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Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    12-18 credits
    • Location

      Nashville, Tennessee
    • Semesters Offered

      Fall, Spring

      March 15 deadline for fall

      October 15 deadline for spring

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    BestSemester proudly offers several off-campus and study abroad programs around the world through the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). The CCCU is a higher education association of 179 intentionally Christ-centered institutions around the world.

    The Contemporary Music Center provides students with the opportunity to live and work in the refining context of community, while seeking to understand how God will have them integrate music, faith and business.


    What Will I Study?

    The Contemporary Music Center (CMC) offers three tracks: artist, business and technical.

    Artist (Track)

    The artist track is tailored to students considering careers as vocalists, musicians, songwriters, recording artists, performers and producers.

    Business (Track)

    The business track is designed for business, arts management, marketing, communications and related majors interested in possible careers as artist managers, agents, record company executives, music publishers, concert promoters and entertainment industry entrepreneurs.

    Technical (Track)

    The technical track prepares students for careers in live sound, concert lighting and studio recording. Students within each of the tracks receive instruction, experience and a uniquely Christ-centered perspective on creativity and the marketplace, while working together to and execute a week-long tour at the end of the semester.

    Each track includes coursework, labs, directed study and a practicum.


    Course Equivalencies

    Contemporary Music Center Course Equivalencies

    Core Courses (Required) Course Credits Biola Course Credits

    Faith, Music and Culture - CMC 001 (BACN) 3 BBST 465 Integration Seminar 3
    CNMA 459 Faith and Film 3
    CNMA 480 Directed Research 3
    MUSC 330 Contemporary Music Issues 3
    Inside the Music Industry - CMC 002 (BACN) 3 CNMA 204 The Entertainment Business 3
    CNMA 470 Cinema & Media Arts Seminar 3
    MUSC 453 Worship Internship 3
    Practicum "CMC Tour" - CMC 003 (BACN) 1 CNMA 450 Cinema & Media Arts Practicum 1
    MUSC 450 Music Practicum 1


    Electives (Choose 1 — Artist, Business or Technical) Course Credits Biola Course Credits
    Artist

    Essentials of Song Writing 3 MUSC 330 Contemporary Music Issues 3
    MUSC 346 Pop Theory for Contemporary Worship I 3
    Studio Recording 3 MUSC 330 Contemporary Music Issues 3
    MUSC 450 Music Practicum 3
    MUSC 347 Music Technology & Production and
    MUSC 480 Directed Research
    3

    1
    Performance 3 MUSC 180 Performance Seminar (x3) 1 (x3)
    Business

    Strategic Management 3 CNMA 449 The Role of the Producer 3
    CNMA 455 Media Management 3
    Music Business Survey 3 CNMA 470 Cinema and Media Arts Seminar 3
    Advanced Media Marketing 3 CNMA 480 Directed Research 3
    Technical

    Advanced Studio Recording 3 MUSC 347 Music Technology & Production and
    MUSC 450 Directed research
    2

    1
    Audio Engineering 3 MUSC 330 Contemporary Music Issues 3
    Concert Production 3 MUSC 330 Contemporary Music Issues 3
    Total 16