Enrolling in PennWest’s Commercial Music Technology is the first step to unlocking excellent career opportunities for your future. Earning a CMT degree expands your skill set and increases your career opportunities whether you choose to work in Pennsylvania, across the country, or even around the world. PennWest CMT graduates have gone on to build exciting careers in some of the world’s hottest music cities after gaining their foundational skills at PennWest!
PennWest California’s four-year commercial Commercial Mmusic Technology degree fuses traditional approaches to the study music performance, music history, and theory with modern-day applications, including popular music analysis, live sound reinforcement, audio engineering and entrepreneurship.
Working under the guidance of experienced professors, you will gain proficiency in vocal performance or the instrument of your choice, you’ll learn to read, write and analyze musical scores, and you’ll acquire copious amounts of hands-on experience in audio engineering and digital music production. After all is said and done, you’ll have the skills and knowledge that you need to become a successful artist and entrepreneur in today’s competitive commercial music industry.
PennWest California is one of only a few recognized Academic Avid Learning Partners in the state of Pennsylvania that prepares and tests students for professional certifications of Avid software products, including Pro Tools®, one of the music industry’s standards for music production. Students are then given an opportunity to earn a professional certification in Pro Tools®, giving our degree seekers an employment advantage both regionally and nationally.
All CMT majors have access to individual and group practice rooms, as well as professional recording hardware, software and facilities. Our music technology lab features 21, state-of-the art Apple computers loaded with Avid’s® Pro Tools®, Sibelius®, Waves® plug-ins as well as other virtual instrument software bundles. Our tracking room is equipped with an Apple Pro computer, Pro Tools HD hardware, a 24-channel “split” analog mixing console and a patch bay system full of preamps and signal processors.
We regularly invite local and national industry experts to our upper-level seminar courses (Music & Recording Technology V and The Music Industry: HFA) to share their experiences, tell you how they’ve made their mark in the industry, and offer advice on how you can do the same.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for broadcast, sound and video technicians is projected to grow 10 percent from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations.
PennWest California's commercial music technology degree can prepare you for rewarding careers in music performance, commercial music production and engineering, radio and TV broadcasting and mixed-media production. Alumni job titles include:
PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.