Chaz Celaya, J.D.

Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Commercial Music

Chaz Celaya came to PLNU in 2018 to direct the Commercial Music program and teach courses in music production and music industry. Since signing his first production agreement as a teenager, Chaz has traversed the globe working an array of roles in music production, industry, law, and education. Now, as a trusted educator, advisor, and strategist to musicians and creative professionals, his passion is in guiding creatives successfully through the intersection of art and commerce. In addition to a pair of Bachelor Degrees, he holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and a Doctor of Laws from California Western School of Law, and has twice received the PLNU Excellence in Teaching Award. A native of Southern California, Chaz loves spending time with his wife and three children, usually at a beach, concert venue, or sporting event in San Diego, or adventuring in the wilds of Southeast Alaska.


Juris Doctor, Cum Laude

California Western School of Law, San Diego, CA.


Master of Music, Music Business and Entertainment Industry Studies

University of Miami, Frost School of Music, Coral Cables, FL.


Bachelor of Biblical Studies, with studies abroad in York, England

Calvary Chapel Bible College, Murrieta Hot Springs, CA.


Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Music Minor

University of Redlands, Redlands, CA.

Courses Taught

MTC 1000 - Introduction to Music Technology

MCM 3024 - Songwriting

MTC 3027 - Digital Audio I

MTC 3028 - Digital Audio II

MTC 3033 - Studio Recording and Production

MUH 3035 - History of Popular Music

MCM 3036 - The Business of Music

MUP 3040 - Commercial Music Ensemble

MUC 3052 - Commercial Music Composition

MUH 4031 - Faith, Life, and Music

MCM 4035 - Arranging II

MUC 4052 - Commercial Music Composition

MCM 4076 - Senior Project

MTC 4095 - Advanced Production Techniques

Professional and Community Involvement

American Bar Association Forum on Entertainment and Sports Law

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)

Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA)

Beverly Hills Bar Association

San Diego Entertainment and Sports Lawyers

MIDI Association

Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity

Awards and Honors

Recipient of two Excellence in Teaching Awards, PLNU, 2018-2019 & 2019-2020

Recipient of five Academic Excellence Awards: Legal Skills, Legal Research & Writing, Internet & Social Media Law, New Media Rights, and Motion Picture Contract Drafting

Admitted into the Society of Scholars, Phi Alpha Delta International Legal Fraternity

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

The Sound Guide: A Resource for Audio Non-Professionals, Positive Infinity Publishing, December 2013.