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Contemporary Music (CMPR)
Off-Campus Semester and Summer Programs

CMPR 3103   Faith, Music And Culture
The purpose of this course is to help students develop a Christian approach to the creation, marketing and consumption of contemporary music. While engaging in studies of theory, history, and criticism, students will explore the concept of culture and the nature of popular culture, while examining popular art and music in contemporary aesthetic, social, cultural, and industrial contexts. Additional topics include analysis and critique of the cultural hierarchy (high/low cultures); a study of the role of popular music in cultural communication; an exploration of the issues involved in relating faith and world view to the production and criticism of commercial music; the development of a Christian critical method; and an examination of different Christian approaches to popular art and culture.

This CMPR course is only offered through the Contemporary Music Program of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.
Class 3.

CMPR 3203   Inside The Music Industry
Through readings, lectures, and seminars delivered by leading industry figures, the course will give up-to-the-minute insight into the inner workings of the music industry. Emphasis will be given to career possibilities and the gifts and skills required to succeed in each of the major areas, including work as a performer, songwriter, record producer and engineer, artist manager, booking agent, concert promoter, record retailer, entertainment attorney, A&R executive, marketing executive, sales executive, and music journalist. Students will gain an understanding of the structure and methodologies of a typical U. S. record company, including A&R, marketing, radio promotion, public relations, sales and distribution, product development, art, manufacturing, and business affairs.

This CMPR course is only offered through the Contemporary Music Program of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.
Class 3.

CMPR 3911   Practicum
Each student will participate in an intensive ten day practicum in Nashville, Tennessee. Briefings, tours, meetings, and internships will be arranged with leading record companies, artist management firms, booking agencies, recording studios, concert promoters, writers, producers and artists. Projected visits include Word Records, Sparrow Records, Curb Records, Columbia Records, Epic Records, Benson Records, Gaither Music, Gaylord Entertainment, BMI, ASCAP, NARAS, CCM Magazine, and the GMA, plus local radio, music television, and cable outlets.

This CMPR course is only offered through the Contemporary Music Program of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.
Class 1.

CMPR 4103   Essentials Of Songwriting
Artists will receive classroom instruction, participate in directed study with staff, and work in collaboration with other students to develop their use of form, melody, harmony, rhythm, and lyric. Emphasis will be placed on the song as the vehicle for the artist's creative exploration and public communication.

This CMPR course is only offered through the Contemporary Music Program of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.
Class 3.

CMPR 4113   Studio Recording
Artists, via both the classroom and lab, will work with faculty, other students, and visiting experts to learn how to produce, record, mix, and edit recordings in a professional multi-track studio.

This CMPR course is only offered through the Contemporary Music Program of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.
Class 3.

CMPR 4123   Performance
In consultation with staff and Executive Track students, artists will develop a live concert presentation that best utilizes their gifts as musicians, entertainers, and communicators. Both informal and public performances will be presented throughout the semester.

This CMPR course is only offered through the Contemporary Music Program of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.
Class 3.

CMPR 4303   Artist Management
Through lecture, text, and visiting music industry experts, Executive Track students will gain a thorough-going understanding of the economic, creative, and spiritual elements critical to a career in contemporary music. In concert with staff, they will help Artist Track students identify their gifts and develop a long-term career plan. They will prepare the materials necessary to pitch an artist to a record company, and negotiate a mock recording contract.

This CMPR course is only offered through the Contemporary Music Program of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.
Class 3.

CMPR 4313   Artists & Repertoire (A&R)
Executives will learn how to create a label business plan; analyze and forecast trends in popular music; assemble a successful artist roster; and, in tandem with artists, they will plan, budget, and produce recording sessions.

This CMPR course is only offered through the Contemporary Music Program of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.
Class 3.

CMPR 4323   Music Marketing And Sales
Through classroom instruction and presentations by visiting industry experts, Executive Track students will become familiar with the role of packaging, retail point-of-purchase materials, publicity, advertising, radio and video promotion, Internet marketing, and tour support in the marketing and sale of recorded music. Students will develop comprehensive marketing plans for each semester's artist recordings.

This CMPR course is only offered through the Contemporary Music Program of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.
Class 3.