BM In Commercial Music Artist Development
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Aug 19, 2024

Develop Your Own Musical Style with Our Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music – Performance Degree

Becoming a Christian music artist is a unique calling, and our Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music – Performance degree offers the training you need to both develop your own music style and understand the industry. Throughout this degree, you will learn how to plan live performances, create a worshipful experience for your audience, and maintain integrity in the commercial music industry.

At Liberty, our mission is to Train Champions for Christ, and we want to help you use your talents to create artistic music that glorifies God – regardless of genre. Partner with us and make an impact in the commercial music industry.

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 Bachelor’s of Commercial Music in Performance Degree?

We are committed to providing the training you need to use your musical talents to glorify God. As one of the top ten largest schools of music in the nation, we offer a variety of classes and opportunities designed to help you gain experience and share your work with the world. During your time at Liberty, you will have opportunities to work with LU Praise, our Liberty Worship Collective, and develop your own album in our state-of-the-art recording facilities.

Our faculty members have earned their degrees from many of the most prestigious music schools in the nation, and they work to ensure you have the classroom environment you need to develop your own musical style and abilities.

What Will You Learn in Our B.M. in Commercial Music – Performance Degree Program?

Throughout our bachelor’s degree in commercial music, you can learn musical theories and techniques behind multiple music genres, along with the fundamentals of recording and producing commercial music. Our Bachelor of Music program is taught from a biblical worldview, allowing you to explore music as both art and worship. By earning this degree, you can prepare for a career as a singer, songwriter, or musician through hands-on classes, practicums, and internships that will help you gain the experience you need to stand out.

If you choose to pursue our performance specialization, you can work to develop your personal musical identity and philosophy. You can study the connection between music and culture, working to create art that reflects God’s love and truth. You can also learn how to plan a live performance and create an experience that blends both artistic and worshipful elements. You have been blessed with talent, and our bachelor’s in commercial music performance will teach you how to use your talents to create music that positively impacts the music industry and the world.  

Review our B.M. in Performance’s Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below to learn more about what you’ll be studying!

Featured Courses

MUSC 200 – Music, Art, Worship, and Culture

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The relationship between music, art, worship, and culture
  • How culture effects music in daily and professional life
  • Biblical principles for artistic development
  • How to develop a literature review, thesis, and craft a meaningful research paper

MUSC 323 – Leadership, Philosophy, Music, and Organization

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Practical principles of leading worship
  • Developing and implementing a philosophy of music
  • Establishing a chain of command
  • Balancing professional and personal life

MUSC 373 – Artist Spiritual Formation

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How to define your pursuit for identity and significance
  • How to develop discipline and integrity
  • How to develop your creativity through activities like journaling
  • How to further your communication skills
  • Musicianship as applied to the contemporary Christian music industry

MUSC 379 – Artist Presentation

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Strategies for musically artistic and ministry effective program presentation
  • Key elements of live performance such as reading the crowd and developing unique lighting features
  • Commerciality and trend awareness
  • How to give performances that are both artistic and worshipful

Degree Information
Admission Requirements

Highlights of Our Bachelor’s of Commercial Music in Performance Degree Program

  • We are dedicated to producing graduates of distinction. Our graduates have found careers as musicians playing for stars like Carrie Underwood, well-known Christian singers and songwriters, worship leaders at Harvest Bible Chapel, and conductors leading choir 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 Performance Degree Information

Career Opportunities for Our B.M. in Commercial Music – Performance Graduates

  • Music director
  • Musician
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Worship leader

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.