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Commercial Music Program

About the program

The commercial music program includes courses in commercial music, jazz studies, music theory, music history, piano/keyboard, choir, guitar performance, composition, music entrepreneurship, singing performance, music technology and applied lessons.

The ever expanding commercial music program places an emphasis on contemporary topics that include music business, history of rock music, career preparation, and songwriting. Whether you are looking for a performance group as an elective or preparing for a career in the music industry, the USC Upstate commercial music program provides a wide range of opportunities to meet your goals.

Each incoming student must schedule a live audition on campus. Learn more about commercial music audition requirements and degree requirements.

For more information, come by the office of Fine Arts and Communications Studies (HPAC 125) or contact Dr. Nolan Stolz

Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Music

The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in commercial music at USC Upstate is to provide an experiential learning environment that prepares the student for careers in performing, private instruction, music directing, career management, publishing, booking or working with technology in contemporary and diverse professional music settings.

With the ever-growing array of opportunities available in performance, education, recording, publishing, and technology, the commercial music field demands skills that incorporate knowledge of practical music theory, ear training, contemporary music repertoire, pedagogy, composition, arranging, improvisation, technology, history, and music business. The curriculum of the Bachelor of Arts in commercial music at USC Upstate is structured to provide the student a thorough understanding of these skills.

A liberal arts philosophy in this field separates USC Upstate from other institutions by requiring involvement in both contemporary and traditional music styles combined with a wide range of academic study. This philosophy provides the student with a well-rounded understanding for the professional work of music and its diverse opportunities.

In addition to commercial music, the USC Upstate music program includes courses in jazz studies, music theory, music history, piano/keyboard, choir, pep band, guitar and applied lessons.

Minors and Cognates

Minors and cognates are also available in Commercial Music and Jazz Studies. For more information contact Dr. Nolan Stolz

Contact Us

Dr. Nolan Stolz
Assistant Professor of Music
Coordinator of Commercial Music
HPAC 107
Phone: 864-503-5263

USC Upstate
Department of Fine Arts and Communication Studies
Humanities & Performing Arts Center, 125
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5844
Fax: 864-503-5814
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