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About the Commercial Music Program

Cedar Valley offered the first commercial music and audio engineering program in Texas when the college opened in 1977. The goal was to prepare students to work in the music industry in two years through developing musicianship as well as technical skills.

Nearly 40 years later, Cedar Valley Commercial Music graduates perform and are employed around the world. They are professional artists, composers and arrangers, studio and live sound engineers, radio and television staff and music retailers and marketers. Community colleges across Texas have replicated our program.

Four studios are available for instruction, lab work and various stages of a recording project. All have Mac Pro Dual Quad Core computers and industry standard Avid Pro Tools recording and editing software.

In our studios, students can:

  • Learn the basics of music, acoustics and electronics
  • Engineer studio sessions
  • Produce live sound for concerts
  • Perform in ensembles
  • Produce commercials and jingles
  • Learn about the business of music and recording

How to Get Started

Complete the admissions process and meet with an academic advisor at the college you plan to attend.


Dallas County residents pay $177 per three-hour class — that is $59 per credit hour, or just $708 for a full-semester load of 12 credit hours.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.​​

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

See courses required for Commercial Music degrees and certificates.

Accreditation and Affiliations

Find out more about accreditation and affiliations.

Related Programs

Commercial Music is a technical program unique to Cedar Valley College in the Dallas County Community College District. However, each of the other six colleges has a music department offering credit classes:

Other Degree and Certificate Options

See a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.

Developing Skills for Success

Cedar Valley’s program offers numerous opportunities for students to perform and to participate in musical production and recording technology, including:

  • Family Music Theatre
  • Electric Guitar Ensemble
  • Keyboard Ensemble
  • Lab Jazz Band
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Recital Series
  • Vocal Ensemble

Faculty Profiles

Commercial Music faculty members are all professional musicians. They have performing experience in addition to teaching credentials, so they have an intimate working knowledge of the music world. Instructors work with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in school and in your career. See profiles of some of our Commercial Music faculty.

Transfer Information

The Commercial Music program is designed for direct entry into the workforce. However, if you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.

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