Anderson, Indiana

AU music business program recognized in Billboard Magazine

Fri, 2010-11-19 10:00 -- univcomm
November 19, 2010

Billboard Magazine presented its first guide to the nation's music business schools and "the innovative educators who are guiding the students of the industry" in its October 2010 edition. Anderson University's Music Business Program was one of six schools listed in the West region.

billboardad"All of us in the School of Music are so pleased and honored to be recognized by Billboard for the strength of our music business program," said Dr. Jeffrey E. Wright, dean of the Anderson University College of the Arts. "The faculty members who lead this program are innovative and creative teachers who constantly work to keep our program relevant, vibrant, and growing. I am pleased that their excellent work has been acknowledged in this way."

"We are honored that Billboard has included our music business program in their guide to music business schools," said Dr. Rebecca Chappell, director of the Orangehaus Music Business Camp and AU professor of music. "It's always gratifying when your educational efforts are recognized by professionals in the industry, especially when it's the premiere trade magazine for music business."

Anderson University offers a music business major and minor through the School of Music and a music business concentration for marketing majors. In addition, AU has offered the Orangehaus Music Business Camp each summer since 2008. The camp is designed for high school students, ages 14-18, to learn the necessary skills leading to a successful career in the music industry. Visit for more information on the July 11-16, 2011 camp or register here.

The one-week summer camp is a forum for students to learn how to record, engineer/produce, and market a professional demo. Classes are available in ProTools technology, artist development, songwriting, Internet marketing, live performance workshop, digital distribution, and more. Instructors are award-winning music industry professionals who have worked with artists such as Taylor Swift, Casting Crowns, Dave Barnes, Thousand Foot Krutch, and Jon McLaughlin.

"Anderson University does not want our music business students to wait four years before they have an opportunity to apply their craft," said Dr. Terry Truitt, dean of the Falls School of Business. "The School of Music and the Falls School of Business have students actually doing things in their field during their first year, even in their first semester."

Location: Anderson, Ind. Tuition: $23,940/year Department Head: Jeffrey E. Wright Director of Music Studies: Rebecca Chappell Courses of Interest: "Beyond Talent Entrepreneurship for Musicians," "Booking and Concert Promotion" Average Class Size: 15-30 Relevant Extracurricular Activities: Orangehaus Records, Orangehaus Publishing University/Program Admission Rate: 73% / 69%

Curious to hear what a music business major has to say about the program? Read Joshua Powell's AU blog entry through the Office of Admissions.

— Stefanie Leiter is the Web Content Manager in the Office of University Communications at Anderson University.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.