Immersed in state-of-the-art facilities, students gain real-world experience while studying one-on-one 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 skillsets necessary to be competitive in today’s music industry.
The program fosters growth from a foundation in Music and Audio Production that empowers students to adapt to the rapidly evolving 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.
Our program offers an exciting array of ensembles, including Catamount Singers, Fusion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Band, Jazz Combos, Music Technology Ensemble, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Each group teaches students a unique aspect of industry-relevant collaborative performance.
The Commercial Music and Audio Production program requires six semesters of individual lessons in a 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.
To be admitted to any music degree program, you must perform a live audition before a panel of music faculty. Auditions are typically held in February, but an audition may also be done by appointment throughout the year.
Students interested in a music scholarship must:
CMAP students must earn and maintain a 2.75 grade-point average in all of their college work for full admission.
The music studio faculty members are all active teachers, performers, producers, and composers who bring extensive experience to various aspects of the music business.
Chris Beyt is an active jazz guitarist, while Pavel Wlosok is a noted jazz performer in the United States and Europe. Jim Elenteny is the school's recording studio engineer; he co-directs the program and teaches classes in recording arts.
Jon Henson, the other program co-director, works in recording arts, field audio production, and live sound reinforcement. Justin Leo Kennedy is a composer and sound artist engaged in live electronic music and game audio. Wendy Jones is a working vocalist and educator. Mrs. Jones works with all Commerical Voice Majors and also performs with the CMAP faculty. Micah Thomas is a professional drummer, and he teaches all of our Commerical Percussion majors. He is in demand as a performer in the region.