Schools Of Rock: Music Business College Guide
Schools Of Rock: Music Business College Guide

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Anderson University

Location: Anderson, Ind.
Tuition: $23,940/year
Department Head: Jeffrey E. Wright
Director of Music Studies: Rebecca Chappell
Courses of Interest: "Beyond Talent Entrepreneurship for Musicians," "Booking and Concert Promotion"
Average Class Size: 15-30
Relevant Extracurricular Activities: Orangehaus Records, Orangehaus Publishing
University/Program Admission Rate: 73%/69%

Anderson offers a music business major and minor through the School of Music in the College of Arts and as a concentration in the Falls School of Business under marketing. Anderson encourages students to open small businesses during their undergrad experience and often provides them with small-business loans.

California State Univ., Northridge

Location: Los Angeles
Tuition: In-state, $5,076/year; out-of-state, $16,236/year
Option Coordinator: Carey Christensen
Courses of Interest: "History of Pop and Rock Music," "Fundamentals of Music Technology"
Average Class Size: Approximately 18-30
Relevant Extracurricular Activities: Northridge Musician's Assn., New Directions Composers Group, ensembles
Admission Rate: 71%

California State University at Northridge is located in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley and targets students who wish to pursue executive and administrative careers in the music industry. Music industry majors are required to study three components: general education classes, music courses and music industries. As part of the curriculum, each year's junior class operates the school's recording label, MIS Music Group; students are also required to complete a six-unit internship their junior or senior year.

Dallas Baptist University

Location: Dallas
Tuition: $18,690/year
Program Director: Terry Fansler
Courses of Interest: "History of Commercial Music," "Inside the Recording Industry"
Average Class Size: 13
Relevant Extracurricular Activities: Grammy University
Admission Rate: 46%

Dallas Baptist offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in music business with possible emphasis on live performance, recording, songwriting or worship leadership, along with a Bachelor of Business Administration in music business with an emphasis on music industry administration. The university also offers the largest active chapter of Grammy University in Texas, which provides students the chance to connect, network and learn from music industry professionals in the area.

Elmhurst College

Location: Elmhurst, Ill.
Tuition: $28,600/year
Program Director: Timothy Hays
Courses of Interest: "Production of Sound Recordings," music business travel courses
Average Class Size: 21
Relevant Extracurricular Activities: MiddleWestern Voice, radio station WRSE
Admission Rate: 70%

The university's proximity to Chicago allows the program to draw resources from the city, including internship and career opportunities and faculty from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera. Elmhurst offers two degree programs for music business students: a Bachelor of Music, which offers a concentration in music, and a Bachelor of Science, which concentrates on business courses.

The Institute of Production and Recording

Location: Minneapolis
Tuition: $42,630/year
Program Director: Eric Trelstad
Courses of Interest: "Enter the Dragon: The Past, Present and Future of the Entertainment Business," class trip to South by Southwest conference
Average Class Size: 12
Relevant Extracurricular Activities: Student Run Records, a nonprofit record label
University/Program Admission Rate: 48%/52%

The Institute of Production and Recording integrates a liberal arts education with business and technical training. The school provides a hands-on education for students; electives allow them and their professors to develop materials used in actual record releases, press campaigns, digital video productions and marketing programs.

University of Colorado at Denver

Location: Denver
Tuition: In-state, $7,099/year; out-of-state, $20,011/year
Program Chair: Judith Coe
Courses of Interest: "Audio Production II," "Law & the Music Industry"
Average Class Size: Approximately 45
Relevant Extracurricular Activities: AES, CAM Records
University/Program Admission Rate: 61%/Depends on applicant pool

David Baskerville, who wrote "Music Business Handbook and Career Guide," the leading textbook in most industry curriculums, founded the music business program. Students must pass an entrance exam and aural skills aptitude test to be admitted. They will complete a year of music business and music technology courses as part of the core curriculum, then enter one of three tracks: performance, music business or recording arts.

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