Commercial Performance, B.M.

CBU's commercial performance major trains students to be agile and adaptable music performers in the 21st century, bridging performance, music technology and music industry practices within a practice-oriented degree. 

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Program Intro

The commercial performance bachelor's program from CBU incorporates a diverse range of musical genres, styles and exploration of contemporary instrumentation.

85 Units

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26 Soundproof Practice Rooms on Campus
51 Grand Pianos on Campus

Why Study Commercial Performance at CBU?

Aim for excellence

In every class, every rehearsal, every performance, students are held to higher standards that will encourage them to develop and expand their God-given gifts and ultimately share them with others.

Practice a contemporary conservatory style

CBU's music classroom style is often referred to as conservatory — intimate, challenging and rigorous — but unlike typical music conservatories that preserve the past with a traditional repertoire, CBU's music is forward-looking to engage both musicians and audiences in the contemporary enjoyment of the art. 

Use state-of-the-art technology

CBU music students work hands-on with the latest music technology on both their personal Macbook Pro computers and in computer labs and classrooms located within the state-of-the-art Hawkins Music Building. Software for professional and audio production, sequencing and publishing quality notation are used each day in many of the core music courses.

What You'll Learn

Program Details

MUS 236: Music Entrepreneurship

Introduction to theories, fundamentals, and practices of entrepreneurship and small business as applied to musicians.

MUS 356: Commercial Instrumental or Vocal Project I

Students will complete a 30-minute performance or project related to their area of studies in commercial music performance.

MUS 386: Audio Recording and Studio Techniques I

Introduction to analog and digital audio recording and ProTools recording software.

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Thomas Brooks

Assistant Professor of Music
Director, Commercial Music Studies

Office Phone: 951-552-8156

Mayu Fukasawa

I chose to major in music because it's something I really love to do and I realized I'd like to keep doing it for the rest of my life. I like the program at CBU because I have so many opportunities to perform. It's helped me get used to performing a lot.

Mayu Fukasawa '19

Braden Sapp

I grew up in a musical family and always knew I wanted to participate in music in some capacity. The professors here are really great people who want to be more than just someone who grades you. They really care about your education.

Braden Sapp '19

McKenna Sessions

I love music and am passionate about it. The program here helps you not only strengthen your skills but also helps with your spiritual walk.

McKenna Sessions '21

Career Possibilities

Commercial performance majors can apply their field of study to a variety of careers. Some careers listed below may require further education.

  • Performer
  • Songwriter
  • Producer
  • Session Musician
  • Singer
  • Musician
  • Composer

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