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Music Business

SIU School of Music Music Business Specialization

As a music business major, you won't just learn about arts management, marketing and promotion but will be immersed in the vibrant and thriving global music industry. The coursework included in the music business program allows students to pursue careers in all fields of music business and to become accomplished and knowledgeable leaders. Graduates who are eager to enter this competitive world as industry professionals will stand apart with a music business degree from SIU.

Through careful planning with an advisor, you can choose electives and selected courses to focus on your specific career goals and area of skill desired. Songwriters, publishers, recording engineers and sound technicians along with promoters, artist managers and publicists across the globe all began their careers in SIU's music business program. William Morris Agency in New York, Treasure Isle Recorders in Nashville, Paul Koch Entertainment in Chicago and EMG in Santa Rosa are just a few of the companies in which our graduates have prospered.

SIU School of Business sound mixing room

Bachelor of Art (Music Business)

The undergraduate major can be accomplished by fulfilling the requirements for the Bachelor of Art (B.A.) degree.

  • Total Degree Requirements: 120 credit hours
  • University Core Curriculum: 39 credit hours
  • Theory: 16 credit hours
  • History-Literature: (3) + 5 credit hours
  • Conducting: 1 credit hours
  • Partial Recital: 1 credit hours
  • Specialization Requirements: 52 credit hours

Compass IconCheck out the B.M. Curricular Guide, which helps you outline what courses you would want to take each semester for all four years. View all related undergraduate courses.

Professional Opportunities

The music business curriculum offers several exciting professional opportunities through the program's courses.

  • The commercial music course, which consists of five intensive sessions at BMI headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, is a cornerstone course of the program for good reason. Students experience exciting opportunities, meeting and interviewing industry professionals in the context of their professional roles. Placed in the fast-paced surroundings of one of the biggest music cities in the world, completion of the commercial music course ensures a unique and invaluable experience.
  • For students of music business who want to dive deeper into a specific area of interest, faculty members can help arrange internships providing hands-on experience in both the artistic and professional aspects of the music industry.
  • The senior project for music business majors allows you to explore specific career goals before entering the professional field. With one-on-one planning and guidance, you can explore your love of music and how it relates to specific careers within the industry.
Group of SIU Music Business Students work on Sound mixing


Music majors are required to participate in major musical ensembles throughout the academic year, such as SIU's Concert Choir, Marching Salukis, Southern Illinois Symphony or Wind Ensemble. Additionally, The Outside the Box music festival is produced each year, providing opportunities for composition students to attend master classes, seminars, workshops and to perform in the Emerging Composers recital during the event.

Visit the School of Music for a full list of participation opportunities.


The SIU School of Music has more than 30 scholarships available. A large variety of criteria exist for these awards and are listed below outlining the eligibility requirements.

Undergraduate Admissions and Auditions

To apply to the undergraduate music program, prospective students are required to submit both a University application as well as a School of Music application. In addition to these applications, you will be required to complete an in-person audition at Altgeld Hall on campus, or a live online audition if traveling is not possible. Our Admissions and Auditions page will give you all of the details necessary to begin early preparation for your applications and an audition for each specific instrument.


At SIU, rehearsals and performances take place in the oldest currently occupied building on campus, Altgeld Hall. With state of the art spaces for choral performers and musicians of every kind, this majestic building is a second home to many students of the music program and a place to enhance their experience as a burgeoning artist.

SIU Sunset Concerts

Contact Information

Karen Wolf
Academic Advisor
Faner 1229
1100 Lincoln Dr.
Carbondale, IL 62901

Jessica Butler
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Altgeld 22
1000 S Normal Ave
Carbondale, IL 62901