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Music Management

If you are interested in the management program that does not require an audition, click here for information regarding the Bachelor of Arts(BA) in Performing Arts Management.

The Music Management(BMus) program prepares students to enter the rapidly expanding and perpetually changing music industry. Courses in music and the performing arts are combined with business classes to form this innovative academic curriculum. The coursework prepares the student to thrive in extraordinary careers such as record production, band management, or fund-raising for an arts organization.

While traditional courses in the arts and business lay the foundation for the management program, the ten music management core curriculum courses (Introduction to Arts Management, Arts Management in the For-Profit, Arts Management in the Not For-Profit, Arts Management Practicum, Entertainment Law, Survey of the Record Industry, Computers and the Arts, Case Studies: Not for Profit, Case Studies: Profit, Fund Raising, and a Management Internship), blend the world of business with the world of the arts. Students apply the skills they have gained from their arts and business classes in these courses.

Students learn about both the for-profit and non-profit sectors of the industry. Experiencing both sides of the field allows students not only to explore a variety of problems inherent to the industry through classroom discussions, guest speakers, field trips, and assignments, but also to make an educated decision on their future careers. Written analyses and oral presentations encourage students to use their creativity to address complex problems, devise innovative solutions, and present their findings in a professional manner.


Music Management is a program created especially for the student who wishes to pursue both a strong musical and a strong business course of study. Students who play a musical instrument or are vocalists are eligible to apply for the Music Management program. Training in music theory, piano and keyboard, music history, as well as weekly one-hour lessons and coachings with teachers in their performance area, combine with arts management and business classes to create well-rounded students. Students not only participate in Music Management events, but also in many of the large ensembles that make up The Hartt School's musical training program.


In preparation for the internship, students are required to take two semesters of Management Practicum. This class is designed to prime the student for the internship and for workplace environments. Students work in a "mini-internship," from 6 to 8 hours weekly. Over the course of the semester, students meet in a practicum seminar to discuss everything from leadership skills and resume writing to job ethics and supervisory style. This is a rich opportunity for students to grow both personally and professionally, and to learn a most important skill—networking in the management business.

All students in the Music Management programs complete a minimum of 180 hours in an internship of their choosing. Although only one internship is required, many students opt to participate in a second internship. In the past, Hartt management students have interned for Jim Henson Studios in Los Angeles, Blue Note Records in New York City, The Bushnell in Hartford, the Springfield Library and Museums Association in Springfield, MA, The Newport Music Festival in Rhode Island, Gamelon and Sony Records in Boston, and Primamerica Artists in Manhattan, to name a few. Students have had hands-on experience preparing contracts, arranging tours, working in a recording studio, fund-raising, coordinating special events, and managing travel plans for major talent.

At the end of this 3-credit internship, students complete an extensive academic paper. The paper objectively analyzes an aspect of the organization they worked for and requires the development of far-reaching recommendations and proposals for reorganization. Students present their papers to their peers in a professional seminar setting.


TheMusic and Entertainment Industry Student Association (MEISA) is the professional student organization for Music and Performing Arts Management students. This organization gives an opportunity to students to interact with instructors and representatives of the music industry. The program also helps students to meet peers, nationally as well as locally, with the same interests. The University of Hartford chapter of MEISA has presented concerts, workshops, seminars and programs for the school. MEISA has also sponsored an Internship Workshop and an Industry Seminar where representatives from different arts organizations discussed the industry from their perspectives.

Campus Activities Team (CAT) is a student-run, student-funded University of Hartford campus organization that hires quality entertainment of all varieties to perform at the University of Hartford.  Many Music Management students apply for positions in this organizations to develop their professional experience. 

Visit CAT's Web Site

For more information contact Irene Conley, Chair of Music and Performing Arts Management at conley@hartford.edu.

Music Management (137 credits)

First Year

Subject Code Course Title Credits Credits
Sem. 1 Sem. 2
  Instrumental/Vocal Study 2 2
APC 122-123 Piano-Keyboard Class1 2 2
M 114 or M 116 Everyday Statistics or or Contemporary Mathmatics 3 -
TH 111-112 Diatonic2-Chromatic Harmony 2 2
TH 120-121 Elementary Ear Training I-II 2 2
MUM 221 Music Management: For Profit - 3
WRT 110 - 111 Academic Writing I-II 3 3
HLM 020 Info Literacy in the Performing Arts 0 -
MUS 110-111 Paranov Performance Hour .5 .5
MUM 120 Introduction to Arts Management 3 -
AUC All-University Curriculum - 3
Performing Organization3 1 1
Total Credits 18.5 18.5

Second Year

  Instrumental/Vocal Study 2 2
APC 222-223 Piano-Keyboard Class1 2 2
TH 210-211 Tonal Form/Post-Tonal Form 2 2
TH 220-221 Intermediate Ear Training I-II 2 2
HLM 212 Music History: Perspectives on Music History 3 -
HLM 213 Music History: Classicism to the Present - 3
MUM 220 Arts Management: Not For Profit 3 -
EC 110 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 -
EC 211 Principles of Microeconomics - 3
MUS 110-111 Paranov Performance Hour .5 .5
Performing Organization3 1 1
Total Credits 18.5 15.5

Third Year

  Instrumental/Vocal Study 2 2
MPT 450 Sound Technology I 3 -
MUM 321 Arts Management Practicum - 3
MUM Music Management electives4
3 3
AUC All-University Curriculum 3
AC 210-211 Financial/Managerial Accounting 3 3
MKT 310 Introduction to Marketing 3 -
WRT 211W Advanced Composition/Business  - 3
Performing Organization3 1 1
Total Credits 18 18

Fourth Year

Instrumental/Vocal Study 2 -
HLM Music History electives 3 3
MUM 340 Survey of the Record Industry 3 -
MUM 410 Case Studies in Music/Arts Management 3 -
MUM 420-421 Internship/ Internship Seminar 3 3
MUM Music Management elective4
- 3
CMM Communication elective - 3
AUC All-University Curriculum - 3
Performing Organization3 1 -
Total Credits 15 15

1Students whose principal instrument is keyboard, and those meeting standards of proficiency, must replace these credits with equivalent credits approved by the assigned advisor.  
2Enrollment dependent on placement exam.
3Major choral, instrumental performing organization, classical or jazz, seven semesters.
4Choose from MUM 330 - Entertainment Law; MUM 350 - Computers and the Arts; MUM 440 - Fundraising; MUM 480 - Independent Study in Music Management (MUM 480 by instructor permission only).

Note: Music Management majors are required to maintain a GPA of at least 2.50 in their major courses.

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