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Commercial Music and Jazz

The Commercial Music and Jazz concentration offers a number of courses, ensembles, and professional experiences designed to give you the most contemporary knowledge and skills necessary to become a successful performer, recording engineer, composer/songwriter, and/or entrepreneur. This includes courses in improvisation, commercial arranging, commercial styles, recording technology and careers in music. Commercial Music and Jazz faculty are unique in that they teach in a variety of musical styles and each is active professionally in their field. You can expect a variety of large and small ensemble experiences, covering a wide array of genres and numerous live and studio performance opportunities.

BA Commercial Music and Jazz - Music



Ensembles Offered

Jazz Big Band (Added 10/21/2021) MCD Jazz Big Band (Added 10/21/2021) MCD

Jazz Big Band

Jazz Combo (added 10/21/2021) MCD

Jazz Combos

Funk R_B Band (Added 10/21/2021) MCD

Funk/R&B Band

Rock Pop Band (Added 10/21/2021) MCD

Rock/Pop Band

Songwriting (Added 10/21/2021) MCD


Masterclasses (Add 10/21/2021) MCD




Performance Spaces

Wheelwright Auditorium (added 10/21/2021) MCD

Wheelwright Auditorium

Recording Studio 760 (Added 10/21/2021) MCD

Wheelwright Recording Studio

Outdoor Stage 760 (added 10/21/2021) MCD

Outdoor Stage

Recital Hall Edwards (Added 11/8/2021) MCD

Edwards Recital Hall




(32 Credits)

Ensemble (4 semesters)
MUS 100 - Recital Class (7 semesters)
MUS 119 - Introduction to Music Technology
MUS 115 - Concepts and Elements of Music Theory
MUS 116 - Principles of Harmony and Voice Leading
MUS 215 - Chromatic Harmony and Modulation
MUS 216 - Musical Structures
MUS 117-218 - Ear Training and Sight Singing I-IV
MUS 172-273 - Class Piano I-IV
MUS 253-254 - History of Western Music I-II


Performance Requirements

Applied Music (8 semesters)


Ensemble - 4 additional semesters

3 Credits of Health & Wellness

(19 Credits)

MCJ 310 - Careers in Music
MCJ 381 - Improvisation and Jazz/Pop Theory
MCJ 382 - Commercial Performance Styles
MCJ 385 - Improvisation and Jazz/Pop Theory II
MCJ 391 - Recording Technology I
MCJ 392 - Recording Technology II
MCJ 421 - Contemporary Jazz/Commercial Arranging


5-10 credits of Music Electives at the 300-400 level


MUS 300 - Junior Recital
MUS 400 - Senior Recital

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Sample 4-Year Plan  »



Program Faculty Spotlight

Priscilla Meyers

Tim Fischer

Associate Professor of Music, Jazz Guitar, Recording Technology

Dr. Tim Fischer is the coordinator of Commercial Music and Jazz and the Master in Music Technology programs. He teaches guitar, jazz combo, and recording.

Jonathan Doe

Emillio Terranova

Visiting Assistant Professor


David W. Carter Jr.

Assistant Professor, Music Education

Most recently, Carter served as the Director of Education and Outreach for Charleston Jazz–a non-profit organization focused on preserving and promoting the art of jazz.

Amanda Green
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Student and Alumni Work

  • Group Photo of Oracle Blue

    CCU Jazz Combo Tours Internationally

    The CCU Jazz Ensemble received an award for outstanding performance as an undergraduate blues/rock/pop group from the premier music magazine DownBeat, then they performed all over Europe.

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  • Deondre Mac, student of Music, in the Edwards Courtyard.

    Deiondre Mack (2020)

    Deiondre Mack concentrated his studies in commercial music and jazz, specializing in piano. He is a member of POP 101, and furthers his musical career with local area performances.

  • Screenshot of Virtual Choir performance in Fall 2020.

    CCU Presents Virtual Choir

    Despite the COVID pandemic, CCU students, faculty, and alumni came together to form a virtual choir, socially-distanced.

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Program Contact

Jeffery Jones 760 (Added 9/28/20) MCD

Jeff Jones
Chair, Music

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