Bring on all the music lovers. With Dordt’s music management emphasis, you’ll learn how to work in the music industry. You’ll also develop skills to manage talented musicians and learn to serve in a professional music organization.Request Info
Dordt’s music management emphasis infuses the standard music major with practical business components. You'll develop your understanding of music theory, performance, music history, and more. You'll also prepare for success in business with public relations and management classes.
Dordt’s music department faculty will help you develop your skills and learn how God can use your abilities. Our music facilities are top-of-the-line, meaning you learn how to be the best by practicing and studying on the best. And our graduates achieve notable success, in graduate school or the music industry.
What You'll Learn
Through the music management program, you’ll take both business and music classes. You’ll grow your administrative skills, preparing you to work in a church or a school, be part of a record label, start your own studio, or go on to earn a graduate degree.
What You Can Do With A Music Management Emphasis
When it comes to a music management emphasis, you can choose from several career options, including music manager, music executive, record label manager, publicist, and marketing coordinator.
A Music Manager manages the writing, performance, and recording of an artist’s music.
A Theatre Manager oversees all operations of a theatre and the productions that take place within it.
Artist Relations Manager
An Artist Relations Manager is responsible for making sure the relationship between the artist and company is successful.
Students who choose the music management emphasis will complete courses in business management and communication in addition to the general requirements required for a music degree.
- Introduction to Accounting: This course provides exposure to basic accounting information concerning the recording of daily business transactions and the preparation, use, and interpretation of accounting records and reports.
- Principles of Financial Accounting: Introduces the concepts and terminology of accounting and financial reporting for modern business enterprises. The course is centered around analyzing and interpreting accounting information for use in making decisions about organizations. There is a special emphasis on analyzing the balance sheet, the statement of income and expense, the statement of cash flows, and the statement of stockholders’ equity. Additional emphasis is placed on problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills that are necessary for forming conclusions about business activities and to communicate these conclusions to others.
- Principles of Management: An introductory course in management theory and practice. Major topics covered include planning and strategic management, organizational design, leadership and motivation theory, and control mechanisms.
- Principles of Marketing: A study of marketing institutions, product development, channels of distribution, price determination, promotion methods, government influences, and ethical problems facing marketing personnel. Includes a foundational study and discussion of business from a Christian perspective.
- Human Resource Management: Introduces students to the role that Human Resource Management (HRM) plays in organizational settings. Course content is geared towards developing the foundational body of knowledge required of entry-level HRM practitioners and is organized around the four foundation areas of HRM expertise: staffing and recruitment, employee and organizational development, compensation and benefits administration, and labor relations.
- Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management: A study of the importance of entrepreneurship in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors to the development of a society, emphasizing the different paths to business concepts, interactions with entrepreneurs, and the development of a business plan.
- Introduction to Public Administration: Provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Public Administration. Subjects to be considered include the role of the public service in society, public service values and ethics, accountability and political control of the public service, the budgetary process, organizational forms in government, human resources, principles of public management, and new forms of delivering government services.
- Public Relations: As an introduction to public relations, this course will set the background for additional courses in communication and business administration. After a study of the history of public relations, students will learn what is expected of public relations workers, study the various publics, become familiar with current problems and issues in public relations, analyze several cases, and develop a Christian perspective for the continued study of public relations.
- Music Management Internship: Intended to provide the music management major the opportunity to apply the knowledge, principles, and skills gained in the classroom in an actual music management environment.
- Computer Literacy for Business/Accounting Majors: This course teaches important computer skills used in today’s world of business. Areas of study include beginning and intermediate Excel and Word, advanced PowerPoint, an introduction to Access, and Windows and file management basics.
- Business and Technical Writing: Students will study the process, application, and characteristics of business and technical writing, and the way in which writing style, strategies, content, and clarity will relate practically to one’s profession. Concentrates on developing competence in a variety of writing tasks commonly performed in business, law, industry, social work, engineering, agriculture, and medicine.
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B.J. Haan Auditorium
While studying music management, you'll have the opportunity to spend time in the B.J. Haan Auditorium and it’s adjoining Music Building. These facilities include access to mechanical action and electro-pneumatic pipe organs, upright and grand piano practice rooms, instrumental practice rooms, a Yamaha Disklavier, and a Dekker harpsichord.Learn more about the B.J. Haan Auditorium
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