With a degree from PLNU’s Department of Music, you will be well prepared to pursue both graduate studies and an array of career options that will allow you to live out your passion for music while making a lasting impact in the lives of those who hear it.
A Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Music can help lead to careers such as:
- Record producer
- Performance artist
- Audio engineer
- Commercial music composer
- Film composer
- Mastering engineer
- Mixing engineer
- Touring musician
- Studio musician
- Solo musician
- Sound engineer
- Video game composer
- Artist manager
Job outlook for commercial music careers
Jobs in the music industry will remain steady, but competitive. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of musicians and singers is projected to grow 1% from 2019 to 2029. However, with the knowledge you’ll gain from your music studies, you’ll be prepared for many jobs within the music industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of broadcast, sound, and video technicians is projected to grow 9% from 2019 to 2029.
What can you do with a commercial music degree?
If you are passionate about music and ready to dedicate your life to it, once you graduate PLNU with a commercial music degree, you will be prepared to seek out a musically centered career that suits you, your interests, and specializations.
The following are examples of positions people with degrees in commercial music may hold:
Commercial Music Composer
2020 Median annual salary $52,250
Commercial music composers write and arrange instrumental or vocal music for individuals and groups such as orchestras and choirs. Oftentimes, record companies hire commercial music composers to write music for performing artists. Composers work to determine what kind of instruments and voices are needed for a specific composition. They also sometimes transcribe music into musical notation, both by hand and with the aid of music software.
Sound Engineering Technician
2020 Median annual salary $47,420
Sound engineering technicians operate machines and equipment to record and mix music, voices, or sound effects. They work closely with producers and music artists to determine what outcome is desired for the production. Sound engineering technicians also prepare for recording sessions and performances by setting up microphones and other technology musicians may need. They also regulate volume and sound during recordings or performances.
2020 Median annual salary $52,752
Singer/songwriters are talented and dedicated musicians who play one or more musical instruments or sing. They read, write, perform, and record their music in a variety of environments, such as live performances, on-air broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following are the industries with the highest levels of employment of musicians and singers:
- Performing arts companies
- Religious organizations
- Elementary and secondary schools
- Colleges, universities, and professional schools
- Independent artists, writers, and performers
What are PLNU Department of Music alumni doing now?
Many PLNU students have successfully completed graduate school. Many are now successful teachers, and some are university professors. Some music department alumni have gone on to be performing artists, including professional opera singers and studio session musicians, while others are commercial music composers.
By studying commercial music, you will become more knowledgeable about the music industry, composition and arranging, audio recording and production, as well as live and studio performance logistics and techniques. Here at PLNU, a degree in commercial music will give you extensive and varied musical skills that will aid you in your journey to personal and professional success.
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