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Commercial Music Major

Study Commercial Music at Azusa Pacific University

You’ll be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and savvy required for success in the music industry. You’ll build your experience and portfolio through hands-on projects—such as creating a mock record label—and gain access to a professional network of faculty and alumni working in the music industry. You’ll also benefit from APU’s close proximity to the entertainment hub of Los Angeles, where internships in more than 100 music businesses await.

Program at a Glance

The School of Music nurtures students’ faith and talents to develop and excel as world-class music professionals.

Upcoming Events

APU One Day

  • December 2, 2023

Night at the Zu

  • November 9-10, 2023

Application Deadline

  • Fall 2024: February 15, 2024
  • Spring 2024: December 1, 2023

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Program Units
89

Location

  • Azusa (Main Campus)

 

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Gain Hands-on Experience

  • Learn skills such as composition, audio recording, and production.

 

Choose from one of five specialized tracks. 

  • Participate in an internship program with access to businesses such as Warner Bros. and Universal. 
  • Enhance musical talent with one-on-one lessons from a world class professor.
  • Explore a Christian’s role in the entertainment industry.

By the Numbers

1 of 126 Best Western Colleges according to Princeton Review's 2023 Best Colleges Guide
13 :1 Student-to-faculty ratio
100 % of incoming students receive financial aid

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Helena singing on stage

Helena Mayer ’20: Reaching the Lost Through Music

At just 25-years-old, Helena Mayer '20 has built a strong career as a musician. Her songs have been streamed more than 10 million times on Spotify and she performs four times a week for more than 9,000 followers on Twitch.​

Program Details

To prepare students personally and professionally for careers in the music industry, the Department of Commercial Music focuses on integrating skills in the areas of music business, composition and arranging, live and studio performance, audio recording, and production. 

 

Browse the tabs below—if you have questions, visit the Student Services Center page, and we’ll make sure you get the info you need.

How to Apply

  1. Complete your APU Undergraduate Application
  2. Select your music major (if applicable)
  3. When prompted, complete your music scholarship application via Get Acceptd and schedule your audition
  4. If eligible, complete your FAFSA (does not apply to international students)

Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to audition as soon as possible for best consideration.

Auditions

All music students are encouraged to audition. Once a student has completed their APU Application and Get Acceptd Application, they will schedule an audition through the Get Acceptd platform.

2023-2024 Audition Dates:

  • October 20, 2023
  • November 3, 2023
  • November 17, 2023
  • January 26, 2024
  • February 8, 2024
  • February 15, 2024

Learn more about auditions and scholarships.

Priority Deadlines

Fall 2024 Applicants

February 15, 2024, is the priority deadline for the Fall 2024 Music Undergraduate Auditions. Students must complete their APU Undergraduate Application, their Get Acceptd scholarship application, and their audition to be considered for a Music Talent Scholarship.

Spring 2024 Applicants

December 1, 2024, is the priority deadline for the Spring 2024 Music Undergraduate Auditions. Students must complete their APU Undergraduate Application, their Get Acceptd scholarship application, and their audition by the deadline to ensure consideration.

Plan a Visit

Applicants are encouraged to visit a class or meet with one of our professors. Just fill out a COTA Visitation Form to visit us and explore our programs further. We look forward to meeting you!

General Undergraduate Admission Requirements

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Although a private college education may seem out of reach for many, recent research from Kiplinger reveals that the actual value of some private universities may prove this assumption wrong. In 2010, Kiplinger selected Azusa Pacific University for its Top 100 Best Values in Private Colleges rankings. Read more about APU’s ranking in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Private Colleges.

APU students may take advantage of three types of financial aid: scholarships and grants, education loans, and student employment.

Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships and grants are considered “gift aid” and do not require repayment. They can come from federal, state, or private sources. Scholarships are typically merit-based, meaning they are awarded depending on demonstrated academic ability or other specific talents.

Scholarships are often available from sources outside of APU. You can search for these scholarships through websites such as finaid.org or fastweb.com. The Student Services Center is sometimes notified of scholarships available through APU departments or local organizations, and can provide information about any available scholarships on request.

Education Loans

Education loans are usually repaid after graduation, may be deferred until after graduate school, and often have very low interest rates.

Military Benefits

Military members—and in some cases their spouses and dependents—qualify for financial assistance covering tuition, housing, and books. Azusa Pacific is a Yellow Ribbon University and Military Friendly School, so you can be confident that you’ll receive the benefits and flexibility you need to complete your education.

Student Employment

On-campus student employment is available for students needing additional income to pay for education-related expenses. APU students also find work off campus in the surrounding community.

Net Price Calculator

We’re committed to helping families understand early in the college search process the value of the APU experience, and options for affordable financing of a top-tier Christian university education.

Now that you’re familiar with the financial aid opportunities available to APU students, it’s time to estimate what your true cost may be to attend Azusa Pacific. Remember, estimations are only as accurate as the information you provide. Click on the Net Price Calculator button below to begin.


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To view specific requirements and coursework information, visit the current academic catalog:

  • Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).  
  • A degree from Azusa Pacific University is respected and recognized internationally, and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Featured Faculty

Maurice Limon

Maurice Limon

Adjunct Professor

Career Outlooks and Outcomes

Men's Choir singing

APU Professor Sings on Golden Globe-Winning and Oscar-Nominated Film Dune

The vocals of Azusa Pacific University professor Michael Geiger, MFA, adjunct professor, School of Music, associate director, Men's Chorale, were featured in the film and soundtrack of the latest cinematic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel, Dune, directed by Denis Villeneuve.

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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