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Commercial Music (MM)


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The Master of Music in Commercial Music is designed for students with some commercial music experience and skills to further develop their knowledge and craft of music in commercial styles.

The major offers two emphasis areas: performance, and media composition and arranging. Graduates will enhance their opportunities to become professional commercial performers, composers/arrangers, producers, and musicians in a variety of creative media in the commercial music industry. This degree will also make possible the pursuit of teaching positions, and doctoral programs within certain discipline areas.

Instruments of study within the Master of Music Commercial Music Degree are: Voice, Viola, Violin, Cello, Upright Bass, Harp, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion, Piano, Guitar, Electric Bass, and Composition.

Courses in studio technology, entrepreneurship, and apprenticeship are included in both emphases. Supporting coursework includes research, history, ensemble participation, and theory.

Commercial Music majors are required to successfully complete comprehensive written and oral examinations. The culminating project is a choice of a full recital, lecture recital, or recording project.