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The following Music certificates are offered:

Commercial Music: Live Sound Technician

Required Program Units
MUFHL 400    Music Theory and Musicianship I (4)
MUSM 306    Live Sound Reinforcement (3)
MUSM 334    Introduction to Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) (2)
MUSM 356    Pro Tools 101, Introduction to Pro Tools (1.5)
TA 422    Stage Lighting (3)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: (3)
    MUSM 498 Work Experience in Music Specializations (1- 4)

This certificate is designed to train students in live sound reinforcement for preparation for employment as live sound technicians in concert halls, at music venues, theaters, houses of worship, music festivals and other locations where public address systems are utilized.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Run a public address system for live performances in a variety of settings.
  • Design and build an onstage live sound set-up utilizing mixers, speakers, sub-woofers, monitors, microphones and amplifiers.
  • Diagnose and address problems with feedback, unwanted distortion, equipment buzzing and other extraneous sound to maximize amplification while minimizing noise.


Commercial Music: Music Entrepreneurship

Required Program Units
MUFHL 321    Basic Musicianship (3)
MUSM 334    Introduction to Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) (2)
MUSM 110    The Business of Music (3)
MUSM 356    Pro Tools 101, Introduction to Pro Tools (1.5)
A minimum of 2 units from the following: (2)
    MUP 320    Jazz Band (2)
    MUP 311     Advanced Orchestra (1-2)
    MUP 350    Concert Choir I (2)
    MUP 357    College Chorus (2)
    MUP 400    Vocal Jazz Ensemble (2)

This program is designed to provide students with an entry level preparation in the diverse set of skills required of musicians in the rapidly evolving music industry, including performing, recording, promotion, marketing and management.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a mastery of commercial music styles on one primary instrument/voice including demonstrating an ability to improvise solo passages.
  • Understand key changes in the music industry and the related economic opportunities created by these emerging technologies and revenue streams.
  • Evaluate the relative advantages of professionally produced audio recordings/media vs. "do-it-yourself" recordings/media and describe the industry applicability of both.
  • Construct a business marketing plan for a performing artist/ensemble based upon models of expanding local, regional and national industry markets.
  • Explain the processes of protecting intellectual property in the music industry including song registration, copyrighting original works and trademark registration.

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