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Lamar State College - Port Arthur Commercial Music

Commercial Music

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree

Sound Engineer




This curriculum prepares students for audio production jobs in the music industry. Employment opportunities include recording engineer, audio producer, sound designer and MIDI programmer.

Potential employers include advertising agencies, audio production companies, recording studios, record labels and publishing companies. Other opportunities will be available in the field when sufficient work experience is combined with academic preparation include record production, publishing, artist management, concert promotion, venue management and music merchandising.

Graduates will have a strong background in the appropriate core sub-disciplines of music theory; writing, orchestrating, arranging and composing music; audio recording; and the music industry. Laboratory training encompasses state-of-the-art instruments, materials and techniques employed in the commercial music industry.


Degree Plan
First Year
First Semester
Course Hours
 Lec       Lab     Credit 
Audio Engineering I (MUSC 1427)
   3            3            4   
Piano Class Instruction I (MUSI 1181)
   0            3            1   
Fundamentals of Music I (MUSI 1301)
   3            0            3   
American Popular Music + (MUSI 1310)
   3            0            3   
Public Speaking + (SPCH 1315)
   3            0            3   
Total Hours
  12           6           14   
Second Semester
College Algebra + (MATH 1314) OR Contemporary Mathematics I (MATH 1332)
   3            0            3   
Commercial Music Sight Singing/Ear Training I (MUSC 1211)
   2            1            2   
Commercial Music Theory I (MUSC 1213)
   2            1            2   
MIDI I (MUSC 1331)
   3            1            3   
Audio Engineering II (MUSC 2427)
   3            3            4   
Piano Class Intruction II (MUSI 1182)
   0            3            1   
Total Hours
  13           9           15   
Summer Semester
Elementary Physics I + (PHYS 1405) OR Physical Science I (PHYS 1415)
   3            3            4   
Second Year
Third Semester
Acoustics (MUSC 1325)
   3            0            3   
Live Sound (MUSC 1405)
   3            3            4   
Audio Engineering III (MUSC 2447)
   3            3            4   
Social/Behavioral Science Elective +
   3            0            3   
Total Hours
 12            6           14   
Fourth Semester
Survey of the Music Business (MUSB 1305)
   3            0            3   
Special Topics in Recording Arts Technology (MUSC 1196)
   0            3            1   
Audio Electronics (MUSC 1423)
   3            3            4   
Live Sound II (MUSC 2403)
   3            3            4   
Audio Engineering IV (MUSC 2448)
   3            3            4   
Total Hours
  12          12          16   
Degree Plan Total Hours
  59           8           63   
+ Denotes general education core



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