Commercial Music and Jazz - Coastal Carolina University
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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



Experiential Opportunities

Jazz Ensembles


Steve Bailey performing with students in Wheelwright Auditorium

Master Classes




Jeff Jones hosting master class in Edwards Recital Hall

Edwards Recital Hall

Wheelwright Recording Studio

 A professional-grade microphone looking out onto the audience of Wheelwright Auditorium.

Wheelwright Auditorium




(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

Jonathan Doe

Matt White


Preservation and Archiving of Gullah Spirituals, Visualization and Improvisation, and Brass Performance Fundamentals and Techniques


Steve Bailey


Bass Performance and Theory

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.

    Deondre Mac (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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Application Requirements

» Audition (scholarship deadline: March 1, 2021; final deadline: April 1, 2021)

» Application

» $45 Application Fee

» Official Transcripts (Highschool, Secondary School, or Previous College)

» SAT/ACT Test Scores (optional)

For International Students

» Proof of English Proficiency (ESL Students)

» Passport


Get in Touch

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Program Contact

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

Jeff Jones
Chair, Music

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