Bachelor of Science
Commercial Music Performance
Commercial Music Performance is a broad area that covers all aspects of music performance including vocal and instrumental musicianship, stage presence, artistry, live performances of all commercial musical styles as well as the foundations in studio recording, producing, and live audio sound reinforcement.
This degree is a pre-professional degree with the intent of providing a strong foundational education in a main area of study with the flexibility to add other areas of specific interest and suit students’ future needs. Our graduates work in all aspects of the music industry at the highest levels and are desired for their capabilities as well as their character! All information within the degree is provided in a hands-on format as a primary way of integrating the skills, and the students are connected every semester to the degree, beginning on the very first day of classes as a freshman or transfer student. The flexibility of the degree, cooperation with related areas, the ability to craft a degree that fits future goals, along with all the resources (5 recording studios, multiple performing facilities, touring systems (audio, staging and lighting), recitals, concerts, and ensembles), all prepare students to move directly into the industry as they graduate.
The Commercial Music Performance major will prepare the student for a variety of jobs upon graduation through a very broad-based set of skills and flexibility. Today’s market requires an employee to be well versed in many aspects, not to be a “master of one.” In fact, many students double major in Audio Engineering and Commercial Music Performance (a unique feature of our program) or even triple major in conjunction with Worship Arts. Our programs are designed with a course called “Projects” as the centerpiece of the Commercial Music Performance and Audio Engineering degrees, where all of the different areas (studio, live audio, performing, promotion, touring) work together in a tight, integrative manner towards a common goal. The core courses are designed to strengthen individual areas and connect through the Projects course as an integral part of a whole. Students will not only hone their craft but work to integrate Christian values at the core of what they do and be able to present themselves as moral and responsible Christian professionals.
Graduates from GU have worked at major companies like Universal Music Group, innovative companies like CTS, and in-house teams at large companies like the production team at Ramsey Solutions. We have GU grads living in all of the major music hubs in the US including the Nashville area.
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Hone your craft, learn to perform, utilize digital media, and gain excellent technical skills. Perform live with bands, record with state-of-the-art studios and develop as both performer and engineer. Get personalized attention from caring professors and industry pros committed to making you the best you can be. Learn how to be an independent artist. Each semester, you’ll be part of a Producers Group including a Producer, main and assistant engineers, live audio, and lighting designers. Don’t just ‘learn’ what it means to be a performer, be one at GU!
Study the music industry for a semester in Nashville, TN with GU’s partner in an immersive experience. Gain experience in studio recording, live audio production, lighting design, commercial music performance, and a thorough understanding of the music industry. Get real-world experience at The Contemporary Music Center in Nashville, Tennessee, a semester-long, 16-credit hour program that prepares college-age students for careers in the entertainment industry. Thirty students live, work, and create music together in a facility with 24/7 access to world-class gear. Faculty are music industry pros who keep the program relevant and practical. The “Final Exam” is a week-long Road Tour at the end of the semester.
Graduate with a complete portfolio of recordings, music videos, photographs, and performances!
Perform at weekly concerts at our own campus venue, the Black Room!
Double or even triple major in related fields! The Commercial Music Performance degree is easily paired with degrees in Audio Engineering and/or Worship Arts.
GU grads can be found running live audio or working with Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, Blue Man Group, Georgia Florida Line, Sam Hunt, KJ52, Building 429 and many others. GU alums have received numerous Dove Award nominations and alumnus Andre Anjos is a Grammy Award winner for his remixing work. GU grads work in companies like Universal Music Group, Capital Christian Music, Sony, CTS Audio (Nashville), Sweetwater Sound, Ironman Sound (St. Louis) and in high-level positions in churches all across the nation.
Commercial Music Performance, BS Course Requirements
Visit the Online Undergraduate Catalog for an explanation of graduation requirements.