Bakersfield College

Commercial Music students

Commercial Music


The Commercial Music program at Bakersfield College provides experience and exposure to key components of commercial music, allowing students to combine their passions for technology and music. Students will gain basic knowledge in technologies crucial to the modern recording studio, including use of popular digital audio workstations such as Logic and Pro Tools.

Exposure to sound synthesis will provide perspective on the infrastructure of today's music software. Experience with audio hardware and software, along with courses in music business and commercial music composition will provide skills necessary to pursue a career in audio engineering, production, performance, composition, promotion, publishing, and many other options.

Alongside these courses, Panorama Studios, a fully-outfitted recording studio and Panorama Recordings, a student-run record label, contribute to the program's presence in the region. Students also work with the Jazz Studies program to produce and perform in the annual Panorama Creative Music Summit.

The Renegade Minute podcast

BC's Commercial Music students created podcasts that are now available. Renegade Minute guests include Bakersfield College President, Sonya Christian, professors, such as Kris Tiner, students and members of the community. Take a listen:

The Renegade Minute


For more information, contact Dr. Josh Ottum at or call 661-395-4044.