The Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Commercial Music prepares students for careers in both the Christian and secular commercial music industry. Coursework maintains a real-world point of view, reflective of faculty who are primarily working professionals in the field of commercial music. This program seeks to produce versatile, prepared musicians who are able to teach themselves new skills and practices in an ever-changing commercial music industry.
As part of the emphasis requirements below, students select from one of five tracks:
- Audio Recording Track
- Commercial Instrumental Track
- Commercial Vocal Track
- Composing and Arranging Track
- Music Business Track
All students selecting a commercial music emphasis must complete the music major (B.M.) course requirements, emphasis course and ensemble requirements (below), and requirements for their desired program track.
F = Offered every fall, S = Offered every spring
Fr = Freshman, So = Sophomore, Jr = Junior, Sr = Senior
|Commercial Music Emphasis||35–40 units|
|Commercial Music Core Requirements||26 units|
MUS 223Web-Based Tools (S)
MUS 323Arranging I (F/S)
MUS 324Songwriting (S)
MUS 326Live Sound Reinforcement (F)
MUS 327Audio Recording I (F/S)
MUS 337Music Business I (F/S)
MUS 474Music Career Development (F)
MUS 491Senior Recital (F/S)
MUS 494Commercial Music Internship (F/S)
MUS 495Production Techniques (F/S)
MUS XXXApplied Music^ (F/S)
|^Applied music can be an instrument unless the student is in a performance track. Performance track students must have all applied music in the same instrument as music major core (8 units) in the School of Music.|
|Program Track Requirements||13–18 units|
|All Commercial Music emphasis students must complete the core requirements as well as the requirements for one of the tracks:|
In each of eight semesters as a music major, a student must meet the designated performance requirements as listed by emphasis (see chart below). Transfer students must participate each semester until they graduate or accumulate eight semesters. Membership in multiple ensembles in a given semester counts as only one semester toward the ensemble requirement.
All ensembles listed require audition except Oratorio Choir.
|Required Ensemble||Remaining Semesters’ Ensemble Choices|
|Guitar and Electric Bass||Oratorio Choir (1 yr.)||One year in each at least two different groups is required.
|Percussion||Oratorio Choir (1 yr.)
Percussion Ensemble (1 yr.)
|One year in each at least two different groups is required.
|Piano||Oratorio Choir (1 yr.)||One year in each at least two different groups is required.
|Strings||Symphony Orchestra (4 yrs.)||N/A|
*Ensemble accompanists are assigned by the director of piano studies.
^Ensemble accompanists are assigned by the director of piano studies.
^^^One year in each of at least two different groups is required. Chapel Band rehearsals and performances cannot conflict with the courses needed for the student’s degree.
+Commercial music electives include all courses listed in the tracks not selected by the student as their primary track. Also included are MUS 321 Counterpoint and MUS 422 20th Century Compositional Techniques.
++Music Business Track students may also select electives that include BUSI 100 Personal Finance, BUSI 210 Principles of Organization and Management, and ECON 251 Principles of Microeconomics.