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Music Business, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Saint Paul, MN, United States
The Mission of the University of St. Thomas Department of Music is to provide outstanding music instruction through our progressive curriculum; enable students to realize their full potential in the development of their musical, artistic and career goals; and instill ethical professional behavior. 
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Beyond the specific area of study, all students majoring in music take courses in six areas: performance studies, ensembles, music theory, musicology, music media, and for some conducting.

Through the study of music, students develop an aural comprehension of tonal and non-tonal music, an understanding of the harmonic language and voice-leading principles, and an understanding of musical vocabulary, analytical systems, and structural and formal principles. Students develop the necessary skills to read musical scores and to write in standard musical notation for a variety of instruments and voices. Students develop the ability to understand a wide range of musical traditions and cultural practices, ranging from the western classical tradition to the music of selected non-western cultures to today’s popular music. Students will be able to discuss music critically and will be prepared to engage in meaningful research in musical fields. Student performers will develop an expressive interpretation of solo repertoire through an understanding of compositional process and historical style with the necessary technical proficiency. Students will demonstrate advanced ensemble skills and contextual understanding of repertoire by artistically performing music representing a variety of genres, stylistic periods and cultures.

Transfer students must:

  • Take a theory placement test. This placement test should be taken at the beginning of the first semester of studies at UST. Review sheets and information on time and place of the placement test are available from the Music Department Office (651) 962-5850.
  • File an Application for Major Field with the department chair.
  • Take at least one semester of music history at UST.
  • Pass the performance level audition.
  • Take at least four semesters of performance level lessons at UST.
  • Perform their final level recital at UST.
  • Take a minimum of four semesters of an appropriate ensemble.
  • Complete 32 of their last 36 credits at UST.

Students intending on majoring in music must pass a performance audition. Students majoring in music may not have a letter grade lower than C- in a required music course.

For information concerning the department’s current policies and procedures, consult the Handbook for Music Majors and Minors, which is available on the Music Department website.

The department offers minors for those students who have an interest in music, but do not wish to major in the field.

A variety of musical ensembles are available for instrumentalists and vocalists, regardless of major.

The department also offers a number of courses for non-majors that fulfill the Fine Arts, Writing Across the Curriculum and Human Diversity components of the core curriculum.


The University of St. Thomas is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Student Convocation Hour
  • Piano Skills I
  • Piano Skills II
    • Technical Skills for Keyboard Majors
    • Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors I 
  • Music Theory and Aural Skills I 
  • Music Theory and Aural Skills II
  • Music of the United States: Aural and Written Traditions
  • Music Media
  • Introduction to Music Business 
  • Music of the World: Aural and Written Traditions 
  • Fundamentals of Musicianship in Popular Music 
  • Entrepreneurial Careers in Music, & Professional Practice
  • Emerging Models in Music Industry
  • Music Business Seminar 

English Language Requirements

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • The official undergraduate application for admission.
  • The admissions committee considers each student’s academic record, writing sample and recommendations, if applicable. Depending on the Admission Type to which you applied - Early Action or Regular Decision - applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee and decisions announced at the respective notification date
  • Each confirmed student is required to provide a final high school transcript after graduation prior to the first day of class in the fall semester of admission.
  • Undergraduate students enrolled in 12 or more credits each semester are required to demonstrate proof of health insurance coverage.
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      44780 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 22390 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      44780 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 22390 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
    • In-State

      44780 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 22390 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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    Living costs for Saint Paul

    • 1040 - 1760 USD/month
      Living Costs

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