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B.M. or B.S. in Music Business

Elmhurst offers two degree programs that prepare students for careers in the many sectors of music business: recording industry, music and media, music products, live music components and more. The bachelor of music offers a heavier concentration in music, while the bachelor of science is weighted more heavily with business courses. Both programs have a strong liberal arts component, giving graduates breadth as well as professional qualifications.

Our music business program draws on the vast resources of the Chicago area for great internships, experienced faculty and career opportunities. As one of the oldest music business programs in the world, it offers excellent preparation for a career as a producer, executive or business manager.

Music business students gain hands-on experience through a 180-hour internship with an area business, such as a record company, a performing organization, or a media outlet.

Required Courses for a Bachelor of Music
Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science

Required Courses for a Bachelor of Music in Music Business
Music Courses
Music Theory: MUS 135, 136, 235, 236
Music History: MUS 343, 344
One course from MUS 335, 395, or 396
Applied music: six terms for credit on major instrument or voice. At least three terms in classical instruction
Band, Orchestra, or Choir: one each term, with or without credit
Guitar Majors (major instrument is guitar): Classical Guitar Ensemble for a minimum of four terms; Classical Guitar Ensemble or other ensemble for each additional term on campus; encouraged to perform in more than one ensemble each term.

Business Courses
BUS 230 Principles of Marketing
BUS 250 Management Theory and Practice
BUS 332 Retailing Management
BUS 334 Advertising

Music Business Courses
MUS 330 Principles and Procedures in Music Business
MUS 331 Advanced Studies in Music Business
MUS 332 Production of Sound Recordings
MUS 468 Internship

Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Music Business
Music Courses
Music Theory: MUS 135, 136, 235, 236
Music History: MUS 343, 344
Applied music: six terms for credit on major instrument or voice. At least three terms in classical instruction
Band, Orchestra, or Choir: one each term, with or without credit
Guitar Majors (major instrument is guitar): Classical Guitar Ensemble for a minimum of four terms; Classical Guitar Ensemble or other ensemble for each additional term on campus; encouraged to perform in more than one ensemble each term.

Business Courses
BUS 230 Principles of Marketing
BUS 250 Management Theory and Practice
BUS 332 Retailing Management
BUS 334 Advertising

Two mathematics courses
Elective in business, computer science, mathematics, or music business

Music Business Courses
MUS 330 Principles and Procedures in Music Business
MUS 331 Advanced Studies in Music Business
MUS 332 Production of Sound Recordings
MUS 468 Internship

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