Music Industry

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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.

Facilities

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.

Opportunities

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.  

Contact

Music Department 
115 Fine Arts Center
E-mail: music@oneonta.edu
Telephone: 607-436-3415 

Visit

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.

Profiles
Cynthia Lambertson
Students
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
Students
"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."
Natalie Costanza
Students
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.
Sean Miller
Students
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.