2023-2024 Course Catalog

Music Business (BA)

The music business major is an interdisciplinary program, combining courses from music and business. The major is designed specifically to prepare students for leadership roles through expertise in strategic planning, management, marketing and artistic planning. Students will gain experience with both live and recorded music management and achieve fluency in music-specific business issues such as copyright, publishing, and performance rights. Students will also identify business opportunities within the music world and focus on planning, organizing, leading, and controlling the use of resources to accomplish performance goals in music organizations.

Students must earn a C- or better in all major courses. Failure to earn this minimum grade will result in the need to repeat the course thereby possibly extending the student’s course of study beyond four years.

Admission Requirements

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MUS159 Music Fundamentals

The course introduces fundamental terminology and theoretical concepts associated with common practice Western art music. Specific topics covered include notation, scales, intervals, triads, rhythm, form and basic aural skills. This course provides the requisite knowledge necessary for MUS161: Music Theory I.

MUS161 Diatonic Tonal Harmony

The course covers principles of diatonic harmony and voice-leading, as well as species counterpoint and simple formal structures, with an emphasis on analysis and stylistically appropriate composition. The course includes an ear-training lab that features sight-singing, rhythmic performance, and melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation.

MUS163 Introduction to Music Business

The course presents a broad overview of the music industry and covers topics such as recording, distribution, publishing, promotion, and artist management. Students will explore a range of career possibilities and develop strategies for pursuing career paths of interest.

MUS262 Introduction to Computer Music

The course is a composition-focused introduction to computer music resources. Basic principles of digital audio and acoustics/psychoacoustics, as well as the history of electroacoustic and computer music, are introduced. A range of software applications are used for recording, editing, sequencing, synthesis, and processing. Discussion of composition strategies and aesthetic issues guide the use of such techniques in creative projects.

MUS350 Legal Issues in Music Performance and Production

The course focuses on legal issues specific to the performance and production of music. Topics include copyright, publishing, licensing, performance rights, royalties, artist management, and digital distribution.

Pre-requisites Complete the following course:
  • MUS163 Introduction to Music Business
  • 3
    MUS490 Integrative Capstone

    The integrative capstone, undertaken by the student during the senior year, is an extended project that helps the student complete their transition from an undergraduate student to a world-ready professional.  The study usually centers on the student’s major and may be conducted, at least in part, in the context of a group experience.  Such programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each major, and could include, for example, fieldwork, theater production, creative work in the arts, independent research, or independent readings. The integrative capstone in an interdisciplinary major must have the approval of both academic programs.  

    2 Applied music or composition electives (MUAxxx courses)
    Two electives from the following 4:
    MUS252 Chromatic Tonal Harmony

    The course covers principles of chromatic harmony and voice-leading, as well as advanced formal structures, with an emphasis on analysis and stylistically appropriate composition. The course includes an ear-training lab that features sight-singing, rhythmic performance, and melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation.

    Pre-requisites Complete the following course:
  • MUS161 Diatonic Tonal Harmony
  • 4
    MUS267 History of Music I

    These courses examine the growth and development of music as an art, music as a part of the whole of civilization, and representative works of all periods leading to an understanding of music itself.

    MUS365 20th-Century Music Analysis

    The course introduces students to art music of 20th-century through the technical analysis of pitch, rhythmic, formal, and timbral structures. Composers whose work is studied in this course include, but are not limited to, Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, Igor Stravinsky, Pierre Boulez, Charles Ives, John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Iannis Xenakis.

    Pre-requisites Complete the following course:
  • MUS252 Chromatic Tonal Harmony
  • 3
    BUS105 Foundations of Business

    This course introduces the theory and practice of business and fosters analytical thinking. Students build a foundation for learning by gaining an understanding of business organizations, their structure and functions, the increasingly dynamic and complex global setting in which they compete, and the fundamentals of sustainable business practices.

    BUS110 Business Analytics I

    This course introduces analytical tools that are essential for deriving actionable data-driven solutions to real world business problems. Modules address descriptive statistics, inferential analysis, hypotheses testing, results interpretation, and presentation of key findings. Students utilize diverse sources of data from business cases, research studies, open access datasets, and secondary reports.

    Pre-requisites Complete the following course:
  • BUS105 Foundations of Business
  • 3
    BUS243 Principles of Marketing

    This course introduces students to the basic concepts of marketing strategy and management. Basic marketing concepts such as strategic segmentation, targeting, positioning, product design, pricing, promotions and distribution are covered. Environmental sustainability is analyzed from the consumer perspective.

    BUS452 Managing Nonprofit Organizations

    Through the use of case studies, assignments, and class projects, this course familiarizes students with the distinctiveness of nonprofit organizations and their management. Specific topics include marketing and fund raising, budgeting, personnel management and supervision, strategic planning and implementation, environmental and program evaluation, and managing interorganizational networks.

    Pre-requisites Complete the following course:
  • BUS105 Foundations of Business
  • Complete all 2 of the following courses:
  • SWK102 Introduction to Social Work, Social Justice and Social Issues
  • SWK101 Introduction to Sociology
  • 3
    ACT222 Financial Accounting Principles I

    This course represents an introduction to accounting principles including the accounting process, double-entry bookkeeping, adjusting entries, and the preparation of financial statements. The objectives of this course are to make students aware of the importance of accounting information in every type of organization (private business, not-for-profit, and governmental).