B.A. in Music Business
Tarleton Music Business is designed for students who are passionate about music and business and who want careers that combine the two.
We emphasize a hands-on educational approach that prepares you for entrepreneurial and other careers including music production, contemporary performance, publication, and artist management.
Focuses on producing and recording music, doing post-production audio, operating live media and sound reinforcement, and operating audio within a broadcast environment (television, radio, internet).
Focuses on functioning as a contemporary entertainer, working as a studio musician, and maintaining a private teaching studio.
Focuses on composing and songwriting, scoring for games film, television, and broadcasts, publishing music and music-related products, copyrighting intellectual property, and running a publishing house.
Focuses on managing artists, starting with your own career.
In this degree, you will study the essential aspects of operating musical businesses including marketing, and distribution record keeping, operating legally and ethically (taxes, copyright0, merchandising, preparing and developing new musical products, and creating new media/Internet commerce and platforms.
Why Choose Music Business at Tarleton?
Tarleton offers a unique combination of music with business, quality teaching, affordable tuition, a beautiful facility, a friendly and supportive learning environment. Students will:
- Receive instruction from music industry professionals with over 30 years’ experience.
- Develop a portfolio that highlights your talents and abilities.
- Bring finished projects to the music market through collaborative works with fellow student producers, songwriters, and composers.
- Have the opportunity to perform in a wide range of musical ensembles and settings, including jazz, percussion, and contemporary groups.
120 credit hours (4 years)
- Department of Performing Arts
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
What can you do with a major in Music Business?
In today’s dynamic and ever-changing music industry, students need innovative strategies that will help them take advantage of the wealth of opportunities that exist. Some career choices:
- Music producer and engineer
- Studio owner and operator
- Live music artist
- Studio musician
- Music publisher
- Artist and agency manager
Real-World Learning Opportunities
Tarleton’s Music Business students can intern at professional studios, church, and non-profit organizations, state and local governments, and with professional musicians.
Plan Your Future
Obtaining this degree can lead to career opportunities such as:
- Music Educator
- Arts Administrator
- Music Journalist
And much more!
Students in our department have multiple opportunities to study abroad, which will enhance their educational training. For instance, students will have the opportunity to travel to Ireland, where they will learn more about the diverse musical styles in another country, as well as discover the historical background of Irish folk music. Studying abroad can be one of the most character enriching
Studio T. our recording studio includes approximately 500 square feet of sound-isolated recording space and boasts a wide assortment of microphones. The performance rooms contain mixers and headphones for performing artists.
The engineering room contains a digital audio workstation and touchscreen digital mixer with unlimited tracks, depending on the CPU. Our faculty and engineers have expertise in ProTools, Logic, Live, Reason, Cubase, StudioOne, Cakewalk, Reaper, and numerous other DAWs. The studio is fully capable of professional recording, post-production, mixing, mastering, and distribution.
Prepare, encourage, and mentor students for careers in Music Business by ensuring that students receive a broad knowledge base of the industry.
Students in this degree program will:
- Be prepared for graduate school or relevant employment opportunities in the legal field.
- Appreciate the need for legal professionals to practice responsible citizenship and civic engagement.
- Adapt personal and professional decision-making to the legal and ethical principles regulating the legal field.
|LEGL||3340||Legal Research & Writing|
|LEGL||4390||Legal Studies Capstone|
For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.
Facilities and Features
The Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center is home to the Department of Fine Arts. The following facilities are available to all Music students, as well as to students from other areas of Fine Arts:
- 721 - seat auditorium
- 216 - seat theater
- 90 - seat workshop theater
- 22 offices for faculty, staff, and students
- 20 music practice rooms
- 7 music studios
- 4 classrooms
- 2 rehearsal halls
- 2 computer labs
The department of Fine Arts offers a variety of organizations including:
- Kappa Kappa Psi
- Tau Beta Sigma
- Mu Phi Epsilon
- Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
The Tarleton State University ensembles and bands have had the privilege to perform in several places and at several events across the world, such as:
- Carnegie Hall
- Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago
- Central Park in New York City
- Osaka International University, Japan
- Lorenzo de Medici, Tuscania, Italy
- New Year's Day Parade, London, United Kingdom
- St. Patrick's Day Parade, Dublin, Ireland
The Department of Fine Arts hosts the following annual festivals and camps:
- All-Region Clinic (ATSSB/TMEA Concert & Jazz)
- Brass Day
- Jazz Festival
- International Band Festival
- Percussion Festival