Music Industry Studies

MajorMinorBachelor of Arts
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Rock the industry.

Immerse yourself in the dynamic world of the music industry with Butler’s Music Industry Studies major. This program offers a holistic approach, blending practical experience, creative preparation, and in-depth study to equip you with the comprehensive knowledge and hands-on expertise sought after by diverse sectors within the music industry. From concert promoters and venues to music publishers, product manufacturers, radio, performing rights organizations, and talent agencies, our curriculum is designed to prepare you for a multifaceted and evolving industry landscape.

Program Information


Sample courses in this program include:

  • MI 107 – Music Skills for Industry Professionals
  • MI 201 – Audio Production
  • MI 452 – Entertainment Media and the Law
  • MI 222 – History of the Music industry
  • MI 252 – Theories and Techniques of Sound Recording
  • MH 308 – Music in Global Contexts
  • MH 408 – History and Literature of Jazz

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Learning Outcomes

The Music Industry Studies program is designed to prepare students for managing a wide spectrum of creative enterprises. As a student, you can expect the following learning outcomes:

Discuss the music industry and its historical, cultural and economic aspects.

Gather information through appropriate methods.

Communicate information to audiences and use communication technology effectively.

Demonstrate team building, collaboration and leadership.

Apply professional, ethical and legal standards in the field.

Music Industry Studies major Katerina Anderson and a friend started The B-Side, a local nonprofit radio station. 

“We use our platform to introduce Indy to new artists and songs they may not have discovered otherwise. I would not be on my current academic track without the help of faculty in the Music Industry Studies major.”

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