Program Highlights

The Bachelor of Music in Music Business prepares you for a variety of career opportunities in the music industry by mixing a solid core of music and business classes along with critical coursework that blend the two fields. This degree provides opportunities for introduction to the music and recording industry, publishing and copyright laws, and recording arts electives. In addition, students receive professional experiences through internships and coursework with  First Step Records, Millikin’s student-run record label and publishing company, and the Blue Connection Art Gallery.

Learning goals for this program

  • Gain field experience in music business
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of business theory and recognizing entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of music industry functionality, including the legal environment and the use of technology

Plan of Study

Departmental Course Offerings

Courses change each semester, so this list should not be considered a commitment to these individual topics. However, this does represent a list of many of our current and popular courses. The list is provided so that you can begin to imagine your academic career at Millikin in this major.

Introduction to the Music Industry An overview of the music business industry as it relates to career opportunities. A survey of music in the marketplace, songwriting, publishing,
copyright, business affairs and the recording industry. Additional focus on the media elements of the music industry.
Legal Issues in Music Explores the unique relationship between publishing and copyright. Copyright terminology and applications, legal issues involving contracts,
intellectual property, the Internet, and electronic publishing; application of the foregoing to case studies and current trends in the industry. Prerequisite:
junior standing in MUMB or MUCL, or consent of instructor.
DIY: Music, Distro, Merch and Promo DIY (Do-It-Yourself) refers to a set of values as well as a way of going about your business. This course will give you hands-on experiential learning opportunities in utilizing the Internet in the distribution,  merchandising, and promotion of music. While we learn about and use new technologies and
explore current best practices, you’ll also have the chance to experience and reflect upon the challenges and emotional rewards that accompany the complete ownership of your music and how it is promoted and monetized. Pre-requisite: junior standing in either MUMB or MUCL.
First Step Records Managing and operating First Step Records, Millikin University’s record label and publishing entity. Students gain practice learning opportunities in
production, manufacturing, accounting, legal affairs, publishing, marketing/ promotion/sales, graphic arts, artists and repertoire, and e-commerce.
Students also explore entrepreneurial opportunities in music business. Pre-requisite: junior standing in MUMB or consent of instructor.
Senior Seminar: Topics in Music Business Close examination of current issues and trends in the music industry. Emphasizes collaborative learning, with each student making major
presentations in areas relating to career focus. Capstone course. Pre-requisite: senior standing in Music Business.
Internship An opportunity for students to receive academic credit outside the classroom for work related to their field of study. Students may apply for a
maximum of three semester hours for work they themselves have secured in consultation with the advisor and chair. An additional course fee may be charged to cover the instructor’s expenses for on location visits. Internships are normally served during the summer, thus summer school tuition
fees may apply.
Music Theory I Rudiments of music: key signatures, scales, triads, seventh chords. Diatonic harmony, basic rhythm skills, critical listening. Second semester emphasizes diatonic part-writing, analysis of basic modulations, and small forms. Coordinated with Music Theory 113, 114.
Music Theory II Study of chromatic harmony and analysis of larger forms in historical perspective. Coordinated with Ear Training 213. Pre-requisite: MT 112/114
Twentieth Century Music Twentieth Century compositional techniques, with an introduction to jazz and popular harmonic practice. Pre-requisite: MT211/213.
Ear Training I Emphasis on reading and singing skills, basic solfege. Rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation; error detection. Coordinated with Music Theory 111, 112.
Ear Training II Continue to develop skills acquired in MT 114. Chromatic examples used in dictation, reading, and singing. Co-enroll with Music Theory 211.
Survey of Western Music I Introduction to the critical study of Western music history, including representative composers, works, and genres, as well as significant concepts
and issues, antiquity-1800. Pre-requisite: MT111/113
Survey of Western Music II Introduction to the critical study of Western music history, including representative composers, works, and genres, as well as significant concepts
and issues, 1800-present. Pre-requisite: MT111/113
Intro to Ethnomusicology An introduction to the theoretical principles and research tools that have influenced the history of ethnomusicological inquiry. Various world music's explored through performance, recordings, texts, and primary research. Pre-requisites: MH211 and MH314, music majors only.