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Music Business

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Type

Emphasis

Department

Music Department

To succeed in today’s evolving music industry requires more than just talent. A comprehensive understanding of the business of music will open up the door to a career as a music publisher, marketer or booking agent.

Program Overview

Sharpen your understanding of how the music business works.

The Music Business emphasis will immerse you in the performance, theory and interdisciplinary training of a traditional Music degree, while adding critical coursework needed to navigate the business world. In the program, you’ll gain a critical understanding of music industry ethics, contracts, copyright regulations, marketing techniques and more. Whether your goal is to manage your own label or become a concert promoter, you’ll be prepared to enter the complex and evolving music industry with the business acumen to succeed.

Students in Western’s music programs will also be afforded the opportunity to garner group and solo performance experience in the Kincaid Concert Hall, which offers a schedule of annual concerts open to student, faculty, staff and community member attendance.

The business behind the music

Tap into the world of music by combining your artistic skill with business acumen. Learn about contracts, copyright and marketing in the Music Business emphasis.

Program Requirements

At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.

Program Requirements

A minimum of 66 credits is required including the 28-credit Musicianship Core:

All Music majors require the 28-credit Musicianship Core, 14  or 21 credits from the Performance Curriculum (depending upon  the  emphasis), the six credits (or the equivalent) of foreign language (not required for the Music Education Emphasis), and Concert and Convocation Attendance Course (must be taken each semester of residence with a “Satisfactory” grade a minimum of six semesters). A minimum grade of “C” is required in all Music courses counted toward the major. To qualify for graduation all Music majors must meet performance requirements and piano proficiency.

Musicianship Core
MUS 128Theory of Music Laboratory I1
MUS 129Theory of Music I3
MUS 130Theory of Music Laboratory II1
MUS 131Theory of Music II3
MUS 140Introduction to Music (GT-AH1)3
MUS 212Introduction to Music Technology1
MUS 253Theory of Music Laboratory III1
MUS 254Theory of Music III3
MUS 255Theory of Music Laboratory IV1
MUS 256Theory of Music IV3
MUS 352History of Music I: Ancient to Baroque3
MUS 353History of Music II: Classical to Modern3
MUS 491Seminar in Research2
Total Credits28

14 credits in Musical Performance (seven credits from Major Performing Organizations or Small Ensembles and seven credits from Private Lessons), the one-credit MUS 212 Introduction to Music Technology Performance Requirement (MUS 400 Senior Recital / Senior Project, or MUS 499 Internship in Music), Piano Proficiency, the six-credit foreign language requirement, Concert and Convocation Attendance

The Performance Curriculum consists of courses in Conducting, Major Performing Organizations, Small Ensembles, and Private Lessons.

The specific major performing organization required is determined by major instrument or voice.

Conducting
MUS 250Beginning Conducting: Choral and Instrumental2
Major Performance Organizations
courses may be repeated
MUS 101Orchestra1
MUS 102Symphonic Band1
MUS 104Concert Choir1
MUS 301Orchestra1
MUS 302Symphonic Band1
MUS 304Concert Choir1
Small Ensembles
courses may be repeated
MUS 121Instrumental and Vocal Chamber Music0.5-1
MUS 321Instrumental and Vocal Chamber Music1
MUS 105Opera1
MUS 305Opera1
Private Lessons
courses may be repeated
MUS 180Piano1-2
MUS 181Organ1-2
MUS 182Voice1-2
MUS 183Violin1-2
MUS 184Viola1-2
MUS 185Cello1-2
MUS 186Contra Bass1-2
MUS 187Flute1-2
MUS 188Oboe1-2
MUS 189Clarinet1-2
MUS 190Bassoon1-2
MUS 191Saxophone1-2
MUS 192Trumpet1-2
MUS 193French Horn1-2
MUS 194Trombone1-2
MUS 195Baritone1-2
MUS 196Tuba-Private Lessons1-2
MUS 197Special Topics1-2
MUS 198Percussion1-2
MUS 380Piano1-2
MUS 381Organ1-2
MUS 382Voice1-2
MUS 383Violin1-2
MUS 384Viola1-2
MUS 385Cello1-2
MUS 386Contra Bass1-2
MUS 387Flute1-2
MUS 388Oboe1-2
MUS 389Clarinet1-2
MUS 390Bassoon1-2
MUS 391Saxophone1-2
MUS 392Trumpet1-2
MUS 393French Horn1-2
MUS 394Trombone1-2
MUS 395Baritone1-2
MUS 396Tuba1-2
MUS 398Percussion1-2

Foreign Language

Six credits of foreign language are required in the Music Emphasis and Business Emphasis. This requirement may be fulfilled by passing the appropriate CLEP test if sufficient skill has been attained.

Concert and Convocation Attendance

All Music majors must take MUS 000 Concert and Convocation Attendance each semester in residence. Six semesters of MUS 000 Concert and Convocation Attendance with a grade of “satisfactory” are required of all Music majors prior to graduation.

Performance Requirements for Majors

In order to qualify for graduation, all Music majors must pass specific levels of performance as judged by a jury of Music faculty. All Music Education majors must also present a senior recital (MUS 400 Senior Recital / Senior Project). Majors in the Music Emphasis and the Business Emphasis may elect MUS 400 Senior Recital / Senior Project, or MUS 499 Internship in Music. Please contact the Music Department for exact requirements.

Piano Proficiency

All students with a Music Major or Minor, with the exception of the Music Technology Minor, must pass the piano proficiency examination by the end of the required theory sequence. The two-semester sequence of  MUS 173 Piano class and MUS 174 Piano Class may be taken for elective credits to prepare for the exam. The specific courses are not required courses and student assessed to have sufficient piano background may prepare for the exam independently. Please contact the Music Department for exact requirements.

And the following:

ACC 201Introduction to Financial Accounting3
BUAD 210Legal Environment of Business3
MUS 212Introduction to Music Technology3
BUAD 270Principles of Marketing3
BUAD 333Organizational Behavior3
CS 120Professional Computer Skills3
or BUAD 220 Spreadsheets and Analysis
ECON 201Macroeconomics (GT-SS1)3
or ECON 202 Microeconomics
Total Credits21
Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
MUS 101
or MUS 102
or MUS 104
Orchestra
or Symphonic Band
or Concert Choir
1
MUS 180-198 Private Lessons1
Credits2
Spring
MUS 101
or MUS 102
or MUS 104
Orchestra
or Symphonic Band
or Concert Choir
1
MUS 180-198 Private Lessons1
Credits2
Year Two
Fall
MUS 101
or MUS 102
or MUS 104
Orchestra
or Symphonic Band
or Concert Choir
1
MUS 180-198 Private Lessons1
Gen Ed Arts & Humanities 3
Credits5
Spring
MUS 101
or MUS 102
or MUS 104
Orchestra
or Symphonic Band
or Concert Choir
1
MUS 180-198 Private Lessons1
Gen Ed Social Sciences 3
Gen Ed Natural Sciences w/lab4
Credits9
Year Three
Fall
MUS 301
or MUS 302
or MUS 304
Orchestra
or Symphonic Band
or Concert Choir
0.5-1
MUS 380-398 Private Lessons1-2
MUS 491Seminar in Research2
Gen Ed Natural Sciences w/lab4
Credits7.5-9
Spring
MUS 301
or MUS 302
or MUS 304
Orchestra
or Symphonic Band
or Concert Choir
1
MUS 380-398 Private Lessons1-2
Gen Ed Social Sciences 3
Elective Elective (upper division) 3
Credits8-9
Year Four
Fall
MUS 301
or MUS 302
or MUS 304
Orchestra
or Symphonic Band
or Concert Choir
0.5-1
MUS 380-398 Private Lessons1-2
Gen Ed Arts & Humanities 3
Elective Elective (upper division) 3
Credits7.5-9
Spring
MUS 400Senior Recital / Senior Project0
Elective Elective (upper division) 3
Gen Ed Social Sciences 3
Credits6
Total Credits47-51

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

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Scholarships

Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship

The Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western.

Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.

  • This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
  • Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
  • GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).

Due date has been extended to April 15 for 2021. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Board, will review applicants and select awardee by June 1.

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Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).

Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:

  • This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
  • Nominee must be an incoming freshman or new transfer.
  • The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
  • The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
  • GPA must be 2.5 or above (high school or college of transfer).

The applicant must fill out the application form found here (click). Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.

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Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Description

The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western’s highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.

There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student’s GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

Get Involved

Join a Music Ensemble at Western

  • Band: Symphony and Varsity.
  • Vocal: Concert Choir and Chamber Singers.
  • Jazz: Groups include the large Jazz Ensemble, “High Altitude” Dixieland Combo and Modern Jazz Combo.
  • Orchestra: Performs together regularly as a string ensemble, full orchestra and a small chamber group. Orchestra and Choir combine together to perform major works as well.
  • Other: Instrumental ensembles are open to all interested performers and include Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, String, Jazz Ensembles and Flute Choir, as well as additional small ensembles.

Making music

Western Music students have the opportunity to join various ensembles and bands including the band, orchestra or instrumental ensembles such as brass, woodwind, percussion, jazz, string and flute choir, as well as additional small ensembles.

News & Research

Western’s Chamber Orchestra and String Ensemble to perform Thursday

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Department Information

Music Department

Program Director

Kenneth Todd, M.M.

Department of Music Program Director, Senior Lecturer in Music, Director of Orchestral Activities, Director of Applied String Studios

Administrative Assistant

Anna Flynn

Administrative Assistant

Contact Information

970.943.3093

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Quigley Hall 202
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231

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