Music Industry enables creative musicians the opportunity to engage in a multi-faceted course of study that prepares them for a career within many of the areas comprising today’s music industry. The Music Industry curriculum contains three areas of equal focus in which all students are engaged: applied music studies, audio recording and music production, and music business and entrepreneurship. We believe our 
graduates need to be well-versed in each of these areas, since most employment opportunities involve crossover and multitasking in several different areas of the music industry.

Music Industry is housed in The Hearst Center for Communications and Interactive Media.  It provides access to state of the art recording studios, audio post-production rooms, television and radio studios, computer labs, and a showcase studio for live performances. The Hearst CCIM fosters a creative and interactive environment in which young professionals take concepts and skills learned in the classroom and studio and apply them in pre-occupational settings. As the Music Industry curriculum is complemented with a core education in liberal arts, Music Industry at Saint Rose is a unique blend of progressive studies in contemporary music housed within a vibrant academic community.


In the Media

Saint Rose in Top Music Industry Programs in U.S.

Billboard Magazine

What Will I Study?


The Music Industry curriculum at The College of Saint Rose includes courses in applied music study, songwriting, arranging, recording engineering, record production, Pro Tools, MIDI, music business, artist management, and music law. Additionally, students also function as artist managers and record producers for real clients for two semesters as part of course requirements, as well as complete an internship with a music company.

The final exit requirement at the end of the senior year is a comprehensive capstone project that reflects students’ achievement: they must submit a full-length album of material that they have composed, arranged, rehearsed, engineered, mixed and mastered.

As the sun among the planets, so MUSIC among the liberal arts shines forth from the center.

Heinrich Schutz, 1640


Music Industry students at The College of Saint Rose are encouraged to participate in the student-run, in-house Rose Record Label Group, where they can gain additional experience in the fields of songwriting, record production, management, marketing, and music publishing.

GRAMMY U (Grammy University) is a unique and fast-growing community of college students, primarily between the ages of 17 and 25, who are pursuing a career in the recording industry. GRAMMY U events and special programs touch on all aspects of the music industry, from the technology to the tracks themselves. Events are scheduled throughout the semester to give GRAMMY U members a wide variety of experiences and professional development. Because we are part of The Recording Academy, members have extraordinary access to the industry and its artists.

Saint Rose Music Industry students are members of The Music Industry Student Association (MISA). Through MISA’s affiliation with GRAMMY U, students can gain both experience and the opportunity to network with industry professionals through local, regional, and national activities and events.