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Get your career in the mix at SDCC's Commercial Music program. If you have a love for music and a desire to create something unique, we'll get you started!

In our program, you'll receive hands-on training using sophisticated digital and analog recording equipment and software. You'll explore theories behind sound engineering and music, fine-tune your listening skills, and learn the fundamentals behind creating high-quality recordings.

You'll take a look at how the business side of the music industry operates, and develop communication skills for working in a creative environment. You'll gain a working knowledge of current industry terminology, and develop critical-thinking skills for problem-solving scenarios.

Get inside the dynamic world of the music industry today!



Examples of employment options available in entry level music technology after successful completion of the associate degree program include: composition and/or production of music for music CD's, film, video, music videos, jingles or commercials, radio and TV station ID packages, and multimedia projects. Additional careers include digital audio technician, recording studio engineer, sound reinforcement engineer, and synthesizer programmer. Some of these careers require education beyond the associate degree.

Gainful Employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' "Occupational Outlook Handbook":


Upon completion of the program:

  • Students will be able to successfully operate Pro Tools software in the context of a recording studio; students will be able to pass an AVID training exam covering the use of this software.
  • Students will have an understanding of MIDI technology and the operation of a MIDI-based studio.
  • Students will understand analog and digital signal flow as it pertains to a recording studio environment.
  • Students will be able to successfully utilize microphones/microphone placement in order to record live instruments with Pro Tools software


Our faculty have a wide range of experience within the music industry, from recording engineers to film composers, entertainment attorneys to concert pianists. Learn more here.


For more information about the Music and Commercial Music Programs, please contact Associate Professor Bob Kostlan (rkostlan@sdccd.edu) or Assistant Professor Mike Espar (mespar@sdccd.edu). 

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