Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be a musician if I plan to be a Music Industry or Recording Arts major?
Yes. A successful career in the music industry requires dedication, hard work, and musical excellence, and it is much more difficult to succeed in the music industry with no background in formal music training—even if you have natural talent and a good ear.
What are the differences between the two Music Industry degrees?
All music industry majors will take courses in musicianship, theory, history, performance and other aspects of professional musicianship plus some general education classes.
The Bachelor of Music with an Emphasis in Music Industry focuses on the business side of the music industry. Students will take dedicated courses in career development, copyright, publishing and licensing, arts management, marketing and promotion, accounting and public relations
The Bachelor of Music with an Emphasis in Music Industry/Recording Arts emphasizes audio production skills, while also providing essential business training. Students will take focused courses in recording, microphone placement, mixing, and mastering in addition to core music business classes.
How do I get into the program?
Students need to formally apply to Eastern Kentucky Universityand audition for the EKU Department of Music. Requirements for admission may be found here:
Are there scholarships available for music industry majors?
Yes. All students are encouraged to apply for a merit scholarship based upon their talent. More information about scholarships may be found here:
Will I get a job after graduation? Will you help me get a job?
Students are required to complete multiple internships in order to gain as much experience and make as many contacts as possible before graduation. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of our frequent music industry field trips and guest lectures.
In addition, we will provide guidance, connect you to past graduates in your area of interest, act as professional references, and do what we can to help you succeed. The EKU Center for Career and Cooperative Education can also help to prepare or revise your resume, refine your interview skills, implement a job search strategy, network with employers, and more.
What kinds of jobs are out there?
The music industry is currently re-inventing itself in a very exciting way, and there are more exciting opportunities out there than ever. Our students typically find employment in a variety of areas within the industry. Salary ranges depend upon the job market at that time and the region, state, country in which the position is available.
How do I schedule an appointment to talk to someone about the program?
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