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Bachelor of Arts in:

Commercial Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Emphasis in Commercial Music will serve the needs of musicians who wish to focus their efforts in the vast area of the commercial music industry. A track in Commercial Music will prepare students who wish to pursue careers in recording studios, arts administration, performance of popular music, and other positions in the music industry.  Many students elect to pursue a minor or a double major in programs such as audio engineering; jazz studies; business; cinema, television and media production; communication studies; entrepreneurship; public relations; professional writing or computer science to become more marketable.

The program is offered by the Department of Music.

Admission Requirements
Admission to the Department of Music requires prospective students to complete the university application. Students will select an audition date in the application process. During the audition, students will perform in their area of musical interest and expertise. At the audition, students should be prepared to discuss their musical background, career goals, musical and general areas of interest. Students will also take preliminary diagnostic exams in: (a) harmony and theory, (b) ear training, (c) sight singing, and (d) piano skills. The results determine placement in music courses, and are considered as part of acceptance to the degree program. Students may receive the university's academic admissions decision prior to the audition process. Acceptance decision to the music programs will follow shortly.

Career Opportunities
Graduates may pursue a career in a wide variety of musical or commercially-related fields such as popular music performer, recording technology, music retail, arts administration, entertainment management, and other music industry positions.  A career related internship is required. Many students also continue their music studies at the graduate level.

The Department of Music also offers several minors: