Bakersfield College


Commercial Music Certificate of Achievement

The Commercial Music Certificate of Achievement 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.

The Commercial Music Ensemble is a 1 credit ensemble that students are welcome to join and put to use the skills they learn in the CA courses. This is not required, but serves to mimic real world commercial music opportunities and challenges.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • be able to identify and make use of pertinent components of audio recording systems, digital audio workstations, and other musical technologies affiliated with commercial music applications.
  • demonstrate knowledge and application of key concepts in music business. Concepts include digital marketing, contracts, publishing, royalties, and booking.
  • be able to identify and make use of relationships between audio hardware and software. Concepts include consoles, software synthesis, analog synthesis, microphone and microphone technique, signal processing, mixing, and mastering.
  • demonstrate knowledge and familiarity with commercial music composition. Concepts include composing within genres and styles relevant to commercial music, creating production music and jingles, creating composition reel.

Career Opportunities:

Recording Studio Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Private Music Instructor, Instrument Designer Music Marketing,Booking Agent, Performing Musician, Composer, Audio Editor

To Achieve the Certificate of Achievement

Upon completion of the following courses with at least a ‘C’ grade in each course, the student will be awarded a Commercial Music Certificate of Achievement.

Total Units: 21

Required Courses

Course # Name Units
MUSC B30 Introduction to Music Technology 3.0
MUSC B31 Commercial Music Composition 3.0
MUSC B32 Sound Design and Synthesis 3.0
MUSC B33 Live Sound 3.0
MUSC B34 Recording Techniques I 3.0
MUSC B35 Recording Technique II
MUSC B36 Music Business 3.0