Music Technology

Music Technology Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Commercial Music Technology

Prepare for a top career in the music and media industries with this experiential degree.

Combining music, technology and entrepreneurship, a bachelor's degree in music technology from California University of Pennsylvania provides you with the tools and experience you need for a rewarding career in today's music and media industries.

This four-year program fuses traditional approaches to the study of music, music history, music theory and performance with study of contemporary musical influences, ensembles, applications, music engineering and today's recorded commercial music.

Become a modern musician at Cal U.

  • Gain proficiency in vocal performance or on the instrument of your choice, and read, write and analyze musical scores. 
  • Learn foundational skills of audio engineering and digital music production using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.
  • Understand how to be a successful entrepreneur in a fast-paced and competitive industry.
  • Become certified in ProTools, and well versed in other key music production software titles.

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Program Highlights: Commercial Music Technology

Hands-on Experience: Apply knowledge from program courses to real-life situations. Cal U music technology students complete 240 hours of hands-on experience in the areas of audio post-production, live sound reinforcement and digital video production.

Top Internships: There are endless opportunities for internships through Cal U's commercial music technology program. Our students work in recording studios and on stage, in radio stations and in theaters. Our students have worked in some of the hottest music cities ­- Nashville, Atlanta, Austin, Pittsburgh and New York City to name just a few!

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Only 
Public university in Pennsylvania that is a recognized Avid Learning Partner offering up-to-date User Certification in Avid's ProTools recording software.
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On-campus vocal and instrumental ensembles for students interested in performing.
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Degree Benefits

We constantly update our program to provide you with the skills and knowledge needed by today's music and media professionals.

  • Train in an instrument (including voice), music theory, history and ensemble performance.
  • Create a professional portfolio of studio recording, live sound and post-production projects.
  • Use up-to-date hardware and software to create mixed-media projects.
  • Learn about the modern music industry and gain career skills that will set you apart from the competition.
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Graduate Outcomes

Cal U's commercial music technology degree can prepare you for rewarding careers in music performance, commercial music production and engineering, radio and TV broadcasting, and mixed-media production. Alumni job titles include:

  • Director of Audio/Visual Events
  • Audio and Lighting Technician
  • Music Center Owner and Entrepreneur
  • Audio Engineer
  • Audio Visual Specialist
Commercial Music Technology Bachelor's Degree
MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

Top Music and Technology Facilities

Let your creativity flow at Cal U. We offer access to individual and group practice rooms, our music technology lab and recording studio, as well as access to recording hardware and software, including studio-quality microphones, instruments and up-to-date music production software. Many students have cut EPs at Cal U that are now on Spotify and iTunes.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

Learn to Build a Business from Music Pros

We regularly invite music industry pros to campus and integrate business classes into the commercial music technology curriculum to teach you how to start your own business. Guests have included country music writer and producer Joe West, book recording and music producer Bobby Owsinski, and jazz legend Jamey Aebersold.

What's It Like to Study Music Technology at Cal U?

Get an inside look into the program. Watch a video of students and professors talking about their personal experiences in the program and the benefits of studying music technology at Cal U.

Commercial Music Technology Bachelor's Degree Courses

Curriculum

Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First-Semester 15
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
GCM 180 Multimedia Foundations 3
MUS 211 Keyboard Class 3
MUS 215 Comprehensive Musicianship I 3
MUS Applied Instruction 1
MUS Performance Ensemble 1
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar 1
   
Second Semester 14
MUS 100 Introduction to Music 3
MUS 315 Comprehensive Musicianship II 3
MUS Applied Instruction 1
MUS Performance Ensemble 1
General Education Course 3
Public Speaking General Education Course 3
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 17
CMD 221 Speech Science 3
MUS 275 Music and Recording Technology I 3
MUS 316 Comprehensive Musicianship III 3
MUS Applied Instruction 1
MUS Performance Ensemble 1
General Education Courses 6
   
Fourth Semester 14
MUS 300 Jazz: History, Form and Analysis 3
MUS 375 Music and Recording Technology II 3
MUS 416 Comprehensive Musicianship IV 3
MUS Applied Instruction 1
MUS Performance Ensemble 1
Required Technology Elective 3
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 14
MUS 425 Commercial Music Arranging 3
MUS 475 Music and Recording Technology III 3
MUS Applied Instruction 1
MUS Performance Ensemble 1
THE 211 Lighting I 3
General Education Course 3
   
Sixth Semester 15
ENG 217 Scientific and Technical Writing I 3
MUS 476 Music and Recording Technology IV 3
MUS History/Forms/Analysis Elective 3
MUS Applied Instruction 1
MUS Performance Ensemble 1
Business Requirement 3
Special Experience 1
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 17
Applied Instruction 1
Business Requirement 6
MUS History/Forms/Analysis Elective 3
Special Experience 1
Technology Elective 3
General Education Course 3
   
Eighth Semester 14
Free Electives 6
MUS Applied Instruction 1
Special Experience 4
Technology Elective 3
Total 120 

 

Commercial Music Technology

Programs
Minor
  • Music Minor: A 24-credit minor, which includes private musical instruction with a professor and the opportunity to perform in vocal and instrumental ensembles for credit.

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Commercial Music Technology Faculty

Greg Davis
Assistant Professor

davis_g@calu.edu

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Jan Fung
Private Instructor, Percussio
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Ralph Guzzi
Instructor

ralph@guzzimusic.com

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Dr. Yugo Ikach
Professor and Director of University Choir
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Ken Karsh
Private Instructor, Guitar
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Lisa Brovey Kovach
Adjunct Professor
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Nancy Lonich
Private Instructor, Piano
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Margaret "Greta" Schottman
Private Instructor, String
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Edward "Dane" Shultz
Private Instructor, Woodwind
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Brian Stahurski
Private instructor, bass guitar
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Dr. Frank Stetar
Assistant Professor of Music; Director of University Bands
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Dr. Randy Tillmutt
Assistant Professor

tillmutt@calu.edu

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Dr. Yana Tyulkova
Adjunct Professor

tyulkova@calu.edu

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Brandon VanSickle
Instructor

vansickle@calu.edu

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Joseph "Jay" Weaver
Private Instructor, Electric Guitar
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