Commercial Music (B.M.) - Performance

Commercial Music (B.M.) - Performance

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2023 through summer 2024. 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

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


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


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

Course may fulfill select general education requirements


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


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
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
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
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