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Music

Faculty

Ikach (chair), Sharer

Commercial Music Technology

Purpose

This innovative, interdisciplinary program is designed to provide students with many tools and potential options for a career in today’s music technology.

First, each student will graduate as a proficient musician on an instrument of his/her choice; a musician who reads, writes and can analyze a musical score. Cal U differs from most music schools in that classes and capstone projects will revolve around popular or commercial applications. For instance, instead of investing lengthy research time on the works of classical masters (not discouraged, certainly), students will look at masters of jazz, rock 'n' roll, film score and video games. Capstone projects will revolve around music and styles of current trends in music.

Second, students will learn basics of acoustics, signal flow, microphone placement, and creating, manipulating, editing and mastering of musical files on state-of-the-art equipment. Students will work with and master Garage Band and Logic and become Pro-Tools certified. Cal U is one of two universities in Pennsylvania that are Avid Learning Partners (Pro-Tools’ parent company). As an Avid Learning Partner, our music recording curriculum parallels that of Pro-Tools workshops designed ultimately to have a student become a certified user and expert. In addition, classes such as Digital Lighting, Digital Video and Video Production are a part of the curriculum. However, class is not enough. Students will then apply all of this knowledge into “hands-on” experience (practicums) on campus and throughout the community. These may be running sound for a live performing ensemble such as the Cal U Jazz Ensemble, running 20 body microphones for a live musical or doing postproduction work on a studio recording. Also, our internships are only limited by students' own imagination. Our interns have worked in Nashville, Atlanta, Austin and throughout the Pittsburgh area.

Third, students will learn how to become their own business. Students will take business classes such as Entrepreneurship, Principals of Marketing and Personal Finance. And, as a rule, every week CMT Convocations have guest speakers in the “business” who address students live, either in person or via Skype. These guest speakers are working musicians, sound engineers, studio owners, lighting designers, songwriters, etc. Presenters this year included Joe West, Bobby Owsinski and Jamey Aebersold. West has written and produced multiple No. 1 singles as well as cuts with Keith Urban, Toby Keith and Tim McGraw. Owsinski is a Los Angeles producer who has authored 23 books on recording, music production, the music business and social media. Aebersold’s Jazz® Play-A-Longs have revolutionized the way musicians of all levels practice jazz.

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 email 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
  • email it as an attachment to musicauditions@calu.edu (Please email as either a Word document or a PDF file.)

The Department of Music will contact you via email and/or mail with your day and time of audition the Monday prior to your audition date.

2. Attend Scheduled Audition

Specific information (itinerary, parking information, map, etc.) about the audition day will be mailed to you 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 approximately two weeks after the last audition date. 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 such careers as recording and broadcast engineers, audio engineers for television and film, digital composers and arrangers, video game 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 Ensemble1 cr.

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 and 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

Music Minor: 24 Credits (9 of the 24 credits for the minor must be at 300 and/or 400 level.)
Required Courses (9 credits):

  • MUS 100 Introduction to Music
  • MUS 215 Comprehensive Musicianship I
  • MUS 315 Comprehensive Musicianship II

History, Theory and Education Electives (9 credits minimum — pick three):

  • MUS 300 Jazz: History, Form and Analysis
  • MUS 304 The American Musical: History, Form and Analysis
  • MUS 305 African-American Gospel and Caribbean Music: History, Form and Analysis
  • MUS 306 The Opera: History, Form and Analysis
  • MUS 310 Music in the Media: History, Form and Analysis
  • MUS 313 Rock and Roll: History, Form and Analysis

Applied Electives (3 credits minimum):
Option 1 (one of the following)

  • MUS 104 Voice Class (3 crs.)
  • MUS 211 Keyboard (or known as Class Piano) (3 crs.)

Option 2
The following courses (1 credit per semester) are repeatable to a maximum of 8 credits each.

  • MUS 109-409 Brass
  • MUS 119-419 Piano
  • MUS 129-429 Percussion
  • MUS 149-449 Woodwind
  • MUS 159-459 Voice
  • MUS 170-470 Guitar
  • MUS 179-479 Strings

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 187 Guitar Ensemble
  • MUS 188 Orchestra
  • MUS 191 University Choir
  • MUS 192 California Singers (Audition only)
  • MUS 193 Gospel Choir
  • MUS 196 Jazz Ensemble (Audition only)
  • MUS 198 Marching Band
  • MUS 199 Concert Band
  • MUS 307 Special Music Project