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Business Employee, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CN_MBE
Control Number: 22401

This program will prepare students for employment in music stores, record shops, and other commercial music activities. Many opportunities in the business of music are available to students with a broad general knowledge of how this segment of the music industry functions in addition to traditional musical skills.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic requirements of vocalists, guitarists and pianists
  2. Working Knowledge of basic studio techniques and equipment applications
  3. Prepare and deliver an effective sales presentation for a product or service.
  4. Organize, develop and prepare a written professional sales presentation for a product or service.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
MUS A139 History of Rock Music 3
MUS A141 Piano 1 1
MUS A145 Voice 1 1
MUS A262 Music as a Business 2
 Units7
Semester 2
MUS A116 Basic Guitar 2
MUS A180 Theory 1 3
MUS A181 Musicianship 1 1
MUS A261 Recording Techniques 1 3
 Units9
Semester 3
MKTG A110 Professional Selling 3
MUS A110 Computers in Music 1 3
Restricted Electives (see list) 5
 Units11
 Total Units27

Business Employee Restricted Electives

Course Title Units
Select five units of the following:5
Accounting for Small Business
Entrepreneurship
Retail E-Commerce Management
Beginning Instruments
Piano 2
Voice 2
Classical Guitar 1
Studio Guitar 1
Piano 3
Piano 4
Total Units5