The Commercial Music Certificate 1 (specialist) in Performance is a program of study focusing on jazz, popular, and commercial music. It is designed for students that have a future in the music industry as performers who do not need a complete four-year academic degree program. The emphasis is on acquiring essential knowledge and practical performance experience to prepare, or enhance a performance-based career.


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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify commercial music styles and analyze their applications in today's music world.
  • Recognize style influences and create their own songs/arrangements using melody and chords.
  • Identify production approaches that define a variety of styles.
  • Recognize and analyze identifiable rhythms and progressions. Create your own rhythms and progressions.


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Certificate in Commercial Music 1 (Specialist) - Performance

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