SNU Students Take On the Music Business

(MARTHA’S VINEYARD, MA) – As comedian Jack Black’s new film, The School of Rock, continues to play nationwide to enthusiastic audiences, SNU’s own Jerad Burkhart and Jerry Phelps are studying at the real School of Rock. Burkhart and Phelps were among a select group of students chosen to attend the Contemporary Music Center (CMC) on Martha’s Vineyard, an off-campus study program sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.

The CMC offers classes and hands-on experience in songwriting, studio recording, performing, artist management and marketing. When not in class or the studio, Burkhart and Phelps spend their time writing, rehearsing and performing with other student musicians. Shortly after their arrival on the Island, they signed an exclusive management agreement with Offshore Entertainment Group, and will be included on a forthcoming compilation album released on New England indie label, 450 Records.

“Through touring together for the last six months, Jerad and I have developed a great friendship,” Phelps explains, “and now that we’ve had three months to write and record together on Martha’s Vineyard, we can’t wait to take our new material back on the road.”

The CMC is one of eleven semester-away study programs created by the CCCU and Students can choose to go to China, Russia, Egypt, Latin America, Oxford, England, Washington, D.C., and Hollywood to explore the interaction of faith and learning in various disciplines. CMC Director, Warren Pettit, explains, “In the five semesters that we’ve been open, the CMC has helped nearly 150 students from more than 60 colleges prepare for careers in Contemporary music. We’ve already had alums sign with major record labels, and there are nearly three dozen who have begun their careers in the music business in New York, Nashville and LA.”

For further information about the Contemporary Music Center or the CCCU’s other programs, log on to For further information about SNU student involvement in the CMC program, contact Amanda Gallagher at 508.696.3804 or