What is Commercial Music Technology?
Commercial Music Technology is a program designed to provide our students with the tools and experience necessary to begin building a career in the recording industry.
Each student graduates as a proficient musician on an instrument of choice — a musician who reads, writes and can analyze a musical score.
Students also learn the basics of acoustics, signal flow and microphone placement. And they learn to create, manipulate, edit and master musical files on state-of-the-art equipment.
What sets Cal U’s program apart from other music schools? Our classes and capstone projects revolve around popular or commercial applications. Students study the masters of jazz, rock ’n’ roll, film scores and video games. Capstone projects focus on current trends in music.
Software and certification
Upon graduation, students are certified in ProTools, the industry standard for recording, editing and mixing music and sound. They also master programs including Garage Band and Logic.
Cal U is one of two universities in Pennsylvania that is an Avid Learning Partner, a parent company of Pro-Tools. As an Avid Learning Partner, our music-recording curriculum parallels the Pro-Tools workshops that lead to Certified User and Expert designations.
Students also take classes in related areas, such as digital lighting, digital video and video production. Then they apply their knowledge through hands-on experience (practicums) on campus, as well as through internships. Our interns have worked in Nashville, Atlanta, Austin and throughout the Pittsburgh region.
Building a business
With the right blend of business classes, the Commercial Music Technology program at Cal U prepares students to start their own business. Business classes integrated in the curriculum include Entrepreneurship, Principals of Marketing and Personal Finance.
To give you the inside story, guest speakers — working musicians, sound engineers, studio owners and others — talk with you live each week, either in person or via Skype. Presenters have included country music writer and producer Joe West, book recording and music producer Bobby Owsinski, and jazz legend Jamey Aebersold.