Music Industry Studies (BM)

Offered in conjunction with Loyola's renowned School of Music, the Bachelor of Music in Music Industry Studies degree is an updated take on traditional music performance programs.  Geared towards students with classical or jazz training, this program combines the rigor of a conservatory program (ensembles, recitals, theory courses, music history, and private instruction) with courses focused on music technology and the modern music industry.  Through these courses, you'll master key industry concepts such as technology, management, event production, marketing, publishing, distribution, and legal issues.

At a Glance

  • Type of degree: Traditional, four-year undergraduate
  • Total credit hours: 120
  • Credit hours of music business courses: 22
  • Credit hours of music technology courses: 9+
  • Credit hours of music performance courses: 10
  • Credit hours of music theory courses: 14
  • Credit hours of private instruction: 12
  • Credit hours of Loyola Core courses: 39
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Possible Career Paths

Today's music industry offers a host of exciting career possibilities.  Below, you'll find just a sample of the more popular paths for our graduates:

  • Performing Artist: Perform in venues and festivals as a solo artist or as part of an act within your specific style and genre
  • Artist Manager: Manage the financial and promotion aspects of an artist or act, working to identify work opportunities, manage public relations and marketing efforts, network with producers, booking agents, and talent buyers, and provide career advice and strategies.
  • Session Musician: Provide masterful sounds for music producers and recording artists within the studio environment
  • Music Producer: Supervise the entire production process for artist clients from preproduction to audio mastering, selecting session musicians, recommending improvements to lyrics and arrangements, and coaching artists to deliver the best studio performances.
  • Audio Engineer: Shape the sound of a client's song by using the latest recording technologies to ensure the best recording, editing, and mixing of client sessions.
  • Talent Buyer: Ensure venues or festivals draw fans and earn revenues by booking in-demand artists, acts, and bands for specified dates.  
  • Booking Agent: Identify touring opportunities and book local and national concerts and tours for client artists, ensuring riders are met by venues and proper compensation is promptly collected from other parties.
  • Festival Manager: Manage all logistics for executing a successful music festival: licensing, permitting, coordinating food, beverage, and merchandise vendors, marketing, advertising, ticketing, and artist relations.

Apply to this Program

Application requirements: In addition to general admission to Loyola University New Orleans, the Bachelor of Music in Music Industry Studies requires the following additional materials: