What to Expect & FAQ

What to Expect:

  • Business-oriented Music Industry classes.
  • Faculty with real world experience.
  • Visits from guest speakers like Joey Molland of Badfinger, Robby Takac of The Goo Goo Dolls, and Joey DeMaio of Manowar.
  • On-campus activities including a cappella groups, concerts, and open mic nights.
  • Business-oriented clubs like American Marketing Association, Business Administration Club, and Finance Club.
  • Music Industry-oriented clubs like Sound Services, Music Industry Club, and Fredonia's Radio Station (WCVF/WDVL)
  • Campus-wide events such as Life is Art, and Battle of the New Bands

Frequently Asked Questions:

What degree will I obtain through this program?

Graduates of the Music Industry program will obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Industry.

I am very interested in a career in the music industry, but I have no experience as a musician. Does this program require me to have that experience?

No prior musical experience is needed. However, students are required to take two semesters of music lessons on an instrument of their choice, as well as two semesters of a music ensemble as part of the program’s curriculum.

How does this program differ from other schools? How does it compare to other schools?

The State University of New York at Fredonia is an accredited liberal arts university. Students will graduate from our university with a bachelor’s degree, not a certificate. We focus on students receiving additional education in different areas such as Accounting, Economics, Statistics, and Computer Science in addition to the core Music Industry courses.

Do you have to audition to get in to the Music Industry Program?

No audition is required to get into the program. A Music Industry Major may also choose to be a Music Minor. No audition is necessary for the Music minor as well. For more information, click here to see the requirements of the Music Minor program.

What courses will I have to take to complete this degree?

The following link leads to the course catalog, where all classes required for any major can be found. Please also take advantage of the “Four-Year-Course Outline” available on the Music Industry website. The description of the core courses of the Music Industry program can be seen here.

Does Fredonia provide internship opportunities for students within the Music Industry Program?

Fredonia provides each student with a variety of relevant internship opportunities that correspond with the student's specific interests and field of study. Internships are an integral part of the program and a graduation requirement.

What can I do with a degree in Music Industry?

The following is a link to our careers page, which offers an extensive list of job options and descriptions. This program trains students in multiple aspects of the Music Industry, as well as those of the business world. A music industry graduate will have multiple skills and extensive knowledge that will aid in finding a successful career of their choice.

Does Fredonia have an active music community?

Fredonia’s campus has a diverse and active music community. The Music Industry Club hosts special events such as the Battle of the New Bands and the Life is Art festival. There are multiple ensembles and vocal groups for students that enjoy performing different styles of music. Fredonia also has two radio stations, a television station, and a student run newspaper for those interested in the mass media aspect of music industry.

Students will find multiple practice rooms in Mason Hall, each containing a piano, music stand, and a mirror. The home of the Music Department also has two recital halls, as well as several computer labs with music editing software.

Music Industry

W305 Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-4959
(716) 673-3506 fax