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Commercial Music

Create Your Success Story in Commercial Music

The demand for certified music and audio technicians is extremely high for the California region due to the fast growing multi-billion dollar entertainment multimedia industry. Compton College's Commercial Music Program teaches students to analyze, write, interpret, perform pieces of music, and demonstrate skills utilizing professional music software.

Students who complete the program can land high-paying jobs in performing arts, radio and television, motion pictures, and more. Commercial Music Program courses include Music Fundamentals, Keyboarding for Commercial Music, Songwriting for Commercial Music, and several other engaging topics.

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How can I apply?

Becoming a Compton College student starts by filling out a free online application. After that, there are a few simple steps to follow before it's time to enroll in classes. Click to get started today.

What are the steps to enrollment?

Click here for all the details you need to understand the process from application to graduation, but here's a brief summary of the steps to become a Compton College student.

  1. Apply for admission
  2. Explore your financial aid options
  3. Complete your online orientation
  4. Work with a counselor to create your educational plan
  5. Register for classes

Need more help? Click here for our virtual program guides.

What degrees and certificates are offered?

Compton College offers one Certificate of Achievement in Commercial Music, which requires 20 units.

View the Certificate of Achievement program map for more details on a pathway to completion.

How much does this program cost?

The program cost is $46 per unit for California residents, not including books, fees, and supplies. For example, unit fees for a 15-unit certificate would be $690, ranging up to the 60-unit associate degree, which would be $2,760. Most students qualify for financial aid or for the Compton College Promise Program.

How long is the program?

Program length varies depending on whether you are pursuing an associate degree or certificate and how many classes you are able to take each semester.

View the Certificate of Achievement program map for more details on a pathway to completion.

What types of jobs are available once I earn a degree or certificate?

  • Sound Engineering Technician
  • Audio Technician
  • Video Technician
  • Broadcast Technician
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What is the salary range for jobs in this field?

The median salary for sound engineering technicians in California is $62,247 and varies based on experience, education, and location. Among sound engineering technicians nationally, the lowest 10 percent earned less than $25,890, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $89,080.

Are there internships and/or work experience available?

Cooperative Work Experience (CWEE) is designed to provide Compton College students with workplace experience and enhanced skills. We invite you to learn more about the work experience process with us by visiting the CWEE website.

Why choose Compton College?

Compton College is a great value for students looking to make a change or enhance their career and get experience for in-demand, high-paying jobs. Our diverse programs, affordable fees, and outstanding student services are here to support your career goals. The Commercial Music Program is just one of many career paths we offer and trains students based on industry standards to ensure success.

Can I transfer to a university after earning a degree?

Upon completing Compton College's Commercial Music Program, students can use their certificate to work immediately or complete additional general education and major preparation coursework for transfer to a university.

What else do I need to know?

At least 50% of the major requirements for the associate degree must be completed at Compton College.

Who are the program contacts?

Lakeisha Wright
Student Services Advisor
Fine Arts, Communications and Humanities (FACH)
Office: Welcome Center D-26

"My mother is my inspiration because she completed college while raising small children, has a successful career, and continues to help children as a foster parent. She is my role model. Compton College has a very supportive environment. Everyone is really positive, especially the professors and administration."
Faith Minor, Compton College student


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