Academic Certificate in Electronic Music

Certificate Information

Academic Plan

AC Electronic Music

Academic Plan Code




MCCCD Program Detail

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Visual and Performing Arts


Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses required within the program.
This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

The Academic Certificate (AC) in Electronic Music is intended for the student who would like to obtain acknowledgment for completion of electronic music courses, and is not designed to prepare students for employment. While the completion of the certificate does not lead to a particular degree, it does provide and enhance the development of musicianship for enjoyment and personal growth. This program provides the student with fundamental musical skills covering a variety of topics, including theory, performance, composition, and history. In addition, students receive a high level of technical training in creating electronic music. As students complete courses in the program, they will build a portfolio of original compositions that may be used to seek admittance to a bachelor's-level music program.

What You’ll Learn

This program will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Apply music notation, including pitch, meter, scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, time signatures, and rhythm through analysis and writing.
  2. Use dictation, sight singing, and keyboard harmony to develop the listening and performing skills of diatonic and chromatic music.
  3. Apply commercial music and sound design techniques, using digital audio workstations and desktop music production systems.
  4. Compare and contrast the characteristics and styles of electronic music from the early 20th century to the present.
  5. Explain the acoustic principles of sound, and demonstrate the various types of sound synthesis methods.
  6. Demonstrate musicianship, literature, and compositional technique.
  7. Apply advanced software and synthesizer editing features, including using graphical environments for music and interactive music performances.
  8. Use recording studio components (speakers, signal processing equipment, electronic keyboards, and Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) equipment) in a studio recording session.
  9. Apply generic signals flow concepts for recording consoles in different recording studios, and use recording studio components: recording consoles, recorders, microphones, and signal processing equipment in a studio recording session with various musicians.
  10. Set up sound reinforcement systems for mixing live performances with various styles of music, and apply concepts of signal flow for concert sound and placement of consoles, loudspeaker arrangements, and microphones.

Program Prerequisites

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
MTC100Fundamentals of Music (2) OR
MTC101Introduction to Music Theory (3) OR
Permission of instructor0-3

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Major: 6231N
First Term: 2009 Fall
Final Term: Current
Award: AC
Total Credits: 40
CIPS code: 50.0904
SOC codes: 25-1121, 27-2041
Initiating College:
Program Availability: - GC, MC, PC, SC
Occupational Area: N/A
Instructional Council:
Last Updated: 01/13/2020