Commercial Music

The program’s full-time and supporting part-time faculty are professional musicians in their own right. Dedicated to teaching, these instructors possess extensive experience as commercial music performers, and all are multi-instrumentalists.

Facilities for SPC’s Commercial Music program are housed in the modern Creative Arts building, which also houses the Tom T. Hall Production Studio, a state-of-the-art performance venue. The building is equipped with rehearsal halls, classrooms, recording studios, and practice rooms. At the heart of the facilities are two state-of-the-art digital 24-track, multi-track recording studios and a fully-equipped television studio with audio and video control areas. Other instructional areas include a 16-track digital studio, as well as a 15 station Pro Tools and MIDI lab.

Students enrolled in the program also utilize state-of-the-art sound reinforcement equipment, an extensive music library and resource center, mini-sound studios and video equipment.

In addition to studies in commercial music, students gain additional insight into the entertainment industry by their close association with the college’s sound technology program, video production technology program, and design communication program, as well as our Advisory Board!

Talented students have many opportunities to perform. Each semester during “Fest Week,” students from all ensemble classes are given the opportunity to showcase their talents on stage before a live audience with live TV broadcast of the performances. Students also showcase their skills and talents at campus-wide events.

Many of the program’s 30-minute Country, Rock, and Bluegrass shows are aired weekly over local cable television. Thursday Nite Live ensemble is a professional level music variety show that airs before a live studio audience.

Numerous other ensembles offer peerformance oportunities. The Touring Ensemble regularly performs at area high schools. Also, the Top Rock ensemble features a one-hour televised rock performance by students.

Careers in Commercial Music

The rapid growth of the music industry in recent yeas has created new career opportunities for talented musicians in perormance and entertainment areas, as well as other commercial music ventures. Skilled musicians can apply ormal training to rcording careers, studio performance, arranging or producing, and live performane. Careers can also be made in vocal and instrumental arranging, songwriting, music promotion, bookings, and music publishing. In addition, people who can teach music lessons are always in demand.

Commercial Music at SPC

South Plains College in Levelland, TX was the FIRST of its kind for offering a degree incommercial music. Established in 1975, the Creative Arts Department is still unique in its close interaction of all of its programs, commercial music, sound technology, video production, and design communication.

SPC’s two-year Associate of Applied Arts and one-year certiicate programs in commercial music are designed to help students develop the basic performing, writing, recording, and music business skills necessary for a professional music career. Students study a variety of music topics from music theory to arranging and songwriting. At the same time, they develop their individual instrumental and vocal skills. Commercial music students receive training in all styles of contemporary music including Country, Rock, R&B, Bluegrass, & Jazz.

In addition to individual instrution in eletric guitar and bass, keyboard, drums, and contemporary vocal styles, students also participate in any of more than 25 different commercial music ensembles that perform music ranging from western swing to hip-hop.

Performances are recorded with stte-of-the-art video equipment, resulting in an excellent video product for resume or audition purposes.

Former students of SPC’s unique program have gone on to achieve national success, including Lee Ann Womack, award-winning country vocalist; Jeremy Moyers, former pedal steel guitarist for the group “Lonestar;” Natalie Maines, lead singer for the “Dixie Chicks;” Heath Wright, lead singer/guitarist for “Ricochet;” Stuart Duncan, fiddler in “The Goat Rodeo Sessions;” Ron Block, banjo/guitarist for Allison Krauss; and respeted musicians Jedd Hudges, Michael Tarabay, Clayton Ryder, and Mike Bub. The program has atrracted students from across the United States and around the world!

Music industry notables who have visited and contributed to the program include Waylon Jennings and Tom T. Hall, Bill Bay, Tom Jackson, Clif Magness, Todd Caldwell, Amanda Shires, Lloyd Maines, Richie McDonald, Trent Willmon, Susan Gibson, and Dave Stroud.

Check out our Vocal Program.

For more information, contact

Brent Wheeler, Associate Professor of Commercial Music

806-716-2023

bjwheeler@southplainscollege.edu

Commercial Music AAA

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MATH 1332 Contemporary Math 3
MUSP 1110 CM Private Piano Lesson 1
MUSI 1303 Fundamentals of Music 3
MUSC 1370 Topics of the Professional Musician 3
MUSC 1371 The Method of Live Performance 3
MUSP Private Lesson 2
Semester 2
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
MUSC 1313 Commercial Music Theory I 3
MUSC 1327 Audio Engineering I 3
MUSC 1311 CM Sight, Singing & Ear Training I 3
MUSP Private Lesson 1
MUSP CM Ensemble 2
Semester 3
SPCH 1321 Business and Prof. Speech 3
MUSB 1305 Survey of the Music Business 3
MUSC 2313 Commercial Music Theory II 3
ARTV 1371 Intro to Video Production Tech. 3
MUSP Advanced Private Lesson 2
MUSP CM Ensemble 2
Semester 4
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
MUSC 1405 Live Sound I 4
MUSC 1321 Songwriting 3
MUSP Advanced Private Lesson 2
MUSP CM Ensemble 2

CM Performance Track Certificate

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MUSP 1110 CM Private Piano Lesson 1
MUSI 1303 Fundamentals of Music 3
MUSC 1370 Topics of the Professional Musician 3
ARTV 1371 Intro Video Production -or- 3
MUSC 1327 Audio Engineering -or-
MUSC 1405 Live Sound
MUSP Private Lesson 2
MUSP CM Ensemble 2
Semester 2
MUSC 1313 Commercail Music Theory I 3
MUSC 1311 CM Sight, Singing & Ear Training I 3
MUSC 1371 The Method of Live Performance 3
ARTV 1371 Intro Video Production -or- 3
MUSC 1327 Audio Engineering -or- 3
MUSC 1405 Live Sound 4
MUSP Private Lesson 2
MUSP CM Ensemble 2

Advanced CM Performance Track Certificate

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MUSC 1321 Songwriting 3
MUSC 2313 Commercial Music Theory II 3
MUSB 1305 Survey of the Music Business 3
ARTV 1371 Intro. Video Production Tech. -or- 3
MUSC 1327 Audio Engineering -or- 3
MUSC 1405 Live Sound I 4
MUSP Private Lesson 2
MUSP CM Ensemble 2

Bluegrass Ensemble. This is how we started!

Private Lessons coupled with Ensembles are PERFECT for fast, efficient mastery.