Music Business & Industry, B.S.

If you have a passion for music, Vermont State University’s Music Business & Industry degree is for you. You’ll put your music industry studies to practical use in our nationally recognized program. Here you’ll gain skills in internships at recording studios, music festivals, radio stations, and with other businesses to help you stand out in the job market after you graduate.

You’ll learn about all aspects of the industry, from writing songs, recording your own music, and marketing music products to managing artists, promoting concerts, and booking tours. With a focus on hands-on practice and learning in all of our music industry undergraduate programs, you’ll build a marketable skill set with business and technical problem-solving fundamentals.

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Exceptional Career Preparation: You’ll create, record and produce, market, and distribute commercial music products; design, program, and present public events; and collaborate with world-renowned artists, professional recording studios, and popular music venues. 

Directed Focus: You’ll choose a concentration in audio production, music management, or music and self-promotion to gain the expertise you need no matter what your career goals are. 

Active Student Groups: Join the MEISA student club and direct, perform, or work at Greggfest, a student-run music festival. Or work for the student-run record label in pre-production, recording, mixing, mastering, promotion, duplication, and tour management. 

State-of-the-Art Facilities: Enjoy 24-hour access to a recording studio, dedicated computer lab, two rehearsal spaces, two multipurpose classrooms equipped with interactive smartboards, and the Alexander Twilight Theater. 

Award-winning Faculty: You’ll collaborate in small and supportive classes with professors who have advanced degrees and stellar reputations, including a GRAMMY® award-winning audio engineer who has worked with Big Sean, Ludacris, Deftones, Slayer, Flo Rida, Céline Dion, Michael Bublé, and “Weird Al” Yankovic as well as a multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter, and producer who worked with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, The Amazing Crowns, Big D, and the Kids Table. 

Industry Certification: You can earn the Avid Operator Certification and the Avid User Certification, two industry-standard proficiencies that will demonstrate your technical qualifications to potential employers. 

Concentrations in Music Business & Industry, B.S.

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Sample Courses

  • Principles of Marketing  
  • Artist Management and Development 
  • Collaborative Creativity in Music 
  • Entrepreneurship in the Music Industry 
  • Advanced Audio Production 

Student Stories

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“I’ve taken every opportunity I could to get involved, including putting on ten to fifteen shows a year with the Music and Entertainment Industry Students Association (MEISA) club. I also created a marketing approach for a performing artist — and the artist is actually using it!”

Lily Robitaille
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“Getting a job right out of college was a career highlight for sure. When employers look at resumés of people who have graduated from our MBI program, they see a high level of student involvement. That’s what sets us apart. You’re developing skills the entire time, working toward your career goals in a hands-on manner.”

Jordan Racine

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Associate Professor

  • Lyndon Campus

Associate Professor

  • Lyndon Campus

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  • Lyndon Campus

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