2020 - 2021 Dallas College Catalog

2020 - 2021 Catalog
Program: Commercial Music
Degree Plan: Digital Music Production Certificate

(Level 1 Certificate)

Cedar Valley campus only
  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by Dallas College.

Degree Plan Code: C1.CM.DIG.MUSIC.21

This program is designed to help the latest generation of digital music producers, beat-makers, and songwriters "hit-the-ground-running" with relevant, cutting-edge tools for addressing the needs of this global industry. Emphasis is on music technology in a big way, based on a firm foundation in MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) and Digital Audio Workstations (i.e. Logic Pro, Garage Band, Finale, etc.) including instruction on adding music and sound effects to film and video. This exciting curriculum is bolstered and supplemented by applied music (private lessons), ensembles, and classes in the fundamentals of audio, keyboard skills, music business, and recital (concert etiquette). Emphasis is placed on relevance to the demands of the current music industry and the specific needs of each commercial music student producer/composer.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
MUSC 1331 Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) 1 3
MUSC 1327 Audio Engineering 1 3
MUSC 1333 Synthesis 1 3
MUSP 2103 Commercial Class Piano OR 1
MUSP 1110 Applied Commercial Music: Piano OR (1)
MUSP 1123 Applied Commercial Music: Synthesizer (1)
MUSC 2141 Forum/Recital 1
+Elective Commercial Music Ensemble (one course) 1
++Elective Applied Commercial Music 1
Semester Total 13

Course Course Title Credit Hours
MUSC 2345 Synthesis 2 3
MUSB 1305 Survey of the Music Business 3
MUSC 2355 Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) 2 3
MUSC 2141 Forum/Recital 1
+Elective Commercial Music Ensemble (one course) 1
++Elective Applied Commercial Music 1
Semester Total 12
Minimum Hours Required 25

+Ensemble Elective - must be selected from the following. NOTE: All ensembles are intended for repeatability for advanced practice. A student can take the same ensemble multiple times in different semesters or take different ensembles:

Course Course Title Credit Hours
MUSP 1142 Small Commercial Music Ensemble 1
MUSP 1150 Small Commercial Music Ensemble: Jazz 1
MUSP 1151 Small Commercial Music Ensemble: Recording 1
MUSP 1153 Small Commercial Music Ensemble: Rock 1
MUSP 2106 Commercial Vocal Ensemble: General 1

++Applied Music Elective - must be selected from the following. NOTE: Student has an option to take two 1-credit hour courses or one 2-credit hour course:

Course Course Title Credit Hours
MUSP 1101 Applied Commercial Music: Arranging and Composition 1
MUSP 1104 Applied Commercial Music: Bass Guitar 1
MUSP 1105 Applied Commercial Music: Commercial Guitar 1
MUSP 1110 Applied Commercial Music: Piano 1
MUSP 1117 Applied Commercial Music: Percussion 1
MUSP 1123 Applied Commercial Music: Synthesizer 1
MUSP 1127 Applied Commercial Music: Voice 1
MUSP 1201 Applied Commercial Music: Arranging and Composition 2
MUSP 1204 Applied Commercial Music: Bass Guitar 2
MUSP 1205 Applied Commercial Music: Commercial Guitar 2
MUSP 1210 Applied Commercial Music: Piano 2
MUSP 1217 Applied Commercial Music: Percussion 2
MUSP 1223 Applied Commercial Music: Synthesizer 2
MUSP 1227 Applied Commercial Music: Voice 2

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.