Bachelor of Arts inMusic Business

Majoring in Music Business prepares students to enter today’s music industry and to pursue a career opportunity where music and business intersect.

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Music Business Curriculum Overview

The Music Business Administration major is offered through the Music Department of the College of Arts and Letters in collaboration with the College of Business and Organizational Leadership. The degree is primarily administered by the Music Department, with student advising overseen by the Music Department. Students work closely with faculty mentors in the College of Business and Organizational Leadership for the business portion of the degree. The major seeks to serve those students who are interested in music but seek a music degree with career application beyond that of performing or education. The degree allows students to gain a foundational knowledge base, which can be applied in a variety of occupations, and upon graduation they may pursue employment within the music industry and various arts organizations. The
major is comprised of existing courses in the music and business areas.

Prerequisites (not counted in major credit total)
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
MUS - 101 Basic Musicianship 2
MUS - 111 Class Piano I 2
MUS - 112 Class Piano II 2
MUS - 120 Listening to Life:West. Clscl 2
MUS - 121 Listen to Life: Global & Pop 2
ECO - 101 Macroeconomics 4

Basic Musicianship is designed for the student with little background in music. This course will present concepts needed for an understanding of the basic fundamentals of music theory. Students will also have an introduction to ear training and the keyboard. (Offered every spring. No prerequisite. This course can serve as a prerequisite for MUS201 and ED446. Studio course.)

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This is the first of two courses in a beginning piano instruction sequence. Through group class instruction students are given a practical knowledge of the keyboard and an understanding of the tonal-rhythmic structure of music. Keyboard skills requisite for handling classroom music situations or for personal enjoyment of music are developed. (Offered every fall and spring. No prerequisite. Players with previous keyboard experience may be exempt by examination. Can serve as a prerequisite to MUS201 and ED446. Studio course.)

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This is the second of two courses in a beginning piano instruction sequence. Through group class instruction students are given a practical knowledge of the keyboard and an understanding of the tonal-rhythmic structure of music. Keyboard skills requisite for handling classroom music situations or for personal enjoyment of music are developed. (Offered every fall and spring. No prerequisite. Players with previous keyboard experience may be exempt by examination. Can serve as a prerequisite to MUS201 and ED446. Studio course.)

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Using music primarily from the classical Western tradition, this course teaches music listening skills, relates music to history and culture, and reveals music as a conveyer of human emotions, thoughts, and ideals. The course also touches briefly on ethnic folk music, global art music, and popular music (American jazz, musical theatre, and pop music.) (This course earns 2 credits towards the 4 credit Fine Arts component of the general education curriculum. Offered every fall and spring, summers to be announced. No prerequisite. Can serve as a prerequisite to Music History.)

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Using global folk and art music and contemporary popular idiom music, this course teaches music listening skills, relates music to history and culture, and reveals music as a conveyer of human emotions, thoughts, and ideals. This course contributes to the Fine Arts/Aesthetic component of the General Education curriculum. MUS121 is required for Music Education students.

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This course will illustrate the dynamic integration of America within the global economy by focusing on macroeconomics policy areas such as trade, exchange rate policy and domestic economic policy. The course will also introduce students to alternative theoretical frameworks such as classical, Keynesian, monetarism, rational expectations, Marxist, and institutionalist perspectives. The course will explore problems facing the less industrialized countries and the newly emerging countries and the United StatesÀ role in their development.

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Required (17-21 Credits)
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
MUS - 201 Musicianship I 4
MUS - 202 Musicianship II 4
ENG - 320 Writing in the Workplace 2
ENG - 326 Topics in Writing 2
MUS - 498 Music Business Internship 2
MUS - 321 Music History I 3
MUS - 322 Music History II 3
MUS - 323 Music History III 3

This course begins with a brief review of music fundamentals (scales, keys, intervals and triads) and continues with four-part harmonic writing, and basic analysis. Exercises in keyboard harmony, sight singing, and dictation are included in the course.(Offered every fall. Prerequisite: MUS101 or equivalent as determined by music placement test.)

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Students continue to learn four-part harmonic writing, including the use of inversions and seventh chords. Exercises in analysis incorporate the study of melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, and form. Dictation, sight singing, and keyboard harmony are continued. (Offered every spring. Prerequisite: MUS201 or equivalent.)

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Students in this course will examine the conventions of writing in the workplace. The particular topics of the course will vary depending on the semester. Some of the topics covered might include grant writing, copyrighting, writing for the web, public relations writing, or technical writing. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in ENG120)

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This course, the topic of which may vary from year to year, is designed to provide intermediate writers with the opportunity to experiment with different styles and genres.

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This off-campus internship with a music business (usually in the Twin Cities metro area) serves as the capstone for the music business major. Students may take other classes on campus during this part-time internship.

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This course explores the Ancient, medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque periods of Western music. (Offered every third semester in sequence with the other two Music History Courses). Prerequisites: MUS120 or MUS121, MUS201.)

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This course explores the 18th and 19th centuries of Western music. (Offered every third semester in sequence with the other two Music History Courses). Prerequisites: MUS120 or MUS121, MUS201. MUS321 is preferred, but not required.)

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This course explores Western Music from the late 19th century to the present. (Offered every third semester in sequence with the other two Music History Courses). Prerequisites MUS 120 or 121 and 201. MUS 321 and 322 preferred but not required.

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Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Meet Your Professors

Dr. David Mennicke Professor of Music, Director of Choral Studies, Music Department Chair

Dr. Mennicke's teaching expertise covers choral conducting, voice training, music education, church music, musical theatre, and music arranging.

Monica Murray Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Murray is an active performer in the Twin Cities.

Shari Speer Term Faculty in Music

Shari is professor of voice at Concordia, where she maintains an active voice studio, teaches class voice, diction, opera workshop and conducts the Jubilate Choir.

Nathan Kennedy Term Faculty of Music

Nathan Kennedy teaches the music theory sequence, applied and class piano, pedagogy, and accompanying, and accompanies the choirs and opera workshop.

Career Potential

You’ll also experience real learning beyond the classroom, with performance opportunities at monthly recitals, campus concerts, studio classes, daily chapel services, local church services, on international and U.S. tours and for many community functions. Because we design our music program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant major if you’re considering a career as a musician, conductor, composer/arranger, music publisher, music marketer, music therapist, church musician or other music-related professional.

  • Church Music
  • Conductor
  • Performer
  • Music Teacher
  • Music Composer / Arranger
  • Music Sales / Marketing
  • Music Management
  • Music Publisher
  • Music Therapist
  • Music Writer

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