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Contemporary Music Center


The 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 that 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 the 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)

Worship Creative Arts Track:

  • Music & Media Arts (3) 
  • Worship Technology & Production (3)
  • Worship Arts Internship (3)


The Global Education Office will work with Student Financial Services to reassess each applicant's institutional aid for their off-campus semester. Institutional aid includes Gordon-awarded merit scholarships and grants, honors program awards, and major-or department-specific awards. Federal and private aid will not be affected. Factors in the reassessment process include financial need, GEO program flexibility within your major/minor, and program cost. SFS will provide a breakdown of costs to each student after approval has been issued by the GEO. 

Program costs include:

  • Tuition for 15–16 hours of credit
  • Room with kitchen facilities
  • Laundry facilities
  • Travel, meals and accommodation for practicum (tour)
  • 24/7 use of rehearsal and recording facilities

Additional expenses:

  • Travel to and from the program
  • Meals 
  • Security deposit (refundable; collected upon arrival)
  • Personal medical expenses, if incurred
  • Personal discretionary expenses


All Gordon students applying to an off-campus program must first submit an online seat application to the Global Education Office before applying directly to your program. Fall and Spring semester seat applications must be submitted to the GEO by March 1.

After the Global Education Office has notified you of your approval, you may then proceed with the Contemporary Music Center application. The CMC Nashville program operates under the umbrella of Greenville University. See CMC's website for more information on application and deadlines. 


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