The most likely candidate for this degree is a music student seeking to diversify his or her training, especially if their primary area is performance or composition. Jobs are scarce in these fields, and having a secondary area can help a student feel more confident about the future. Students in this degree program take courses in economics, accounting, statistics, and management in addition to extensive studies in music.
The required music courses are sufficiently rigorous to prepare the student for graduate study in music; the business courses are necessary preparation for an M.B.A. program. Certain students who complete this degree may choose to try to enter the field of "Arts Management" for their graduate study. Jobs in that area tend to focus on fiscal development, but an understanding of art and artists will be an asset in the field. This degree is newly approved, appearing for the first time in the 1996 catalog.
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