Popular and Commercial Music, B.Sc. | Loyola University New Orleans | New Orleans, United States
48 months
45020 USD/year
45020 USD/year
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The exciting Popular and Commercial Music degree program from Loyola University New Orleans offers 360-degree training for aspiring performers and songwriters within the most popular genres of contemporary music, including pop, hip-hop, R&B, rock, country, and singer/songwriter.  


In addition to learning about the best practices of the music industry, at the Popular and Commercial Music degree program from Loyola University New Orleans you’ll develop your performance and technical skills with instruction on style, recording techniques, theory, audio production, and more.  

Every semester, Loyola's pop student ensembles perform a showcase at the world-renowned House of Blues in New Orleans' famous French Quarter. But even outside of the classroom, you'll be surrounded by opportunities to showcase your talent with live performances in the city's countless venues.

Possible Career Paths

Today's music industry offers a host of exciting career possibilities.  Below, you'll find just a sample of the more popular paths for our graduates:

  • Performing Artist: Perform in venues and festivals as a solo artist or as part of an act within your specific style and genre
  • Music Producer: Supervise the entire production process for artist clients from preproduction to audio mastering, selecting session musicians, recommending improvements to lyrics and arrangements, and coaching artists to deliver the best studio performances.
  • Session Musician: Provide masterful sounds for music producers and recording artists within the studio environment
  • Audio Engineer: Shape the sound of a client's song by using the latest recording technologies to ensure the best recording, editing, and mixing of client sessions.
  • Artist Manager: Manage the financial and promotion aspects of an artist or act, working to identify work opportunities, manage public relations and marketing efforts, network with producers, booking agents, and talent buyers, and provide career advice and strategies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Piano 
  • Arts & Ent Industry Forum
  • Piano for Popular Music 
  • Artist Health & Wellness 
  • Critical Reading and Writing
  • History of American Pop Music

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete Loyola’s free online application or the Common Application
  • Take a quiz to help discover possible majors to declare on your application.
  • Submit original secondary school transcripts. 
  • Review AP, IB and other credit guides
  • Students who complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program are eligible to receive up to 30 credits at Loyola University New Orleans, which is equivalent to one full year of study, or sophomore status.
  • Submit official TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English Test (DET), SAT**, or ACT** scores
  • Submit one letter of recommendation
  • Submit the Affidavit of Support and copy of your passport photo page

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    45020 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 45020 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    45020 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 45020 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for New Orleans

1125 - 2151 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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