Turn your love of music into a profitable career by developing musical and technical skills in one of four specialized tracks. All of our faculty members are working professional musicians who perform nationally and internationally.

Commercial Music At-A-Glance

 

What Can I Earn?

These rates are entry hourly wages for the following Commercial Music jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

  • Audio/Video Equipment Technician $11.21/hr View Jobs
  • Music Director/Composer1 $11.88/hr View Jobs
  • Sound Engineering Technician $14.65/hr View Jobs

1 This job may require a bachelor's degree or higher.
Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth.
Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence and EMSI

Career Opportunities

Our graduates perform and are employed around the world as: 

  • Professional artists
  • Composers and arrangers
  • Studio and live sound engineers
  • Radio and television staff
  • Music retailers and marketers

See more about possible career paths and salary ranges.

 
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Why Is This a Good Career Bet?

CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects job growth of 21 percent for audio and video equipment technicians, 17 percent for musicians and sound engineering technicians through 2024 in Texas. With a large video and film production industry in the area, job possibilities are higher than in most cities outside of the east and west coasts for technicians with solid technical skills. 

See more about careers in Commercial Music.

Guided Pathways in Commercial Music

A guided pathway will help you earn a college credential and build a career. It’s a one-page document that clearly shows you what courses to take (and when) to best prepare you for success in college and in your career.

Learn more about Guided Pathways to Success.

Guided Pathway

Degree and Certificate Options for Commercial Music

Cedar Valley College

Cedar Valley College is the only one of the seven colleges of DCCCD to offer the Commercial Music program. There are four specialization tracks:

See all Commercial Music degrees and certificates.

Music Courses for Academic Transfer and Field of Study Degree in Music

Commercial Music is a Career and Technical Education program, designed to provide immediate entry into the job market. However, all seven colleges of DCCCD also offer Music courses for academic transfer in an Associate of Arts degree with a Field of Study in Music.

Official Field of Study degrees were created by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to transfer as a block of credit to any Texas public college or university. Field of Study degrees comprise courses to complete at freshman and sophomore levels that lead to a specific major in a four-year degree.