The program includes music industry survey courses, business classes in the College of Business Administration, music theory, music history and music industry electives focusing on such topics as artist management, the music products industry, recording, and copyright law. All music industry majors are required to participate in one of the Music Department’s music ensembles for two semesters while enrolled in classes.

Co-op is also an important component of the Music Industry concentration. Our students have accepted co-op positions at record labels, music publishing companies, radio stations, music product companies, tour promoters, and other music industry related fields in many different parts of the world.

Northeastern University is an institutional member of MEIEA and NAMM.

Program Coordinator
Leon Janikian

NOTE: Please see the current catalog or course descriptions maintained by the university registrar.

Music Theory

Complete the following two courses:
MUSI 1203    Music Theory for Music Industry 1    4 SH
MUSI 1204    Music Theory for Music Industry 2    4 SH

Music History

Complete the following four courses:
MUSC 2311    Historical Traditions 1: America    4 SH
MUSC 2312    Historical Traditions 2: Classical    4 SH
MUSC 2313    Historical Traditions 3: World    4 SH
MUSC 3550    Historical Traditions 4: Special Topics    4 SH
or MUSC 3560    Music Since 1900    4 SH

Music Literature

Complete the following course:
MUSC 2308    Principles of Music Literature    4 SH

Music Ensemble

Complete two music ensembles:
MUSC 1904    Chorus    1 SH
MUSC 1905    Band    1 SH
MUSC 1906    Orchestra    1 SH
MUSC 1907    Wind Ensemble    1 SH
MUSC 1911    Jazz Ensemble    1 SH
MUSC 1912    Rock Ensemble    1 SH
MUSC 1913    Blues/Rock Ensemble    1 SH
MUSC 1914    Create Your Own Music    1 SH
MUSC 1915    Chamber Ensembles    1 SH
MUSC 1916    Electronic Music Ensemble    1 SH
MUSC 1917    Jazz/Blues Choir    1 SH
MUSC 1918    World Music Ensemble    1 SH
MUSC 1919    Fusion Ensemble    1 SH
MUSC 2502    Balinese Performing Arts:Music/Dance    1 SH

Music Industry

Complete the following three courses:
MUSI 1230    Music Industry 1    4 SH
MUSI 1231    Music Industry 2    4 SH
MUSI 4601    Seminar in Music Industry    4 SH

Music Industry Electives

Complete four of the following courses:
MUSC 2210    Songwriting    4 SH
MUSC 3337    Writing about Music    4 SH
MUSI 2232    Music Recording 1    4 SH
MUSI 2233    Music Production for Radio & Web    4 SH
MUSI 2330    Performing Arts Administration    4 SH
MUSI 2331    Music Recording 2    4 SH
MUSI 2332    Music Publishing and Royalties    4 SH
MUSI 2341    Music Supervision    4 SH
MUSI 2540    Special Topics in Music Industry    4 SH
MUSI 3332    Artist Management    4 SH
MUSI 3333    The Record Industry    4 SH
MUSI 3334    Music Products Industry    4 SH
MUSI 3335    Copyright Law for Musicians    4 SH
MUSI 3338    Music Industry Marketing & Promotion     4 SH
MUSI 3340    Concert Promotion & Venue Management    4 SH
MUSI 3341    Music Rec. 3: Mixing and Mastering    4SH
MUSI 4530    Music Entrepreneurship    4 SH
MUST 1220    Introduction to Music Technology    4 SH
MUST 3421    Digital Audio Proceessing    4 SH


Complete the following two courses:
ECON 1115    Principles of Macroeconomics    4 SH
ECON 1116    Principles of Macroeconomics    4 SH


Complete the following course:
ACCT 1209    Financial Accounting and Reporting    4 SH

Business Electives

Complete two business courses in the following subject areas:

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Music with concentration in Music Industry are expected to have acquired the following competencies:

Music Industry Related Skills

1. To apply and analyze the basic copyright protections afforded to authors, publishers and master

recording owners.

2. To explain and apply industry-related contracts and agreements.

3. To discuss the application of music industry services and products and explain the resources

necessary to identify demographic groups who would most benefit by access to the services and


4. To assess the dynamics of the music industry, including the issues that relate to revenue generation.

5. To discuss current established Industry players and institutions and to predict future music industry

trends and developments.

6. To assess and identify creative talents.

7. To build teams to formulate effective entrepreneurship plans in the Music Industry, and to function as

a leader of the team.

8. To construct web sites, music delivery systems, and related on-line access to intellectual property by

applying one’s knowledge of web design software, video editing software, and music production


9. To analyze a variety of expenses and revenue streams associated with the publishing, distribution,

licensing, production and marketing of musical products, services and intellectual property.

10. To produce and critique industry-related contracts and agreements.

11. To demonstrate mastery of music notation and theory to a level of competency that will allow the

student to communicate in musical terms with professional musicians.

12. To demonstrate knowledge of how the use of various musical elements shapes the styles and

effectiveness of various modes of popular music.

13. To engage in in-depth discussion of the important historical periods in music history from the

Baroque Era to the present day.

14. Engage in detailed discussion of established aesthetics and movements in contemporary Western

classical music.

15. To demonstrate familiarity with compositional processes, aesthetic properties of style, and the ways

these shape and are shaped by artistic, cultural, societal and political forces.

16. Demonstrate an acquaintance with the musical practices from reflecting genres, cultures and

ethnicities beyond the European/North American “classical” canon.