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Lamar State College - Port Arthur Commercial Music

Commercial Music

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree

Performance (Session Musician)




This curriculum is designed to prepare students for jobs as musicians in the entertainment industry. Employment opportunities include session musician, live venue musician, music arranger/orchestrator and songwriter.

Potential employers include entertainment venues, audio production companies, recording studios, publishing companies and independent soundtrack producers. Other opportunities available in the field when sufficient work experience is combined with academic preparation includes record production, publishing, artist management, concert promotion, venue management, music merchandising and teaching.

Graduates have a strong background in appropriate core sub-disciplines of ensemble performance, music theory, writing, orchestration, arranging and composing music and music business training. Laboratory training encompasses state-of-the-art instruments, materials and techniques employed in the commercial music industry, plus a dedicated Commercial Music performance hall.


Degree Plan
First Year
First Semester
CourseHours
 Lec      Lab    Credit 
College Algebra + (MATH 1314) or Contemporary Mathematics I (MATH 1332)
   3           0           3   
Piano Class Instruction I (MUSI 1181)
   0           3           1   
Fundamentals of Music I (MUSI 1301)
   3           0           3   
American Popular Music + (MUSI 1310)
   3           0           3   
Applied Commercial Music course (MUSP 12xx)
   1           3           2   
Small Commercial Music Ensemble (MUSP 1242)
   1           4           2   
Public Speaking + (SPCH 1315)
   3           0           3   
Total Hours
  14         10         17   
Second Semester
Composition I + (ENGL 1301)
   3           0           3   
Commercial Music Sight Singing/Ear Training I (MUSC 1211)
   2           1           2   
Commercial Music Theory I (MUSC 1213)
   2           1           2   
MIDI I (MUSC 1331)
   3           1           3   
Piano Class Instruction II (MUSI 1182)
   0           3           1   
Applied Commercial Music course (MUSP 12xx)
   1           3           2   
Small Commercial Music Ensemble (MUSP 1242)
   1           4           2   
Total Hours
  12         13         15   
Summer Semester
Social/Behavioral Science Elective +
   3           0           3   
Second Year
Third Semester
Survey of the Music Business (MUSB 1305)
   3           0           3   
Commercial Music Software (MUSC 1235)
   2           1           2   
Songwriting (MUSC 1321)
   3           0           3   
Commercial Music Sight Singing/Ear training II (MUSC 2211)
   2           1           2   
Commercial Music Theory II (MUSC 2213)
   2           1           2   
Applied Commercial Music course (MUSP 12xx)
   1           3           2   
Small Commercial Music Ensemble (MUSP 1242)
   1           4           2   
Commercial Class Piano (MUSP 2103)
   0           3           1   
Total Hours
  14         13         17   
Fourth Semester
Approved Electives
   3           0           3   
Live Sound OR (MUSC 1405)
   3           3           4   
Applied Commercial Music course (MUSP 12xx)
   1           3           2   
Commercial Arranging & Composition (MUSC 2330)
   3           1           3   
Small Commercial Music Ensemble (MUSP 1242)
   1           4           2   
Commercial Class Piano (MUSP 2103)
   0           3           1   
Total Hours
 8-11    11-14    13-15  
Degree Plan Total Hours
50-53   50-53    63-65
+ Denotes general education core



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