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Music Business

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At Illinois State University, we are proud to offer the Bachelor of Science in Music Business degree. The sequence is intended for those who wish to pursue a career in business professions related to music. In addition to the core music requirements, students need to complete 25 hours of coursework in the School of Music and the nationally recognized College of Business.

The Music Business degree enables students to develop their musical skills while preparing them to become leaders, thinkers, and creators in the new music industry.

Why Study Music Business?

Music is integral to a multitude of businesses. Our alumni find enjoyment in managing musicians, managing venues where music occurs, editing, owning their own music shop or private teaching studio, and working in copyright or mass media communications. Entrepreneurial students can benefit from this major as a conduit to working in the music industry.

To be considered for admittance into the music program at Illinois State, one must have extensive background in classical music and must complete a classical music audition.

Related Majors

Related Skills

  • Develop competencies in business management, computers, marketing, or other areas to broaden range of employment possibilities.
  • Develop a variety of skills. Become "multi talented."
  • Confidence, personality, a positive attitude, and a love of music are important to success.
  • Need basic tools of self-promotion.
  • Performers often travel frequently and must be flexible regarding their work schedules.
  • Gain experience working for a music publisher or other businesses in the entertainment industry.
  • Ability to read music
  • Ability to make critical observations
  • Ability to concentrate and practice musical instruments for long periods
  • Good listener
  • Works well under pressure
  • Team player and ability to work alone
  • Creativity

Being Successful in the Field

  • Finding positions in the music industry requires a combination of talent, training, connections, and some luck. Perseverance is required!
  • Some jobs may require you to join unions or guilds.

Related Fields

  • Talent acquisition
  • Publicity
  • Administration
  • Marketing and sales
  • Product management
  • Promotion/media relations
  • Public and commercial media (TV, radio, Internet)
  • Media corporations
  • Recording studios
  • Venue and music ensemble management
  • Production companies (primarily in NYC, LA, and Nashville)
  • Publishing and editing
  • Producing
  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Virtual reality sound environments, e.g. Internet sites, software creators
  • Music and program direction
  • On-air performance
  • Promotion
  • Voiceovers
  • Copyright/clearance administration
  • Music license administration
  • Music editing, production, and composing
  • Sound mixing
  • Post-production
  • Research
  • Self-employed

Strategies

  • Complete an internship within desired profession.
  • Take business courses to work in management or administration.
  • Journalism, public relations, and communication classes helpful for work in areas of promotion.
  • Gain sales experience for marketing.
  • Must interact well with people and develop persuasion tools.
  • Knowledge of electronics, audio engineering, and recording required for production.
  • Work or volunteer at radio station.
  • Join organizations involved with bringing events and entertainment to campus/local venues.

Career Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Mark Fauble  110 Student Services Building  mbfaubl@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-5825 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Rose Marshack  CVA 216 E  rmarsha@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-7749 

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Applying to the Program

  • Complete your application for admission, including selecting an audition date
  • Refer to the suggested repertoire recommendations for each music studio to prepare for your audition. You may want to also contact the respective applied faculty member for further information about the audition.
  • Please provide a letter of recommendation from a music professional to:
    Undergraduate Music Admissions
    Campus Box 5660, Illinois State University
    Normal, IL 61790-5660.
  • If you are currently enrolled in a 4-year NASM (National Association of Music Schools) accredited institution, you must provide a completed Transfer Acknowledgement Form.  Send the completed form to:
    Undergraduate Music Admissions
    Campus Box 5660, Illinois State University
    Normal, IL 61790-5660.

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for fall transfer students is September 1-January 15. For the spring semester, the preferred filing period is from April 1-August 1. You are encouraged to apply early in the preferred filing period for best consideration for admission into competitive majors. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today.

Applying to the Program

  • Complete your application for admission, including selecting an audition date
  • Refer to the suggested repertoire recommendations for each music studio to prepare for your audition. You may want to also contact the respective applied faculty member for further information about the audition.
  • Please provide a letter of recommendation from a music professional to:
    Undergraduate Music Admissions
    Campus Box 5660, Illinois State University
    Normal, IL 61790-5660.
  • If you are currently enrolled in a 4-year NASM (National Association of Music Schools) accredited institution, you must provide a completed Transfer Acknowledgement Form.  Send the completed form to:
    Undergraduate Music Admissions
    Campus Box 5660, Illinois State University
    Normal, IL 61790-5660.

Minimum GPA

2.00

Middle 50% GPA

2.52 - 3.43

Required Courses

None

Recommended Courses

  • Music Theory I & II (MUS 101 & 102)
  • Musicianship I & II (MUS 107 & 108)

Additional Information: Classical Audition required for admission. Please visit FineArts.IllinoisState.edu/Music for more information.

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Judith Dicker  Cook Hall 121  jdicker@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-5287 

Middle 50% GPA

2.52 - 3.43

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Application Period

Applications are always accepted.

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on My.IllinoisState.edu.

Major Requirements

  • Complete your application for admission on My.IllinoisState.edu, including selecting an audition date
  • Refer to the suggested repertoire recommendations for each music studio to prepare for your audition. You may want to also contact the respective applied faculty member for further information about the audition.
  • Please provide a letter of recommendation from a music professional to:
    Undergraduate Music Admissions
    Campus Box 5660, Illinois State University
    Normal, IL 61790-5660.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Judith Dicker  Cook Hall 121  jdicker@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-5287 
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