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Belmont University Undergraduate Catalog 2016-17

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 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 Music Technology Emphasis prepares students to create and/or recreate music using the latest technology available. The Performance Emphasis prepares students to be performers in a variety of commercial music styles. The Songwriting emphasis prepares students to develop skills in songwriting.

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 43-44
Bachelor of Music (B.M.)
Music Core 31
Common Music Core 30
Specific Music Core 1
MUK 1110, Introduction to Digital Musicianship (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 0
(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.. Keyboard principals take 4 semesters in secondary area of choice.