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Music Business

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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

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What sets us apart

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Internship opportunities in Minneapolis

Our unique urban location gives students opportunities to establish a career.

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Get real-world experience and hands-on training

Music Business students at North Central have unique opportunities to intern at agencies, studios, venues, and businesses. Internships present new challenges and learning experiences as you prepare for your career after graduation and get one step closer to living out your calling.

You’ll be supported, mentored, and coached by your advising professor throughout your internship and have opportunities to reflect on the process. This will give you insights into your passions and God-given talents, and help you pursue a fulfilling career path. Plus, when you finish your internship you’ll have an impressive portfolio, experience to add to your resume, and a network of professionals in the industry who can recommend you—or hire you!

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State-of-the-art facilities

Our McPherson Studios feature the latest technology and recording spaces.

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McPherson Studios is North Central’s state-of-the-art recording facility, featuring the latest equipment and technology including a Pro Tools HD system (loaded featuring McDSPand Antares plug-ins) with a Digidesign Control 24 interface, Genelec and Westlake monitors, and a wide selection of microphones and outboard equipment. Our Control Room is a great place to work with comfortable leather sofas and a warm atmosphere. The Studio A recording room is over 1200 square feet with enough room to record a choir, a big band, or an orchestra. Studio A also features a Yamaha grand piano with full MIDI capability. There are two additional rooms when isolation is needed for the session.

Artists who have recorded with us:

  • Sara Groves
  • Ben Gowell
  • Kristi Northrup
  • David Pedde
  • David Juve
  • Sovereign Grace Music Kids Project
  • Jeff Kerr and River Valley Worship Team
  • David Santisteven
  • Emmanuel Christian Center Youth Worship Team
Minneapolis is home to world-class venues like First Avenue.
Thriving music scene

Minneapolis is home to world-class venues and prominent local musicians.

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Minneapolis—a great city for music lovers

Minneapolis has a lot to offer if you love music. Our venues are second to none, from the world-famous First Avenue to the historic State Theatre, and are regular stops for touring musicians. With everything from classical to hip-hop, international artists to local up-and-comers, we have something for every musical taste. In fact, Travel and Leisure Magazine recently voted Minneapolis the 5th best city in the nation for music.

Our location in downtown Minneapolis means you’ll never be far from the action, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to experience the Minneapolis music scene for yourself.

  • 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
  • Careers

    Our graduates succeed in a variety of jobs and careers. Here are some possibilities:

    • Manager
    • Agent
    • Booking agent
    • Advertiser
    • Marketer
    • Public relations manager
    • Recording and sound engineer
    • Music critic
  • Internships

    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.

  • Supporting programs

    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
    • Journalism
    • Media Production
    • Music Pastor
    • Public Relations and Advertising
    • Urban Studies
    • Worship Leading

    See the full list of minors and supporting programs.

Worship Leading alum Ryan Williams.
Lead Worship Pastor, River Valley Church

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
Faculty Member Rob Barrett.

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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).


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.


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.


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.