The music industry, and industry that has grown exponentially since its rise to predominance in an era when genre such as rock ‘n roll, jazz, and R&B were at the forefront of popular music. While many of the jobs that involved recording company operations and the like were given based on mere skill today’s jobs require more and, as such, is the direct result (along with the advancements of technology) that requirements regarding job placement in this industry have now shifted to obtaining a degree in music business. Here are some of the top schools that offer music business related programs.
Located in Pennsylvania, the key that takes this college one of the top music business schools in the nation is through its provided curriculum which furthers the educational path to prepare students who wish to work with music publications, recording companies, as talent agents, and many other related fields within the music industry. Tuition costs roughly $33,000 per year, however, students are able to focus their studies on two different degrees culminating in a Bachelor’s in music.
College of St. Rose
With tuition costs roughly averaging 25,000 per year the College of St. Rose focus is all curriculum inches songwriting on your production. Although considered a performance inquiry-based program the program has a whole crazy environment that makes it easy to learn, understand, and apply various skill sets that are invaluable to the music industry. Such skill sets include engineering, recording company executive, among many others. The majority of all events and operations are student run and range between promoting to light/sound operations for live shows
Another school that features music business-oriented programs, Drexel University is located in Philadelphia and costs slightly over $33,000 per year. Earning a degree in music business here has a different curriculum set up where students start by taking courses that deal with core music industry principles and skills prior to selecting a specific area within the music industry to focus their studies on. Such options for focused studies include going from music technology to music business and law.
Another great music business school that offer students the option to get a degree in music business, Northeastern University combines various learning opportunities that allow students to not only learn in the classroom but out of the classroom as well. Such learning opportunities come in the form of various internship positions available through companies such as Universal records and MTV. Tuition costs roughly $37,000 per year and the overall curriculum focuses on music supervision and artist management.
Full Sail University
Slightly on the costly side when it comes to the $53,000 per year tuition bill, Full Sail University is one of the top rated music business schools throughout the entire nation. With the music business program that focuses on music distribution as well as record label development the overall program’s curriculum allows students to let their creativity flow while teaching various concepts that deal with financial, marketing, management, and all other music industry principles that have to do with publishing and distribution in addition to nearly all other aspects.
Located in New Orleans students are able to get a degree in music business through Loyola University that features a music program that focuses its curriculum on legal issues that exist within the music industry. Additionally, while music theory and performance courses are also at the forefront of the curriculum students are able to get music business degrees with a focus on either performance and/or music technology. When it comes to the overall cost of tuition the typical annual bill is set at a little over $30,000 with a class size of roughly 20 students per class.
University of Georgia
Although considered to be one of the newer music business programs throughout any of the universities, the University of Georgia (located in Athens) centers its focus on the rock ‘n roll scene in addition to the hip-hop and R&B scenes. While the program itself has gained momentum by becoming one the most popular programs at the school overall curriculum deals not only in various practices and principles within the music industry but also various issues found in the music business both past, and current. The typical tuition costs come to roughly $27,000 per year.
University of Memphis
With an estimated tuition rate that is slightly below $21,000, the main focus of the overall curriculum at the University of purpose focuses on the operations of a record company as a whole in addition to Internet marketing. In addition to this, students learn various techniques regarding audio reproduction as it pertains to the visual presentation of various content systems.
Dallas Baptist University
A prominent school equipped with the music business program, Dallas Baptist University focuses its curriculum on the events that take place within the recording industry as well as the overall history of commercial music. Among the plethora of musical options offered, students are allowed to choose from are degrees in the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science program where they can focus their studies in any music related field such as songwriting, worship leadership, recording, and more. Additionally, business courses deal more with the administrative skills, techniques, and principles that exist within the music industry.
A small midwestern college located just outside Chicago, Illinois, the core curriculum focuses on business travel courses as it pertains to music industry. Overall, Elmhurst College has two Bachelor degree programs to offer students looking to study music business (a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Science for business focused studies). Additionally, the school’s connections with various entities allow for students to participate in internships and have available career opportunities during and after their time at Elmhurst College.
University of Colorado at Denver
Testing is among one of the main requirements for admission into the University of Colorado at Denver music business program. Founded by David Baskerville (who helped write the textbook that is used for most music industry curriculum), the school’s core curriculum focuses on music industry law in addition to audio production. Upon completing a year of music business and musical technology classes (in correlation with other courses) students are then able to choose between recording arts, music business, or performance education tracks.
In conclusion, as is shown in the above there are several universities and colleges throughout the United States that offer various forms of music business degree programs. although there are many more schools that offer degree programs tailored to the music industry many on this list are well known in various circles. While this list is not meant to act as a ranking it does consist of basic information on what these schools have to offer.