A PROFESSIONAL RECORDING STUDIO AT GOLDEN WEST COLLEGE MID – 1970’s

The  GWC Commercial Music Program had a huge impact on California College Music Programs and it was the first in the state!

In 1974/75, we began offering courses in Commercial Music, and by 1976 we were awarding AA degrees in 5 different areas of Commercial Music; Recording Arts, Vocal, Instrumental, Retail Music and Arranging/Composition.

Ultimately, we ended up with a model studio including a professional grade 8 track recording system, an amazing mixing console, various high quality speakers, and several of the finest recording microphones available. Ours was the only community college in California with a professional grade 8 track professional recording studio utilized primarily as a teaching tool.

At the end of our second full year, we had more than 200 music students who’d declared themselves to be Commercial Music Majors. Classes were taught by professionals on how to be successful in the Music Business in Southern California.

Thirty years later, many graduates from the program are current working professionals within the music, television and movie industries. The concept for the commercial music program was the genius of the retired music professor, Gerry Schroeder.

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