2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 26, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Music (B.A.) - Music Entrepreneurship Specialization

Location(s): Brookings Main Campus

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Program Coordinator/Contact

David Reynolds, Director
School of Performing Arts
Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center 123B, Box 2830

Program Information

This degree is designed for students who enjoy music but want a career option outside of performing or teaching music. The program prepares students for careers in music manufacturing, retail sales, music production, publishing, arts management, industry, and a variety of other fields. An on-the-job internship experience is included as part of the professional requirement for the degree.

Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure


South Dakota State University’s music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (good standing reaffirmed in 2011).

Course Delivery Format

The program offers coursework in classroom, studio, and performance settings. The program allows for internship experiences and independent studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate a common body of knowledge and skills including technical mastery for artistic self-expression, an understanding of the repertory in a major performance medium, the ability to perform from a cross-section of repertoire, the ability to read at sight with fluency, knowledge and skills sufficient to work as a leader and in collaboration on matters of musical interpretation, keyboard competency, and growth in artistry.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the common elements and organizational patterns of music and their interaction, and the ability to employ this understanding in aural, verbal, and visual analyses, and the ability to take aural dictation. 
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of and capability with musical forms, processes, and structures.
  • Students will demonstrate a rudimentary capacity to create original or derivative music.
  • Students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of music history and repertories through the present time.
  • Students will demonstrate a general knowledge of the history, careers options, and professional fundamentals necessary to enter the field of musical entrepreneurship. 
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to work on musical problems by combining, as appropriate, their capabilities in the above-described outcomes.   
  • Students will demonstrate through an internship the achievement of a professional, entry-level competence in music entrepreneurship, the capability to produce work and solve professional problems independently, and a coherent set of intellectual/professional goals.  

Music Program Application Requirements

  1. Admission as a music major in any of the music degree programs requires the successful completion of an audition in the student’s major area of applied instruction.
  2. Music majors in all degree programs must choose one area of applied instruction in which to specialize. Further, students must meet the applied proficiency standards of the program in that area. To that end, students must:
    1. successfully complete a jury examination each semester.
    2. apply for and be granted approval to advance to upper level applied study (300-400 levels).
    3. complete a minimum of 6 hours of upper level (300-400) applied study
  3. Piano proficiency is required of all majors. Several approaches to meeting the requirements are available. See the Student Handbook published and available from the program for more specifics. The piano proficiency must be passed before the senior recital may be scheduled.
  4. Voice or instrumental proficiency is required of all keyboard majors.
  5. Ensemble Requirements:
    1. All music majors must participate in at least one major ensemble each semester they are enrolled as a regular university student (Internship and Student Teaching semesters excepted). See the Student Handbook for more details.
    2. Participation in small ensembles is strongly encouraged for all majors and minors.
  6. A minimum of five pedagogy courses is required for students in the B.M.E program, and while the required pedagogies develop proficiencies within the areas of specialization for B.M.E. students, a functional knowledge of instrumental or vocal techniques outside the specialty is also essential. For instrumental B.M.E. majors, this must include one semester each of string, woodwind, brass, and percussion pedagogies. Six semesters will assure the broadest preparation through multiple levels of woodwind and brass pedagogy. In addition, instrumental B.M.E. majors must take MUS 270 /MUS 271   general voice for instrument majors. For vocal B.M.E. majors, the four required semesters of vocal pedagogy are augmented by MUS 270 /MUS 271   general instrument for voice majors.
  7. Recommendations for enrolling in student teaching will be issued by the Music Education Coordinator following an interview with the student and his/her advisor.
  8. Recommendations for music entrepreneurship students wishing to enroll for the Internship experience must be issued by the program Coordinator.
  9. A senior recital is required of all music majors.
  10. Majors and minors must enroll for Recital Attendance (MUS 185 ) each semester they are enrolled for applied music lessons.

Academic Requirements

A grade of “C” or above is required in all MUS, MUEN, MUAP and entrepreneurial specialization courses.

Requirements for Music Major - Music Entrepreneurship Specialization: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Arts

System General Education Requirements

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Requirements: 6+

  • Modern Foreign Language Including the 202-Level Credits: 6+
  • Capstone course in the major discipline
  • Upper division coursework Credits: 33

System General Education and/or major coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements. Consult program advisor for details. See the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences  for additional information about Bachelor of Arts specifications.


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120


1 MUS 185  must have concurrent enrollment with all MUAP courses.

Summary of Program Requirements

Bachelor of Arts

System General Education Requirements* 30 Credit Hours
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements** 6+ Credit Hours
Major Requirements 72 Credit Hours
Electives*** 18 Credit Hours

*System General Education Requirements for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree shall include a minimum of 30 credit hours. Some general education coursework may be counted for Major Requirements, Supporting Coursework, and College Requirements.
**System General Education Requirements, Major Requirements, and Supporting Coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements.  
***Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Academic Advising Guide Sheet

The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.