Music Business

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Dr. David Vroman
Department Chair

The Degree
Bradley’s Department of Music offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Music Business. Students in Bradley’s Music Business program benefit from the cooperative effort between The Slane College of Communication and Fine Arts and the nationally recognized Foster College of Business Administration.

Music at Bradley involves a combination of technology and tradition to prepare students for careers as teachers, composers, performers, or executives in the music industry. All applicants audition on their primary instrument or voice to gain entrance into the program. The audition is required both to determine acceptance into a degree program and for the consideration of talent scholarships. The music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

The Department of Music offers a number of scholarships, grants, and awards designated for incoming students who choose to major in music. Talent awards range from $100 to $4,000 and are allocated by the Department of Music through the audition process. Students who receive these awards must remain a music major, maintain a specified GPA, and participate in a major performing ensemble each semester. Band, Choir, and Orchestra scholarships are also available to all students regardless of major. These awards range from $200 to $500 per year. Participation in an assigned ensemble is required.

Bradley faculty are in tune with the quickly changing music business world of retailing, manufacturing, wholesaling, publishing, recording, and arts management. In addition, faculty members bring nationally recognized leaders in the industry to share their experiences and offer assistance to students on a regular basis. In addition to music history, recital and skills training courses, students will take classes such as:

  • Contemporary Issues in Music Business
  • Accounting Principals
  • Managing in Organizations
  • Business Finance
  • Professional Selling
  • Services Marketing

One of the highlights of the Music Business curriculum is the required Music Business Internship (CFA 301) which gives students a first hand glimpse of a part of the industry of their choice and provides a valuable experience for students as they gain their first job.

Opportunities at Bradley
Outside of the classroom, Bradley Music Business majors enjoy many cocurricular and cooperative learning opportunities including:

  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (the professional men's music fraternity)
  • Sigma Alpha Iota (the professional women's music fraternity)
  • The National Association for Music Education (MENC)

Music Business students may also choose to be involved in business-related organizations such as:

  • Women in Business
  • Phi Chi Theta (Business Honors Fraternity)
  • Student Business Leadership Council