Music Industry

Students and production crew member in empty concert venue
Music Industry students learn about lighting and sound during behind-the-scenes tour of a Dave Matthews Band concert
Audio production studio
Audio production studio

About the Major

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, SUNY Oneonta’s music industry program will prepare you for careers in a variety of fields in the music, media and entertainment industries, including management, marketing, promotion, merchandising, publishing, production and performance.

The curriculum includes specialized music industry studies in the recording industry, entertainment industry business affairs, intellectual property law, music products, music theory, performance and history/literature. You'll also take courses from the School of Economics and Business on topics such as business law, marketing, management and accounting. Internships, field experience and several related minors—audio production with Pro Tools certification, performance, music theory and music literature—allow you to tailor the program to your interests.


Music industry majors gain hands-on experience with recording hardware and software used by professional recording studios all over the world. Facilities include four studios for recording and post production, a fiber optics system that allows simultaneous recordings from multiple spaces in the Fine Arts Center, two digital keyboard/MIDI/theory labs equipped with sequencing and recording capabilities, and a large library of sampled sounds. Software includes Pro Tools, Reason, Live, GarageBand and Practice Musica.


Special opportunities include guest lecturers and networking with industry professionals from New York City and other areas, and travel to the National Association of Music Merchants annual conference in California. Through the Music Industry Club (MIC), students get experience in every aspect of putting on a concert, from booking to promotion to sound reinforcement. Each year, the Music Industry Club selects a SUNY Oneonta student band or artist to record on the college’s Dragon Records label and carries out the process from start to finish.

Special Talent Admissions

Auditions are not a requirement for acceptance into the music industry program. However, prospective music industry majors who wish to have their talent considered during the admissions process may submit a special talent application as a supplement to the regular application.  

Students with members of the Dave Matthews Band

More than 20 SUNY Oneonta music industry students and two faculty members got a behind-the-scenes tour of a Dave Matthews Band concert on Dec. 5 at the Albany Times Union Center-– including a surprise Q&A with Matthews himself.

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Music Department 
115 Fine Arts Center
Telephone: 607-436-3415 


Prospective students are invited to visit the Music Department beginning at 11 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Visits can include a meeting with the department chair and facilities tour, lunch with a music student ambassador, and a class visit or meeting with a faculty member. To schedule an appointment, contact Kay Gale at 607-436-3415.


SUNY Oneonta is one of 21 colleges and universities featured in Billboard magazine’s 2019 list of “Top Music Business Schools.”


Natalie Costanza
I just got my first WONY radio show, which is so exciting. It’s all feel-good music and music I’ve been listening to during the past week. I get callers making requests and I have some guests in the station. … I love radio -- I found my niche in the music industry. I would love to be an announcer for a radio show one day.
Violet Clair
In 20 years I will definitely remember Rock Combo! I've always wanted to be in a band. The first time that we all came together and played a song through was just, like, such an experience. It was so cool. We all have really different taste in music but kind of all go together, like there's a lot of soul and R&B, and then I love the'80s hair metal tunes, so it kind of just all works out in the end.
Sean Miller
My relationships with faculty have been nothing but positive. They’re very compassionate and nurturing. My high school had 4,000 kids, so I really like the fact that the college classes are smaller. The professors know you and want you to succeed.
Cynthia Lambertson
I chose SUNY Oneonta because they had a music industry major and also because I was always very into theater. A lot of the other schools I applied to that had music industry wouldn’t allow non-theater majors to audition for shows. I wanted to have the option to do a bunch of different things.
David Ormiston
I’ve been doing live sound ever since middle school, so I was looking for a major that would allow me to pursue that live music experience while also learning the business side of the industry. When I came here, the staff really helped me out with learning how the studio works and how to record music.
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