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Music

Faculty

Ikach (chair), Sharer

Commercial Music Technology

Purpose

This innovative, interdisciplinary program—the only music technology degree program of its kind offered in Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities—blends musical training with the development of multimedia and entrepreneurial skills, preparing you for careers in audio production, broadcast engineering, multimedia soundtrack composition and even video game development.

Our program combines a traditional approach to the study of music with a concentration in the theories, techniques and technologies that are used in today’s music industry. You will learn theory, history and performance of Western music, the foundations of the recording arts, how to effectively utilize multimedia technologies, and how technology can be used as a creative tool to enhance the art of music.


Upon graduation from the program, you will be:

  • Proficient in one instrument of choice (including voice);
  • Well-versed in the four areas of music study: theory, history, ensemble performance and applied music production;
  • Able to effectively utilize multimedia technologies; and
  • Skilled in the methodologies of creating, recording, manipulating and storing digital and analog audio.

Programs

The department offers a Bachelor of Science in Commercial Music Technology, or students from any major may choose to minor in music.

Admission to the commercial music technology program is by audition only.

Admission into the Commercial Music Technology Program

The Department of Music at California University of Pennsylvania offers a degree program at the undergraduate level in commercial music technology.

Students wishing to enroll in the Department of Music at Cal U need to follow the procedures below:

1. Return Audition Information Form

To reserve your audition date, complete an audition preregistration form (this can be found on the Cal U website at www.calu.edu) and e-mail it to musicauditions@calu.edu. Fill out and return this form as soon possible.

The audition preregistration form is a Word document:

  • open it and save it to your computer
  • complete the form
  • save it again
  • e-mail it as an attachment to musicauditions@calu.edu.

The Music Department will contact you via e-mail and/or mail with your day and time of audition.

2. Attend Scheduled Audition

Specific information (itinerary, parking information, map, etc.) about the audition day will be mailed to students after receipt of the completed audition information form. Plan to attend all of the events listed in the itinerary. Typically, the audition day begins around 8:30 a.m. and concludes at approximately 4 p.m.

Audition dates can be found at www.calu.edu.

3. Audition Material

Before auditioning, make sure to read our Commercial Music Technology Audition Procedures Handbook. This can found at www.calu.edu.

4. Notification of Acceptance into the CMT Program

All accepted applicants will be notified via mail, and all acceptances will be contingent upon acceptance by the University at large. If you haven't already, you should apply for admission to Cal U.

Careers

Cal U's Bachelor of Science in Commercial Music Technology will give you a complete repertoire of skills, preparing you for careers as recording and broadcast engineers, audio engineers for television and film, digital composers and arrangers, videogame developers, sound mixers, and sales representatives within the music industry.

Cal U prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge, integrity, character and experience. With the help of Career Services, we'll connect you to potential employers through networking events, job shadowing opportunities, on-campus recruiting, job and internship fairs, and organizational visits.

Commercial Music Technology: Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Commercial Music Technology can be completed in four years. The curriculum shown below illustrates the scope of courses that are required for graduation from this program. In addition to courses in music history, music theory and performance, commercial music technology majors will take classes in audio and video production, digital video, web publishing, 3-D and computer animation, and music production, as well as business courses in economics and finance.

Bachelor of Science in Commercial Music Technology: 120 Credits

Freshman Year

Semester 1 – 15 credits
CourseCredits
UNI 100 First - Year Seminar1 cr.
ENG 101 English Composition I3 crs.
GCM 180 Multimedia Foundations3 crs.
MUS 211 Keyboard Class3 crs.
MUS 215 Comprehensive Musicianship I3 crs.
MUS Applied Instruction1 cr.
MUS Performance Ensemble1 cr.

Semester 2 – 14 credits
Course
 Credits
General Education Course 3 crs.
MUS 100 Introduction to Music 3 crs.
MUS 315 Comprehensive Musicianship II 3 crs.
Public Speaking General Education Course 3 crs.
MUS Applied Instruction 1 cr.
MUS Performance Ensemble
 1 cr.

Sophomore Year

Semester 3 – 17 Credits
CourseCredits
CMD 221 Speech Science3 crs.
MUS 316 Comprehensive Musicianship III3 crs.
MUS 275 Music and Recording Technology I
3 crs.
General Education Courses
6 crs.
MUS Applied Instruction
1 cr.
MUS Performance Ensemble
1 cr.

Semester 4 – 14 Credits
CourseCredits
MUS 300 Jazz: History, Form and Analysis
3 crs.
MUS 375 Music and Recording Technology II
3 crs.
MUS 416 Comprehensive Musicianship IV
3 crs.
Required Technology Elective
3 crs.
MUS Applied Instruction
1 cr.
MUS Performance Ensemble
1 cr.

Junior Year

Semester 5 – 14 Credits
 Course
Credit
MUS 475 Music and Recording Technology III
3 crs.
MUS 425 Commercial Music Arranging3 crs.
General Education Course3 crs.
THE 211 Lighting I3 crs.
MUS Applied Instruction1 cr.
MUS Performance Ensemble1cr.

Semester 6 – 15 Credits
 Course Credit
MUS 476 Music and Recording Technology IV
3 crs.
Business Requirement

3 crs.

Special Experience
1 cr.
MUS History/Forms/Analysis Elective
3 crs.
MUS Applied Instruction
1 cr.

MUS Performance Ensemble

ENG 217 Scientific & Technical Writing I

1 cr.

3 crs.


Senior Year

Semester 7 – 17 Credits
 Course
Credit
General Education Course3 crs.
Business Requirement
6 crs.
MUS History/Forms/Analysis Elective
3 crs.
Technology Elective
3 crs.

Applied Instruction

1 cr.
Special Experience1 cr.

Semester 8 – 14 Credits
 CourseCredit
Free Electives6 crs.
Technology Elective
3 crs.
MUS Applied Instruction
1 cr.
Special Experience
4 crs.

Minor in Music – 24 credits

Nine of the 24 credits for the minor must be at 300 and/or 400 level.

Required Courses (9 credits): MUS 100, 215, 315
History, Theory and Education Electives (9 credits minimum): MUS 304, 306, 310, 313
Applied Electives (3 credits minimum): MUS 104, 211
Private instruction courses are available to music minors.
The following courses are repeatable to a maximum of  8 credits each: MUS 109-409, 119-419, 129-429, 149-449, 159-459.
Performance Electives (3 credits minimum):
The following courses are repeatable to a maximum of 8 credits - the option to continue without credit is available: MUS 191, 192, 196, 198, 199, 307.