Music Business at a glance
North Central’s Music Business major will prepare you to be a respected leader in the music industry. In courses taught by experienced faculty, you’ll study the legal, financial, artistic, and ethical issues associated with the music business. You’ll gain hands-on recording training using the latest technology in North Central’s state-of-the-art facilities. Plus, internship opportunities in Minneapolis will help you get real-world industry experience and develop an extensive network of industry professionals.
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- An overview of the program
- Classes you’ll take
- Exciting jobs you can get after graduation
Interested in earning your degree in Music Business at NCU?
What sets us apart
Skills you’ll gain
When you graduate from the Music Business program, you’ll be prepared to:
- Navigate the legal, financial, and ethical issues of the music industry
- Work with musicians and artists
- Record in studios and live settings
- Communicate and collaborate in the music business
- Understand best business practices
- Develop marketing and advertising campaigns for the music industry
Our graduates succeed in a variety of jobs and careers. Here are some possibilities:
- Booking agent
- Public relations manager
- Recording and sound engineer
- Music critic
You’ll participate in an internship as part of your program. Your internship will prepare you with real-world experience and valuable connections as you pursue a fulfilling career after graduation.
Contact Rob Barrett for more information about internships.
We want you to be well-rounded and well-prepared when you graduate, so you’ll have the opportunity to choose a minor or supporting program so you can explore another area of interest. Here are some possibilities:
- Business Administration
- Intercultural Studies
- Media Production
- Music Pastor
- Public Relations and Advertising
- Urban Studies
- Worship Leading
See the full list of minors and supporting programs.
Ryan Williams '07
Apple Valley, MN
"NCU’s music program really propelled me into what I’m doing now. I enjoyed endless hands-on opportunities to get better at my craft. North Central has always had a way of fostering the presence of God. Believe me when I say there is something special in the atmosphere. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?"
All students must complete the General Education Core and Christian Studies Core. General electives may be added or an optional minor may be selected. You need 124 total credit hours to complete the Music Business degree.
Watch the new Worship Live single, performed and recorded by NCU students and alumni!
Meet one of your professors
Rob Barrett, Jr.
Assistant Professor of Production Arts and Music Business
Rob Barrett is an Emmy and Telly award winning composer and producer with over 20 years experience writing for TV and radio. He has written music for Pepsi, McDonald’s, Marshall Field’s, Target, Best Buy, Sesame Street, Disney, and others. His YouTube cooking show, Cooking for Dads, has been featured on the Today Show, in the New York Times, USA Today, the Guardian, by Barbara Walters, and viewed by millions of people around the world. Rob does 3-4 live cooking segments on local television and radio stations each month. Rob has also been a worship pastor, a volleyball coach, a sculptor, a radio host, a technical director, and a published photographer and poet. His music recording has taken him to many Asian and African countries to help local musicians record and distribute indigenous worship music. He has been a writer for AOL, The Village Voice Inc, and Better Homes and Gardens. Rob and Jan have been married for 25 years and have two daughters, Katie (21) and Ellie (18).
WHAT ARE YOUR AREAS OF EXPERTISE?
I have worked for over 25 years in the music production business, both on the recorded end and the live production end. From composing news themes for KUSA and KARE to writing commercials for Pepsi and McDonalds to producing live events and leading worship, I strive to always achieve excellence for God’s glory.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT TEACHING AT NORTH CENTRAL?
I love that I can pour into my students’ lives and pray with them. At other institutions I could be fired for praying with a student. Here, I am expected to.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE CLASSES TO TEACH?
I enjoy all of my classes as they are different each time. The book of Acts doesn’t change, but the music business and recording software is different each year.