Academics

Music with a Business 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 broad liberal arts foundation, with an emphasis in business. 

Nearly all core music subjects are taught, and ensembles conducted, by regular full-time music faculty. Also, our business faculty members are experienced business leaders and learned scholars who assist students through arigorous but flexible degree track.

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 CUC 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
  • music technology
  • accounting 
  • management
  • ethics
  • finance
  • and marketing courses 

For details about required courses and course descriptions, visit our online catalog.

Opportunities

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. 

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.

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Faculty Within the Department

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