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Music Industry

Learn the fundamental analytical, regulatory and creative knowledge and skills necessary for jobs in the music industry.

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First Music Industry program in West Virginia

Overview

What is Music Industry at WVU like?

Description

Music industry is a vibrant, multi-billion dollar global industry, vast in scope and reach, offering a product that is deeply ingrained into the fabric of every country and culture, across social strata, around the world. As such, it offers extensive professional opportunities to those who are trained, knowledgeable and versed in its systems, methods and practices.

The Music Industry program provides an engaging, systematic and rigorous course of study leading to analytical, creative, regulatory and entrepreneurial understanding and skills necessary to succeed in today’s complex and challenging music industry field.

The full course of study includes courses in music, music industry and business, combined with the University’s General Education Foundations curriculum, and is designed in line with the College of Creative Arts’ mission of educating artists, teachers and scholars through an experiential, student-centered approach to learning. The Music Industry program includes courses in intellectual property in music industry, music publishing, live music industry, recording industry, music product development and placement, recording technology, etc.

All interested students must apply to the University and audition for the School of Music for acceptance.

At a Glance

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Areas of Emphasis

Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:

  • Applied Music
  • Multi-Instrumental

Fast Facts

What makes Music Industry at WVU unique?


Research and Academic Opportunities

  • Participate in all of the production aspects of WVU’s record label – Mon Hill Records.
  • Work with local/regional businesses related to the industry.
  • Internship opportunities.
  • The Evansdale Library is just a short walk from the Creative Arts Center and houses printed and sound music resources.
  • Creative Arts Center facilities include rehearsal spaces, practice rooms, classrooms and electronic music laboratory.
  • Courses include applied (private) lessons and a wide variety of performance opportunities, both in large ensembles (band, orchestra, choral, jazz, and opera) and smaller chamber ensembles (string, brass, woodwind, percussion, vocal, jazz, and world music).

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Careers

What can you do with this degree?

Businesses that seek and hire personnel with music industry skills include music publishing firms, business management firms, booking agencies, performance rights organizations, entertainment law firms, record labels, artist management firms, licensing firms, video game designers/producers, music studios, audio equipment manufacturers/dealers, TV and film production studios, entertainment venues, talent agencies, radio/TV stations, nonprofit organizations and theatre/Broadway production companies.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Music Industry major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.

Courses

What are the courses like in Music Industry at WVU?

Major Map

Check out the course requirements and suggested plan of study for WVU's Music Industry major.

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For a program overview, learning goals and course descriptions, visit the course catalog.

Popular Courses

MUSC 410:
Introduction to Music Industry

Introductory overview of the music industry's history, business, technology, and law. Students will gain essential understanding and skills necessary for professional involvement and progress in the music industry.

MUSC 412:
Music Product Development and Placement

Key music product development and placement principles structures, and practices using today's music commerce mechanisms, techniques and technologies for publicity, product advancement, consumer research, and distribution. Design, implementation, control, and evaluation of effective music product market advancement and positioning.

MUSC 413:
Live Music Industry

Regulations, standards, strategies, and methods of live music event planning, advancement, and implementation. Topics include: talent and venue buying and deal structuring, budgeting, sponsorships, live sound production, music event contracts, licensing, publicity and placement, ticketing, and insurance.

MUSC 414:
Recording Industry

Recording industry system development, markets, structures, commercial methods and strategies. Topics include: historical development of the recording industry; industry specific copyright regulations and commercial agreements; record company structures and models; recording production processes and technology; global music markets.

MUSC 415:
Music Publishing

Development, commercial methods, scopes, and practices of the music publishing industry; copyrights acquisition, advancement, and protection. Topics include: history of the music publishing and related copyright regulations; royalties and licensing; performing rights; music publishing and television, film, commercials, musicals, video games, and other media; music publishing agreements; international music publishing.

MUSC 491:
Professional Field Experience

(May be repeated up to a maximum of 18 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

Cost and Aid

How much does Music Industry at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $407
Per Semester $4,884
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,768
Non-Resident
Per Credit $1,096
Per Semester $13,152
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,304
International
Per Credit $1,096
Per Semester $13,452
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,904
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Ways to Save

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Ohio Tuition Reciprocity

As the result of a special agreement, students from Ohio who are fully admitted to Music Industry can enroll at WVU and pay in-state tuition rates. Students must be admitted to both the University and this major.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

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Requirements

What are the requirements to apply for Music Industry at WVU?

University Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Music Industry major, you must first meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

Next Steps

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