Music Business and Industry

"My internship at Catamount Arts gave me a chance to prove myself. Today I am working at one of my all-time favorite venues. The feelings are so surreal; I know things will only go up from here."

- Anjali LaPierre class of 2015

Love Music? Want to Make a Career of It?

Lyndon’s Music Business and Industry Program gives students the opportunity to translate their love of music into a personally meaningful career that can provide a financially stable and fascinating life. Utilizing our state-of-the-art recording studio, brand new midi-music lab and record label, students are encouraged to put their skills to the test. Whether it’s through writing songs and recording their own music, producing projects for others, marketing and distributing music products, managing artists, booking tours or handling the many aspects associated with concert promotion and production, our students are actively pursuing the experience necessary to build careers in music and the arts.

The Music Business and Industry Program equips students to meet the demands of today’s music industry through creative and supportive use of curriculum, technology, industry partnerships and valuable internships. Students are mentored in all areas of the industry, from professional comportment and business skills to technical problem solving.

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Music Business and Industry, B.S.

Concentrations

Audio Production

The Audio Production program is aimed at students interested in recording technologies and live sound production. Graduates will be qualified to work as sound engineering technicians, audio and video equipment technicians, broadcast technicians, or technical directors or managers.

E-Music Composition

With Lyndon’s Electronic Music Composition concentration, students explore and develop their creative talents as they compose new music in an online environment. Courses added to our curriculum include Intro to Music Technology and E-Music Composition. In addition, students will take a series of courses in traditional music theory and song writing which will serve to expand their abilities as composers in the pop arena.

Music Management

The concentration in Music Management is for students interested in artist, event, or venue management. This program is for anyone seeking a career as a meeting, convention or event planner, or as an agent or business manager of an artist, performer or athlete.

Music & Self-Promotion

The concentration in Music and Self-Promotion provides students with management and marketing training to promote their own careers as performers or recording artists. Although this program includes some music training, it does not focus on music performance and theory courses.

Required Courses

Music Business and Industry, B.S. Core Classes

Minimum required credits for the program: (56-58 credits)

Core: (35-36 Credits)

  • BUS 2015 – Fundamentals of Management in Business (3 cr.)
  • EJA 1010 – Introduction to Media Communication (3 cr.)
  • MBI 1360 – Introduction to the Music Industry (3 cr.)
  • MBI 3210 – Music Publishing (3 cr.)
  • MBI 4220 – Entrepreneurship in the Music Industry (3 cr.)
  • MBI 4720 – Professional Development Seminar (3 cr.)
  • MBI 4810 – Music and Performing Arts Internship (6 cr.)
  • MUS 1030 – Music Fundamentals (3 cr.)Note: MUS 1030 is the prerequisite for MUS 1231, MUS 2070, and MUS 3055, required in the Music & Self-Promotion and the E-Music Composition Concentrations. If MUS 1030 is waived by testing, students must choose a replacement course from MUS 1041, MUS 1042, MUS 2280, MUS 1230, MUS 1231, MUS 2342 or MUS 3342.
  • MUS 2410 – Collaborative Creativity in Music (1 cr.) (Must take twice)

Choose one of the following:

  • BUS 2450 – Business Law (4 cr.)
  • ENG 4020 – Law of the Media (3 cr.)

Choose one of the following:

  • MUS 3330 – Worlds of Music (3 cr.)
  • MUS 3350 – Music of the Americas (3 cr.)

Audio Production Concentration (21-22 credits)

Students in this concentration must take MAT-1020 (Intermediate Algebra) as one of their math General Education requirements, and PHY 2010 (Introduction to Electricity and Electronics) as their LGSE8 category course.
•     MBI 2170 – Introduction to Audio Engineering (3 cr.)
•     MBI 2180 – Studio Production and Maintenance (3 cr.)
•     MBI 2175 – Digital Recording Techniques (3 cr.)
•     MBI 3170 – Recording and Post-Production Techniques (3 cr.)
•     MBI 3220 – Advanced Audio Production (3 cr.)
•     MBI 4040 – Auditory Perception and Psychoacoustics (3 cr.)
Choose one of the following: (3-4 credits)
•     MBI 2XXX – Record Label Practicum I (2 cr.)
AND MBI 2XXX – Record Label Practicum II (2 cr.)
•     MBI 3180 – Live Sound Reinforcement (3 cr.)
•     MBI 3710 – Topics in Music Business Industry (3 cr.)*
* Topics courses used for this concentration must be in audio engineering.

Music Management Concentration (21-22 credits)

•     ACC 2121 – Financial Accounting (4 cr.)
•     BUS 1090 – Business Math (3 cr.)
•     MBI 2420 – Artist Management and Development (3 cr.)
•     MBI 3310 – Event Management and Promotion (3 cr.)
•     MBI 3330 – Venue Management (3 cr.)
Choose two of the following:
•     BUS 1210 – Introduction to Business Software and Information Systems (3 cr.)
•     BUS 2230 – Principles of Marketing (3 cr.)
•     BUS 2080 – Organizational Behavior and Communications in Business (3 cr.)
•     BUS 3240 – Global Business (3 cr.)
•     MBI 2XXX – Record Label Practicum I (2 cr.)
OR MBI 2XXX – Record Label Practicum II (2 cr.)

Music & Self-Promotion Concentration (22 credits)

•     BUS 2230 – Principles of Marketing (3 cr.)
•     MBI 2420 – Artist Management and Development (3 cr.)
•     MUS 1231 – Music Theory I (3 cr.)
Note: MUS 1231 cannot be double-counted here as a replacement for MUS 1030 in the Core.
•     MUS 2070 – Basic Songwriting (3 cr.)
•     MUS 2430 – Advanced Music Theory & Ear Training (3 cr.)
•     MUS 3055 – Rock & Roll; Form & Style (4 cr.)
Take 3 credits from:
•     MBI 2XXX – Record Label Practicum I (2 cr.)
•     MBI 2XXX – Record Label Practicum II (2 cr.)
•     MUS 1730 – Special Performance (1 cr.)
•     MUS 2220 – Music Ensembles (1 cr.)

E-Music Composition Concentration (21-22 credits)

•     MUS 1231 – Music Theory I (3 cr.)
Note: MUS 1231 cannot be double-counted here as a replacement for MUS 1030 in the Core.
•     MUS 1XXX – History of Western Music: A Survey (3 cr.)
•     MUS 2160 – Introduction to Technology in Music (3 cr.)
•     MUS 2190 – Electronic Music Composition (3 cr.)
•     MUS 2430 – Advanced Music Theory & Ear Training (3 cr.)
Take 3 credits from:
•     MUS 1730 – Special Performance (1 cr.)
•     MUS 2220 – Music Ensembles (1 cr.)
Choose one of the following:
•     MUS 2070 – Basic Songwriting (3 cr.)
•     MUS 3045 – Jazz in Theory and Practice (3 cr.)
•     MUS 3055 – Rock & Roll; Form & Style (4 cr.)

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Music Business and Industry, A.S.

Focus Areas (choose one)

Audio Engineering

Music & Self-Promotion

Music Management

"As for my resume, the tech director was chiefly impressed by the fact that I had not only a degree, but a wide base of experience in production."

- Isaac Tanney, Class of 2012, assistant sound engineer/assistant production stage manager, Feld Entertainment

With concentrations in audio production, music management, music & self-promotion and electronic music composition, Lyndon’s Music Business and Industry Program provides the unique option of choosing more than one focus.

This multi-concentration approach is popular among our students as it broadens their foundation and encourages success in a variety of career fields including:

  • live sound
  • studio music production
  • artist management
  • concert booking
  • tour management
  • music marketing
  • event management and promotion
  • venue management
  • music publishing, and more!