Music Management Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Music management schools prepare students for careers in the music industry as marketing professionals, talent agents and record label managers. Music management colleges and universities offer degrees ranging from certificates of achievement to master's degrees. Students can choose degree plans that focus more on performance and musicianship studies, or more on business studies.

How to Select a Music Management School

Music management,degrees are offered as certificates, associate degrees, bachelor's degrees and master's degrees with a range of majors and concentrations in the music business. Students selecting a music management college first choose whether to focus more on performance and musicianship or more on the music industry as a business.

Students with musical instrument or performance skills who want to seek a career in the music industry may want to pursue a Bachelor of Music in the Music Industry or a Bachelor of Music with a Music Marketing concentration. The course work for these degrees generally focuses on performance, music history and theory, instrument instruction, ensembles, music industry and music technology. Schools offering degrees that focus on music and performance have varying musical requirements for entering their programs, sometimes including an audition.

To focus on the business side of music, including copyrights, budgeting, legal aspects of the music industry, record production management and music industry economics, students may seek schools that offer degrees such as a Bachelor of Science in Music Industry or Master of Science in Music Business Administration, or other business-driven degree. These degrees offer coursework in keyboard instruction, fundamentals of music theory and music electives, but they concentrate on business and finance, as well as the broadcast and Internet music industries.

Additional considerations include equipment technology and location. Whether interested in performance-driven or industry-driven programs, students can look for state-of-the-art instruments and equipment. Also, crucial contacts in the industry are made through industry internships, making location a consideration. For example, a student who wants to get into the recording music industry may want to focus on schools in Los Angeles or Nashville, near the heart of the music industry.

Largest Schools by Student Enrollment

College/University Student Population Institution Type
Houston Community College 48,169 2-year, Public
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 41,028 4-year, Public
College of Southern Nevada 40,310 4-year, primarily associate's, Public
Austin Community College District 35,798 2-year, Public
University of Southern California 33,747 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus 29,617 4-year, Public
The University of Texas at San Antonio 28,413 4-year, Public
Florida Atlantic University 26,839 4-year, Public
DePaul University 24,352 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Middle Tennessee State University 23,872 4-year, Public
Mesa Community College 23,825 2-year, Public
San Antonio College 21,766 2-year, Public
Drexel University 21,537 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Owens Community College 21,095 2-year, Public
Collin County Community College District 21,000 2-year, Public
The University of Texas at El Paso 20,458 4-year, Public
Boise State University 19,667 4-year, Public
Lansing Community College 19,445 2-year, Public
Glendale Community College 18,228 2-year, Public
Appalachian State University 16,610 4-year, Public

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