School of Music, Theatre, & Dance

Music Business: Commercial Music

The music business is about more than shows and record deals. At  Anderson University, we offer two venues for preparing for a career in this diverse industry. The Commercial Music concentration is hosted by the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. It focuses on the making of music both on stage and in the studio.

The Entertainment Business concentration is hosted by the Falls School of Business. It focuses on branding, budgeting, and promotion. Both begin with a shared core of classes that help students discover their passions and give a solid footing in legal aspects of the music business as well as marketing and artist development.

What classes will I take?

Among the classes in each 53-hour major are:

  • record label music seminar
  • music marketing
  • recording techniques
  • project management
  • entrepreneurship

View the complete curriculum for the Commercial Music concentration

What experiences will I have?

Every music business major, regardless of concentration, participates in a music business internship. Students in the commercial music concentration have extensive experience with the making of music, both in composition and performance.

What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

Graduates with music business skills may find their place in a variety of careers. Some perform professionally or record other artists. Music business majors may work as consultants or contractors or in record company leadership. There is also lots of work to be found in music merchandising and distribution of products. Still others will find their niche in concert or artist promotion or go on to law school and work as an entertainment attorney.

How can I learn more?

The academic catalog contains additional information such as course descriptions. To set up a meeting with a faculty member in this area, please contact the Admissions Office.


Students Enrolled prior to 2017: View the courses required for the Music Business Major.


Application steps

  1. Complete an Application for Admission with the Office of Admissions.
    All music majors must be accepted by Anderson University.
  2. Complete the Commercial Music or Songwriting Application (below)
  3. Complete your interview with School of Music, Theatre, and Dance faculty.
  4. Complete the Freshman Music Theory Placement Exam
    This written exam covers music fundamentals and is designed to evaluate your preparedness for Music Theory I at Anderson University. It is scored by the music theorist on the faculty at AU. Students may be required or recommended to attend Music Theory Camp the week before freshman move-in and may also be asked to take an online music fundamentals course as a requirement for enrollment in Music Theory I.

Once you complete your Commercial Music or Songwriting Application, your place on your selected interview date will be reserved, and a staff member will send an interview time to you approximately one week prior to your date. The Freshman Music Theory Placement Exam will also be proctored on your interview date or with the special arrangements you make with Michelle Holmes.

If you would like to be considered for a music scholarship, you must audition for members of the faculty by March 1. If you would like to audition for scholarship consideration, please complete a Music Audition Application. More information about the audition process is available on the audition application.