Music (Business) (B.A.)

Music (Business) Major

School of the Arts

Department of Music

Develop musical skills through the lens of a business world.

Do you dream of a career in the music entertainment industry? Of combining your love of music with strong business skills so that you can represent or manage musical artists, groups or bands? Of being a hands-on music promoter, producer, manager, booking agent, etc.? Then you may want to consider the opportunity to pursue an interdisciplinary music (business) degree at Messiah College.

Our Bachelor of Arts in music (business) degree combines the study of music in a liberal arts setting with the necessary business coursework you’ll need to prepare to enter the world of music business / arts management. You’ll gain the fundamental knowledge of music theory, history, literature and performance, but will also become proficient in basic marketing, economics, business law and e-commerce.

As a music (business) major at Messiah College you’ll be able to:

  • Prepare for a career in arts management by combining musical competence with basic business know-how.
  • Complete an internship at an arts organization.
  • Take a semester to study commercial music and music recording in Nashville, Tenn. at the Contemporary Music Center.

Major requirements:

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Music Business

Students have the opportunity to participate and collaborate with many on-campus music groups and can also pursue internships with music-focused organizations.

Department of Music
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The newly constructed Calvin and Janet High Center of Worship and the Performing Arts (opened in January 2013) houses performance spaces, instrumental and choral rehearsal halls and outstanding practice facilities. Watch the video tour.
790-seat Parmer Hall (primary performance space)
150-seat Foundation Recital Hall
400-seat Miller Theatre for performances
Recording studio
Laboratory for computer assisted instruction
MIDI synthesizer, and an electric piano lab
Instruments available for students' use include a large pipe organ located in Hostetter Chapel, several grand pianos (including the nine-foot Steinway D), a French double harpsichord and approximately 150 band and orchestra instruments.
Students are encouraged to investigate the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville, Tenn. Credits taken during the one semester program at the Contemporary Music Center can be transferred for credit into the Messiah College program.