The Hartt School

Music Management

When you decide to major in music management, you have the desire to pursue a strong musical and business course of study.  Playing a musical instrument or being a vocalist is required for entrance to the program. This can include classical instruments or classical voice, jazz instruments or voice, or commercial instruments (bass, drums, guitar, keyboard, or voice.)  

You will receive training in music theory, piano and keyboard, and music history, as well as weekly one hour lessons and coaching sessions with teachers in the performance area.  This combined with arts management and business courses give you the career ready skills to enter the industry.

Not only will you participate in music management events, but you also have the opportunity to participate in many of the large ensembles that make up Hartt’s music training program.

Degree Requirements

132 credits are required to complete the Bachelor of Music in Music Management.  The curriculum includes arts, communications, business, and industry specific courses.  Students must complete an internship as part of the program. Students can choose Classical, jazz, or commercial music concentrations.

For more information, and to see a complete list of degree requirements, visit the Course Catalog.

The Internship

All students in the management programs complete a minimum of 180 hours in an internship of their choosing. Although only one internship is required, many students opt to participate in a second internship.

Preparation

In preparation for the internship, students are required to take two semesters of Management Practicum. This class is designed to prime the student for the internship and for workplace environments. Students work in a "mini-internship," from six to eight hours weekly. Over the course of the semester, students meet in a practicum seminar to discuss everything from leadership skills and resume writing to job ethics and supervisory style. This is a rich opportunity for students to grow both personally and professionally, and to learn a most important skill—networking in the management business.

Requirements

At the end of the 3-credit internship, students complete an extensive academic paper. The paper objectively analyzes an aspect of the organization they worked for and requires the development of far-reaching recommendations and proposals for reorganization. Students present their papers to their peers in a professional seminar setting.

Recent Internship

Hartt students have conducted professional internships at over 230 professional institutions that have helped launch them into successful careers in performing arts management, music publishing, artist management and more. Students have had hands-on experience preparing contracts, arranging tours, working in a recording studio, fundraising, coordinating special events, and managing travel plans for major talent.


These internships include:

  • Jim Henson Studios, Los Angeles
  • American Ballet Theatre, New York City
  • Blue Note Records, New York City
  • The Bushnell, Hartford
  • Hartford Stage, Hartford
  • LiveNation
  • Springfield Library and Museums Association, Springfield
  • The Newport Music Festival, Rhode Island
  • Gamelon and Sony Records, Boston
  • Primamerica Artists, Manhattan

Admission Requirements

Music management applicants are required to interview with a faculty member of the music industry department. In this meeting, the student is encouraged to discuss his/her areas of interest in managing the arts, and is expected to ask questions relating to the program. Applicants will also be asked to discuss their leadership experiences and abilities, and are invited to bring resumes and other materials to this meeting.

Music Management is a Bachelor of Music program, and therefore requires an interview and an instrumental or vocal audition.  The audition ensures that the applicant is at the level sufficient to fulfill the performing ensemble requirement of Hartt’s Music Management curriculum.  The audition must be in one of the following categories: classical, jazz, or commercial music, each having its own specific guidelines. Learn more about the audition process.

In order to schedule an interview and audition, the University of Hartford application as well as the Hartt supplemental application must be completed.   Learn more about the undergraduate application process.

Sydney Apel

Music Management, 2020

Music management major Sydney Apel '20 spent the summer at Interlochen Arts Camp as the Ensemble Manager for two of the camp's large orchestras. There, she helped supervise rehearsals, took attendance, created stage plots for rehearsals and concerts, compiled program materials, built schedules and coordinated with staff and faculty members to ensure an organized and enriching experience for the students.

I have learned so much about teamwork, as well as the value of being a responsive and proactive member of a much larger network. My favorite part of the summer has been watching the music's journey from first rehearsal to performance!

My internship with the city of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs gave me the opportunity to grow professionally through house-managing events during the Piccolo Spoleto arts festival. My internship has allowed me to have a more thorough, hands-on understanding of everything that I learned at The Hartt School.

Marcus Shuler, Music Management, 2015

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