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Why Choose Saint Rose for a Bachelor's Degree in Music?

Nothing engages your creativity like music, and you’ve got a rare talent for the business. If you see yourself discovering the next Adele, producing the most-downloaded tracks, or promoting mega-benefit concerts, nothing prepares you for a music-industry career as well as Saint Rose. Our degree is built on three equally weighted focus areas: music creation and performance, audio recording and music production, and music business and entrepreneurship, and equips you with the solid creative, technological, and business skill set you need to succeed in the fast-paced, multifaceted world of music.

In our William Randolph Hearst Center for Communications and Interactive Media, you’ll find a supportive, welcoming community of musicians, live-sound engineers, recording engineers, and producers who create, perform, and record commercial music. You’ll learn with top faculty, write and perform, intern for real clients as an artist manager or record producer, and create a full-length CD of your own music for your senior capstone.

Want to be a mover and shaker in management, publishing, marketing, promotion, production, or performance? Billboard has recognized us as having one of the top music business programs in North America. So, nothing can put your career on the fast track like the Music Industry program at Saint Rose.

*Audition Requirement

All prospective Music in Performance students must audition in order to be considered for admission.

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Program Highlights

  • Dive into an integrated, comprehensive curriculum that includes applied music study, songwriting, arranging, recording engineering, record production, Pro Tools, MIDI, music business, artist management, and music law
  • Compose, engineer, mix, and play to your heart’s content in our state-of-the-art recording studios, audio post-production rooms, television and radio studios, computer labs, and showcase studio
  • Work with peers in our student-run, in-house Rose Record Label Group for additional hands-on experience in songwriting, record production, management, marketing, and music publishing
  • Apply the concepts and skills you’ve learned in the classroom in the Hearst Center’s creative and interactive environment
  • Work and network with peers in GRAMMY U, a dynamic and growing community of college students pursuing a career in the music industry
  • Learn to press vinyl in our new analog recording and record-cutting station funded by the Les Paul Foundation
  • Accredited by The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Saint Rose in Top Music Business Programs in U.S. - Billboard Magazine

Billboard Magazine names the Music Industry program at The College of Saint Rose as one of the top universities to learn and make a career in the music industry.

Read the Billboard Article

Starbucks, Kohl's holiday songs penned by Saint Rose music industry graduate

Allie Crystal '11 is off and running on a promising songwriting career. As well-known EDM artists record her work, Starbucks and Kohl's have selected her tune "Coming Home to You" for their holiday commercials.

Read More About Crystal's Songwriting Career

The Massry Center: The College's most public classroom

Saint Rose music, music education and music industry students perform publicly with some big names. They also work behind the scenes to make sure the show goes on.

Read More About the Massry Center

Course Requirements, Faculty, and Learning Objectives

  • Students will understand the elements of musical style, recognizing significant trends, musicians, theorists, literature, and external influences from antiquity to the present.
  • Students increase their ability to aurally recognize the fundamental elements of music.
  • Students will demonstrate a mastery of a body of repertoire in performance, as well as in written and recorded mediums.
  • Students will create a body of musical repertoire.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the various components comprising the music industry and the process of bringing a musical product to the marketplace.
  • Students will produce technically and musically satisfactory recordings.
  • Students will display command of various music production tools.