Music Industry Major
A Bachelor of Arts in Music Industry at Saint Mary’s combines the technical training of music technology and business with the advantages of the liberal arts, resulting in a perfect blend of the curriculum.
This program exposes students to a curricular structure that reflects the needs of today’s musician in an ever-changing, high-tech world. Within the major, students have the flexibility to choose either a technology or a business emphasis and the opportunity to pursue off-campus music industry internships at organizations like: Universal Music Group, Minnesota Public Radio, Warner, Elektra Asylum Records, KNXR Studies, Schmitt Music, and Wenger Music Corp.
There's no question that students reap the benefit of our strong industry connections, including a professional partnership with Sound Stations Studios in La Crosse, Wis., owned and operated by adjunct faculty and Grammy Award winner, Brett Huus.
Students who graduate with a music industry degree are prepared for careers in the advertising, marketing, and public relations fields. Graduates are also ready for other professional positions such as arts administrators, broadcast and sound engineers, musicians and singers, and private practice lawyers, among other options.
High School Preparation
High school coursework that will support a student in his or her pursuit of a music industry degree includes experience in Accounting, Band or Orchestra, Choir, Business, Economics, Music History, and Music Theory.
Enhance Your Experience
Students who earn a degree from the music industry track oftentimes pursue a double major or minor in management, marketing, or even digital media and journalism.
Music Industry Major, B.A.
A. Music Core:
MU130 Music Fundamentals I (1 credit)
MU131 Music Fundamentals II (1 credit)
MU150 Experiencing Music (3 credits)
MU160 Music Theory I (3 credits)
MU170 Ear Training I (2 credits)
MU175 Ear Training II (2 credits)
MU230 Music Theory II (3 credits)
MU260 Music Theory III (3 credits)
MU270 Ear Training III (2 credits)
MU299 Sophomore Review (0 credit)
MU300 Introduction to Music Technology (2 credits)
MU341 Music History I (3 credits)
MU342 Music History II (3 credits)
MU382 Conducting (3 credits)
MU383 Arranging (3 credits)
MU130 Music Fundamentals I and MU131 Music Fundamentals II, or equivalent proficiency are prerequisites for MU160 Music Theory I. All students take an initial placement exam to determine theory proficiency.
B. Performance Studies: (11–14 credits)
Applied Lessons: minimum of seven semesters of private lessons taken for credit on a major instrument or voice.
Ensembles: minimum of seven semesters of participation in one or more vocal or instrumental ensembles.
C. One of the following depending on instrument/voice:
MU125 Keyboard Musicianship I (2 credits)
MU181 Voice Class (2 credits)
D. Music Industry Courses: (30 credits)
Note: Students take either MG219 Principles of Management or MK217 Principles of Marketing and either MG315 Entrepreneurship or BU312 Business Law I
AC222 Accounting Concepts (3 credits)
BU312 Business Law I (3 credits)
MG219 Principles of Management (3 credits)
MG315 Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
MK217 Principles of Marketing (3 credits)
MT302 Digital Music Technology and Lab (3 credits)
MT310 Introduction to Sound Recording and Lab (3 credits)
MU392 Music Business (3 credits)
MU455 Arts and Cultural Management (3 credits)
MU496/497 Music Internship (1–6 credits)
P113 Physics of Sound and Music (3 credits)
E. BU or MT courses:
BU or MT courses according to student interest and career goals.
There is a $700 fee for each M.T. lab course per semester in addition to tuition costs. These fees help purchase equipment and cover the costs of visiting professionals. Music and academic scholarships are available. Please contact the office of admissions for information about these scholarships.
Tuition, Room, Board, and Fees
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is committed to making college accessible and affordable.
We strive to keep tuition and fees as low as possible while delivering an excellent private education. Approximately 99 percent of all undergraduates receive some form of financial aid.
2019-20 Tuition & Fees
Activity fee: $170
Technology fee: $370
Laundry fee: $80
* Additional tuition for 3+2 PA Program $3,550
** Additional fee for the following residences:
Village Apts., Gilmore Creek Hall $200
Bishops Hall, Brother William Hall, Hillside Hall, La Salle Hall, and Brother Leopold Hall Doubles $400
Brother Leopold Hall Singles and All Apts. $600
Additional Fees (if applicable)
Per credit instruction $1,200
Per credit audit $600
Foreign study fee:
All others $650
Commencement fee $190 (2019-2020 graduates)
Late registration (per class) $50 (after add/drop period)
N.S.F./Returned check or A.C.H. $20
New students who have been admitted are asked to confirm their attendance by sending a $300 non-refundable deposit to the university. Returning students must pay a $250 housing deposit prior to housing registration. This deposit is credited to the student's account.
Fall Application Timelines
International students are encouraged to apply by July 1st of each calendar year for the Fall semester. We offer plenty of scholarships and financial awards available for international first-time freshmen and transfer students at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.
Students who submit and complete their admission file by July 1st will be reviewed and receive an admission decision 1-2 weeks after submitting their admission file.