Major in Music Business (B.A.)

Cross-disciplinary and experiential by design, the music business program combines courses designed to address the most current developments in the music industry, including modern media economics, booking and touring, social media marketing, copyright and publishing, and promotion and publicity, with courses in management, marketing, finance, accounting and entrepreneurship. Together with a world-class music and liberal arts core, and internship opportunities with record labels, radio stations, recording studios, booking agencies, concert venues and industry publications, the music business program at the University of St. Thomas truly prepares students to thrive as leaders of change in the evolving business of music and entertainment.

What do UST alums do with a music business degree?

  • Marketing representative at Universal Music Group (Rachel Siteman, '14)
  • Sales and marketing representative at Hal Leonard Corporation (Courtney Wosick, '14)
  • Founder of West Hennepin Recording Company (Robert Rasmussen, '13)
  • Music journalist at A.V. Club (Mark Steward, '13)
  • Publishing administrator at In the Groove Music (Taylor Bakken, '12)
  • Assistant engineer at EastWest Studios (Bo Bodner, '12)

Degree Requirements

Music Business, Production & Popular Music Courses:

  • MUSC 140 Music Media (2 credits)
  • MUSC 160 Introduction to Music Business (4 credits)
  • MUSC 260 Fundamentals of Musicianship in Popular Music (4 credits)
  • MUSC 263 Entrepreneurial Careers in Music & Professional Practice (1 credit)
  • MUSC 363 Emerging Models in Music Industry (4 credits)
  • MUSC 480 Music Business Seminar (4 credits)
  • IDSC 476 Experiential Learning: Music Business Internship (2-4 credits)

Business Courses:

  • ACCT 210 Introduction to Financial Accounting (4 credits)
  • ENTR 200 Foundations of Entrepreneurship (4 credits)
  • MGMT 305 Management and Organizational Behavior (4 credits)
  • MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing (4 credits)

Plus one of the following:

  • BETH 301 Business Ethics (4 credits)
  • BLAW 301 Legal Environment of Business (4 credits)
  • ENTR 260 Entrepreneurial Thinking (4 credits)
  • FINC 300 Finance for Non-Business Majors (4 credits)
  • MKTG 380 Interactive Marketing (4 credits)

Allied Requirements

  • ECON 252 Principles of Microeconomics (4 credits) (Social Analysis Core)
  • PHYS 105 Musical Acoustics (4 credits) (Lab Science Core)

Music Courses

  • MUSC 001 Student Convocation Hour (6 semesters) (0 credits)
  • MUSC 101 Piano Skills I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 102 Piano Skills II (1 credit)

Students for whom piano or organ is the primary instrument will take the following courses in lieu of MUSC 101 and 102:

    • MUSC 192 Technical Skills for Keyboard Majors (1 credit)
    • MUSC 292 Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors I (1 credit) 

  • MUSC 113 Music Theory and Aural Skills I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 114 Music Theory and Aural Skills II (4 credits)
  • MUSC 133 Music of the United States: Aural and Written Traditions (2 credits)
  • MUSC 233 Music of the World: Aural and Written Traditions (4 credits)
  • MUSN 1xx Six semesters of Ensemble participation (0 credits)

Guidelines for Choosing an Ensemble:

If principal instrument is:

    • Piano - at least two semesters in MUSN 171: at least two semesters in MUSN 172; at least two semesters in one of: MUSN 140, 142, 143, 160, 181, 185, 186, 190: two semesters may be in MUSN 161, 182, 183.
    • Voice - a minimum of six semesters in MUSN 140, 142, 143, or 160.
    • Woodwind, Brass or Percussion - at least six semesters in MUSN 185 or 186.
    • Orchestral String - at least six semesters in MUSN 181.
    • Guitar - at least four semesters in MUSN 173; at least two semesters in MUSN 174.
    • Other Instruments - at least six semesters in ensemble chosen in consultation with the chair.
  • MUSP 2xx Six semesters of performance studies in the same performance medium (1 credit per semester)
  • MUSR 114 Aural-Skills Proficiency (0 credits)
  • MUSR 200 Piano Proficiency (0 credit)
  • MUSR 270 Level I Recital (0 credit)
  • MUSR 350 Level II Recital (0 credit)