College of Fine Arts and Communication

Department of Music

Music Minor

Music Industry

The music industry minor is open to any student, regardless of major, and no audition is required.  A student who choses to pursue the music industry minor should send an email to so that a faculty advisor can be assigned to assist the student in registering for the classes, many of which require department consent.  The student will also need to sign onto PeopleSoft and officially declare the minor.


A music industry minor provides a compelling introduction this exciting field as viewed from both the traditional corporate and DIY vantages.  The minor will study songwriting, publishing, copyright, licensing, management and agents, unions, music product manufacturing and sales, contracts, concert promotion and venues, arts administration, music in radio, television, advertising, theatre, videos and games and well as record production, labels, market research, promotion, and distribution.


Music majors are also eligible to complete the music industry minor, although courses cannot count for both the major and the minor.

Music Industry (21 credits)

MUSA 116 Songwriting:  Basic Composition for Non-Majors (freshman year) (3)


Any MUSA and/or MUSC course (3)
MTKG 341 Principles of Marketing (late sophomore or junior year) (3)
MUSA 350 Music Industry I:  Live Performance (junior year) (3)
MUSA 355 Ethical Issues and Perspectives in Music (junior year) (3)

ENTR 355

Entrepreneurship Foundations and Pathways (senior year) (3)
MUSA 450 Music Industry II: Recording & Digital Media (3)


Students MUST attain a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher for courses applied to the minor.  The Pass grading option is not available for courses applied to the minor.



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Phone: 410-704-2839
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