The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
The University offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) in music with concentrations in music business (merchandising or business administration).
The program merges business and musical expertise, preparing the graduate to enter the music industry with an ability to interact with professionals in both music and business. An important aspect of the program is that students are trained as musicians, which enhances their credibility within the industry.
Students pursue the same core studies as other music majors as well as courses specifically devoted to the evolving demands of the music industry. A variable array of management, economics, marketing, and finance courses round out the curriculum requirements.
In addition to the University's regular admission process, there is a separate admission process for a student to be admitted as a music major. For further information, visit the School of Music.
Note: In addition to the music major (listed above), the School of Music offers a music minor and a general music teaching minor. A certificate program is available in piano pedagogy. Also offered are a music liberal arts major, a music composition major, a music education major, and a music performance major.
In 1978, long before other universities had begun to recognize the viability of career training for the music industry, Indiana State University established an undergraduate degree program specifically for that industry. Today, this program has grown to become one of the most highly regarded and successful in the United States.
As the global, multi-billion dollar music industry grows, the demand for highly trained, articulate, and enthusiastic professionals grows as well. Beyond performing, the music industry offers careers in merchandising, publishing, recording, retailing, touring, manufacturing, promotions, movies, television, music print, private music instruction, and music education.
Adaptability is the key to success in the music industry, and Indiana State University graduates are highly trained for the changing circumstance in the music industry. Our graduates display a broad set of skills that make them capable of stepping into music industry functions that are "back office" or "front office." Held in high regard by the music industry, Indiana State University's graduates are uniquely qualified to immediately take their places in the global music industry in positions such as music merchandising, retail operations, manufacturing, music publishing, artist management, arts administration, venue management, and music supervision.
In addition, the School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The Music Education Program holds accreditation with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the Music Business Program is affiliated with NAMM (International Music Products Association).
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
Music scholarships are awarded through a competitive audition process that begins in November and concludes by March 1 of each academic year. To be considered for a music scholarship for the following academic year, students must have auditioned by March 1.
The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.