2021-2022 Academic Catalog

B.S. in Commercial Music Technology

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Commercial Music Technology degree delves into three distinct areas: music, technology and entrepreneurship. The curriculum combines traditional approaches to the study of music performance, music history and theory and modern-day applications (including popular music analysis, live sound reinforcement, audio engineering and entrepreneurship).

Note: Students wishing to enroll in the Commercial Music Technology program must go through the audition process outlined on the Cal U website. 


This program 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.

Course Credits
General Education Courses 40 or 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I
Public Speaking
CDC 101  Public Speaking
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
Any Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy Course
Health and Wellness
Any Health and Wellness Course
Technological Literacy
DMT 180  Foundations of Digital Media
Any Humanities Course
Fine Arts
MUS 100  Intro to Music 
Natural Sciences
CMD 221  Speech Science
Social Sciences
Any Social Sciences Course
Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis
MUS 300  Jazz: History, Form and Analysis
General Education Options
  • THE 211  Lighting I
  • ENG 217  Scientific and Tech. Writing I
  • Student-Selected General Education Option Course
Core Major Courses 33
MUS 211  Keyboard Class 3
MUS 215  Comprehensive Musicianship I 3
MUS 315  Comprehensive Musicianship II 3
MUS 316  Comprehensive Musicianship III 3
MUS 416  Comprehensive Musicianship IV 3
MUS 425  Commercial Music Arranging 3
MUS 275  Music and Recording Technology I 3
MUS 375  Music and Recording Technology II 3
MUS 475  Music and Recording Technology III 3
MUS 476  Music and Recording Technology IV 3
MUS 477  Music and Recording Technology V 3
History, Form and Analysis Electives (select from list) 6
MUS 304  The American Musical: History, Form and Analysis 3
MUS 305  African American Gospel and Caribbean Music: History, Form and Analysis 3
MUS 306  The Opera: History, Form and Analysis 3
MUS 310  Music and the Media  3
MUS 313  Rock 'N Roll: History, Form and Analysis 3
MUS 314  The Music Industry: History, Form and Analysis 3
Performance Ensemble Electives (select from list) 6
MUS 187  Guitar Ensemble 1
MUS 188  String Ensemble 1
MUS 191  Choir 1
MUS 192  California Singers 1
MUS 193  Gospel Choir 1
MUS 196  Jazz Ensemble 1
MUS 197  Pep Band 1
MUS 198  Marching Band 1
MUS 199  Concert Band 1
MUS 307  Special Music Project 1
Applied Instruction Electives (select from list) 8
Brass - MUS 109, 209, 309, 409 1 to 3
Piano - MUS 119, 219, 319, 419 1 to 3
Percussion - MUS 129, 229, 329, 429 1 to 3
Woodwind - MUS 149, 249, 349, 449 1 to 3
Voice - MUS 159, 259, 359, 459 1 to 3
Guitar - MUS 170, 270, 370, 470 1 to 3
String - MUS 179, 279, 379, 479 1 to 3
Special Experience Electives (select from list) 6
MUS 485  Music Tech Practicum 1 to 3
MUS 488  Music Tech Internship 1 to 12
MUS 499  Senior Project/Recital  3
Required Business Course 3
MKT 300  Principles of Marketing 3
Business Electives (select from list) 6
ACC 200  Financial Accounting  3
FIN 304  Personal Finance  3
MGT 300  Principles of Management 3
MGT 303  Entrepreneurship I: Fundamentals 3
MGT 376  Cyberlaw and E-Privacy Issues 3
Technology Electives (select from list) 6
CDC 151  Producing Media Messages I
DMT 220  Digital Photography 3
DMT 225  Digital Page Layout 3
DMT 240  Vector Based Graphics 3
DMT 250  Digital Imaging 3
DMT 320  Digital Video 3
DMT 331  Web Publishing 3
DMT 340  3D Computer  3
THE 311  Lighting II 3
THE 480  Digital Performance 3
EET 110  Electrical Circuits I 3
EET 160  Electrical Circuits II 3
Free Electives 6
Total 120

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): Any CMT listed in the Special Experience course menu
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): MUS 375 Music and Recording Technology II AND MUS 477 Music and Recording Technology V
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): DMT 180 Foundations of Digital Media

Program Notes: All prescribed courses, included general education courses, may not be substituted except at the discretion of the music department. Developmental courses do not count toward the 120 credits necessary for graduation, but are calculated in your overall GPA.

Additional Requirements

  • Music: Each student is required to become an accomplished performer on an instrument of their choice. This entails students being able to read, write and analyze a musical score, to perform in an ensemble setting and to then apply their musical understanding to popular or commercial applications. Students perform regularly in one (or more) of the 11 ensembles at Cal U in order to gain professional performance experience, both on and off campus. Students also complete projects in capstone music theory courses (for example, composition/arranging projects, film score projects, etc.) that aide them in applying the theoretical knowledge to which they are exposed.
  • Technology: The CMT program’s five-course Music and Recording Technology (MRT) curriculum focuses on providing students with solid foundational knowledge within the disciplines of audio engineering and modern music production. The curriculum is experiential in nature, focusing on having students apply theoretical knowledge of acoustics, signal flow, recording, editing and mixing audio in various classroom projects and on-campus activities. To ensure students gain additional hands-on-experience, each student is required to earn a total of 6 credits of "special experience." These experience credits are earned through the student’s choice of on-campus practicum assignments, off-campus internships or a senior recital/project. Examples of on-campus special experience assignments include audio engineering responsibilities for any of our departmental ensembles, music recital and performance archive engineer, sporting events audio engineer, university event and ceremony audio engineer. Lastly, Cal U is one of only a few recognized Academic Avid Learning Partners in the state of Pennsylvania that prepares and tests students for professional certifications of Avid software products, including Pro Tools, one of the music industry’s standards for music production. The MRT curriculum incorporates extensive exploration and usage of Pro Tools hardware and software. Students are provided with the opportunity to take a certification exam, which (if passed) awards them with a professional certification in Pro Tools. This professional certification provides our degree seekers with an employment advantage both regionally and nationally. 
  • Entrepreneurship: Finding success in today’s entertainment industry depends just as much upon understanding business and entrepreneurship as upon music and media. Cal U’s CMT program requires students to take business courses that encourage them to think of their artistic skills as marketable business assets. Courses such as Financial Accounting, Principles of Marketing and The Music Industry offer students a broad perspective on how to think critically and competitively. Students also attend weekly convocation meetings in the music department that feature guest speakers, guest performances, etc. Our guests have included touring musicians, professional sound engineers, recording studio owners, lighting designers and songwriters, and each has shared their business, experiences and insight into the music and media industries.

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