Major in Music Business (B.A.)

As a music business major at St. Thomas you’ll learn to apply business thinking in the fast-growing music field, an exciting industry that continues to be reimagined. We give you access to music professionals and build your skills for wide-ranging careers. You’ll not only develop your creative musicianship, you’ll also cultivate both practical and innovative business and entrepreneurial skills through our collaboration with St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business and Schulz School of Entrepreneurship.

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.

St.Thomas students and alumni utilizing their music business knowledge

  • Taylor Bakken, '12 - Publishing administrator at In the Groove Music
  • Bo Bodner, '12 - Assistant engineer at EastWest Studios
  • Luke Darger, '18 – Keyboardist and Tour Manager (Full-Time), John Maus (RecordingArtist), International Touring
  • Greg Dobihal, '21 - Marketing and Promotions Intern, The Orchard/Sony Music Entertainment, New York, NY/Minneapolis, MN
  • Natalie Gaskins, '18 – Emerging Talent Associate (Full-Time), Warner Music Group, New York, NY
  • Cole Guimont, '19 – Production and Composition Intern, In The Groove Music, Minneapolis, MN
  • Alex Heimerman, '19 – Management Intern - Red Light Management, Nashville, TN & A&R Intern - New West Records, Nashville, TN
  • Andrew Julkowski, '19 – Promotions Intern, Pulse Events & Promotions, Minneapolis,MN
  • Liz Legatt, '18 – Development, Events, & Communications Assistant (Full-Time), Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, MN
  • Robert Rasmussen, '13 - Founder of West Hennepin Recording Company
  • Mitch Roers, '19 - College Marketing Representative, Sony Music Entertainment, New York, NY/Minneapolis, MN
  • Hannah Rosentreter, '18 – Cultural Impact Manger (Full-Time)- Music, Effect Partners, Minneapolis, MN
  • Rachel Siteman, '14 - Marketing representative at Universal Music Group
  • Ryan Smith, '18 – Radio Promotions Associate (Full Time), Tinderbox Music, Minneapolis, MN
  • Mark Steward, '13 - Music journalist at A.V. Club
  • Courtney Wosick, '14 - Sales and marketing representative at Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Courtney Yurich, '20 – Music Supervision Intern, Egg Music, Minneapolis, MN

Music Business, Production & Popular Music Courses:

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

Business Courses:

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

Plus one of the following:

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

Allied Requirements

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

Music Courses

  • MUSC 001 Student Convocation Hour (0 cr., 6 sem.)
  • MUSC 101/102 Piano Skills I-II (1 cr. ea.)

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 cr.)
    • MUSC 292 Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors I (1 cr.) 

  • MUSC 113/114 Music Theory and Aural Skills I-II (4 cr.)
  • MUSC 133 Music of the United States (2 cr.)
  • MUSC 233 Music of the World (4 cr.)
  • MUSN 1xx Ensemble Participation (0 cr., 6 sem.)

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 Performance Studies in the same performance medium (6 sem., 1 cr. ea.)
  • MUSR 114 Aural-Skills Proficiency (0 cr.)
  • MUSR 200 Piano Proficiency (0 cr.)
  • MUSR 270 Level I Recital (0 cr.)
  • MUSR 350 Level II Recital (0 cr.)