Commercial Music (B.M.) - Performance

Commercial Music (B.M.) - Performance

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2024 through summer 2025. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

General Education/Foundational Skills Requirements

Communication & Information Literacy 1
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric3
INQR 101Inquiry1
Communications Elective3
Information Literacy Elective3
Technological Solutions & Quantitative Reasoning 1
UNIV 101Foundational Skills1
Math ElectiveMATH 114 or higher3
Technology Competency 20-3
Critical Thinking 1
RLGN 105Introduction to Biblical Worldview 32
RSCH 201Research3
Critical Thinking Elective3
Civic & Global Engagement 1
EVAN 101Evangelism and the Christian Life 32
Cultural Studies Elective3
Social & Scientific Inquiry 1
Natural Science Elective3
Social Science Elective3
Christianity & Contexts 1
BIBL 105Old Testament Survey2
BIBL 110New Testament Survey2
THEO 201Theology Survey I 32
THEO 202Theology Survey II 32
Total Hours41-44
1

Refer to the list of approved general education electives before enrolling in foundational skill requirements

2

All students must pass the Computer Assessment OR complete applicable INFT course

3

Students transferring in 45 or more UG credit hours will have the requirements of RLGN 105 Introduction to Biblical Worldview (2 c.h.)EVAN 101 Evangelism and the Christian Life (2 c.h.) waived; Students transferring in 60 or more UG credit hours will also have the requirements of THEO 201 Theology Survey I (2 c.h.) & THEO 202 Theology Survey II (2 c.h.) waived

Major Requirements

Major Foundational Courses
MUSC 200Music, Art, Worship and Culture 13
Music Literature Elective 1,2,33
Total Hours6
1

Course may fulfill select general education requirements

2

Choose one of the following courses: MUSC 213MUSC 314, or MUSC 3713

3

MUSC 371 is recommended

Major Core
MUSC 105Harmonic Practices and Theory I3
MUSC 106Harmonic Practices and Theory II3
MUSC 107Musicianship I1
MUSC 108Musicianship II1
MUSC 203Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices I2
MUSC 204Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices II2
MUSC 207Muscianship III1
MUSC 208Muscianship IV1
MUSC 218Fundamentals of Music Production and Audio Engineering3
MUSC 330Music Technology: Notation and DAW3
MUSC 360Commercial Improvisation Techniques2
MUSC 372Entrepreneurship in the Christian Music Community3
Total Hours25
Concentration
CMUS 261Concert Promotions and Tour Management3
CMUS 423Commercial Music Portfolio1
MUSC 201Creative Worship3
MUSC 202Old and New Testament Music and Worship3
MUSC 279Artist Presentation I3
MUSC 312Music History: Since 17503
MUSC 315Basic Conducting2
MUSC 368Junior Commercial Music Program1
MUSC 373Artist Spiritual Formation3
MUSC 378Publishing, Content, and Copyright3
MUSC 379Artist Presentation II3
MUSC 395Practicum II1
MUSC 436Christian Music Industry Seminar1
MUSC 436Christian Music Industry Seminar1
MUSC 461Marketing Commercial Music and Record Label Operations3
MUSC 468Senior Commercial Music Program1
MUSC 499Internship3
Ensemble
MUSC 178The Worship Choir I1
MUSC 189Celebration Choir1
MUSC 289The Worship Choir II1
MUSC 289The Worship Choir II1
MUSC 389The Worship Choir III1
MUSC 389The Worship Choir III1
Applied Music Studies: Primary Instrument (refer to chart)
MUSC 498Senior Recital1
Choose 13 credit hours of Applied Music Studies – Primary Instrument courses13
Applied Music Studies: Secondary Instrument (refer to chart)
Choose three credit hours of Applied Music Studies – Secondary Instrument courses3
Total Hours61

Applied Music Studies (Primary Instrument – 13 Hours)

Students must choose Voice, Piano or Guitar/Strings/Brass/Woodwinds/Percussion as their Primary Instrument.

Voice Primary

MUSC 121Voice (Freshman)1
MUSC 122Voice (Freshman)2
MUSC 221Voice Sophomore2
MUSC 222Voice Sophomore2
MUSC 321Voice (Junior)2
MUSC 322Voice (Junior)1
MUSC 421Voice (Senior)2
MUSC 422Voice (Senior)1
Total Hours13

Piano Primary

MUSC 141Private Piano (Freshman)1
MUSC 142Private Piano (Freshman)2
MUSC 241Private Piano Sophomore2
MUSC 242Private Piano Sophomore2
MUSC 341Private Piano (Junior)2
MUSC 342Private Piano (Junior)1
MUSC 441Private Piano Senior2
MUSC 442Private Piano Senior1
Total Hours13

 Guitar/Strings/Brass/Woodwinds/Percussion Primary

MUSC 151Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion Freshman1
MUSC 152Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion Freshman2
MUSC 251Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion Sophomore2
MUSC 252Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion Sophomore2
MUSC 351Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion Junior2
MUSC 352Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion Junior1
MUSC 451Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds Percussion (Senior)2
MUSC 452Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds Percussion (Senior)1
Total Hours13

Applied Music Studies (Secondary Instrument – Three Hours)

Students choosing Voice Primary will take Piano, Guitar, or Guitar/Strings/Brass/Woodwinds/Percussion as the Secondary Instrument.

Students selecting Piano, Guitar, or Guitar/Strings/Brass/Woodwinds/Percussion as the Primary Instrument must take Voice as the Secondary Instrument.

Voice Secondary

MUSC 120Group Voice I1
MUSC 220Group Voice II1
MUSC 320Group Voice III1
Total Hours3

Piano Secondary

Recommended for students whose primary is not piano

MUSC 243Group Piano III1
MUSC 244Group Piano IV1
MUSC 345Group Piano V1
Total Hours3

Guitar Secondary

MUSC 150Group Guitar I1
MUSC 250Group Guitar II1
MUSC 350Group Guitar III1
Total Hours3

Guitar/Strings/Brass/Woodwinds/Percussion Secondary 

MUSC 151Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion Freshman1
MUSC 152Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion Freshman1
MUSC 251Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion Sophomore1
Total Hours3

Additional Major Requirements

  • Keyboard Proficiency Exam
  • Freshman Promotional Jury
  • Sophomore Performance Review
  • Attendance at 32 approved concerts and recitals

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • 127 Total hours
  • 2.0 Overall grade point average
  • 31.75 Hours must be upper-level courses (300-400 level)
  • Grade of 'C' Minimum required for all upper-level courses in the major
  • 25% Of major and concentration taken through Liberty University
  • 31.75 Hours must be completed through Liberty University
  • Grad App Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date
  • CSER All requirements must be satisfied before a degree will be awarded
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
RLGN 105 Introduction to Biblical Worldview 2
UNIV 101 Foundational Skills 1
Technology Competency 1 0-3
MUSC 105 Harmonic Practices and Theory I 3
MUSC 107 Musicianship I 1
MUSC 178 The Worship Choir I 1
MUSC 201 Creative Worship 3
Primary Instrument 2 1
CSER 0
 Hours15-18
Second Semester
INQR 101 Inquiry 1
Communications Elective 3 3
Information Literacy Elective (MUSC 200) 3 3
MUSC 106 Harmonic Practices and Theory II 3
MUSC 108 Musicianship II 1
MUSC 189 Celebration Choir 1
Primary Instrument 2 2
CSER 0
 Hours14
Second Year
First Semester
RSCH 201 Research 3
MUSC 202 Old and New Testament Music and Worship 3
MUSC 203 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices I 2
MUSC 207 Muscianship III 1
MUSC 218 Fundamentals of Music Production and Audio Engineering 3
MUSC 289 The Worship Choir II 1
Primary Instrument 2 2
Secondary Instrument 4 1
CSER 0
 Hours16
Second Semester
BIBL 105 Old Testament Survey 2
CMUS 261 Concert Promotions and Tour Management 3
MUSC 204 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices II 2
MUSC 208 Muscianship IV 1
MUSC 289 The Worship Choir II 1
MUSC 315 Basic Conducting 2
MUSC 330 Music Technology: Notation and DAW 3
Primary Instrument 2 2
Secondary Instrument 4 1
CSER 0
 Hours17
Third Year
First Semester
BIBL 110 New Testament Survey 2
Critical Thinking Elective (MUSC 213, MUSC 314, or MUSC 371) 3,5 3
Natural Science Elective 3 3
MUSC 279 Artist Presentation I 3
MUSC 360 Commercial Improvisation Techniques 2
Primary Instrument 2 2
Secondary Instrument 4 1
CSER 0
 Hours16
Second Semester
THEO 201 Theology Survey I 2
Social Science Elective 3 3
MUSC 312 Music History: Since 1750 3
MUSC 368 Junior Commercial Music Program 1
MUSC 372 Entrepreneurship in the Christian Music Community 3
MUSC 389 The Worship Choir III 1
MUSC 395 Practicum II 1
MUSC 436 Christian Music Industry Seminar 1
Primary Instrument 2 1
CSER 0
 Hours16
Third Semester
MUSC 499 Internship 3
 Hours3
Fourth Year
First Semester
Cultural Studies Elective 3 3
Math Elective 3 3
THEO 202 Theology Survey II 2
CMUS 423 Commercial Music Portfolio 1
MUSC 373 Artist Spiritual Formation 3
MUSC 378 Music Industry Process and Copyright Law 3
Primary Instrument 2 2
CSER 0
 Hours17
Second Semester
EVAN 101 Evangelism and the Christian Life 2
MUSC 379 Artist Presentation II 3
MUSC 389 The Worship Choir III 1
MUSC 436 Christian Music Industry Seminar 1
MUSC 461 Marketing Commercial Music and Record Label Operations 3
MUSC 468 Senior Commercial Music Program 1
MUSC 498 Senior Recital 1
Primary Instrument 2 1
CSER 0
 Hours13
 Total Hours127-130
1

All students must pass the Computer Assessment OR complete applicable INFT course; refer to www.liberty.edu/computerassessment for more information

2

See DCP for Primary Instrument options 

3

Refer to the list of approved general education electives at www.liberty.edu/gened before enrolling in foundational skills requirements

4

See DCP for Secondary Instrument options 

5

MUSC 371 is recommended

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