Best Music Business Schools: List of Top Schools
Learn about the best schools in the nation to offer music business educational programs that lead to undergraduate and graduate degree. Read on for more information about school rankings, degree curriculum, and program requirements.
Bachelor's and master's degree programs are offered by two of the best music business schools in the US, located in two of the largest hubs of the music industry business: New York and Los Angeles. Both universities have been ranked by the U.S. News & World Report and provide students with a broad understanding of the music industry and the role of business within it. Some programs require that students have basic musical skills in addition to business savvy. Learn more about the individual schools that offer some of the best music business programs in the nation below.
Top Schools for Music Business
1. New York University in New York, NY
New York University's (NYU) music business programs are offered through the Steinhardt School of Business, tied for 9th among the best business school in 2010 by U.S. News & World Report. NYU was also named the 33rd best national university for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.
While earning the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Music Business, students learn the structure of, and how to think critically about, the music industry. Course topics include emerging markets in music, artist management, ethics in the entertainment industry, and strategic marketing, as well as others. The M.A. in Music Business with a concentration in music technology is for those who have experience in music technology. Students gain instruction in digital audio processing, Web audio, and concert recording
The Bachelor's of Music (B.M.) in Music Business is a liberal arts program with coursework in jazz theory, music history, financial accounting, music in media, and concert management.
2. University of Southern California in Los Angeles
University of Southern California (USC) was ranked 23rd among national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2011 and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The Thornton School of Music has two bachelor's degree programs in music business, which provide hands-on experience for those seeking careers in artist management, publishing, songwriting, radio, and the recording industry.
The B.M. in Music Industry program is designed for students with the music performance ability to enter the bachelor's program in performance, but want a career in the music industry. Curriculum includes popular music performance, music technology, and music history. Those who earn the Bachelor of Science in Music Industry gain basic music skills, as well as knowledge in music theory, business, finance, and writing.
Good Music Business Programs
|College/University Name||Total Student Enrollment||Address||Phone Number|
|The University of Texas at Austin||50,995||Austin, TX 78712||(512) 471-3434|
|New York University||43,404||70 Washington Sq. S., New York, NY 10012||(212) 998-1212|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||41,674||Ann Arbor, MI 48109||(734) 764-1817|
|University of Southern California||34,824||University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089||(213) 740-2311|
|University of Cincinnati||31,134||2624 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45221||(513) 556-6000|
|DePaul University||25,072||55 E. Jackson, Chicago, IL 60604||(312) 362-8000|
|Drexel University||22,493||3141 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104||(215) 895-2000|
|University of Delaware||21,138||Newark, DE 19716||(302) 831-2000|
|CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College||16,195||One Bernard Baruch Way, New York, NY 10010||(646) 312-1000|
|University of Miami||15,629||Coral Gables, FL 33124||(305) 284-2211|
|Pepperdine University||7,733||24255 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA 90263||(310) 506-4000|
|Winston-Salem State University||6,427||601 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27110||(336) 750-2000|
|SUNY College at Oneonta||5,893||Ravine Pkwy., Oneonta, NY 13820||(607) 436-3500|
|University of New Haven||5,770||300 Boston Post Rd., West Haven, CT 06516||(203) 932-7000|
|Dallas Baptist University||5,400||3000 Mountain Creek Pkwy., Dallas, TX 75211||(214) 333-7100|
|Loyola University New Orleans||4,714||6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118||(504) 865-2011|
|SUNY College at Potsdam||4,299||Pierrepont Ave., Potsdam, NY 13676||(315) 267-2000|
|Augsburg College||4,010||2211 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55454||(612) 330-1000|
|Wheaton College||2,920||501 College Ave., Wheaton, IL 60187||(630) 752-5000|
|Hardin-Simmons University||2,305||2200 Hickory, Abilene, TX 79698||(325) 670-1000|
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