Music: Commercial Music (BA)

Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Major: Music
Concentration: Commercial Music
Program Code: 3288

About This Major . . .

The Bachelor of Arts in Music: Liberal Arts (Commercial Music) is a liberal arts degree focused on jazz and commercial music with a breadth of general studies in English, math, humanities, natural sciences, history, social and behavioral sciences and fine arts. Combined with courses in music business, music theory, contemporary music history and literature, commercial ensembles and applied studies, this curriculum provides a strong foundation as well as courses specifically tailored to jazz and commercial music.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit Career Services’ What to Do with a Major? resource.

All CMU baccalaureate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus-wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Develop and express music judgments through solo performance. (Critical Thinking)
  2. Use music knowledge to formulate insights, perspectives, or demonstrate practical applications relating to other disciplines. (Specialized Knowledge)
  3. Conduct research on a specialized topic in music that results in a well-organized document or oral presentation. (Communication Fluency)

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU baccalaureate degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 120 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 of the last 60 hours of credit at CMU, with at least 15 semester hours in major discipline courses numbered 300 or higher.
  • 40 upper-division credits (an alternative credit limit applies to the Bachelor of Applied Science degree).
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 30 semester credit hours for a baccalaureate degree. A maximum of 15 of the 30 credits may be for cooperative education, internships, and practica.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Essential Learning Requirements

(31 semester hours)

See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below. If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

  • Some Essential Learning credits will have to be completed in the junior year.
English 1
ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
ENGL 112English Composition II-GTCO23
Mathematics 1
MATH 110Mathematical Investigations-GTMA13
History
Select one History course3
Humanities
Select one Humanities course3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Fine Arts
Select one Fine Arts course3
Natural Sciences 2
Select one Natural Sciences course3
Select one Natural Sciences course with a lab4
Total Semester Credit Hours31

Other Lower Division Requirements

Wellness Requirement
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
Select one Activity course1
Essential Learning Capstone 1
ESSL 290Maverick Milestone3
ESSL 200Essential Speech1
Total Semester Credit Hours6

Foundation Courses

(23 semester hours, must pass all courses with a “C” or better)

MUSA 111Music Technology1
MUSA 114Theory I-Introduction3
MUSA 115Theory II-Diatonic Concepts3
MUSA 116Ear Training and Sightsinging I2
MUSA 117Ear Training and Sightsinging II2
MUSA 214Theory III - Chromatic Concepts3
MUSA 215Theory IV - Twentieth Century Form and Analysis3
MUSL 139Jazz/Commercial1
MUSL 139Jazz/Commercial1
MUSL 239Jazz/Commercial1
MUSP 162Commercial Ensemble1
MUSP 162Commercial Ensemble1
MUSP 262Commercial Ensemble1
Total Semester Credit Hours23

Program Specific Degree Requirements

(50 semester hours, must pass all courses with a “C” or better and maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA or higher in coursework in this area.)

  • Students must complete eight semesters of Music Lessons (MUSL), two at each academic level.
  • Students deficient in piano skills will be required to complete MUSA 130 (2), MUSA 131 (2), MUSA 230 (2), and/or MUSA 231 (2), in the first two years.
  • Students must meet departmental recital/concert attendance requirements. 
  • Students must pay close attention to the Department’s two-year course rotation. 
MUSA 101Concert Attendance0
MUSA 101Concert Attendance0
MUSA 101Concert Attendance0
MUSA 101Concert Attendance0
MUSA 101Concert Attendance0
MUSA 101Concert Attendance0
MUSA 101Concert Attendance0
MUSA 101Concert Attendance0
MUSA 250Beginning Conducting2
MUSA 262Commercial Arranging1
MUSA 266History of Popular Music-GTAH13
MUSA 268Beginning Jazz Improvisation1
MUSA 267Jazz History and Literature3
MUSA 311Advanced Music Technology2
MUSA 312Electronic Music2
MUSA 317Applied Orchestration and Arranging2
MUSA 363Music Industry and Marketing2
MUSA 365Entrepreneurship for Creatives2
MUSA 367Arts Management2
MUSA 368Advanced Jazz Improvisation2
MUSA 426The Music of World Cultures2
MUSL 238Composition1
MUSL 338Composition1
MUSL 239Jazz/Commercial1
MUSL 339Jazz/Commercial1
MUSL 339Jazz/Commercial1
MUSL 439Jazz/Commercial1
MUSL 439Jazz/Commercial1
MUSP 262Commercial Ensemble1
MUSP 362Commercial Ensemble1
MUSP 362Commercial Ensemble1
MUSP 462Commercial Ensemble1
MUSP 462Commercial Ensemble1
MUSP 420Senior Recital/Presentation1
Upper Division Music Electives
Select from any 300- or 400-level MUSA, MUSL, or MUSP courses5
Foreign Language
Two consecutive courses in the same foreign language 16
Total Semester Credit Hours50

General Electives

All college level courses appearing on your final transcript, not listed above that will bring your total semester hours to 120 hours, including 40 hours of upper division hours. 10 semester hours, including 9 semester hours of upper division may be needed.

Select electives10
(9 elective hours must be Upper Division)
Total Semester Credit Hours10
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
MUSA 101 Concert Attendance 0
MUSA 114 Theory I-Introduction 3
MUSA 116 Ear Training and Sightsinging I 2
MUSA 111 Music Technology 1
MUSL 139 Jazz/Commercial 1
MUSP 162 Commercial Ensemble 1
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Science 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring Semester
MUSA 101 Concert Attendance 0
MUSA 115 Theory II-Diatonic Concepts 3
MUSA 117 Ear Training and Sightsinging II 2
MUSL 139 Jazz/Commercial 1
MUSP 162 Commercial Ensemble 1
ENGL 112 English Composition II-GTCO2 3
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Science 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
Fall Semester
MUSA 101 Concert Attendance 0
MUSA 214 Theory III - Chromatic Concepts 3
MUSL 239 Jazz/Commercial 1
MUSP 262 Commercial Ensemble 1
Essential Learning - Natural Science with Lab 4
MATH 110 Mathematical Investigations-GTMA1 3
MUSA 311
Advanced Music Technology
or Electronic Music
2
MUSA 268 Beginning Jazz Improvisation 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
MUSA 101 Concert Attendance 0
MUSA 215 Theory IV - Twentieth Century Form and Analysis 3
MUSL 239 Jazz/Commercial 1
MUSP 262 Commercial Ensemble 1
KINA Activity 1
Essential Learning - Natural Science 3
MUSA 250 Beginning Conducting 2
MUSA 262 Commercial Arranging 1
Select one of the following: 2
Entrepreneurship for Creatives  
Advanced Jazz Improvisation  
The Music of World Cultures  
MUSL 238 Composition 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall Semester
MUSA 101 Concert Attendance 0
MUSL 339 Jazz/Commercial 1
MUSP 362 Commercial Ensemble 1
MUSA 317 Applied Orchestration and Arranging 2
ESSL 290 Maverick Milestone 3
ESSL 200 Essential Speech 1
MUSA 311
Advanced Music Technology
or Electronic Music
2
MUSA 363
Music Industry and Marketing
or Arts Management
2
MUSL 338 Composition 1
Foundation Course - Foreign Language 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
MUSA 101 Concert Attendance 0
MUSL 339 Jazz/Commercial 1
MUSP 362 Commercial Ensemble 1
Foundation Course - Foreign Language 3
Select one of the following: 2
Entrepreneurship for Creatives  
Advanced Jazz Improvisation  
The Music of World Cultures  
MUSA 267 Jazz History and Literature 3
Essential Learning - History 3
Essential Learning - Humanities 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
MUSA 101 Concert Attendance 0
MUSL 439 Jazz/Commercial 1
MUSP 462 Commercial Ensemble 1
MUSA 266 History of Popular Music-GTAH1 3
MUSA 363
Music Industry and Marketing
or Arts Management
2
Upper Division Music Elective 2
General Electives 6
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
MUSA 101 Concert Attendance 0
MUSL 439 Jazz/Commercial 1
MUSP 462 Commercial Ensemble 1
Select one of the following: 2
Entrepreneurship for Creatives  
Advanced Jazz Improvisation  
The Music of World Cultures  
Upper Division Music Elective 3
MUSP 420 Senior Recital/Presentation 1
Essential Learning - Fine Arts 3
General Electives 4
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at http://www.coloradomesa.edu/registrar/graduation.html.

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.