Arts Administration (Music and Business)

Bachelor of Arts - BA

  • Music with concentration in art or theatre 
  • Broadcast arts and basic business components 
  • Prepared for a variety of positions

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Music, art or theatre and business as a combined form have cultural and practical aspects. Encompassing the arts in their broadest interpretation and incorporating a basic business component, this program permits students to live responsibly in an interdependent world. It forms an intrinsic parallel to the undergraduate curricular purpose regarding the human condition.

Combining music, art or theatre and a business component, the program consists of these objectives:
- developing student competencies in music;
- developing in the student basic skills in business administration;
- familiarizing the student with the separate as well as the combined standards for effective arts management.

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Accomplished Music, Theatre, Dance Faculty


F. David Romines, D.M.A.
MTD Department Co-Chair, Assistant professor of music education

Joan McCusker, IHM, Ph.D.
Associate professor of music education

Anita L. Gadberry, Ph.D., MT-BC
Assistant professor of music therapy

Nathaniel F. Parker, D.M.A.
Assistant professor of orchestral conducting

The music department, located on the first and second floors of the Sette LaVhergetta Center for Performing Arts, is comprised of faculty offices and studios, classrooms and practice rooms, the music therapy lab and clinical observation room, small recital room, and main theatre.

Graduates of this program are prepared for a variety of positions in organizations concerned with artistic presentations. Arts administrators are needed in federal, state and community arts agencies, as well as in the promotion of arts education programs.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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B.A. in Arts Administration

Primary concentration — Music; Secondary Concentration — Art or Theatre

Music, art, or theatre and a business component as a combined form have cultural and practical aspects. Encompassing the arts in their broadest interpretation and incorporating a basic business component, this program permits students to live responsibly in an interdependent world. It forms an intrinsic parallel to the undergraduate curricular purpose regarding the human condition.

The program consists of these objectives:

  1. develop student competencies in music;
  2. develop in the students basic skills in business administration;
  3. familiarize student with the separate as well as the combined standards for effective arts management.


Graduates of this program are prepared for a variety of positions in organizations concerned with artistic presentations. Arts administrators are needed in federal, state, and community arts agencies, as well as in the promotion of arts education programs.

Required Courses (24 credits)

BUS 111 Principles of Marketing
3
BUS 123 Management and Career Options
3
BUS 131 Accounting I
3
BUS 132 Accounting II
3
BUS 200 Advanced Computer Tools 3
BUS 252 Business Law I
3
BUS varies Electives
6

Primary Concentration — Music (26 credits)

MUSC 111A & 112A Written Theory I & Aural Skills I
3
MUSC 115A Conducting I
1
MUSC 120A Fundamentals of Vocal Techniques
1
MUSC 322 History of Music I
3
MUSC 323 History of Music II
3
MUSC varies Applied Music
4
MUSC varies Choral/Instrumental Ensemble
3
MUSC 203 Arts Management
3
MUSC 303 Practicum
2
MUSC 403 Internship
3

If one chooses Art or Theatre as a primary concentration, then Music becomes the secondary concentration as follows:

Secondary Concentration — Music (15 credits)

MUSC 111A & 112A Written Theory I & Aural Skills I
3
MUSC 115A Conducting I
1
MUSC 120A Fundamentals of Vocal Techniques
1
MUSC 322 History of Music I
3
MUSC 323 History of Music II
3
MUSC varies Applied Music
2
MUSC varies Choral/Instrumental Ensemble
2

Primary Concentration Theatre (28 credits)

THEA 113 Introduction to Theatre
3
THEA 130A or B Theatre Lab
1
THEA 247A Stage Management
2
  Choose two courses from the following three (247B, C, D):
THEA 247B Scenic Design
2
THEA 247C Lighting/Sound Design
2
THEA 247D Costuming/Make-Up
2
THEA 330A or B Theatre Lab
1
THEA 341 Theatre History
2
THEA 342A Tragedy in Dramatic Literature
2
THEA 342B Comedy in Dramatic Literature
2
THEA 343 Theatre Management
2
THEA 404 Theatre as a Business
2
THEA 430A or B Theatre Lab
1
THEA 451 Capstone Project
3
THEA 450 Internship
3

Secondary Concentration Theatre (15 credits)

THEA 230A or B Theatre Lab
1
THEA 247 Stage Management
2
  Choose two courses from the following three (247B, C, D):
THEA 247B Scenic Design
2
THEA 247C Lighting/Sound Design
2
THEA 247D Costuming/Make-Up
2
THEA 341 Theatre History
2
THEA 342A Tragedy in Dramatic Literature
2
THEA 342B Comedy in Dramatic Literature
2
THEA 343 Theatre Management
2