Why Choose Nazareth for Music/Business?

Exciting, multifaceted, and highly competitive, the music business today requires a comprehensive knowledge in the areas of music theory and performance as well as business management, marketing, law, and technology.

Nazareth College's music business degree program is the first of its kind in the Rochester area—a joint collaboration between the Department of Music and the School of Management that introduces musicians to all aspects of the industry. The program is unique for its breadth and exposes students to the creative, financial, legal, technical, and marketing aspects of the industry.

The major cultivates a thorough understanding of the functional areas of business, as well as the economic, demographic, social, political, and psychological forces that shape the music business. It offers students a global perspective and the cultural competency they will need to interact with people of different backgrounds.

Two internships are required to give students direct work experience and help them make valuable professional connections. Internships may take place in a variety of settings such as recording studios, music promotions, radio, artist management, music retailing and marketing companies.

81% of the respondents in a survey of a recent graduating class (with 67.5% reporting) indicated that they are either employed or attending graduate school.

Program Highlights

  • A variety of management and music business courses teach students the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue entrepreneurial initiatives and become meaningful contributors to the music industry.
  • Music courses that help students develop an understanding of Western musical history, basic music performance skills on a primary instrument, and basic piano and aural skills.
  • Students are provided with rich and diverse opportunities out of the classroom to improve upon their skills as musicians and composers.
  • Music business majors learn the basics of digital recording and mixing and have access to the most modern digital recording equipment.
  • Students take two internships with music professionals in the areas of the industry that they find exciting.
  • Students are part of the larger Nazareth College curriculum with its strong emphasis on oral and written communication, critical thinking, familiarity with current technologies, and ethical considerations.
  • Private lessons, a rock ensemble, and a jazz ensemble offer students the opportunity to study popular genres of music as well as traditional experiences in Western music.

Typical Class Schedule

Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior

Contact Information

Roy J. Stein

Roy J. Stein

Professor of Management
585-389-2561
rstein8@naz.edu
Smyth Hall 143B
Mark Zeigler

Mark Zeigler

Professor
585-389-2693
mzeigle8@naz.edu
Founders 112

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    Example Careers

    • Production engineer
    • Concert promoter
    • Radio engineer, radio broadcasting and production
    • Music retailer
    • Engineering and recording
    • Music arranging and production
    • Artist management, promotion, and marketing
    • Commercial, television, video, and film composition
    • Artist and repertoire development (A & R)
    • Tour support and management

    Internships/Field Experiences

    • Walt Disney World
    • Lincoln Center, NYC
    • Red Booth Recording Studio
    • 95.1 The Fox/Brother Wease, 95.1 The Brew, 97.9 PXY, Warm 101.3
    • Hochstein School of Music
    • Rochester Red Wings
    • Blue Cross Arena, Rochester
    • The House of Guitars

    Graduate Schools/Employers

    • Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University
    • NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
    • Markethold Productions Inc.
    • Walt Disney World
    • GFI Music