Academic Catalogs

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 of Achievement Requirements

The Certificate of Achievement is a state-approved career program that requires a minimum of eight units and is designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment.  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.  At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC at the department’s discretion.  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 their final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog.  Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog.  

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