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Commercial Music

Find Your Musical Voice at SAU!

Music can speak beyond words. Spring Arbor University’s Department of Music is equipped to help you succeed in the world of music. Whether you want to be a professional musician, teacher, composer, or just love making music, you’ll learn from seasoned professionals who are master teachers and musicians actively working in the industry. In addition, you’ll have ample opportunities to practice your craft and creativity in a variety of music ensembles, performances, and opportunities on campus.

As a commercial music major, SAU’s music program offers broad musical preparation for the student who wishes to major in music as part of a broad liberal arts curriculum. The B.A. in Commercial Music prepares students for many different career possibilities including singer/songwriter, audio technician, music artist, working in the music business, and private lesson instructor. This degree also allows the flexibility to add endorsements to further enhance and personalize your degree and support various career paths including digital influence, personal branding, marketing, business, audio production, and many others. Our music students are prepared for a variety of job opportunities upon graduation.

Commercial Music students will pick from four possible concentrations:

  • Contemporary Music
  • Digital Music Production/Songwriting
  • Music Business
  • Audio Production

Throughout the degree program, you’ll have opportunities to create your own music, hone your musicianship skill sets, and prepare for a career in the music business through our wonderful lab facilities, internships, off-campus experiences, and daily engagement with our faculty.

For more information about ensembles and musical opportunities, our faculty, scholarships, and upcoming events, visit our Department of Music page.

Music Career Pathways

  • Professional Musician
  • Music Business Professional
  • Private Lesson Instructor
  • Digital Music Producer
  • Singer/Songwriter

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Program Highlights

  • One-on-One Faculty Interaction
  • Digital Music Production Lab
  • Music Recording Lab
  • Off-Campus Nashville
  • Weekly Performance Opportunities
  • Variety of Performing Ensembles
  • Digital Portfolio Development

Music Major Courses

Commercial Music Major Total Credit Hours: 39

  • MUS 105: Music Theory I: Literacy
  • MUS 106: Music Theory II: Harmony
  • MUS 205: Music Theory III: Orchestration
  • MUS 212: Music Production I
  • MUS 310M1: Applied Composition Lessons
  • MUS 310P1: Applied Piano
  • MUS 310YL: Lab
  • MUS 315: Music Production II
  • MUS 323: World Music
  • MUS 386: Junior Recital
  • MUS 486: Professional Recital
  • CMC Nashville
    • Choose one of the specializations:
      • Digital Music Production/Songwriting (Artist Track)
      • Music Business (Business Track)
      • Audio Production (Technical Track)
      • Contemporary Music

View the course requirements, layout, course descriptions and a sample four-year plan, and learn more about the Commercial Music program at Spring Arbor University in the course catalog.

Enhance Your Music Degree

Take your Music degree to the next level by pairing it with one of the following minors or endorsements.


  • Freelance & Personal Branding
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Business Administration
  • Accounting
  • Christian Ministry
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Psychology


  • Advertising & Public Relations
  • Audio Production
  • Digital Influence
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Freelance and Personal Branding
  • Marketing