Music business majors are most commonly available in bachelor's and master's degree programs. There are several considerations students have when choosing a school, including experiential learning and specialized education.
10 Music Business Schools
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition per Year (2016-2017)|
|Berklee College of Music||Boston, MA||4-year, private||Certificate, Bachelor's||$17,748*|
|The College of St. Rose||Albany, NY||4-year, private||Bachelor's||$29,656*|
|Belmont University||Nashville, TN||4-year, private||Bachelor's, Master's||$29,930 undergraduate*
|Middle Tennessee State University||Murfreesboro, TN||4-year, public||Bachelor's||$8,500 in-state*
|New Jersey City University||Jersey City, NJ||4-year, public||Bachelor's||$8,114.60 in-state*
|New York University||New York, NY||4-year, private||Bachelor's, Master's||$49,062 undergraduate*
|Syracuse University||Syracuse, NY||4-year, private||Bachelor's||$43,440*|
|William Paterson University of New Jersey||Wayne, NJ||4-year, public||Bachelor's, Master's||$12,573 undergraduate*
|University of Colorado-Denver||Denver, CO||4-year, public||Bachelor's||$7,536 in-state*
|University of Miami||Miami, FL||4-year, private||Bachelor's, Master's||$45,600 undergraduate*
Sources: *School websites, **National Center for Education Statistics
How to Select a Music Business School
Music business majors have several education options to choose from, depending on their career goals. Consider the following when looking for a music business school:
- Look for schools that give you practical experience, such as those with internships or student-run record companies.
- Schools with a chapter of the Music & Entertainment Industry Student Association (MEISA) or other active student organizations can offer career and networking opportunities after graduation.
- Some programs offer specializations in a particular field or industry so students can align their education with specific career goals.
- Online programs can appeal to students who can't move or travel to the school.
Bachelor of Music in Music Business
Some bachelor's degree programs allow students to choose a specialization, such as music and media, concert management or music publishing. On the business side, courses generally include accounting, statistics and music company operations. Undergraduate music business majors typically begin their education with basic classes in music theory and history, content development and music technology.
Master of Music in Music Business
At the master's level, music business students explore more advanced issues in artist management, music and law, entrepreneurship and entertainment ethics. They also learn about financial reporting, management and organizational leadership. Graduate students typically complete a music business internship or thesis. Some schools also offer joint degree programs, such as a JD/MA, or an MBA program in music business.
Finding the right school and program for studying music business depends on the type of education students want based on their career goals. Many academic, experiential and flexible options exist to help students find the best program for them.