Commercial Music at Cedar Valley

The Commercial Music program at Cedar Valley will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities. Our faculty draw on their knowledge and experience to ensure student success.


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.

More than 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:

  • Learn the basics of music, acoustics and electronics
  • Engineer studio sessions
  • Produce live sound for concerts
  • Perform in ensembles
  • Produce commercials and jingles
  • Learn about the business of music and recording