Music with Concentration in Music Industry, BS

The Bachelor of Science in Music with Concentration in Music Industry, the first such undergraduate program offered in Boston, is designed for students with an interest in fields such as artist management; the music products industry; the recording industry; arts administration; contracting and legal issues; financial and economics aspects of the music industry; and broadcast, mobile, and online media technologies.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

NUpath requirements Creative Expression/Innovation (EI), Interpreting Culture (IC), Societies and Institutions (SI), and Analyzing and Using Data (AD) are met through the major course requirements. 

NUpath requirements Difference and Diversity (DD) and Ethical Reasoning (ER) may be met through electives in the major.

NUpath requirements Natural and Designed World (ND) and Formal and Quantitative Reasoning (FQ) must be met through general electives.

Music Industry Requirements

Music Core
MUSC 1000Music at Northeastern1
MUSC 1001Music in Everyday Life4
Music Theory Placement
All students must take a theory placement exam. Students who do not place into MUSC 1201 must first take the following:
MUSC 1119Fundamentals of Western Music Theory4
Music Theory Requirement
MUSC 1201Music Theory 14
MUSI 1204Analyzing Popular Genres4
Music in Context
Choose one from each of these categories: "Traditional," "Ethnomusicology," "Contemporary," and “Creative.” Of the courses from "Traditional," "Ethnomusicology," "Contemporary," at least two must be at the 2000-level or higher. Courses may not double count across these areas.
Traditional (complete one):4
Women in Music
Introduction to Art, Drama, and Music
What’s Playing at Symphony?
Popular Music Since 1945
Historical Traditions: America
Historical Traditions: Classical
40,000 Years of Music Technology
Divas, DJs, and Double Standards
War and Music
Historical Traditions: Special Topics
Ethnomusicology (complete one):4
Music of Latin America and the Caribbean
Black Popular Music
Music of Asia
Historical Traditions: World
Musical Communities of Boston
Historical Traditions: Special Topics
Seminar in Ethnomusicology: Issues in Fieldwork and Methodology
Hip Hop in the Music Industry
Contemporary (complete one):4
Women in Music
Music in Popular Culture
Jazz
Film Music
Wired for Sound
Black Popular Music
History of Electronic Music
Punk Rock
Divas, DJs, and Double Standards
Music, Sound, and the Screen
Topics in Music since 1900
Hip Hop in the Music Industry
Creative (complete one):4
Introduction to Music Technology
Introduction to Composition
Jazz Improvisation
Conducting
Introduction to Songwriting
Music Ensemble: May substitute four 1-semester-hour applied courses (ensembles and/or lessons) for one 4-semester-hour creative course.
Music Lessons 1
Music Lessons 2
Chorus
Concert Band
Orchestra
Wind Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble
Rock Ensemble
Blues/Rock Ensemble
Create Your Own Music
Chamber Ensemble
Contemporary Music Ensemble
Jazz Choir and Combo
World Music Ensemble
Fusion Ensemble
Pep Band
Music Industry
MUSI 1230Introduction to Music Industry4
Music Industry Electives
Complete seven music industry electives, taking a minimum of one course in each of the following four categories and at least three courses from a single category.28
Creating and Producing
Note: MUSI 1230 is not a prerequisite for the following courses:
Introduction to Songwriting
Advanced Songwriting
Demo Production for Songwriters
Music Recording 1
Music Recording 2
Music Recording 3—Mixing and Mastering
Introduction to Music Technology
Digital Audio Processing
Legal Aspects
Note: MUSI 1230 is a prerequisite for the following courses:
Music Licensing for Media
The Record Industry
Copyright Law for Musicians
Music Supervision 1
Music Business and Management
Note: MUSI 1230 is a prerequisite for the following courses:
Music in the Online and Mobile Environment
Artist Management
Music Products Industry
Music Industry Marketing and Promotion
Concert Promotion and Venue Management
Music Entrepreneurship
Music Industry Studies
Note: MUSI 1230 is a prerequiste for the following MUSI courses only:
Hip Hop in the Music Industry
Seminar in Music Industry

Business Course Requirements

Economics
ECON 1116Principles of Microeconomics4
Accounting
ACCT 1209Financial Accounting and Reporting4
Business Elective
Complete one business course in the following subject areas:4
ACCT, BUSN, ENTR, FINA, HRMG, INTB, MGMT, ORGB, MGSC, MISM, MKTG, SCHM, or STRT

Capstone for Music Industry

Complete one of the following:4
Seminar in Music Industry
Music Entrepreneurship

Music Industry Major Credit Requirement

Complete 77 semester hours in the major.
Minimum 2.667 GPA is required in the major.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

Sample Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MUSC 10014MUSC 12014Elective4Vacation0
MUSC 11194ACCT 12094Elective4 
MUSI 12304ECON 11164  
ENGW 11114Music industry elective4  
MUSC 10001   
 17 16 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MUSI 12044Music industry elective4Vacation0Co-op 10
Music industry elective4Business elective4  
Music in context course4Music in context course4  
Elective4Elective4  
 EEAM 20001  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op 10Music in context course4Elective4Co-op 20
 Music industry elective4Elective4 
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op 20Music industry elective4VacationCo-op 30
 Music in context course4  
 Music industry elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op 30Music industry capstone4  
 Music industry elective4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 130

Sample Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MUSC 10014MUSC 12014Elective4Vacation0
MUSC 11194ACCT 12094Elective4 
MUSI 12304ECON 11164  
ENGW 11114Music industry elective4  
MUSC 10001   
 17 16 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MUSI 12044Co-op 10Co-op 10Elective4
EEAM 20001  Elective4
Music industry elective4   
Music in context course4   
Elective4   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Music industry elective4Co-op 20Co-op 20Vacation
Business elective4   
Music in context course4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Music industry elective4Co-op 30Co-op 30Vacation0
Music in context course4   
Music industry elective4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Music in context course4Music industry capstone4  
Music industry elective4Music industry elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 130

Sample Four Years, One Co-op in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MUSC 10001ACCT 12094Elective 4Vacation
MUSC 10014ECON 11164Elective4 
MUSC 11194MUSC 12014  
MUSI 12304Music industry elective4  
ENGW 11114   
 17 16 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MUSI 12044Business elective4VacationCo-op
Music industry elective4Music industry elective4  
Music in context course4Music in context course4  
Elective4Elective4  
 EEAM 20001  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opMusic industry elective4Elective4Vacation
 Music in context course4Elective4 
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Music industry elective4Music industry elective4  
Music industry elective4Music industry capstone4  
Music in context course4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 130