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:
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.
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.
See courses required for Commercial Music degrees and certificates.
Find out more about accreditation and affiliations.
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:
chart of degree plans by college or visit the
credit programs home page.
Cedar Valley’s program offers numerous opportunities for students to perform and to participate in musical production and recording technology, including:
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.
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.
If you have questions about the Commercial Music program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to
Commercial Music Students Hit the Right Notes - see feature article.