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Contemporary Music Center


BestSemester's interdisciplinary Contemporary Music Center in Nashville provides a community where young musicians and aspiring music executives can learn the ins and outs of a career in popular music. Designed as an artistic community, the program develops artists and music executives with a Christ-centered vision for music content, production, and delivery. The mission of the CMC is to prepare students academically and creatively for potential careers in the music industry. Finish the semester with:

  • Original recordings
  • Press kit and resume
  • Knowledge of how to get a recording contract or a job in the music industry


CMC is an interdisciplinary program and encourages students of various majors with interests in music and the music business to apply. To be eligible students must:

  • Have a sophomore standing at time of application
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Demonstrate an ability to succeed in the business or creative dimension of the music industry


You will take three core courses with all participants of the program, and then choose an artist track or executive track, depending on your interests. Both tracks allow for a full 16-credit semester.

Core: (for all students)

  • Faith, Music, and Culture (3)
  • Inside the Music Industry (3)
  • Practicum "CMC Tour" (1)

Artist Track:

  • Essentials of Songwriting (3)
  • Studio Recording (3)
  • Performance (3)

Business Track:

  • Strategic Management (3)
  • Music Business Survey (3)
  • Advanced Media Marketing (3)

Technical Track:

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

Please note that this domestic program does not fulfill Global Understanding Core.


The cost is generally equal to a semester at Gordon and includes:

  • Tuition for 15-16 hours of credit
  • Room with kitchen facilities
  • Laundry facilities
  • Community meals (approx. one each week)
  • Travel, meals and accommodation for practicum (tour)
  • 24/7 use of rehearsal and recording facilities

Additional anticipated expenses:

  • Travel to and from program
  • Board** (approx. $80 per week)
  • Security deposit (refundable; collected upon arrival)
  • Personal medical expenses, if incurred
  • Personal discretionary expenses

**Please note that board is NOT included by BestSemester and you will not be billed for board by Gordon.


All Gordon students applying to a BestSemester program must first submit an online seat application and have an interview with a staff member in the Global Education Office.

Seat applications and interviews for fall semester programs must be submitted online by March 1. You will be notified within five days of the decision on your seat application.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office proceed with BestSemester's application. BestSemester has a rolling admission policy. Fall applications are accepted until July 1 (or until places are filled).

Seat applications and interviews for fall semester programs must be submitted online by September 15. (Please note that this date is earlier than the normal spring deadline!) You will be notified within 5 days of the decision on your seat application.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office, proceed with the BestSemester application. BestSemester has a rolling admission policy. Spring applications are accepted until November 1 (or until places are filled).

Online Seat Application for Best Semester

This application requests information that will be used to evaluate your eligibility for an off-campus program. The College reserves the right to grant seats to applicants based on proven academic performance, moral maturity and personal motivation.

Please fill out the application form below with your information. Your responses to these questions will be used in evaluating your applications for a seat in an off-campus program. We encourage you to take your time and write considered responses to the personal statement questions.

1. Date of application:

2. Program:

3. Semester:

4. In order to study abroad, all students are required to attend the safety and security meeting, the pre-departure seminar, and the re-entry seminar. (Unless your program is in the United States, please check all three.) I understand that in order to study abroad, I will be required to attend:

Safety and Security Meeting
Pre-Departure Seminar: 1 full-Saturday course at the end of the semester before you study abroad
Re-entry Seminar: 1 full-day, Saturday course at the beginning of the semester after you return to campus
Not Applicable: My program is in the United States

5. Last Name:

6. First Name (Given Legal):

7. Middle Initial:

8. Gordon College ID #:

9. Gender:


10. Date of Birth:

11. Place of Birth:

12. Country of Citizenship:

13. Valid Passport:

Not necessary for my program

14. If yes, what is the expiration date on your passport?

15. Full Name exactly as it appears on passport:

16. Email Address:

17. Campus Mailing Address:

18. Campus Phone/Cell:

19. Parent/Guardian (Last, First, MI):

20. Parent/Guardian Phone:

21. Parent/Guardian Email

22. Parent/Guardian Address in full:

23. Emergency Contact if other than Parent/Guardian: (Provide Name, Address, Phone and Email in full)

24. Off Campus study can affect your eligibility for institutional, federal and state financial aid. Please check with your Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility status should you be accepted into an off-campus program.

I receive Financial Aid and will meet with my Financial Aid Officer to determine which forms of financial aid are transferable to this program.
I am not currently receiving any forms of financial aid.

25. Do you have any chronic physical conditions that require regular medical attention or that may be relevant for consideration in a program that requires physical activity such as walking, etc.?


26. Do you have allergies to foods, plants, etc.? Are there any prescription or non-prescription medications that you take regularly that you would anticipate needing while you are attending this program?

27. Do you have any learning disabilities you would like the program faculty to be aware of?


28. Current Class Level:


29. Expected Graduation Date:

30. Major Field of Study 1:

31. Major Field of Study 2:

32. Minor Field of Study:

33. Current Overall GPA (Grade Point Average):

34. Name of Major Advisor:

35. Major Advisor’s Email:

36. Name of Faculty Reference:

37. Faculty Reference’s Email:

38. Name of Student Affairs Reference (someone in Student Life or an RD - not an RA):

39. Student Affairs Reference's Email:

40. What is your motivation for participating in the program for which you are applying? How does the program meet your academic, personal and/or professional goals? (AT LEAST 250 words)

41. What in your past experience (international, educational or other) has prepared you for success in this program? What qualities or strengths do you possess that will contribute to your success in the program? (AT LEAST 250 words)

42. In the context of your own personal journey of faith, reflect upon your willingness to engage culturally diverse expressions of Christian experience. What is your experience with such engagement? (AT LEAST 250 words)

43. The program for which you are applying is structured with conditions of greater personal freedom than is normally the case in a Christian college environment. How are you likely to respond to this greater freedom? (AT LEAST 250 words)