2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog - Belmont University

Major in Commercial Music

The Commercial Music Major provides a broad musical base for students who wish to pursue careers in the commercial music industry. Students pursuing this degree select from one of the following five emphasis areas: Performance, Composition and Arranging, Music Business, Songwriting and Music Technology.

The Performance Emphasis prepares students to be performers in a variety of commercial music styles. The Composition and Arranging Emphasis prepares students to be composers and arrangers in a variety of commercial music styles. The Music Business Emphasis provides students exposure to various business aspects of the commercial music industry. The Songwriting emphasis prepares students to develop skills in songwriting. The Music Technology Emphasis prepares students to create and/or recreate music using the latest technology available.

The table below lists the common courses for the Major in Commercial Music. Follow the red links above to view coursework required for each emphasis area.

Major in Commercial Music Hours
General Education Core Requirements
     Bachelor of Music (B.M.) 
Music Core 31
     Common Music Core    30  
     Specific Music Core   1  
           MUC 1110, Introduction to Music Technology 1    
Major Area 13
    MBU 1110, Survey of Music Business 3    
    AET 1380, Survey of Recording Technology 3    
    MUH 4110, History of Commercial Music 3    
    M__ 1110, 1120, 2110, 2120, Applied Secondary (1) 4    
    MUG 2010, Piano Proficiency Examination 0    
    MUG 2020, Sophomore Technical 0    
    MB_ 3080, Commercial Seminar
      (required each semester enrolled in Applied Principal; minimum
      of 8 semesters)
    MB_ 3000, 25-minute recital 0    

1 Secondary applied study must be continued each semester until proficiency is passed. Piano is the required secondary for all principals except keyboard. If proficiency is passed prior to completing four semesters, students have choice of secondary area for remaining semesters. For keyboard principals, secondary area must be four semesters of classical study in same instrument or voice.