Commercial Music Learning Opportunities

  • At MSUM you’ll benefit from numerous opportunities to step outside of the classroom and apply what you’re learning, gain valuable experience performing live in front of captive audiences, record music for live events and participate in theatre productions. Engaging in these activities ensures you’ll be prepared for a successful career in the music business.

  • The culminating project of the Commercial Music degree program is a recording project that exhibits your skill on your instrument and as an arranger/composer along with your knowledge and expertise in the studio and with marketing your “product.” Most often, this will take the form of a CD-type recording project but could also be such projects as a website with musical examples, a film score (done in collaboration with our film department), a YouTube channel or any of a number of other possibilities.

    Join one of our four vocal and seven instrumental ensembles to pursue your love of music performance while attending MSUM. Many ensembles are open to both music and non-music majors and are highly admired in the Fargo-Moorhead community.  

    If you want to live in an educational environment surrounded by others with your same passion, the Music & Theatre Learning Community is for you. This community will foster your creativity and build important connections with students in related majors.

    Through our collaboration with the School of Entertainment Industries and Technology, commercial music students have the opportunity to work annually on a wide variety of live and studio-based projects covering both traditional and contemporary musical genres.

    You have the opportunity to perform in pit orchestras and/or on stage as featured performers (through collaboration with our Musical Theater program) as part of our University Theatre Series or our summer theater company, the Straw Hat Players.

    Your courses allow you to be an integral part of the event culture on campus. Opportunities include the Cheryl Nelson Lossett Performing Arts Series, concerts, recitals and more. Each year, hundreds of live production opportunities are available.