Bachelor of Science in Commercial Music Technology

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Purpose

Combining music, technology and entrepreneurship Cal U’s Commercial Music Technology (CMT) program provides students with the skills and experience necessary for a career in today's music and media industries. The four-year, 120-credit curriculum fuses traditional approaches to the study of music performance, music history and theory with modern-day applications, including popular music analysis, live sound reinforcement, audio engineering and entrepreneurship.

 The CMT degree at Cal U has three distinct areas of focus that aid students in developing a well-rounded set of artistic and multimedia skills. These three areas of focus are: 

  1. Music: It is required that each student become an accomplished performer on an instrument of his/her 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 that they are exposed to.
  2. 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 that 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. 
  3. Entrepreneurship: Finding success in today’s entertainment industry depends just as much upon understanding business and entrepreneurship as it does 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.

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

Careers

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

Cal U program graduates work in some of the country’s hottest music destinations, from Nashville to New York City and beyond. Recent graduates with bachelor’s degrees from Cal U’s music production program have gone to work at places such as:

  • Dickenson College, Carlisle, Pa.
  • The Carnegie Museums, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Occulus VR, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • The Apprentice Academy, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Miner Street Studios, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Tonic Recording Studios, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Hear Corp., Pittsburgh, Pa.

 Cal U prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge, integrity, character and experience. With the help of the University’s 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.

Curriculum - Commercial Music Technology

The B.S. 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.


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First-Semester 15
GCM 180  Multimedia Foundations 3
MUS 100  Intro to Music 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
ENG 101  English Comp I 3
MUS 275  Music and Recording Technology I* 3
MUS 315  Comprehensive Musicianship II* 3
MUS Applied Instruction 1
MUS Performance Ensemble 1
General Education Course 3
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 17
CMD 221  Speech Science 3
ENG 217 Scientific/Tech Writing 3
MUS 316  Comprehensive Musicianship III** 3
MUS 375  Music and Recording Technology II** 3
MUS Applied Instruction 1
MUS Performance Ensemble 1
Public Speaking General Education Course 3
   
Fourth Semester 14
MUS 300  Jazz: History, Form and Analysis 3
MUS 416  Comprehensive Musicianship IV 3
MUS 475  Music and Recording Technology III* 3
MUS Applied Instruction 1
MUS Performance Ensemble 1
Technology Elective 3
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 14
MUS 425  Commercial Music Arranging 3
MUS 476  Music and Recording Technology IV** 3
MUS Applied Instruction 1
MUS Performance Ensemble 1
THE 211  Lighting I** 3
General Education Course 3
   
Sixth Semester 16
MUS 477  Music and Recording Technology V* 3
MUS Applied Instruction 1
MUS History/Forms/Analysis Elective 3
MUS Performance Ensemble 1
MUS Performance Ensemble 1
General Education Courses 6
Special Experience 1
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 17
Business Electives 6
MUS Applied Instruction 1
MUS History/Forms/Analysis Elective 3
Special Experience 1
Technology Elective 3
General Education Course 3
   
Eighth Semester 13
Free Electives 5 to 6
MUS Applied Instruction 1
Special Experience 4
Business Elective 3
Total 120 

* Offered in spring only.

** Offered in fall only.

Note: Developmental courses do not count toward the 120 credits necessary for graduation, but are calculated in your overall GPA.

Program Requirements

Course Credits
Core Requirements  
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: HF&A 3
MUS 305  African American Gospel and Caribbean Music: HF&A 3
MUS 306  The Opera: HF&A 3
MUS 310  Music and the Media  3
MUS 313  Rock 'N Roll: HF&A 3
MUS 314  The Music Industry: HF&A 3
   
Performance Ensembles (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 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 482  Music Tech Practicum Marketing  1 to 3
MUS 483  Music Tech Practicum Post Production 1 to 3
MUS 484  Music Tech Practicum Sound Engineer 1 to 3
MUS 485  Music Tech Practicum 1 to 3
MUS 488  Music Tech Internship 1 to 3
MUS 499  Senior Project/Recital  1 to 3
   
Business Courses 9
MGT 300  Principles of Management 3
MGT 303  Entrepreneurship I: Fundamentals  3
   
3 Credits from the Following:  
ACC 200  Financial Accounting  3
FIN 304  Personal Finance  3
MKT 300  Principles of Marketing  3
MGT 376  Cyberlaw & E-Privacy Issues 3
   
Technology Courses (select from list) 6
COM 142  Video Production I 3
GCM 220  Black and White Photography 3
GCM 225  Principles of Layout & Design 3
GCM 240  Desktop Publishing 3
GCM 300  Digital Photography 3
GCM 320  Digital Video 3
GCM 331  Web Publishing 3
GCM 340  Computer Animation & 3-D  3
THE 311  Lighting II 3
THE 480  Digital Performance 3
TED 302  Energy Control Systems 3
EET 110  Electrical Circuits I 3
EET 160  Electrical Circuits II 3

Note: All prescribed courses, including general education courses, may not be substituted, except at the discretion of the music department.