Commercial Music (B.M.) - Songwriting - Resident

Commercial Music (B.M.) - Songwriting - Resident

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2022 through summer 2023. 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 course from the following: MUSC 213 Survey of Popular and Jazz Literature Music (3 c.h.)MUSC 314 Music in World Cultures (3 c.h.)3, or MUSC 371 Survey of Songwriting Literature (3 c.h.)3


MUSC 371 Survey of Songwriting Literature (3 c.h.) 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 334Commercial Music Technology II: DAW Applications3
CMUS 408Development of the Song2
CMUS 423Commercial Music Portfolio1
MUSC 201Creative Worship3
MUSC 202Old and New Testament Music and Worship3
MUSC 310Principles of Arranging3
MUSC 312Music History: Since 17503
MUSC 315Basic Conducting2
MUSC 334Music Technology: Logic and ProTools3
MUSC 368Junior Commercial Music Program1
MUSC 376Principles for Songwriting I2
MUSC 377Principles for Songwriting II2
MUSC 378Publishing, Content, and Copyright3
MUSC 395Practicum II1
MUSC 436Christian Music Industry Seminar1
MUSC 436Christian Music Industry Seminar1
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
MUSC 370Private Songwriting1
MUSC 370Private Songwriting2
MUSC 370Private Songwriting2
MUSC 370Private Songwriting2
MUSC 370Private Songwriting2
MUSC 370Private Songwriting1
Primary Instrument (refer to chart)
MUSC 398Junior Recital1
Choose five credit hours of Applied Music Studies – Primary Instrument courses5
Total Hours60

Applied Music Studies (Primary Instrument – 5 Hours)

Students in the BM Songwriting degree will take Private Songwriting courses. Students will take private lessons in Voice, Piano or Guitar/Strings/Brass/Woodwinds/Percussion for the Primary Instrument.

Voice Primary

MUSC 121Voice (Freshman)1
MUSC 122Voice (Freshman)1
MUSC 221Voice Sophomore1
MUSC 222Voice Sophomore1
MUSC 321Voice (Junior)1
Total Hours5

Piano Primary

MUSC 141Private Piano (Freshman)1
MUSC 142Private Piano (Freshman)1
MUSC 241Private Piano Sophomore1
MUSC 242Private Piano Sophomore1
MUSC 341Private Piano (Junior)1
Total Hours5

Guitar/Strings/Brass/Woodwinds/Percussion Primary

MUSC 151Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion Freshman1
MUSC 152Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion Freshman1
MUSC 251Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion Sophomore1
MUSC 252Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion Sophomore1
MUSC 351Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion Junior1
Total Hours5

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

  • 126 Total hours
  • 2.0 Overall grade point average
  • 31.5 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
  • 31.5 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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