May 26, 2020  
2014-15 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-15 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music and Performing Arts

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Joseph Gittleman, Assistant Professor
Britt Moore, Assistant Professor
Elizabeth Norris, Associate Professor   

Bachelor of Science in Music Business and Industry

  • Business
  • Management
  • Music and Self-Promotion
  • Production
  • Radio Operations
  • E-Music Composition


Associate of Science in Audio Production
Associate of Science in Music and Self-Promotion
Associate of Science in Music Industry Management

Minors: Music, Theater  


Mission Statement

Lyndon’s degree programs in Music and Performing Arts provide students with focused study in an integrated, cross-disciplinary approach that includes creative, practical opportunities for all students regardless of prior performance experience.

Program Goals

Lyndon’s degree programs in Music and Performing Arts strive to provide our graduates with the necessary knowledge, experience, and skills to enter their adult lives equipped and prepared for their futures, for their potential careers, and to face the challenges of the current social and financial climate. Lyndon’s generous and varied liberal studies curriculum forms the basis for every student’s success as Lyndon seeks to educate the whole person. The degree programs in Music and Performing Arts build upon this foundation and attempt to integrate rather than to isolate our subject matter by crossing disciplines and offering a wider view of the professional world than can be found in most traditional performing arts programs.

Program Description

The Music and Performing Arts degree programs at Lyndon give students the opportunity to translate their love of music into a personally meaningful career that can provide a financially stable and artistically rewarding life.  The program equips students to meet the demands of the contemporary industry through creative and supportive use of curriculum, technology, and industry partnerships.  Students are mentored in all areas of the industry including professional comportment, business acumen, and technical problem-solving skills.

Lyndon’s Bachelor of Science degree in Music Business & Industry includes concentrations in Music & Self-Promotion, E-Music Composition, Management, Business, Production, and Radio Operations.  These concentrated areas of study provide students with a foundation for success in a variety of career fields both in and outside of the recording studio.  Depending upon the chosen concentration, students become familiar with industry concerns such as contract negotiations and copywriting, talent, venue and event management, radio station operations and management, studio production and audio engineering, and music theory and composition.

To provide options for students seeking other paths into the music business, the MPA Department offers three Associate of Science programs. These two-year degrees, which focus primarily on professional study and career preparation, are Audio Production, Music and Self-Promotion, and Music Industry Management. They operate as both a stand-alone degree option for students interested in a two-year program, or as a way to augment a number of four-year programs housed at Lyndon State College.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students in the Music Business and Industry program will demonstrate:

  • an awareness of and preparation for the collaborative demands of the music industry;
  • an ability to apply in a professional context processes and procedures specific to the music industry; and
  • a sophisticated understanding of professional expectations in the music industry.

Program Assessment

General program assessment occurs in consultation with an advisory board of industry professionals and recent alumni, as well as through the NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) review process. In addition, fulltime MPA faculty regularly review internship opportunities, monitor job placements and accomplishments of graduates, attend to current trends in the music business, participate in academic and professional conferences, and maintain active involvement in the music industry which allows faculty to stay informed about national and international standards in the field. Student Learning Outcomes are assessed through a variety of capstone projects embedded in senior-level courses required for the program. The department’s comprehensive assessment procedures are available on request. The department’s comprehensive assessment procedures are available on request.

Acceptance into the Music & Performing Arts Bachelor Degree Programs

Upon completion of the first year of study, students planning to major in Music Business and Industry (MBI) must formally request acceptance into the program. Requirements for acceptance include successful completion of the first year of academic courses (which includes remaining in good academic standing), completion of MBI 1360, “Introduction to the Music Industry” with a minimum grade of C, presentation of a current resume, and an endorsement of the full-time faculty in the department.


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