Bachelor Of Science BS In Commercial Music Technology
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Transfer in up to 75% of the degree total
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Aug 19, 2024

Gain the Recording and Producing Skills You Need to Succeed in the Music Industry

Are you passionate about music and working with some of the latest technology in the industry? At Liberty, we have a degree that combines both of these interests, and it will equip you to work in the exhilarating world of music recording and studio production. Imagine being the first to hear a new album from a rising star — one that you helped create. 

Liberty’s B.S. in Commercial Music will provide you with the knowledge you need for both personal and professional success. Plus, our coursework in recording engineering and music technology will give you the edge so you can advance in the competitive industry of music production.

Additionally, a degree in commercial music can prepare you to perform your own pieces or direct music in a private school or center for the arts. Our bachelor’s degree in commercial music is designed to help you start your music career and land your dream job.

Award-Winning Campus

At Liberty, you’ll find an affordable, high-quality education that equips students like you for the real world. Our commitment to excellence helped us rank among’s Top 3 college campuses in America. Earning your degree from a nonprofit university with state-of-the-art resources like ours can help set you apart from your peers.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Commercial Music Bachelor’s Degree?

Choosing to earn a commercial music degree with Liberty can help you develop the marketable skills you’ll need to stand out in your field. Our School of Music is one of the largest in the nation, and that means we have the resources and facilities to provide you with the training you need to pursue your career with confidence upon graduation.

Our School of Music faculty knows the industry better than anyone. Learn from professors with years of professional experience in the commercial music industry. Our music degree provides a career-focused edge designed by your professors. Plus, you’ll have opportunities to work with LU Praise and the Liberty Worship Collective as well as develop your own album or recordings in our state-of-the-art facilities.

You will also gain invaluable market and entrepreneurial skills to succeed in a highly competitive field without compromising your faith. Our faculty come from some of the most prestigious music schools in the nation, and they look forward to developing your musical skills and industry know-how to ensure that you are prepared for success.

What Will You Learn in Our Bachelor’s Degree in Commercial Music?

Our commercial music bachelor’s degree will introduce you to all major areas of theory, techniques, and technology important for success in today’s music industry. Choosing to study with a nonprofit, Christian university also provides the opportunity for you to integrate faith into all areas of music expression and production.

As you apply musical style, literature, and theory research to commercial music, you will fine-tune your musical abilities. The knowledge you’ll gain in the classroom will be turned into wisdom from firsthand experience as you work alongside professionals in a commercial music organization through an internship. Let us support you while you advance your professional skills and set yourself apart from others in this competitive industry.

Other major topics you will explore in our B.S. in Commercial Music include:

  • A survey of popular and jazz music writers, influences, and trends
  • Computer applications in commercial music
  • Conducting
  • Entrepreneurship in the commercial music community
  • How to demonstrate technical fluency, expressiveness, and professionalism in commercial music performance
  • How to identify harmonic rhythm across various musical styles
  • Improvisation techniques
  • Songwriting, film scoring, recording, and mixing
  • Tonal center referencing

Featured Courses

CMUS 107 – Commercial Musicianship

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Listening skills through rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic dictation
  • Commercial musicianship skills through sight-singing and rhythm exercises from a variety of styles
  • Tonal center referencing
  • The ability to identify harmonic rhythm while listening to a variety of musical styles

CMUS 213 – Survey of Commercial Music Literature

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • A survey of popular and jazz music writers, influences, and trends
  • Emphasis is placed on a general overview of personalities and their unique influences within each of these genres

CMUS 218 – Commercial Music Production and Audio

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Studio production techniques
  • Studio miking for instruments and voice, digital audio workstations, and general techniques for studio production
  • How to produce commercial music demo recordings
Degree Information
Admission Requirements

Highlights of Our Bachelor’s Degree in Commercial Music

  • We are dedicated to producing graduates of distinction. Our graduates have found careers as musicians playing for stars like Carrie Underwood and well-known Christian singers and songwriters, as worship leaders with churches like Harvest Bible Chapel, and as conductors leading choir music festivals throughout Southeast Asia.
  • Our School of Music’s latest LU Praise album has been nominated for a Dove Award.
  • The Liberty University School of Music has strategic partnerships with leaders in the industry, such as Michael W. Smith. Each semester, the School of Music hosts industry professionals who share their expertise with current commercial music students and provide practical, hands-on experience for those pursuing their bachelor’s in commercial music.
  • Participate in our School of Music ensembles that range from folk and bluegrass to a cappella and Latino styles.

Our Bachelor’s in Commercial Music Degree Information

Career Opportunities for Graduates

  • Commercial music teacher
  • Music arranger
  • Music editor
  • Music producer
  • Music publicist
  • Social media music specialist
  • Sound engineer
  • Studio, film, and game audio production technician

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:

  • Admission application
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official college transcripts (if applicable)
  • Results from the CLT, SAT, or ACT are not required for admission, but may be used in consideration for merit-based aid.
  • Admission essay

*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.