2020-2021 Samford University Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 02, 2023  
2020-2021 Samford University Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Commercial Music Major (B.A.)

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Important Notice: This program has been approved by Division of Music Faculty, School of the Arts Faculty, the University Curriculum Committee, and the Samford University Board of Trustees. It has been submitted to the Division of Music’s accrediting body, the National Association of Schools of Music (N.A.S.M.), for review. Students may not pursue this degree until approved by N.A.S.M.

Samford University’s Division of Music offers a 128-hour bachelor of arts in commercial music degree with four concentrations. This program empowers students to become musicians with artistic, technological, and entrepreneurial skills to thrive in the 21st century. Students choose from one of four unique concentrations within commercial music: music business, music production, songwriting, or live performance and touring. Each concentration aims to instill and foster a do-it-yourself attitude necessary for any entrepreneurial musician, while offering a unique approach to the commercial music industry that supports Samford University’s Christian mission.

General Education - Univ Core Curriculum: 22 Credits

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General Education - Distribution Areas: 23 Credits

Commercial Music Major: 66 Credits

Commercial Music Concentrations: 23 Credits

(choose a concentration below and complete all courses listed)

Music Production Concentration: 23 Credits

Songwriting Concentration: 23 Credits

Live Performance & Touring Concentration: 23 Credits

General Electives: 17 Credits

Total Required Credits: 128

*Language Requirement: A placement exam alone cannot satisfy this requirement. At least one course must be completed at Samford. Four (4) credits of language are required (102 or higher).
**Prereq for MUSC 1500: Musicianship Assessment administered by the Division of Music. If the assessment is passed, students may substitute 3 music credits with advisor permission.
***If principal performance area is guitar, voice, or piano and student does not place into the applied area, they may begin studies with the Class Guitar, Piano, or Voice sequence. Students who begin study in this sequence will be required to re-audition to the program for applied lessons upon completion of the sequence. Credit hours for class instruction will not count toward performance area principal credits. Class piano study will accompany the traditional theory sequence beginning with Music Theory I.

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