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.

  • Musician/Singer*$7.71/hr
  • Audio/Video Equipment Technician$11.21/hr
  • Music Director/Composer*$11.88/hr
  • Sound Engineering Technician$14.65/hr

SOURCE: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence Center

*This job typically requires a bachelor's degree.

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.

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:

  • Recording Technology
  • Composition and Digital Music Production
  • Music Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Performing Musician 

See all Commercial Music degrees and certificates.