2016-2017 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jun 12, 2024  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Industry, BMus


William DiCosimo, Setnor School of Music
119 Crouse College, 315-443-1216, wjdicosi@syr.edu


James Abbott, William DiCosimo, Ulf Oesterle, David Rezak


The B.Mus. music industry program prepares students to be competent musicians, and to comprehend, understand and analyze the rapidly changing advances in the industry. Students study and discuss the implications of current trends as they become familiar with the realities of general business and the creative and legal practices of the music business. In classes and through guest lectures and mentoring by leading industry professionals, students learn about professional organizations and their role in the industry.

The program also provides students with unprecedented opportunities to continue their education and broaden their skills and portfolio with graduate degree programs. In partnership with the Whitman School of Management, Setnor now offers the MUI/MBA 5-year dual degree program where B.Mus. music industry students who qualify can stay a 5th year and achieve an MBA. For students who have an interest in arts administration and non-profit music management students can enter into the M.A. in Arts Leadership program. There are also graduate programs in music performance and an M.S. certification in music education.

Program Requirements

Students are required to achieve 5 credits of music industry practicum (internships). There are opportunities in the immediate campus area during the academic year and numerous opportunities with high-profile music industry businesses in major metropolitan areas such as New York City.

Music Requirements: 33 credits

     (Keyboard Skills Unless Piano or Organ Student)

Large Ensembles: 7 credits

  • One Large Ensemble Required for Each of 7 Semesters in Residence

Small Ensembles: 2 credits

Weekly Student Convocations: 0 credits

  • Required for Each Semester in Residence

Academic Electives 3 credits

Study Abroad

During their academic career, industry students have the opportunity to study abroad in London and Strasbourg or spend a semester interning and taking classes in L.A.

Total Credits Required: 120

Degree Awarded: BMus in Music Industry