BA in Music Business

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Music Business degree from UIC, students need to complete university, college, and school degree requirements. The School of Theatre & Music degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
General and Basic Education Requirements24
Music Course Requirements53-59
Music Selectives14
Business Course Requirements15-16
Electives6-14
DLG 120UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar (Required of new freshmen only)1
Total Hours120

Additional jury requirement: One 20-minute accompanied performance before at least three faculty at the end of the fourth term of MUS 181 or MUS 183.

General and Basic Education Requirements

Required Courses
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
MATH 125Elementary Linear Algebra a5
ECON 120Principles of Microeconomics b4
or ECON 121 Principles of Macroeconomics
Understanding the Past course3
Understanding the Individual and Society or Understanding U.S. Society course3
Select an additional General Education course from any category.3
Total Hours24
a

MATH 125 fulfills the GE requirement in Analyzing the Natural World. May substitute a course in finite mathematics.

b

ECON 120 and ECON 121 fulfill the GE requirement in the Understanding the Individual and Society category or the Understanding U.S. Society category.

Note: Two required music courses are used to fulfill the GE requirements in the Understanding the Creative Arts (3 hours) and Exploring World Cultures (3 hours) categories. See Music Course Requirements and Music Selectives below.

Music Course Requirements

Required Courses
MUS 101Music Theory I3
MUS 102Music Theory II3
MUS 201Theory of Music III3
MUS 202Theory of Music IV3
MUS 103Ear Training I1
MUS 104Ear Training II1
MUS 203Ear Training III1
MUS 204Ear Training IV1
MUS 110Convocation/Recital (four terms)0
MUS 111Master Class in Performance (two terms)0
MUS 118American Popular Music since 18503
MUS 290Music Business I: Introduction to the Music Industry3
MUS 170Keyboard Skills I2
MUS 171Keyboard Skills II2
MUS 223Music Technology3
MUS 230Music History I3
MUS 231Music History II3
MUS 232Music History III3
MUS 227Music Cultures of the World a3
MUS 301Analytic Techniques3
MUS 390Music Business II: Contemporary Music Business3
MUS 395Internship in Music Business6-12
Total Hours53-59
a

Fulfills the General Education requirement in the Exploring World Cultures category.

Music Selectives

Selective Courses
Select one of the following: 3
Art Song a
Jazz History a
Opera a
Music for Symphony Orchestra a
Music for the Piano a
Latin American Music a
Music, Gender and Culture a
Select one of the following: 3
Counterpoint
Composition I
Composition II
Conducting
Orchestration and Arranging I
Orchestration and Arranging II
Jazz Arranging I
Advanced Topics in Music History and Ethnomusicology
Select 8 hours of music electives as outlined below:
Four terms of ensembles b4
Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Concert Band
Instrumental Ensembles
University Choir
Chamber Choir
Women's Choral Ensemble
String Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble
Small Jazz Ensemble
Four terms of private instrumental or voice lessons c4
Private Instrumental Lessons-30 Minutes
Private Vocal Lessons-30 Minutes
Total Hours14
a

 Fulfills the General Education requirement for Understanding the Creative Arts.

b

 Ensemble courses may not be taken simultaneously for credit toward the degree.

c

Concurrent with registration in an ensemble. A jury is required at the end of every term.

Business Course Requirements

Required Courses
ACTG 210Introduction to Financial Accounting3
FIN 300Introduction to Finance3
or FIN 301 Introduction to Managerial Finance
Business Electives
Select three of the following: 9-10
Introduction to Organizations
Introduction to Marketing
Intro to Management Information Systems
Survey of Entrepreneurship
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Total Hours15-16

Electives

Electives
Electives to reach total hours6-14
Total Hours6-14

UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar

Required Course
DLG 120UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar (Required of new freshmen only)1
Total Hours1

Sample Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
DLG 120 UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar 1
MUS 101 Music Theory I 3
MUS 103 Ear Training I 1
MUS 110 Convocation/Recital 0
MUS 170 Keyboard Skills I 2
MUS 181
Private Instrumental Lessons-30 Minutes
or Private Vocal Lessons-30 Minutes
1
MATH 125 Elementary Linear Algebra 5
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
MUS 102 Music Theory II 3
MUS 104 Ear Training II 1
MUS 110 Convocation/Recital 0
Ensemble a 1
MUS 171 Keyboard Skills II 2
MUS 181
Private Instrumental Lessons-30 Minutes
or Private Vocal Lessons-30 Minutes
1
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
ECON 120 Principles of Microeconomics 4
 Hours15
Second Year
Fall Semester
MUS 110 Convocation/Recital 0
MUS 111 Master Class in Performance 0
MUS 118 American Popular Music since 1850 3
MUS 181
Private Instrumental Lessons-30 Minutes
or Private Vocal Lessons-30 Minutes
1
MUS 201 Theory of Music III 3
MUS 203 Ear Training III 1
MUS 290 Music Business I: Introduction to the Music Industry 3
ACTG 210 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
General Education course 3
 Hours17
Spring Semester
MUS 110 Convocation/Recital 0
MUS 111 Master Class in Performance 0
MUS 181
Private Instrumental Lessons-30 Minutes
or Private Vocal Lessons-30 Minutes
1
MUS 202 Theory of Music IV 3
MUS 204 Ear Training IV 1
MUS 230 Music History I 3
Ensemble a 1
FIN 300
Introduction to Finance
or Introduction to Managerial Finance
3
General Education course 3
 Hours15
Third Year
Fall Semester
MUS 223 Music Technology 3
MUS 231 Music History II 3
Ensemble a 1
General Education courses 6
Business Elective b 3-4
 Hours16-17
Spring Semester
MUS 232 Music History III 3
MUS 301 Analytic Techniques 3
Ensemble a 1
Select one of the following: 3
Counterpoint  
Composition I  
Composition II  
Conducting  
Orchestration and Arranging I  
Orchestration and Arranging II  
Jazz Arranging I  
Advanced Topics in Music History and Ethnomusicology  
Business Elective b 3-4
MUS 390 Music Business II: Contemporary Music Business 3
 Hours16-17
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
Select one of the following: 3
Art Song  
Jazz History  
Opera  
Music for Symphony Orchestra  
Music for the Piano  
Latin American Music  
Music, Gender and Culture  
MUS 227 Music Cultures of the World 3
Elective 3
Business Elective b 3-4
 Hours12-13
Spring Semester
MUS 395 Internship in Music Business 6-12
Electives 6
 Hours12-18
 Total Hours120
a

Select one course from the following: MUS 150, MUS 151, MUS 152, MUS 153, MUS 154, MUS 155, MUS 157, MUS 159, MUS 160.

b

Select one of the following business electives: MGMT 340, MKTG 360, IDS 200, ENTR 200, or MGMT 463.