Simpson University Offers New Commercial Music Emphasis

REDDING, Calif.—Taking advantage of its proximity to an international worship music conglomerate and a state-of-the-art recording studio, Simpson University is offering a new music major with a commercial music emphasis.

The emphasis is ideal for students who are interested in music industry careers, including recording engineer/producer, tour manager, artist/performer, and songwriter, said Dr. Dan Pinkston, chair of the Music Department and an award-winning composer.

“Because of our location in Redding, California, close to Bethel Music and Soundhouse studio, our professors are going to be drawn from people who are actually working in the music industry,” he said. “This is a very hands-on program.”

Courses include Music Business, Contemporary Songwriting, Introduction to the Recording Studio, and much more. Graduating seniors will record an EP of original music, paired with an album release concert.

Simpson’s Music Department also offers programs in composition, performance, worship ministries, and music education. Its faculty are highly trained musicians, conductors and composers who love what they do and love working with students. Learn more at Follow the Music Department at


Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding almost 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated almost 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a highly ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements.

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