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Commercial Music Major

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Courses

The Majors and Minors section of the academic catalog explains graduation requirements. You can also read more about courses in the Undergraduate Course Listings section of the academic catalog.

Degree Plans

Sample degree plans provide a glimpse of what your schedule may look like as you complete this program.

Below are some of the courses offered for the Commercial Music Major.

Courses Credits  
MUSG 100 Recital Class 0 Info

This course is designated as a requirement for all music majors to attend 12 concerts per semester, while music minors need to attend nine concerts per semester. Students must register for this course concurrently with any level of applied lessons; therefore, music majors are required to take this course every semester you are attending classes on campus. Applicable concerts and recitals will be provided at the beginning of the semester.

MUAP 101 Class Piano I 1 Info

Music majors and minors (except for students whose primary instrument is piano) will complete this first level of group instruction. Class includes fundamentals of notation and basic musicianship skills which include: repertoire, sight reading, transposition, harmonization, improvisation, and technique. Class meets twice weekly, and has a fee of $175.

MUAP 102 Class Piano II 1 Info

Elements of piano playing including touch, notation, rhythmic problems, major scales, and broken chords are covered. Instruction books, technical exercises, and studies of standard composers are given according to individual needs and the student's progress. Class meets twice weekly, and has a fee of $175.

MUAP 103 Class Piano III 1 Info

Elements of piano playing, including touch, notation, and rhythmic problems, major scales, and broken chords are addressed. Instruction books, technical exercises, and studies of standard composers are given according to individual needs and the student's progress. Class meets twice weekly, and has a fee of $175.

MUTH 103 Written Theory I 3 Info

The study of scales, keys, intervals, triads, seventh chords, chord progressions, cadences, harmonization of melodies and basses, non-harmonic tones, simple modulations, instrumental transposition, and analysis of simple song forms. (Should be taken concurrently with MUTH 103E.)

MUTH 103E Ear Training and Sight Singing I 1 Info

Hearing, singing, writing, and analyzing the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements of music are topics addressed in this class. (Should be taken concurrently with MUTH 103.)

MUAP 104 Class Piano IV 1 Info

This final class piano focuses on the individual progress of each student. Class meets twice weekly, and has a fee of $175.

MUTH 104 Written Theory II 3 Info

A continuation of Music Theory I. (Should be taken concurrently with MUTH 104E.)

MUTH 104E Ear Training and Sight Singing II 1 Info

A continuation of Ear Training and Sight Singing I. (Should be taken concurrently with MUTH 104.)

MUSB 125 Survey of Music in the Media Industry 3 Info
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MUSG 150 Faith, Music, Culture 1 Info

This course will serve as a basis for creating a foundation in keeping a connection between a student's faith, how it can be used through the gift of music, and how to use those gifts to affect culture in a positive manner. Various types of music and their connection to culture as well as how today's culture affects students, music, and faith will be explored.

MUSG 176/376 Rock Music History 2 Info

Students are exposed to various contemporary popular styles of music through extensive listening and analysis. Important musical characteristics are identified to help the student define the exact nature of each style.

MUSG 209 Music Listening 2 Info

This course develops critical listening skills for a variety of both western and non-western musical styles. Music will be evaluated by objective and aesthetic criteria. Open to all students, this course is the prerequisite for Music History I.

MUSG 226 Survey of Audio Engineering and Production 2 Info

This course provides a thorough understanding of the theory and practice of studio recording and sound reinforcement. Cross listed with COM/DM 126.

MUSG 227 Studio Production 2 Info

This course continues the study of theory and practice of studio recording, and includes Digidesign® Pro Tools 101 Certification. The course is "hands-on," offering substantial studio time for individual recording projects. Cross listed with DM 227.

MUSG 229/329 Sound Reinforcement 1 Info

This course is repeatable up to three times.

MUTH 240/340 Singer Songwriter Lab 1 Info

The purpose of this class is to provide the student with working experience in songwriting and performance. Students will be given the opportunity to compose and perform their original compositions each week. There will be one collaboration week where two or more students will compose a song together.

MUSG 260 Introduction to Music Technology 2 Info

This course is designed to give students a broad base of background and introduction to the various areas of music technology. The student will be introduced to and will have the ability to explore and practice specific techniques required in creating computer-aided scores of their original compositions. Students will create multiple recordings of their own original scores as well as directed assignments in the areas of locking sound to video and scoring for a short film.

MUTH 305 Pop Theory/Song Writing I 2 Info

Students will establish a thorough understanding of the theory and structures of popular contemporary music. Written assignments will include arranging current popular tunes and writing original material to be performed by various on-campus ensembles.

MUTH 306 Pop Theory/Song Writing II 2 Info

A continuation in study of MUTH 305.

MUSG 310 Music History II 3 (WI) Info

This course is a survey of the development of musical styles and their creators from 1750 to the present day. This is a writing intensive course. Meets the general education writing intensive requirement.

MUTH 312 Commericial Arranging and Producing 2 Info

This course provides a foundation and awareness of the processes of commercial arranging for live performances and producing music in a recording studio setting. Many of the popular styles will be explored.

MUSG 350 Faith, Music, Culture Senior Seminar 2 (WI) Info

This seminar is designed as a capstone course in the CCM degree and is the bookend course to MUSG 150 Faith, Music, Culture. The goal of the course is to work with empowering the students to go out into their world after they graduate and reaffirm their ability to make a positive difference through their interactions with their culture. How students can be a Christian witness to a post-modern world will be explored.

MUSG 418 Senior Recital 1 Info

The student will prepare a minimum of 45 minutes of music to be performed at a public recital. The recital and program notes must be approved by a faculty jury prior to performance. Final jury must be passed prior to presentation of the recital.

Available Emphases

Performance Track

The Performance emphasis allows you to focus extra attention on your major instrument and hone your skills in that area.

The Performance emphasis allows you to focus extra attention on your major instrument and hone your skills in that area.

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Songwriting Track

Songwriting exposes students to computer-aided scoring software, studio recording techniques, music theory, composition, and a variety of other skills needed to pursue a career as a songwriter.

Songwriting exposes students to computer-aided scoring software, studio recording techniques, music theory, composition, and a variety of other skills needed to pursue a career as a songwriter.

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Career Opportunities

  • Touring Musician