Innovative Commercial Music Ensemble II – CMUS 493

CG • Section 16WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 02/16/2022

Course Description

This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to participate in various commercial music ensemble formations, receiving weekly coaching with faculty members and guests as approved, and present a public performance during the term.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


In the 21st century, there are a vast number of types of musical ensembles. This innovative music ensemble will allow students the flexibility to participate in commercial music groups of various instrumentations playing music in a variety of musical styles. These will often take the form of a contemporary band (vocal, guitar, keys, bass, drums) but may include other formats approved by the instructor.

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Ensemble Proposal Assignment

The student must describe the ensemble, either existing or new, in which they plan to participate for this course.

Personnel Approval Assignment

The student must submit either a video of the whole ensemble rehearsing or individual videos of each proposed member of the ensemble rehearsing on the instrument or vocal part on which they will perform for the ensemble.

Repertoire Approval Assignment

The student must submit a list of songs or pieces of music to be covered for the semester.

Rehearsals (10)

The student will rehearse regularly, contribute ideas in rehearsal, perform music well in rehearsal, and contribute to the success of the group. Videos of rehearsals are uploaded weekly to the learning management system.

Final Performance

The student will upload the ensemble’s final performance to the learning management system.