occupational Skills Certificate

Required Units: 16.5

Required Courses

  • MUSC 093A – Introduction to the Music Business and Entrepreneurship (2)
  • MUSC 096A – Introduction to Music Recording and Production (3.5)
  • MUSC 096B – Music Recording & Production Applications (3.5)
  • MUSC 096C – Music Recording & Production Workshop (3.5)

Required Electives

4 units from the following:

  • MUSC 034A – Jazz Keyboard Skills (2)
  • MUSC 034B – Advanced Jazz Keyboard Skills (2)
  • MUSC 036A – Pop-Jazz Theory (3)
  • MUSC 036B – Jazz-Commercial Theory (3)
  • MUSC 041A – First Year Piano (2)
  • MUSC 071A – Voice Techniques (1)
  • MUSC 083A – Beginning Guitar (1)
  • MUSC 105 – Popular Songwriting (3)
  • MUSC 112A – Electric Bass Techniques (2)
  • MUSC 112B – Electric Bass Repertoire (2)
  • MUSC 115 – Contemporary Guitar Techniques (1)
  • MUSC 116 – Drum Set Techniques (1)
  • MUSC 117 – Rhythm Section Techniques (2)
  • MUSC 121 – Latin Percussion Techniques (2)
  • MUSC 144 – Introduction to Improvisation (1)
  • MUSC 171A – Techniques of Popular Singing (2)
  • MUSC 171B – Techniques of Popular Singing (2)
  • MUSC 171C – Vocal Jazz Performance Techniques (1)

Catalog Year
This information reflects the information from the 2020-2021 catalog. If you have questions about a previous version, please review our Catalog Archives and/or speak with a Counselor.

Download Requirements

You can complete the Commercial Music Certificate in three semesters by following our recommended course sequence.

First Semester
  • Music 93 - The Music Business
  • Music 96A - Introduction to Music Recording and Production
  • Elective course (1-3 units)
Second Semester
  • Music 96B - Music Recording and Production Applications
  • Music 96C - Music Recording and Production Workshop
  • Elective Course (1-3 units)
Third Semester
  • Electives: Complete six units of electives.