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Contemporary Music Center

Students interested in contemporary music–as artists, or in executive roles or from a technical aspect –will discover firsthand the inside workings of the music industry. Each semester students will
create, produce, and market music as well as go on a tour to colleges around the country. Nashville provides an ideal setting for students to explore what it means to be a Christian in today's music industry.


Goals and Objectives
The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities mission is to prepare students "academically and creatively for potential careers in the music industry . . . the program seeks to develop artists and music executives with a Christ-centered vision for music content, production, and delivery."

Students must have completed two full years of college and have at least a 2.75 GPA to qualify for the program. Students are required to attend all Messiah-run pre-departure orientation sessions (Health & Safety and Growing Globally) the semester before studying off campus as well as half-day reentry retreat upon returning to campus the following semester.

The sixteen credits earned may meet general education or major requirements. Courses taken will appear on Messiah transcripts with letter grades. Please refer to the grade conversion chart. All students will take:

  • Faith, Music and Culture (3)
  • Inside the Music Industry (3)
  • Practicum "CMC Tour" (1)
In addition to courses within their Track.
Artist Track:
  • Essentials of Songwriting (3)
  • Studio Recording(3)
  • Performance (3)
Business Track:
  • Strategic Management (3)
  • Music Business Survey (3)
  • Advance Media Marketing (3)

Technical Track:

  • Advanced Studio Recording (3)
  • Concert Production (3)
  • Audio Engineering (3)


Participation in this program does not meet cross-cultural requirements. 


Costs: 2014-2015

Messiah tuition, room, partial board plus $1,700 off-campus study fee.
Fee covers tuition, housing, educational excursions, pre-departure, and re-entry orientation. A weekly community meal and meals while students are on tour are included. Students should be prepared to purchase the rest of their meals. Note: additional fees students may encounter include transportation. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Nashville. 


Messiah Application Deadlines

Spring 2015 – April 1, 2014

Fall 2015 - December 1, 2014


Begin the application process here!


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