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Live Sound Design & Technology Certificate

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Live Sound Design & Technology Level I Certificate

Program Description

Lamar State College Port Arthur’s Certificate in Live Sound Design and Technology prepares students for careers in the music industry. Students gain comprehensive training in the fundamental techniques of setting up and operating a professional audio system for live performances. With hands-on experience provided by a dedicated faculty, students develop the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to work in the ever evolving field of live sound reinforcement. Whether you’re a volunteer sound engineer at your local church or your aspire to run sound on national tours, Lamar State College Port Arthur’s Commercial Music Program will provide you with the skills needed to succeed.

The Certificate in Live Sound Design and Technology blends creative application of live sound reinforcement with solid foundation in electronics theory, circuitry and system installation. The certificate may be completed in one year. Fifteen credits are focused in the area of live sound, system maintenance, and the installation of audiovisual systems. The other nine credits focus specifically on the fundamentals of electricity, circuits, and digital fundamentals. This certificate provides students with a foundation in the application of live sound in various acoustic spaces. Students learn how to operate and troubleshoot live sound production equipment and are prepared to enter the workforce.

Job Opportunities

Potential employment opportunities for students with a Certificate in Live Sound Design and Technology include running live sound for theaters, nightclubs, concert halls, sporting events, conferences, conventions and presentations. Designing, installing and maintaining live sound reinforcement systems, broadcast systems, digital and wireless sound systems.

Job and Wages


Eddie Vandewalker
(409) 984-6520


  • Carl Richardson
  • Kenneth Q. Turner
  • Eddie Vandewalker

Student Organizations

  • Audio Engineering Society Student Chapter (AES)
  • Electronic Music Foundation Student Chapter (EMF)


What will my average annual income look like as an audio engineer?

According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, Live Sound Engineers can expect to earn a mean hourly wage of $22.13 per hour and earn a mean annual salary of $46,040. According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of Live Sound Engineering is predicted to have a 2.3% growth from 2012 – 2022.

Will I be able to work on the type of music that I am interested in?

Students are able to focus on a specific area of commercial music while studying an array of popular forms of music from rock to rap and country to Cajun; students work and develop skills in a variety of genres.

Does Lamar State College Port Arthur have recording studios?

There are three professional recording studios that are available to all students enrolled in the Commercial Music Program. In addition to the recording studios, Lamar State College Port Arthur has both a Mac based music production/programming lab and a PC based music composition lab.

What type of equipment will I be able to use at Lamar State College Port Arthur?

You will learn to use industry standard live sound reinforcement equipment. You will have access to microphones from AKG, Shure and Audix and consoles from Soundcraft, Presonus, Yamaha and more. Students work with industry standard digital audio workstations like Reason, Logic and Pro Tools/Pro Tools HD as well as an array of excellent digital and analog signal processors.

How much studio time will I have access to?

Students are able to book up to nine hours of studio time per week and can book studio time up to two weeks in advance.

How long will it take to complete the degree?

It typically takes two years to complete an Associates of Arts and Science in Sound Recording. A Certificate in Live Sound Design and Technology takes one year to complete.

Will my courses in a certificate program transfer to the degree?

If you begin with the certificate program, all the courses (with the exception of CETT 1303 DC Circuits, CETT 1305 AC Circuits and CETT 1325 Digital Fundamentals) will transfer to the degree program.

What types of courses are in the degree plan?

This degree requires courses in music theory, basic piano, live sound, audio electronics, acoustics, music production, music programming, studio recording and audio mixing and mastering.

Do you have job placement assistance?

Lamar State College-Port Arthur does provide job assistance. The college has a job board that all students can access throughout their time at school. Upon graduation, you can provide the job placement office with a current resume, and they will send it out to prospective employers. The faculty in the Commercial Music Department will work with you to make you aware of positions that match your skill sets.

Do you offer internships for this degree?

There are internship opportunities for all sound engineering students. Typically during your final two semesters on campus, you will work as an intern at a local studio, performance venue or for a live sound company. This internship experience can be placed on your resume as professional experience. Many internships have led to networking opportunities, part-time employment and full-time employment.  

Student Testimonials

Below are testimonials from students in the Sound Engineering program.

“I have had a wonderful experience at Lamar State College Port Arthur. The teachers have really worked with me to personalize my demanding learning experience. The Commercial Music Department provides a small community for all of those involved with any field of music to share with others with common interests and make connections in the field to find work. I am very happy with the decision to attend Lamar State College Port Arthur and I intend to learn everything here that is offered to me.”  - Justin Gilbert Spring 2015

“I have always wanted to sing, produce, and record music. Attending Lamar State College Port Arthur has taught me lots of important information that I needed to know. I plan on using the information I learned at Lamar State College Port Arthur to help me with my career as an Audio engineer and producer. I highly suggest that anybody wanting to pursue a career in the music business or audio engineering field enroll at Lamar State College Port Arthur.” - Justin J. White Spring 2015

“My overall experience at Lamar State College Port Arthur has been great. The teachers are reasonable and the classes are enjoyable even though some are hard. My experience in the Commercial Music Department has been one to remember.” - Darrel Lewis Spring 2015
Recommended Program of Study
Course Number Title SCH
First Year
Fall Semester
MUSC 1405 Live Sound I 4
MUSC 1120 Live Sound Workshop 1
CETT 1303 DC Circuits 3
MUSC 2402 Sound Systems Technician 4
CETT 1325 Digital Fundamentals 3
Spring Semester
MUSC 1400 Sound System Design and Installation 4
MUSC 1423 Audio Electronics 4
MUSC 2403 Live Sound II 4
CETT 1305 AC Circuits 3
Total 30