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Commercial Music, B.M.

Requirements

The Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music prepares students for professional work in the music media industry. Students may select from two tracks, one in media composition and the second in music technology and production.

Total Program Credits: 121

General Education Requirements: 35 Credits
  ENGL1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences 3
Choose one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (recommended for Humanities or Arts majors) (3.0)  
  MAT 1035 Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra (6.0)  
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics (recommended for Social science majors) (3.0)  
  STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics with Algebra (5.0)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (recommended for Business, Education, Science, and Health Professions majors) (4.0) 
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5.0)  
  MATH 1090 College Algebra for Business (recommended for Business majors) (3.0)  
Choose one of the following: 3
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)  
Complete the following  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)  
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses:
  Biology 3
  Physical Science 3
  Additional Biology or Physical Science 3
  Humanities Distribution 3
  MUSC 1030 American Popular Music (Fine Arts Distribution) 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 86 Credits
Musicianship Courses:  
  MUSC 1110 Music Theory I 3
  MUSC 1120 Music Theory II 3
  MUSC 1130 Aural Skills I 1
  MUSC 1140 Aural Skills II 1
  MUSC 2110 Music Theory III 3
  MUSC 2125 Music Theory IV 3
  MUSC 2130 Aural Skills III 1
  MUSC 2140 Aural Skills IV 1
  MUSC 2350 Fundamentals of Conducting 2
  MUSC 3120 Form and Analysis 3
  MUSC 3450 Music History and Literature I 3
  MUSC 3451 Music History and Literature II 3
Individual Musicianship Studies:  
  MUSC 250R

Private Lessons for Music Majors (Repeated 4 times on major instrument or voice) (Includes completion of sophomore review) (1.0)

4
  MUSC 251R

Performance Class (Repeated 4 times on major instrument or voice) (Includes completion of sophomore review) (1.0)

4
  MUSC 360R

Commercial Music Private Lessons (1.0)

1
  Student must pass the Departmental Keyboard Proficiency Examination for Commercial Music or complete MUSC 1150, MUSC 1160, MUSC 2170, and MUSC 2180  
Large Ensembles:  
Complete 4 credits from the following:  4
  MUSC 320R Masterworks Chorale (1.0)  
  MUSC 322R Chamber Choir (1.0)  
  MUSC 327R Men's Choir (1.0)  
  MUSC 328R Women's Choir (1.0)  
  MUSC 330R Wind Symphony (1.0)  
  MUSC 332R Jazz Orchestra (1.0)  
  MUSC 370R Symphony Orchestra (1.0)  
Complete the following:  
  MUSC 1400 Music Technology I 2
  MUSC 1402 Music Technology II 2
  MUSC 1410 Survey of Commercial Music Careers 1
  MUSC 1810 Contemporary Theory and Improvisation I 3
  MUSC 1820 Contemporary Theory and Improvisation II 2
  MUSC 2400 Digital Audio Workstation  2
  MUSC 2420 Music Production Basics 2
  MUSC 3412 Music Career Development 3
  MUSC 379R Studio Recording Workshop 1
  MUSC 410R Music Composition (2.0) 2
  MUSC 420R Film Scoring (2.0)  2
  MUSC 4130 Scoring and Arranging 2
  MUSC 470R Studio Arranging and Producing (Repeated 2 times) (3.0) 6
  MUSC 481R Internship in Music II  1
  MUSC 492R Advanced Topics in Music (Repeated 2 times, 2 credits each) (1.0) 4
Complete 4 credits from the following: 4
  MUSC 3025  Songwriting I  (2.0)  
  MUSC 3026 Songwriting II (2.0)  
  MUSC 3030 Jazz and Contemporary Arranging I (2.0)  
  MUSC 3031 Jazz and Contemporary Arranging II (2.0)  
Complete 7 credits from the following: 7
  DGM 2130 Digital Audio Essentials (3.0)  
  DGM 2410 Core Recording Principles (3.0)  
  DGM 2430 Core Mixing Principles (3.0)  
  DGM 2440 Sound for Film and Television (3.0)  
  DGM 3410 Audio Engineering for the Studio I (3.0)  
  MUSC 3025 Songwriting I  (2.0)  
  MUSC 3026 Songwriting II  (2.0)  
  MUSC 3030 Jazz and Contemporary Arranging I (2.0)  
  MUSC 3031 Jazz and Contemporary Arranging II (2.0)  
  MUSC 332R Jazz Orchestra (1.0)  
  MUSC 333R Small Jazz and Commercial Ensembles (1.0)  
  MUSC 360R Commercial Music Private Lessons (1.0)  
  MUSC 492R Advanced Topics in Music (1.0)  
  MKTG 3600  Principles of Marketing  
  MUSC 492R Advanced Topics in Music (1.0)  

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 121 semester credits, 40 credits must be upper-division.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above. MUSC 1150, MUSC 1160, MUSC 2170, MUSC 2180, 250R, and 360R courses require a grade B or higher. All other MUSC and DGM courses require a C grade or higher.
  3. Residency hours- minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours in the last 45 hours.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements, including a sophomore review and concert attendance requirements.
  5. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
MUSC 1110 Music Theory I 3
MUSC 1130 Aural Skills I 1
MUSC 250R Private Lessons for Music Majors 1
MUSC 251R Performance Class 1
Ensemble*  1
MUSC 1150** Group Piano I (or exam equivalent 0-1
MUSC 1400 Music Technology I 2
MUSC 1410 Survey of Commercial Music Careers 1
MUSC 1810 Contemporary Theory and Improvisation I 3
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
Concert Attendance  
  Semester total: 16-17
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
MUSC 1120 Music Theory II 3
MUSC 1140 Aural Skills II 1
MUSC 250R Private Lessons for Music Majors 1
MUSC 251R Performance Class 1
Ensemble* 1
MUSC 1160** Group Piano II (or exam equivalent) 0-1
MUSC 1820 Contemporary Theory and Improvisation II 2
MUSC 1402 Music Technology II 2
MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning 3
ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing 3
Concert Attendance  
  Semester total: 17-18
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
MUSC 2110   Music Theory III 3
MUSC 2130   Aural Skills III 1
MUSC 250R Private Lessons for Music Majors 1
MUSC 251R Performance Class 1
Ensemble* 1
MUSC 2170** Jazz/Contemporary Keyboard Skills I (or exam equivalent) 0-1
MUSC 2400 Digital Audio Workstation 2
MUSC 2350 Fundamentals of Conducting 2
MUSC 1030  American Popular Music 3
Concert Attendance  
  Semester total: 14-15
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
MUSC 2125 Music Theory IV 3
MUSC 2140 Aural Skills IV 1
MUSC 2180** Jazz/Contemporary Keyboard Skills II (or exam equivalent) 0-1
MUSC 250R Private Lessons for Music Majors 1
MUSC 251R Performance Class 1
Ensemble* 1
MUSC 2420 Music Production Basics 2
PHIL 205G Ethics and Values 3
American Institutions 3
Concert Attendance  
Sophomore Review   
  Semester total: 15-16
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
MUSC 3120 Form and Analysis 3
MUSC 3450 Music History and Literature I 3
Track Electives   3
MUSC 410R Music Composition 2
MUSC 360R Commercial Music Private Lessons 1
MUSC 4130 Scoring and Arranging 2
Personal Health & Wellness OR Fitness for Life 2
Concert Attendance  
  Semester total: 16
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
MUSC 3451 Music History and Literature II 3
MUSC 3412 Music Career Development 3
MUSC 379R Studio Recording Workshop 1
MUSC 420R Film Scoring 2
Social Science Distribution 3
Physical Science Distribution 3
Concert Attendance  
  Semester total: 15
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
MUSC 470R Studio Arranging and Producing 3
MUSC 492R Advanced Topics in Music 2
Track Electives 3
Biology Distribution 3
 Track Electives 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
MUSC 470R Studio Arranging and Producing 3
MUSC 492R Advanced Topics in Music 2
MUSC 481R Internship in Music II 1
Track Electives 2
Humanities Distribution 3
Third Science Distribution 3
  Semester total: 14

* Large Ensembles: MUSC 320R Masterworks Chorale, MUSC 322R Chamber Choir, MUSC 327R Men's Choir, MUSC 328R Women's Choir, MUSC 330R Wind Symphony, MUSC 332R Jazz Orchestra, MUSC 370R Symphony Orchestra

**If you are able to pass the Keyboard Proficiency Exam for any level of Group Piano, replace that course with any upper or lower division Music course.
MUSC 2170/2180 is strongly recommended - may also take MUSC 2150/2160 (Group Piano III/IV) or exam equivalent.

  Degree total: 121

Department

Name:

Music

Location:

GT 332

Telephone:

801-863-8534

Email:

musicinfo@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/music

Chair:

Donna Fairbanks

 
 

Mission Statement

The Department of Music promotes student success through innovative programs that enhance creativity, hone performance expertise, and sustain high standards of excellence. Our professional faculty provide learning opportunities essential to the competency of music students as they prepare for a global marketplace. The department engages diverse audiences through performances and activities representing an array of musical styles and traditions.

  1. Provide nationally-competitive academic programs and general studies in music.
  2. Promote an inclusive environment that provides students with resources that support their educational and professional needs.
  3. Engage audiences with performances that reflect diverse musical styles and traditions.
  4. Promote opportunities for students and faculty to explore their highest professional potential through creative and innovative activities on- and off-campus.
 
 

Music

Advisors:

Entrance Auditions

Entrance auditions are required for students wishing to pursue a degree in music. Live auditions are recommended, as they provide students with the opportunity to meet and perform for the faculty. Students also have the option to submit a recorded audition. More information: https://www.uvu.edu/music/students

Scholarship Auditions

Music majors and non-majors alike are eligible for a variety of scholarships, ranging from quarter to full tuition. Live auditions are recommended, as they provide students with the opportunity to meet and perform for the faculty. More information: https://www.uvu.edu/music/students

Ensemble Auditions

Ensemble auditions are held at the beginning of Fall and Spring semesters. More information: https://www.uvu.edu/music/students/repertoire.html#ensemble

Theory Placement

All new music major students are required to take a music theory placement examination on the first day of semester classes. The results of this test may indicate a need for further theory training before entrance into Music Theory I. More information: https://www.uvu.edu/music/students

Keyboard Proficiency

Music majors are required to pass keyboard proficiency examinations in preparation for their Sophomore review. Students who complete Group Piano I, II, III, and IV with a ‘B’ or higher will fulfill exam requirements. Students who have attained a requisite level of competency in piano may be exempted from group piano coursework through a demonstration of exam requirements. More information: https://www.uvu.edu/music/students

Faculty

Cheung Chau(2012)

Associate Professor

Department: Music
Faculty



B.M., Cello Performance, Harid Conservatory, M.M., Cello Performance, Yale School of Music; D.M.A., Cello Performance and Wind Ensemble Conducting, New England Conservatory.

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Reed Criddle(2010)

Associate Professor

Department: Music
Faculty



B.A., Music , M.A., East Asian Studies, Stanford University; M.M., Conducting, Eastman School of Music; D.M.A., Choral Conducting, University of Michigan.

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Hilary Demske(2009)

Associate Professor

Department: Music
Faculty



B.M., Piano Performance, The Peabody Conservatory of Music; M.M, Piano Performance, The Julliard School; Meisterklase Diploma, Munich Conservatory; D.M.A., Piano Performance, University of Michigan.

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Natalie Douglass(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Music
Faculty



B.A., B.M.E., Music Education, University of Iowa; M.M., Horn Performance, University of Illinois; D.M.A., Horn Performance, University of Cincinnati.

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Donna Fairbanks(2005)

Professor

Department: Music
Department Chair, Faculty



B.M., Violin Performance, Brigham Young University; M.M., Violin Performance, University of Rochester New York; D.M.A., Violin Performance, University of Arizona, Tucson.

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W. Hagen(2010)

Assistant Professor

Department: Music
Faculty



B.A., Music, Davidson College; M.M., Ph.D., Musicology, University of Colorado.

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Melissa Heath(2014)

Assistant Professor

Department: Music
Faculty



B.M., Vocal Performance, Brigham Young University; M.M., D.M.A., vocal performance, University of Utah.

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Alex Heitlinger(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Music
Faculty



B.M., Trombone Performance, University of Colorado, Boulder; M.M., Jazz Composition, New England Conservatory of Music; D.M.A., Music Composition, University of Texas at Austin.

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Nathan Hofheins(2012)

Artist in Residence

Department: Music
Faculty



B.A., Music, M.M., Composition, Brigham Young University.

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Isaac Hurtado(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Music
Faculty



B.A., Voice Performance, Brigham Young University; M.M., Voice Performance, University of Cincinnati; D.M.A., Vocal Performance, Florida State University.

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Thomas Keck(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Music
Faculty



B.S., Music Education, University of Illinois; M.A., Music Education, University of Iowa; D.M.A., Conducting, Arizona State University.

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Ryan Nielsen(2018)

Associate Professor

Department: Music
Faculty



B.M., Music Education, Brigham Young University - Idaho; M.M., Trumpet Performance, Arizona State University; Ph.D., Jazz Performance, New England Conservatory of Music.

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Jeffrey O'Flynn(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Music
Faculty



B.M., Clarinet Performance, Wichita State University; M.M., Clarinet Performance, Florida State University; D.M.A., Clarinet Performance, College-Conservatory of Music.

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Bryce Rytting(2001)

Professor

Department: Music
Faculty



B.S., Music Theory, University of Utah; M.F.A., Ph.D., Musicology, Princeton University.

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Doug Smith(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Music
Faculty



B.M., Music Education, Central Missouri State University; M.M., Rice University, D.M.A.(ABD), Musical Arts, University of Arizona.

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D. Sorensen(2012)

Artist in Residence

Department: Music
Faculty



B.A., Music, Brigham Young University.

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Cherilyn Worthen(2011)

Assistant Professor

Department: Music
Faculty



B.M., Choral Music Education, M.M., Choral Conducting, Brigham Young University.

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Careers

Careers:
UVU's music degree programs focus on three principal areas of professional music studies: education, performance, and commercial music. Students interested in broader studies, inclusive of other educational disciplines, may pursue a liberal arts or integrated studies major. In addition to professional careers, music is also an area that offers highly flexible self-employment opportunities, such as freelance performing and recording, as well as private teaching. Coursework in music technology and entrepreneurship further enhances opportunities for students who choose to pursue freelance employment. These opportunities are very dynamic, rapidly responding to advancing technology and an open and diverse media market. See http://www.uvu.edu/music/why/index.html for more information.

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