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Commercial Music

The commercial music degree at Cornerstone University is a dynamic program that trains musicians in performance, music technology, and music business. It is designed for talented students with a passion for a career that will influence their world for Christ.

All music degrees require an audition for entrance into the program and scholarship eligibility. The audition occurs in the spring semester of the high school senior year or at the conclusion of the freshman fall semester.

Degree Type

  • Bachelor of Arts


  • On-Campus
  • Residential


  • Grand Rapids


As part of your program, you’ll take part in an internship with one of our local business partners. Take a look at where some of our students intern around Grand Rapids.


  • Circle Theatre
  • Contemporary Music Center
  • Lakeshore Arts Alliance


Commercial music is one of the fastest-growing career fields in the country, especially for graduates with skills in sound engineering and music production. Here are the career fields that are hiring for commercial music graduates.


  • Arranger
  • Music director
  • Recording artist
  • Songwriter
  • Touring artist


Of Communication, Media & Music Division graduates from the class of 2019 were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.


Student-to-faculty ratio with an average class size of 22.


Of students participate in internship or practicum experiences.

Program Features

The commercial music program at Cornerstone is designed to inspire your intellect, deepen your character and prepare you to lead in your career with influence and wisdom. From caring professors to one-on-one advising appointments, we have resources to support you in reaching your goals and being successful in your classes.

Music Scholarships

Each year, qualified music majors and minors are invited to apply for instrumental or vocal music scholarships. Review our scholarship requirements and audition information to learn more.

Music Ensembles

Cornerstone offers a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles. Ensembles are just one of the ways our music programs cultivate community among the next generation of musicians, providing opportunities for students to hone their craft together.

Study Abroad Opportunities

As a Cornerstone music student, you will have opportunities to study off-campus in the United States and abroad! Two of our most popular experiences include studying in Nashville, Tennessee, and participating in the international performance tour with our Chorale ensemble.

Music at Cornerstone

As a music major at Cornerstone, you have the incredible opportunity to perform in ensembles, take lessons in your instrument and even travel the country and the world. Studying music immerses you into your passions and cultivates your God-given gifts. Not only that, but it also opens the door to ceaseless possibilities.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes are the foundation of a CU degree. Explore how our commercial music program prepares you with the essential knowledge and 21st century skills to reach your God-given potential and become a lifelong learner.

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Before learning at Cornerstone, I never really thought I was a ‘creative’ person. Shortly after spending time investing in the community, I learned that only I can bring the talent and qualities to the table that I possess because of how the Lord created me to be me and have found that there is so much creativity when you are living into that truth.

Amanda Russell (’21)


CU professors are devoted to the success of our students. Select a faculty member to learn more about their campus involvement, research interests and teaching responsibilities.

Related Programs

The Communication, Media & Music Division has several music-related degree options available. Take a look at some of the other programs related to commercial music.

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