Music Production Proficiency Certificate


The Music Production Proficiency Certificate is designed to help students develop skills in music production, sound design, piano literacy, music theory and the music industry. The skills students acquire with this certificate will prepare them for work as a producer, recording engineer, sound designer, and/or songwriter. Students will be prepared to create original music productions that utilize proper signal processing and original sound design. Students who complete this proficiency certificate may continue seamlessly into the Associate in Applied Science degree program in Sound Recording and Music Technology (SRMT).

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the Music Production proficiency certificate, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in basic music theory, including reading treble & bass clef notation, key & time signatures, intervals, and basic music terms.
  • Construct a four-part composition or harmonic realization utilizing diatonic harmonic vocabulary.
  • Explain recording contracts, production and publishing agreements and copyright law.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in digital audio workstations and an understanding of signal flow, signal processing, and song construction using cutting edge sound design and production techniques.

Program Entry Requirements:

This certificate is open to interested students. Students are required to satisfy placement at the time of admission. Students who are identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as part of the certificate. A music theory placement exam, which allows students to complete a Credit by Examination for MUS 100: Music Reading, is also available for students with an introductory music theory background.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

Successful completion of the program requires a “C” grade or better in each of the courses listed.

Course Sequence:

Course Number and NamePrerequisitesCredits
MUS 100 - Music Reading 3 credits
MUS 101 - Piano I 1 credit
MUS 115 - Introduction to Music Technology 3 credits
MUS 116 - Theory IMUS 1004 credits 
MUS 180 - Music Business 3 credits
MUS 215 - Advanced Music Technology and MultimediaMUS 1153 credits 

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA. 19130. Telephone (215) 751-8450; or call the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.