Today it is becoming ever more possible to pursue a career in the creative arts. Many individuals seek paths which allow them to turn their passion for music into fulfilling administrative, creative, or technical careers in the music industry.
It is an exciting time to be studying music business. With the advent of affordable recording techniques, mp3 file-sharing, digital sampling, MySpace, Facebook, podcasts, and blogs; the music industry is being reborn all around us!
At Illinois State University, we are proud to offer the Bachelor of Science in Music Business degree. The sequence is intended for those who wish to pursue a career in business professions related to music. In addition to the core music requirements, students need to complete 25 hours of coursework in the School of Music and the nationally-recognized College of Business. This degree enables students to develop their musical skills while preparing them to become leaders, thinkers, and creators in the new music industry.
The Bachelor of Science degree in music provides an alternative to the professional degree-the Bachelor of Music. The General Education requirement is similar to that specified for all other liberal arts programs. A successful classical music audition is required to enter the music business major. Check-out the plan of study to see the specific course requirements.
The Bachelor of Science in Music Business offered by the Illinois State University School of Music requires a practicum course that allows students to receive course credit by working for an employer in the Music Industry. The School of Music (SOM) recognizes that internships are a very valuable experience in that they allow the student to apply what they have learned in classes to a “real world” situation.
The student enters the internship program seeking additional understanding of the Music Industry. The SOM specifies that the work assignment must be a challenging, meaningful, and enhance the educational experience. The student must complete the Application for Professional Practice and work a minimum of 48 hours at the work site per one hour of credit. This required course may be repeated for up to 6 credit hours.
At the completion of the internship the student’s supervisor is required to contact the SOM Internship Coordinator (Rose Marshack) and recommend a Credit / No Credit grade for the internship.
After completing the necessary requirements, recent graduates in the Music Business degree are employed by major instrument manufacturers, record labels, and concert halls.
For more information about music business at Illinois State, contact Rose Marshack - Music Business.