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Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree: Vocal Performance for Commercial Music

    Undergraduate Degree for training in Vocal Performance with a concentration in Commercial Music.

    • Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2024!
    • Offered on the Los Angeles Campus
    • Accelerated Option Allows for Degree Completion in 2.5 years
    • Access to AMDA’s Mainstage Production Opportunities
    • Culminates in a Commercial Music Concert and Vocal Performance Capstone Project
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Program Description +

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Vocal Performance for Commercial Music offers an essential blend of training in contemporary vocal techniques, songwriting, audio and video production, and instrumental studies. The intense, conservatory-style training provides pending grads with a robust set of skills and a deep understanding of Commercial Music. Foundational curriculum includes individual voice instruction, audio recording production, music fundamentals, commercial music appreciation, and vocal fitness and injury prevention. Companion courses in iconic songwriters, vocal improvisation, art as activism, and commercial music video production help students create fully-realized vocal recordings within a variety of performance genres and styles (including but not limited to Pop, R&B, Country, Soul, Rock, Gospel, Hip-Hop, Folk, Latin, Alternative, etc).

Program Learning Outcomes +

Students completing the BFA Vocal Performance for Commercial Music program should be able to:

    • As soloist and collaborative performer, demonstrate the tools requisite for creating compelling commercial music vocal performances as a platform of artistic self-expression, including proficiency in pitch, rhythm, vocal techniques, and independence in song performance preparation.
    • Demonstrate a working knowledge of sound, recording, and music production technologies, processes, and softwares that are currently utilized in the Commercial Music industry.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the societal, political, cultural, and commercial impact of commercial music vocalists.
    • Apply standard Commercial Music industry business practices while utilizing advanced musicianship and musical literacy to lead a professional collaborative music rehearsal.
    • Present a professional commercial music media portfolio of vocal performances that acts as an entry-level tool into the industry.
    • Analyze, arrange, and notate music.
    • Provide collaborative music support as a blended instrumentalist/vocalist.
    • Demonstrate the ability to cultivate ideas for recorded vocal performance media from concept to finished product.
    • Understand and strategize for optimal vocal health in contemporary commercial singing.

Curriculum +

Admission Requirements +

Please note that applying to AMDA is a multi-step process. Be sure to follow ALL 6 steps below to ensure the submission of a successful application.

  1. Submit Your Application +

    To apply, you must be at least 16 years old and/or in the final two years of high school/secondary education*.

    AMDA also accepts applications from CommonApp. If you have already applied through one of our partners, you do not need to apply again through our website.

    * If you are not yet 16, we would encourage you to consider attending the AMDA High School Conservatory.

  2. Complete Your AMDA Audition +

    Admission and scholarship consideration to AMDA require an audition. AMDA offers a robust calendar of auditions including regional auditions, campus auditions, live-online auditions and video submissions. Scheduling your audition will prompt a phone call with one of our enrollment specialists to help you prepare for a successful audition.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: To better prepare for your AMDA audition, we strongly encourage ALL applicants to review the Audition Instructions page prior to scheduling an audition or submitting a video submission.
  3. Phone interview with Admissions +

    This interview is an opportunity for us to get to know you, your educational background, and your interest in attending AMDA. We will be calling you, but if you would like to schedule an appointment for this interview, please email with the best day, time, and phone number to reach you.


    Towards the bottom of the application, space is provided for you to write a personal essay (500 words minimum) on the following topic: "Describe a challenging experience in your life and what you learned from it." Remember, this is an important part of your application, so answer thoughtfully!

    If you submitted your application but still need to submit your essay, click the button below.

  5. Submit One Letter of Recommendation +

    Please request and submit one letter of recommendation from teachers, school leaders, guidance counselors, coaches, or anyone familiar with your background and potential. Your recommendation letter must be written in English and signed and dated. To help with this process, please feel free to use AMDA's recommendation form by clicking the link below. Recommendation letters/forms may be submitted via email to or by mailing to the address on the form.

  6. Submit Your Academic Records (Transcripts) +

    Send an official transcript from your high school and (if applicable) college. Official transcripts from every educational institution that you listed in your application must be forwarded to AMDA. Please select one of the following options for submitting your official transcripts:
    1. If your high school or college uses the free service Parchment, please click below.

    2. If your high school or college does not use Parchment, please send the transcript request form to your guidance counselor/transcript office and request that they send your transcript(s) to AMDA using the address on the form.

    Important Note: The minimum grade point average (GPA) required for AMDA's programs is 2.0 out of 4.0 or its equivalent in other grading systems.

Harmonious vocalists on stage.
Two people standing next to a piano, engrossed in a musical conversation.
A vocalist performing in front of a recording microphone in a large studio alongside a group of individuals.
A diverse group of individuals collaborating in a professional recording studio, working on music production and sound engineering.
A person playing an acoustic guitar in front of a microphone.
Singer performing into mic in recording studio.

	Three students in a professional recording studio, wearing headphones and working on music production.