Music Business (BA)

Introduction

The music major with a music business concentration is an interdisciplinary opportunity for students to combine their passion for music with the marketing and business components of the music industry, all within the liberal arts tradition of the college. The concentration is a joint collaboration between the College of Arts and Sciences and the Wehle School of Business, combining the Bachelor of Arts degree music major and the business minor with the addition of select music business courses and a music business internship.

A more detailed description of the Music Program, faculty, facilities, academic and co-curricular opportunities can be found at the Music Program website.

Qualifications

A vocal or instrumental performance audition is required prior to formal acceptance into the major, but students may begin to take courses before the audition takes place (usually no later than the end of the first academic year). In order to successfully complete the major, students must have a minimum grade of C- in each course included in the major. Students must maintain a 2.0 overall average to graduate with a degree in music.

Advisement

All students should have an advisor in the major and should contact the department directly to have an advisor assigned if they do not already have one.  Meetings with academic advisors are required prior to students receiving their PIN for course registration each semester. All majors should work closely with their advisor in discussing career expectations, choosing their major electives, developing their entire academic program and planning their co-curricular or supplemental academic experiences.

Double Majors

Students who wish to expand their educational opportunities may decide to declare a double major. The decision may be based on career goals or planned graduate studies. Before a student declares a double major, it is important to meet with the appropriate academic departments for advisement. Some double major combinations can be completed within the minimum 120 credit hour degree requirement, but in some cases additional course work may be required. In order to declare a double major, the student must complete the appropriate double major request form and get the signature of each department chairperson and the appropriate associate dean.  Please note that students will receive only one degree, regardless of the number of majors they complete.

Some common dual majors with music are communications, digital media arts, English, psychology, and education.

Minors in other dISCIPLINES

Minors provide students the opportunity to pursue additional interests but generally do not require as many courses as a major.  Minors generally range from five to eight required courses. The minors page provides a complete list of minors and provides links to each minor. Some majors and minors can be completed within the minimum 120 credit hour degree requirement, but in some cases additional coursework may be required. Students must complete the appropriate minor request form.

Curriculum

An Ignatian Foundation

All undergraduate students must complete either the Canisius Core Curriculum or the All-College Honors Curriculum. Many schools refer to their college-wide undergraduate requirements as "general education" requirements. We believe that the core curriculum and the honors curriculum are more than a series of required classes, they provide the basis for a Jesuit education both with content and with required knowledge and skills attributes that are central to our mission.

Free Electives

Students may graduate with more but not less than 120 credit hours. Free electives are courses in addition to the Core Curriculum or Honors Curriculum and major requirements sufficient to reach the minimum of 120 credit hours required for graduation.

Major Requirements

Majors complete required music courses and electives, participate in ensemble for eight semesters, complete the required business concentration courses and elective, and participate in a music business internship.

Required Courses
FAM 119Masterpieces of Music3
FAM 210Keyboard Musicianship3
FAM 230
230L
Music Theory I
and Music Theory I Lab
4
FAM 240
240L
Music Theory II
and Music Theory II Lab
4
FAM 330
330L
Music Theory III
and Music Theory III Lab
4
FAM 340
340L
Music Theory IV
and Music Theory IV Lab
4
FAM 360Music Business I3
FAM 361Music Business II3
FAM 450Senior Seminar3
FAM 498Internship3
Must take four semesters of performance8
Music Performance (four semesters)
FAM Music History Course Elective
Select one of the following:3
Medieval and Renaissance Music
Music of the Baroque Period
Music of the Classical Period
19th Century Music
Art Music from 1900 to the Present
DMA Course Elective
DMA 309Music Technology 13
or DMA 310 Digital Audio/Music Production
Total Credits48
1

Note: DMA 309 and DMA 310 are offered in alternate years.

Music Ensemble (0-8 credits)

Majors must take the same ensemble for all eight semesters.

A student may take a music ensemble for one (1) credit

FAM 181Chorale1
FAM 182Jazz Ensemble1
FAM 184Chamber Orchestra1
FAM 185Concert Band1

or for zero (0) credit

FAM 171Chorale0
FAM 172Jazz Ensemble0
FAM 174Chamber Orchestra0
FAM 175Concert Band0

Students may opt for zero credit to avoid exceeding 18 credits in a semester.

Required Business Courses

ECO 101Principles of Macroeconomics3
ACC 201Financial Accounting3
ECO 255Business Statistics I3
MGT 101Introduction to Management3
MKT 201Principles of Marketing3
FIN 201Introduction to Corporate Finance3
Total Credits18

Business Elective

Select one of the following:3
Principles of Microeconomics
Organizational Behavior
Human Resources Management
Consumer Behavior

Major Experience

Internship (FAM 498): The program requires an internship with a business or organization related to the student’s primary interest, which gives the student hands-on experience in the field. A variety of settings are possible including music or arts management, recording studios, radio stations, and music retailing. Prerequisites: FAM 360 and FAM 361 or permission of the department chair.

Roadmap

Recommended Semester Schedule for Major Course Requirements

Freshman
FallSpring
FAM 230
230L
FAM 119
FAM 226FAM 240
240L
Music ensembleFAM 226
ECO 101Music ensemble
 MGT 101
Sophomore
FallSpring
FAM 330
330L
FAM 340
340L
FAM 210Music history course
FAM 226FAM 226
Music ensembleMusic ensemble
ACC 201MKT 201
Junior
FallSpring
FAM 360FAM 361
Music ensembleMusic ensemble
ECO 255DMA 309 or 3101
 FIN 201
Senior
FallSpring
FAM 450FAM 498
Music ensembleMusic ensemble
Business elective 
1

Note: DMA 309 and DMA 310 are offered in alternate years.

Learning Goals & Objectives

Student Learning Goal 1

Music majors will be able to analyze the musical elements of a piece of music.

Students will:
  • Objective A: Identify the elements of melody, rhythm, harmony, organizational patterns, and form in Western art music through aural analysis of recordings;
  • Objective B: Identify the elements of melody, rhythm, harmony, organizational patterns, and form in Western art music through visual analysis of musical scores.

Student Learning Goal 2

Music majors will be able to demonstrate proficiency in vocal or instrumental performance.

Students will:
  • Objective A: Demonstrate the technical and interpretive skills necessary for artistic self-expression in a variety of repertory through solo performance in the student's primary area of vocal or instrumental performance;
  • Objective B: Demonstrate the technical and interpretive skills necessary for artistic self-expression in a variety of repertory through ensemble performance in the student's primary area of vocal or instrumental performance.

Student Learning Goal 3

Music majors will be able to analyze the musical style of a piece of music.

Students will:
  • Objective A: Identify aurally the musical period or culture of a piece of music;
  • Objective B: Identify the musical period or culture of a piece of music through score reading.

Student Learning Goal 4

Music majors will be able to integrate knowledge in music theory, music history, and performance appropriate to the individual's sequence of study.

Students will:
  • Objective A: Exhibit the integration of musical knowledge through the presentation of a written paper or a musical performance.Fine Arts Music Major