Music IndustryBachelor of Arts

“Thanks to the recording skills, music skills, and business skills that I learned as part of the music industry curriculum, I felt fully confident about going into the world of music industry after graduation and being successful,” said Tim Kohan ‘15 a marketing coordinator at Live Nation.”

Become a music star without stepping onto a stage

You don’t have to be a performer to be an integral part of the music industry. The University of New Haven’s music industry program puts you at the dynamic business end of music, providing a unique balance of courses that will prepare you for career success as a concert promoter, agent, artist’s manager, radio promoter, music publisher, and A&R person (Artists and Repertoire), among other roles.

Our program enables you to:
  • Establish a solid foundation in music theory, performance, musicianship, and music history
  • Learn how music is created through courses in multitrack recording and digital audio
  • Apply your knowledge to accounting, management, and marketing
  • Study recording studio management, music marketing and merchandising, and music publishing
  • Gain an understanding of the legal side of the music industry, including copyright law and contracts
  • Learn how to plan, promote, and manage concerts
  • Focus on career planning and development
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Learn from professors who are dedicated to your success.

Our faculty are leaders and innovators in their fields, bringing both deep professional experience and academic rigor to the classroom.

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$20,000 Scholarship Opportunity

The University of New Haven and the Arts Council of Greater New Haven have teamed up to offer a new scholarship for high school students who want to major in the arts at the University of New Haven. The Todd Jokl Visual & Performing Arts Scholarship awards $5,000 per academic year for four consecutive years.

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Envision Your Future

The information below is designed to show the many possible careers you could pursue with your major. The research is provided by Encoura, the leading research and advisory firm focused exclusively on higher education. It includes median national salaries and industry growth projections over the next decade. Click here to view the full report.



16% Growth 2017-2027


Marketing Manager

13% Growth 2017-2027


Director of Client Service

9% Growth 2017-2027

Selected Courses and Programs
  • Production, Promotion & Distribution

    An overview of the music industry from the record company’s perspective. Provides guidance to music enthusiasts who want to become record company executives, sales managers, producers, etc. Topics include: record company administration; business aspects of record production; promotion, publicity, and distribution; recording studio management; radio station programming and management; music videos; the retail music store.

  • Critical Listening: The Producer

    An in-depth analysis of what comprises listening to music. Areas of study include sonics, production, structure, orchestration, arrangement, performance, sequence, lyrics, and more. Modern classics reviewed include The Beatles, The Band, Phil Spector, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and others.

  • Legal Issues, Copyrights & Contract

    A comprehensive overview of the legal procedures, timings and agreements used in the music industry. Includes detailed study of the current copyright law, publishing contracts, licensing, the manager and/or agent agreement, the record company contract, AFM and AFTRA agreements, and ethical considerations in the music industry.

  • Music Industry: Negotiations

    An intense focus on various aspects of negotiations as it relates to the music industry. We will review major commentators on the topic and experience role-plays.

  • Full List of Courses for Music Industry

    The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music Industry, check out the Academic Catalog:

    Music Industry, B.A.

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Unique Opportunities
Purebred Records

Purebred Records is an independent record label based out of the University of New Haven.

We are a devoted group of individuals full of passion and creativity. For our student-run team, we use experiential growth, applying our skills and experience in new and innovative ways, and challenging ourselves to work smarter and stronger with every new endeavor we take on.

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Nashville Study Away

Nashville Study Away

The University of New Haven is proud to partner with Blackbird Studio to offer a study-away program designed for students in our music majors. Nashville is the creative center of the American music business and a source for artists, songwriters, producers and engineers across the musical spectrum.

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Next Steps
  • Admission Requirements

    Whether you're still in high school or are transferring from another college, we offer full- and part-time opportunities for undergraduates from inside the U.S. and abroad. The admission process can begin as early as the end of your high school junior year.

    The Application Process

  • Financial Aid Opportunities

    We offer a comprehensive financial aid program, with students receiving assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, student loans, and part-time employment. Funds are available from federal and state governments, private sponsors, and from university resources. More than 85 percent of the University's full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance.

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