At a Glance

Program units


Areas of Study

  • Audio Recording Track
  • Commercial Instrumental Track
  • Commercial Vocal Track
  • Composing and Arranging Track
  • Music Business Track


NASM, WSCUC (formerly WASC)

*Base Cost (cost per unit x program units) is provided to aid in program comparison only.

Commercial Music Degree

To prepare students personally and professionally for careers in the music industry, the Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music focuses on integrating skills in the areas of music business, composition and arranging, live and studio performance, as well as audio recording and production. The combination of internship opportunities, an ever-growing network of working APU alumni, and experienced faculty-professionals offer students access to strategic links within the Los Angeles music industry.

Students select from five tracks or areas of specialization:

  • Arranging/composing
  • Audio recording
  • Instrumental performance
  • Music business
  • Vocal performance

Is This Major Right for You?

You’re a commercial music major (B.M.) if you:

  • Plan to craft a career within the music industry.
  • Seek to achieve the highest level of musical excellence.
  • Are curious about, and desire to be a part of the constantly changing trends in the music industry.
  • Understand the importance of having multiple musical skills as path to career success.

Program Highlights

  • Small classes that facilitate greater student access to professors
  • Freedom to integrate faith and musicianship
  • Interaction with a variety of performance groups

School of Music Accreditation

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

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2016 rankings, placing in Tier One at No. 175 in the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2016 Best Colleges in the West, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2016, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their educational dreams.

Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.