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Certificate of Achievement
Music - Live Sound Engineer

This certificate of achievement prepares students for entry-level work through the study of live sound engineering. The certificate comprises courses that will prepare the student to become a live sound engineer through a course of study that includes the sound reinforcement system, the physics of sound, psychoacoustics, and audio measurements. The students will also learn the design types and uses of microphones, equalizers, mixers, signal processing and effects, loudspeakers and crossovers, and power amplifiers.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan represents one possible pathway through the program. Be advised that each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements. Please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Map is for reference only for the 2020-2021 catalog year. Please refer to the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format) for additional course descriptions.
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
MUST 101 - Introduction to Music TechnologyM3.0
MUST 101 - Introduction to Music Technology (3.0 units)

Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is designed for the student who wants to learn the terminology, equipment, techniques, and concepts of music technology. Focus will be on principles and practices of sound, digital audio, synthesis, Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), MIDI sequencing, notation software, and audio recording utilizing hardware and software platforms. Lab activities will place an emphasis on the operation and components of the typical MIDI and digital audio lab (hardware and software). Students will complete independent projects demonstrating hands-on knowledge.

MUST 105 - Introduction to the Music BusinessM3.0
MUST 105 - Introduction to the Music Business (3.0 units)

Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement; ENGl 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This class is intended for students interested in the music business. It presents an overview of the business and legal aspects of the music industry in order to understand the rapid and massive changes due to the revolution of music on the Web. The focus will be on career possibilities, the development of business-related knowledge and skills necessary for effectively maintaining a professional music career, the vocabulary and terminology of the music industry, and the distinction between music and business at the corporate level. Topics include record contracts, publishing, licensing, distribution, and copyright. In addition, the duties and responsibilities of musicians, songwriters, lawyers, agents, promoters, publishers, executives, and managers—anyone trying to navigate the rapid transformation of the industry will be examined.

Total Semester Units:6.0 
2nd Semester
MUST 141 - Recording Studio IM3.0
MUST 141 - Recording Studio I (3.0 units)

Prerequisite:MUST 101 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is designed for the student who wants to learn to make high-quality recordings using a wide array of tools and techniques. Emphasis will be placed on Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) sound recording, editing, and mixing processes through hands-on experience. Students will collaborate to produce recordings within several musical genres.

MUST 145 - Live Sound Reinforcement IM3.0
MUST 145 - Live Sound Reinforcement I (3.0 units)

Prerequisite:MUST 101 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is designed for the student who seeks an overview of live concert sound reinforcement. Topics include basic sound system theory and its application. It also covers individual sound system component operation, including microphones, mixers, effects, power amplifiers, and speaker systems. This course offers opportunities for hands-on experiences in troubleshooting, sound checking, and mixing sound for live performance applications.

Total Semester Units:6.0 
3rd Semester
MUST 146 - Live Sound Reinforcement IIM3.0
MUST 146 - Live Sound Reinforcement II (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: MUS 145 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is designed for the student who seeks to further their knowledge in live concert sound reinforcement. Topics include professional communication with musicians, intermediate sound system theory and its application. It also covers individual sound system component operation, including microphones, mixers, effects, power amplifiers, and speaker systems. This course offers opportunities for hands-on experiences in troubleshooting, sound checking, and mixing sound for live performance applications.

Total Semester Units:3.0 
Total Units for Music - Live Sound Engineer COA program 15.0 
Notes:
MMajor course; course may also meet a general education requirement
† Some classes may have higher units.
** this course has prerequisite, please click on course name to view.
GE = General Education Course. Some of these courses also meet degree requirements. Please see a counselor to find out which ones meet both the general education and degree requirement
M = Major Course
EL = Elective Course
   

Program Learning Outcomes

1

Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how the music business functions and the role of professionals in the industry.


2

Students will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding and practical knowledge of music technology in the areas of music production and studio recording.


3

Students will be able to demonstrate how to set up, test, tune, and troubleshoot a live sound reinforcement system.


4

Students will be able to demonstrate specific tasks that include operating a front-of-house mix and stage monitors from a side-stage mixing board, and performing tasks that include audio feedback as well as communication with musicians.


5

Students will be able to collaborate effectively through group project-based learning.


Gainful Employment Disclosures

  • This program is designed to be completed in ______
  • This program will cost $______ if completed within normal time (including books, materials, and additional fees). There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but are subject to change.
  • Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0* of debt. *Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
  • License Requirements. This program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in California.

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

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