Impact the Music Industry with APU’s Commercial Music Major

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To prepare students personally and professionally for careers in the music industry, the commercial music major focuses on integrating skills in the areas of music business, composition and arranging, live and studio performance, as well as audio recording and production. The combination of internship opportunities, an ever-growing network of working APU alumni, and experienced faculty-professionals offer graduates of the Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music program access to strategic links within the Los Angeles music industry.

Students select from five tracks or areas of specialization:

  • Audio recording
  • Composing/arranging
  • Instrumental performance
  • Music business
  • Vocal performance

Is This Major Right for You?

You’re a commercial music major (B.M.) if you:

  • Plan to craft a career within the music industry.
  • Seek to achieve the highest level of musical excellence.
  • Are curious about, and desire to be a part of the constantly changing trends in the music industry.
  • Understand the importance of having multiple musical skills as path to career success.

Program Highlights

  • Small classes that facilitate greater student access to professors
  • Freedom to integrate faith and musicianship
  • Interaction with a variety of performance groups
Get a Closer Look

Download the Commercial Music major brochure.

School of Music Accreditation

A degree from Azusa Pacific University is respected and recognized internationally, and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The university is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2019 rankings, and also ranked No. 22 for First-Year Experience, No. 23 in Service Learning, and No. 31 in Campus Ethnic Diversity. In addition, Forbes and The Princeton Review included Azusa Pacific in their America’s Top Colleges 2019 and 2020 Best Western Colleges rankings, respectively. Azusa Pacific is also a military-friendly Yellow Ribbon University, serving more than 500 military-connected students and families, and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an R2 Doctoral Research University.

Note: This information is current for the 2020-21 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.