About the Commercial Music Program

The Commercial Music Program offers 9th through 12th grade students professional training in the field of commercial and popular music. Students in the Commercial Music Program learn the art and craft of music performance, production, and creation through a broad, innovative curriculum with state-of-the-art technology. 

The Commercial Music Program is home to a state of the art recording studio, equipped with up to date recording tools and software. Students become well-versed in every aspect of the music creation process, from creating and performing the music, to recording and editing it.

Student Experience

In the Commercial Music Program, students are immersed in a challenging environment where they learn to work individually, as well as in band situations. Each year, they take a class in each of five focus areas: primary instrument, secondary instrument, music theory, performance, and music tech/recording. The unique facilities that the program gives students access to allows for a broad but refined curriculum that covers theory, history of rock and roll, basic instrument and voice training, studio skills, and rock ensemble. Students are exposed to renowned guest artists, university faculty, and industry leaders, who visit the school’s campus to share their expertise and creativity through residencies, master classes, lectures, performances, presentations, and hands-on training. In this environment, students are given the skillsets and knowledge necessary to create and produce thoughtful and technically sound music with the freedom to find their own creative voice - whether it be playing an instrument, working the soundboard, or singing lead for a band.

  • “The dedicated faculty and passionate students created an environment in which I could organically grow as an artist, giving me the confidence to pursue music at the next level.”
    Caitlin Murphy – Class of 2015
  • “The teachers in Commercial Music are amazing! They have real-world experience and care for everyone. They always give us tricks of the trade, which is helping us become better musicians.”
    Victoria McDermott – Class of 2016

Preparing Students for the Future

Commercial Music Program faculty focuses on preparing students for the realities of life and work as a creative individual in a world of commercial and popular music. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to attend a four-year university or an arts conservatory program, and to pursue a career in the music industry. 

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