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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)


Program costs include:

  • 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 expenses:

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

Student Financial Services will reassess each applicant's financial aid package for their off-campus semester and provide a breakdown of costs after acceptance from the GEO. Federal and private aid will not be affected. Please contact SFS for specific financial questions. 


All Gordon students applying to a BestSemester program must first submit an online seat application to the Global Education Office before applying directly to your program. 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 BestSemester application. BestSemester has a rolling admission policy. Spring applications are accepted until October 1. Fall applications are accepted until June 1.