Students learn to be music businessmen and women, music arrangers, songwriters, producers and performers. In addition to music business and traditional academic music studies, these programs provide interdisciplinary training in computer based music production technologies, entertainment business strategies, and popular music performance. The commercial music field is where the greatest amount of music industry employment is to be found.

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Degrees and Certificates

Music Business Administration Specialization - AAS

Music Business - Administration Specialization - Certificate Level II

Music Business - Songwriting/Production Specialization-AAS

Music Business - Songwriting/Production Specialization - Certificate Level II

Music Business - Certificate - Level I

Program Information

General Requirements

The Music Business Program provides students with knowledge and experience to gain employment in the many exciting fields of the music entertainment industry. In addition to the Workforce and Academic core, the student will become familiar with the wide scope of the music business and gain industry experience in an approved internship.

To accommodate the skills and knowledge needed for varied student career objectives , AAS Degrees and Certificates are offered in both Music Business Administration and in Music Business Songwriting and Production specializations.

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.

Program Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • List the 6 “bundle of rights” that are the foundation of U.S. copyright law and the key to music property rights.
  • List 8 basic clauses common to many music industry contracts.
  • Describe “The Music Business System” and list 8 of its subsystems which work together to produce income.
  • Gain college freshmen level skills in Music Performance, Theory, Ear Training, Piano/Keyboard and audio and video technologies.
  • Develop core competencies to the college sophmore level through readings and lectures, writing reports and exams, learning music, accounting and researching and presenting oral reports utilizing computer skills.
  • Successfully apply knowledge and skills learned in this program by satisfactorily completing the capstone music industry internship, based on employer satisfaction.


There are 170 Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to remain the same over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 5 jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $24.12 hourly, $50,000 annually