Dr. Patrick O'Shea
BA Music Industry
Saint Mary’s University is a beautiful place to get a degree and start your career in the music industry. We have many great things going for us including a very personable faculty, a beautiful performance center, world-wide tours, and attractive programs, performance opportunities and guest artists. Also, we have several scholarship programs for music students including the St. Cecilia Music Scholarships. Saint Mary's University is a member of the Music Entertainment Industry Educators' Association and SPARS (The Society of Professional Audio & Recording Services). We've been offering music business degrees since the department started over twenty five years ago and our music technology track began in the mid 1990’s. We have alumni in the music business spread throughout the country doing everything from playing and recording to running their own music stores. If you'd like to contact one of these people, we can put you directly in touch with them.
Music Industry Mission Statement
The music industry program at Saint Mary's University is designed to deliver relevant educational programs in music business and music technology, which include current trends in contemporary culture and recognize the traditions of our liberal arts context.
Music Industry Programs
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota seeks to offer a unique Music Industry degree program leading to B.A. (Liberal Arts) degree that includes the common music core and basic courses in music technology and music business with a slightly increased emphasis on the latter.
B.A. degree, Music Industry majors, in addition to taking courses in the music core, take courses in General Business from the business department as well as gain invaluable job experience by completing an internship in the professional world of music business off campus. Industry majors will also gain an understanding and working knowledge of basic recording techniques
In addition to a B.A. degree, Music Industry majors will gain an understanding and working knowledge of basic recording techniques as well as learning how to do live sound. Students in this program will take 6 Music Technology courses and labs as well as other courses pertaining to music technology including courses in other areas like The Physics of Music and computer science. Music Technology students also complete a 3 credit practicum project utilizing the knowledge and experience gained from their course work. Note: there is a $600.00 per semester fee for Music Technology courses. This fee helps with instruction, the purchase of equipment and studio rental time. We run the most current versions of professional hardware and software like Pro Tools, Digital Performer, and Finale. Students also gain from our partnerships with audio professionals like Grammy award winner Brett Huus of Soundstrations Studio in La Crosse, WI. Examples of recent internship sites range from Warner/Elektra/ Asylum in Chicago, The Universal Music Group in Minneapolis, Wenger Corporation, Hal Leonard Corporation, and Minnesota Public Radio ... just to name a few!
Please call us directly for further information on the program or contact admissions at www.smumn.edu/admission or (800.635.5987) for application and scholarship information. We would encourage you to arrange for a campus tour, which can be coordinated with an audition. Note that this is done through the admissions department.
Come and visit us soon or contact:
A. Eric Heukeshoven, Assistant Professor
Music Industry program coordinator
507-457-7292 or 800-635-5987, Ext. 7292