Music & Entertainment Industries

Music & Entertainment Industries: The Graduate Program

Program Coordinator: Dr. Stephen Marcone

The Music & Entertainment Industries concentration provides the student with the entrepreneurial skills to be successful in the contemporary music and entertainment industry. With its connection to New York industry personnel, its objective is offer the most current information in the classroom and through internships. The Music & Entertainment Industries concentration immerses the music student in the environment of the industry while fostering a clear understanding of the role and needs of managing the artist's revenue streams. Please note that the program is designed primarily for music students who have not earned an undergraduate degree in the music business field. Those graduates who have a Music & Entertainment Industries degree are encouraged to pursue the M.B.A. or a law degree.

William Paterson University also offers an M.B.A. in Music and Entertainment Management.

Music Management quartet

Admission to the Music & Entertainment Industries Concentration
    • Bachelor's degree in music from an accredited college or university. It is recommended that the degree be in an area other than music business or Music & Entertainment Industries.
    • An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75.
    • Two written recommendations.
    • A performance audition is required of applicants who have NOT successfully completed an undergraduate degree in music; an audition is NOT required of applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree in music:
      Classical performers, please follow the music education concentration audition requirements
      Jazz performers, please follow the jazz concentration audition requirements.
    • A satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Exam; a minimum of 149 for general/verbal also is required.
    • A completed University graduate application.
      A completed department graduate application.
Music & Entertainment Industries Concentration Requirements
      • Completion of the 36-credit degree course requirements.
      • Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination, which carries no course credit and is required of all students.
      • Satisfactory completion of an internship.
      • A final project, which may consist of a thesis.
Music Courses: Credits

MUSI 5300 Research Techniques 3
MUSI 5580 Music Technology 3
MUSI 6320 Graduate Seminar 3

Major Concentration:

MUSI 5400 Survey of the Music and Entertainment Industry 3
MUSI 6450 Entertainment Law 3
MUSI 6400 Entrepreneurship in Music and Entertainment Industry 2
MUSI 6430 Current State of the Music and Entertainment Industry 1
MUSI 6000 Graduate Internship 3
Music Electives 3
MUSI 6920 Master's Thesis 0

Cotsakos College of Business

ACCT 6060 Financial Accounting for Managers 3
MKT 6080 Marketing Management 3

Choose two:
ECON 6090 Economics for Managers 3
MGT 6040 Management Theory 3
MKT 7880 Global Marketing 3
MKT 7900 Consumer Behavior 3
MBA 6160 Organizational Behavior and Communication 3 

MM Music & Entertainment Industries

A typical four semester sequence for the music courses. Other credits to be completed from College of Business.

Fall Entrance: Year One Year Two  
  Fall Fall  
  MUSI 5400 MUSI 6320  
  MUSI 5580 MUSI 6920  
Spring Spring  
  MUSI 5300 MUSI Elective  
  MUSI 6400 MUSI 6000  
  MUSI 6430    
  MUSI 6450    


Spring Entrance: Year One Year Two Year Three
  Spring Fall Fall
  MUSI Elective MUSI 5400 MUSI 5580
      MUSI 6000
    Spring MUSI 6320
    MUSI 5300 MUSI 6920
    MUSI 6400  
    MUSI 6430  
    MUSI 6450  
Recent Masters Thesis Titles

“Is RnB having an Identity Crisis?: Examining the 'RnB Identity Crisis' Phenomenon in the Contemporary Music Industry."
by Jasmine A. Henry

"The Impact of Sales when Marketing a Unique Direct-to-Consumer Bundle to a Niche Market on Facebok."
by Tom Hefter

"More that just talent: What Characteristics does a successful jazz/classical artist in the performance field cureently need to make it as a successful recording artist?"
by Grace Talusan

"How Does the Negative Protrayal of Women in Rap Music Impact the African American Executive Woman's Path to Success in the Music Industry?"
by Tahese Toney

"How Video Game Soundtracks are used as a marketing tool and perceived by the consumer: An investigation of Why they do not sell."
by James Dean

"Quincy Jones: A model of a Renaissance Man of the Entertainment Industry"
by Hal W. Weary

"Downloading: An Artist's Trick or Treat"
by Sonya Impelluso

"Middle Management Women in the Music Industry: Their Paths, Their Lives, Their Stories"
by Keresse Chinara Burton

"Suggestions for Independent Rock Labels to Reach the Teenage Music Consumer"
by Tim Alworth

"Alternative Media Marketing Tactics: An Examination of Several Roles of Alternative and Niche Marketing in Music Industry Business Models"
by Heather Lynn Bowmaster

"Learning From the Movies: Can Theatrically Released Hollywood Comedies Be Used to Teach College Students About the Music Industry"
by Daniela Schmitz

"Duties and Attributes of the Artist Manager: A Preliminary Investigation"
by Geoff B. Sawyer

“An Investigation into Why the Jazz Artist’s Brand is Rarely Used for Product Endorsement”  by Aaron Van Duyne III

“Concert Attendees’ Expectations of Their Live Entertainment Experience at Regional Theatres”  by Tim Rawding

Recent guest lecturers have included:

Aaron Van Duyne III, Jeff Price, Danny Goldberg, Adam Curry, Denny Tedesco, Sean Rosenberg, "Little Anthony" Gourdine, Adam Kornfeld, Dave Lory, Walt O'Brien, Derek Graham, Dave McPherson, Rob Fusari, Rob Kos, Wayne Goldberg, Daryl "DMC" McDaniels, Jerry Lembo, Bruce Carbone, Jake Slichter, George Gilbert, Ken Schlager, Dave Wolter, Jim Caparro, John Scher, Joe Riccitelli, Tom Calderone, Hanson, Jeff McClusky, Peter Thall, The Hooters, Dave Marsh, Dan Kennedy, Bruce Lundvall, Bill Werde, Al Branch, Tommy James, Brendan Toller, Peter Ganberg, Randy Hoffman, Leslie Gore, Fred Goodman, Paul Rosenberg, Monte Lipman, Kenny Laguna, Tom Page, Joe Mardin, John Desmore.