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Our Commercial Music Program includes opportunities to perform in fully produced pop music shows and large-scale musicals, as well as courses in songwriting, audio engineering, and electronic music. The commercial music program is led by Dr. Aaron Alon (281.290.3551 | aaron.alon@lonestar.edu), an internationally recognized composer and lyricist. (Faculty List)

Lyrical Identity CD

Lyrical IdentityStudents in our Popular Songwriting I class (MUSI 1386) have recorded some of their work. Click here to read more about these singer/songwriters and hear streaming audio of their recorded works!

The Popular Songwriting I and II courses include extensive instruction in both lyric writing and composition by Dr. Aaron Alon, an award-winning composer and writer.

The art concept and design for the Lyrical Identity song collection CD are by Marc Berrones, a Visual Communications student at Lone Star College-CyFair.

Private Vocal & Instrumental Lessons (MUAP)

Private weekly vocal and/or instrumental lessons are available exclusively to students enrolled in music courses or performing in music ensembles. To register, speak to Professor Alex Qian about voice lessons or Professor John Wolfskill about enrolling in instrumental lessons.

Music Ensembles (MUEN) for the Commercial Musician

Courses are 1 credit each.

Stage Performance

Pop Singers

  • Register for Course # MUEN 1154
  • Perform in an end-of-semester large-scale show in collaboration with the Glee Club, featuring rock, R&B, pop, musical theatre, and other popular idioms
  • Recommended for all vocalists interested in popular music

Musical Theatre I & II

  • Register for Course # MUSI 1159 (Musical Theatre I) or MUSI 2159 (Musical Theatre II)
  • Perform in an end-of-semester large-scale musical or opera. Past performances include Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Evita, and many more
  • Recommended for all vocalists interested in musical theatre


Commercial Music (MUSC/MUSI) Courses

Not all classes are offered every semester.

Popular Songwriting I & II (3 credits)

  • Register for Course # MUSI 1386 (Songwriting I) or MUSI 2386 (Songwriting II)
  • A course in writing lyrics and music for songs in all popular (non-Classical, non-operatic) styles
  • Recommended for songwriters of all levels and styles, including those with no previous experience

Electronic Music I & II (3 credits)

  • Register for Course # MUSI 1390 (Electronic Music I) or MUSI 1391 (Electronic Music II)
  • Courses in acoustic audio engineering using industry-standard microphones and Pro Tools software (Electronic Music I) and electronic music production with MIDI, synthesizing, and sequencing using Logic Pro (Electronic Music II)
  • Recommended for composers, audio engineers, and students who want to be able to record, synthesize, and edit their own music, including those with no previous experience


Popular Songwriting

Music (MUSI and MUSC) Courses Recommended for Commercial Musician

Not all classes are offered every semester.

Professional Development for Musicians (1 credit)

  • Register for Course # MUSC 1191 (Audition required; email aaron.alon@lonestar.edu)
  • A pre-professional course designed to help prepare students for the professional music world and/or to be the most competitive applicants for four-year music degrees. The course covers professional writing (résumés, bios, cover letters); effective audition, rehearsal, and performance technique/etiquette; and the basics of music law and business.
  • Recommended for all who plan to pursue careers in music and/or to pursue music degrees at four-year colleges. Note that this is a workforce course and will not transfer as an academic course.

Jazz Improvisation I (2 credits)

  • Register for Course # MUSI 1263
  • Materials and practices for improvisation or extemporaneous performance in a jazz idiom
  • Recommended for all commercial musicians interested in jazz

Music Fundamentals (3 credits)

  • Register for Course # MUSI 1301
  • A course for developing basic music skills with emphasis on music reading and elementary music theory
  • Recommended for all commercial musicians to learn to read music