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Music Business

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Music Business (120 Credits)

This major offers professional preparation in music with specialization in the music industry. The curriculum is designed to prepare students in entrepreneurship, arts management, fine arts marketing and promotion, recording studio management, music publishing and copyright, venue management, and retail operations.

Requirements include: senior qualifying exam; piano proficiency exam; achieve a cumulative 2.5 GPA and a grade of C or better in all music classes; a half senior recital.

Only 9 credits of MUS courses can be used to fulfill UCORE requirements.
First Year
First TermCredits
Applied MUS 12
Arts [ARTS] (Non-MUS)3
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
MUS 18120 or 1
MUS 25133
MUS 25231
MUS Ensemble41
Second TermCredits
Applied MUS12
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
MUS 1641
MUS 18220 or 1
MUS 25353
MUS 25451
MUS Ensemble41
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]3
Second Year
First TermCredits
Applied MUS12
Business minor course3
Communication [COMM] or Written Communication [WRTG]3
MUS 35133
MUS 35231
MUS 4702
MUS Ensemble41
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Second TermCredits
Applied MUS12
Business minor course3
MUS 28120 or 1
MUS 35353
MUS 35451
MUS 359 [HUM] [M]53
MUS Ensemble41
Non-MUS Elective63
Complete Writing Portfolio
Pass Piano Proficiency
Third Year
First TermCredits
Applied MUS12
Biological Sciences [BSCI] with lab74
Diversity [DIVR] (Non-MUS)3
MUS 360 [HUM] [M]33
MUS 428 or 4351
MUS 4821
300-400-level MUS Electives2
Second TermCredits
Applied MUS12
Business minor course3
MUS 3192
MUS 428 or 4351
MUS 461 [CAPS]53
Physical Sciences [PSCI] with lab74
300-400-level MUS Electives2
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
Applied MUS12
Business minor courses6
MUS Ensemble41
300-400-level MUS Electives4
Foreign Language, if needed0 - 4
Senior Qualifying Exam
Second TermCredits
Applied MUS12
Business minor course3
MUS Ensemble 41
Non-MUS Electives63
300-400-level MUS Electives4
Foreign Language, if needed0 - 4
Senior Half Recital

Footnotes
1Applied Music: 16 credits required with a minimum of 4 credits at the 400 level. Approved courses include MUS 304-318, 320, 404-418, and 420.
2Class piano credits not required.
3Fall only.
4Music Ensembles: 6 credits required from MUS 428, 429, 430, 431, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 439, 440, 441, 444.
5Spring only.
6Students must complete a minimum of 4 credits of electives outside of MUS and UCORE requirements. Additional credits may be needed to meet the University requirement of 120 total credits. Please consult with advisor for elective selection.
7To meet University and College of Arts and Sciences requirements, students must take a [BSCI] course with lab and [PSCI] course with lab.

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