Immersed in state-of-the-art facilities, commercial music students gain real-world experience in music and audio production while refining performance skills in one-on-one lessons with faculty from a range of professional backgrounds.
Whether you're looking for a career in musical performance or music production, you'll gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be competitive in today’s rapidly evolving music industry.
Graduates of the program are engaged in a wide range of careers as professional performers, mastering engineers, music producers, audio engineers, singer/songwriters, sound designers, and front-of-house engineers.
The Commercial Music and Audio Production program requires six semesters of individual lessons in your performance area and six semesters of major ensembles, along with courses in performance skills, music theory, and history.
An optional internship program provides an opportunity to earn college credit while working in a professional commercial music setting.
CMAP students must earn and maintain a 2.75 grade-point average.
To be admitted to any music degree program, you must perform a live audition before a panel of music faculty. Audition days are typically held in January, but an appointment for an individual audition may be scheduled at other times if necessary.
Students interested in a music scholarship must:
Our program offers an exciting array of ensembles, including Catamount Singers, Jazz Band, Jazz Combos, Fusion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, and Music Technology Ensemble. Each group gives students experience with industry-relevant collaborative performance.
The CMAP faculty members are active teachers, performers, producers, and composers who bring extensive experience to various aspects of the music business.
Guitarist Chris Beyt and pianist Pavel Wlosok are active jazz performers with multiple album releases and audio production credits. Justin Leo Kennedy is a composer and sound artist specializing in live electronic music performance.
Micah Thomas, a professional drummer in demand as a performer in the region, teaches Commerical Percussion majors.
Recording studio engineer Ethan King is a successful alumnus of the program who teaches courses in recording arts.