Academics

Business Management with a Music Emphasis

Earning your degree focused on both music and business gives you the foundation for a career combining administration and the arts in a variety of public, private and not-for-profit organizations.

Program Overview

CUC offers two degree tracks: a bachelor of arts in music with a business emphasis and a bachelor of science in business administration with an emphasis on music. The bachelor of arts degree is for music-minded students seeking a board liberal arts foundation, with an emphasis in business. Either degree will prepare you as a confident, ethical business leader for exciting degree opportunities in a dynamic field.

Our business faculty members are experienced businessleaders and learned scholars who assist students through a rigorous but flexible degree track. The importance of integrity is stressed in this field. Students learn by using the latest technology and, faculty engage students with real-world business scenarios. Our faculty and staff mentor and guide students in an exciting, well-rounded learning environment that prepares graduates for success in today’s business world.

General Course Information

The bachelor of arts in music is for students who want a broad liberal arts foundation, yet with an emphasis in business. The bachelor of science degree provides more depth in business curriculum. If you have questions, a counselor with our Office of Admission can help as you decide on the Concordia degree program that best matches your strengths and career interests.

Students in both tracks will take required courses in music history, music theory, arts administration, aural skills and music technology, as well as accounting, management, ethics, finance and marketing courses. The bachelor of arts in music students will augment with a selection of liberal arts courses, while bachelor of science students will take courses that provide more depth in business knowledge.

For details on required courses and courses descriptions, please visit our online catalog.

Opportunities

Opportunities for employment include marketing, arts management and other not-for-profit management. Among Concordia’s innovative programs is its longstanding “supervised work experience,” which offers opportunities for you to receive academic credit while gaining practical work experience. Concordia’s active placement office offers counseling, internships and on-site interviews for students.

Music students at Concordia have a standing opportunity for a field experience with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus manager. Fieldwork allows students to gain practical, hands-on experience in music administration. After graduation, students have pursued administrative experiences in the arts.

Concordia Business Club links business concepts learned in coursework to the professional community through educational opportunities, events and real-world experiences. Members benefit from networking and presentations on job placement, leadership development and more.

The Music Department is housed in Kretzmann Hall, which has two large rehearsal rooms, studios for instrumental and voice study, individual practice rooms, five pipe organs and 35 pianos. Students in music programs take private applied lessons on their primary instrument or voice, and participate in a variety of choral and instrumental ensembles.

Concordia’s close proximity to Chicago provides you with endless opportunities to hear world-class music, and access to a wide variety of internship opportunities.

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Career Possibilities

  • Artist Manager
  • Booking Agent
  • Music Publisher
  • Recording Studio/Production
  • Facility Manager
  • Radio Promoter
  • Teacher
  • Retail Sales Manager
  • Entertainment Attorney
  • Business Manager
  • Music Supervisor
  • Music Business Consultant
  • Contractor
  • Media Planner
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