Bachelors in Music – Vocal Performance (Commercial)


Commercial Voice

The Bachelor of Science in Music with concentration in Vocal Performance – Commercial Voice will prepare students for work as vocal artists in the commercial music industry or in modern church worship settings. Instruction and coaching in contemporary music styles include jazz, pop/rock, and musical theater. Jazz, pop, rock, and worship vocal models combined with aspects of classical vocal training will equip students to discover and develop unique, God-given vocal talent.

Why Vocal Performance at ACU?

With highly qualified Christian Faculty teaching biblically-integrated curriculum, ACU’s Music program offers several unique advantages:

  • Private lessons (Classical or Commercial) with highly accomplished and esteemed faculty
  • Classic vocal technique applied to modern vocal styles
  • Specialized instruction for vocal health
  • Masterclasses by well-known local artists
  • Junior and senior year recital performances
  • ACU provides practical experience singing and performing in small and large ensembles each semester
  • Students are encouraged to write, record, and perform original songs
  • Students have access to recording and production facilities
  • ACU music programs emphasize a strong foundation in music theory, sight-singing, private voice and instrumental instruction
  • ACU Music students are a close-knit community of creative and supportive musicians
  • 8:1 Student to Music Faculty Ratio
  • Practical course content combined with trending industry practices
  • Preparing graduates for real jobs in continually changing culture
  • Designed to qualify for Graduate level Master Programs


What will I study?

The Vocal Performance program includes an innovative CORE General Studies program with integrated Biblical Studies minor. This unique program embraces a Biblical worldview of the Liberal Arts and prepares students to be influential thinkers. Career-related focus areas and courses will include:

  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Private Lessons (Classical or Commercial)
  • Contemporary Music Styles including Jazz, Pop/Rock, and Musical Theater
  • Performance Practice in solo and ensemble classical styles
  • Song Literature for Singers
  • Diction for Singers
  • Music Theory (co-requisites: Sight Singing/Dictation, Class Piano)
  • Music History
  • Performance Ensembles: Chorale, Praise Bands, Jazz Band, String Ensemble, Pep Band, Musical Theatre, Drumline
  • Band Development, Rehearsal, Recording, Arranging, and Performing
  • Music Technology
  • Artist Development & Portfolio


Career Paths

With a degree in Vocal Performance – commercial voice, graduates can pursue diverse careers including:

  • Vocal Instructor
  • Music Teacher in Charter/Private School
  • Touring and Recording Artist
  • Vocal Clinician
  • Musical Theatre Performer
  • Pop/Rock/Jazz Band Singer
  • Worship Leader
  • Choir Director
  • Creative Arts Director
  • Music Director
  • Contract Worship Leader
  • Songwriter
  • Music Arranger
  • Composer
  • Music Producer


Department of Music

Arizona Christian University
Building 2000
1 W. Firestorm Way
Glendale, AZ 85306

(602) 489-5300

[email protected]

Academic Major Courses

Core requirements: 30 credits
General Biblical and Theological Studies: 15 credits
Upper Division Bible and Theological Studies electives: 3 credits
Science w/lab: 8 credits
Music Core w/Applied Lessons: 45 credits
Music Concentration – Vocal Performance (Commercial): 19 credits
Free Electives: 6 credits

Total: 126 credits

Commercial Voice

CourseCourse NameCredits
MUP 101Class Piano I1
MUS 193Music Theory I3
MUS 194Sight Singing/Dictation I1
MUP 201Class Piano II1
MTE 220Computer Based Music Production3
MUS 293Music Theory II3
MUS 294Sight Singing/Dictation II1
MUP 301Class Piano III1
MUS 342Music History & Literature II3
MUP 360Junior Recital1
MUS 393Music Theory III3
MUS 394Sight Singing/Dictation III1
MUP 401Class Piano IV1
MUS 493Music Theory IV3
MUS 494Sight Singing/Dictation IV1
MUS 490Music Capstone3
ML_ 111Applied Lessons: _________________8
MEC 100Chorale4
Choose OneMusic Ensemble: MEA, MEC, MEF, MEJ, MEL, MEP, MER, MES, MEV, or MUP 3713
MTE 221Music Production with Logic Pro2
MTE 335Songwriting & Demo Production3
MUP 302Pop/Rock Voice & Mic Technique1
MUP 303Jazz Voice & Improvisation1
MUP 304Worship Voice & Self Accompanying1
MUP 305Musical Theater Voice & Acting1
MED 321Vocal Pedagogy3


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