College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

Courses

The ECM offers a broad range of courses, including offerings in partnership with the Leeds School of Business and our Music Technology program. Courses are open to all majors; non-majors may petition the the instructor for permission to enroll, provided there is room in the roster.

 

FALL SEMESTERS


Building Your Music Career
MUSC 2918 / 5918

The “everything you need to know” course for the aspiring professional musician. Topics include how to build a network, effective development and use of promotional materials, funding models, social media and the internet, and basic financial management, among others — all taught through an entrepreneurial lens. A wide range of career options is also explored, using the entrepreneurial process to assess and explore a variety of paths and opportunities.

Instructor: Jeffrey Nytch

Arts Administration & Management

MUSC 4978 / 5978
Introduce students to current trends in arts administration, explore the fundamentals of managing arts organizations, and develop concrete tools for managing boards, volunteers and staff, effective fund raising, strategic planning, and program development. Current issues, the role of the arts, and arts advocacy will be discussed.

Instructor: Joan McLean Braun

 

SPRING SEMESTERS


Community Performances
MUSC 4958 / 5958

Dig into the real-world nuts and bolts and planning and presenting concerts of your music. Learn to program music for all types of audiences, gain confidence speaking about you and your music, and how to handle the logistics of creating a successful concert. Discuss the role of concerts in the 21st century, and examine new ways of presenting concerts. Course includes classroom theory and practical application, culminating in a concert planned and presented in a local venue.

Instructor: Jeffrey Nytch
Recommended pre-requisite: MUSC 2918

The Entrepreneurial Artist
MUSC 4988 / 5988

Bring your ideas to life! Students will learn the core principles of entrepreneurship – such as idea formation, venture models, opportunity assessment, market analysis, and strategies for launching a venture – and apply them to their own entrepreneurial ideas.  Lectures, projects, entrepreneur interviews, and case studies will culminate in a feasibility study for an original entrepreneurial concept. Students from all arts disciplines are welcome in this dynamic and interactive course!

Instructors: Jeffrey Nytch and Joan Braun (Executive Director of CU Presents)
Recommended pre-requisite: MUSC 2918

ALL SEMESTERS

Internship in Music Business
MUSC 4908 / 5908

Gives upper division & graduate students the opportunity to work in public or private organizations on assignments relating to their career goals, and allows them to explore the relationship between theory and practice in their major. May be repeated for a total of 6 credit hours (3 credits per semester max.).

Open to upper division and graduate students

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CERTIFICATE IN MUSIC ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The 18-credit undergraduate Certificate in Music Entrepreneurship combines with a Minor in Business to equip Music majors with the entrepreneurial tools they need to pursue a wide variety of career paths. Non-music majors may participate in the program with permission of the Director. The Certificate consists of the following components; it is recommended that be taken in the order listed.

In the College of Music:

Building Your Music Career (2 credits)
The Entrepreneurial Artist (3 credits)
Independent Study: New Venture Challenge & Capstone Exam (1 credit)

Business Minor:

Marketing & Management - BUSM 2001 (3 credits)
Finance & Accounting - BUSM 2002 (3 credits)
New Venture Strategy & Models - BUSM 3003 (3 credits)
Business Plans & Social Responsibility - BUSM 4000 (3 credits)

For more information, contact Jeffrey Nytch, ECM Director