Rock On! For the second time in a row, Loyola University New Orleans’ College of Music and Media is named among Billboard magazine’s Top Music Business Schools in 2022. The news appears this week in the October 8 issue of the magazine.
The elite list puts Loyola New Orleans in excellent company, alongside big names in music education, including Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment, and the Frost School of Music. from the University of Miami. These universities train the next generation of music industry leaders.
“We train students as creative entrepreneurs, leaders in New Orleans and the American cultural economy,” said Kern D. Maass, dean of the College of Music and Media. “Through our college of professional degrees integrated into a Jesuit liberal arts education, our faculty – all of whom continue to work in their disciplines – are creating the next generation of leaders who will disrupt and change for the better the industries in which they choose to enter. .”
With more than 100 years of cultural and creative educational leadership in New Orleans, Loyola University New Orleans College of Music and Media serves as an educational anchor for New Orleans’ vibrant cultural economy. Orleans. Within the college is the new School of Music and Theater Careers, which attracts students from across the country to study all aspects of the music industry, from performance to production.
At Loyola, professional instrumentalists, vocalists, industry executives, sound engineers and producers are educated in a rich academic environment where students learn from industry professionals, Grammy Award winners and musicians. internationally famous.
“It is an honor for Loyola’s music industry programs to be included in this list again,” said Kate Duncan, associate director of the School of Music and Theater Crafts and assistant professor of popular and commercial music. “Consistency is among the many lessons we teach our students and our program and faculty also aim to model this ideal, continuing to develop an innovative curriculum that matches the future landscape of our changing industry and empowers students to build a life around their passions. .”
In a city known for its live performances, students participate in stage management and production and have the opportunity to perform at Buku, Freret Festival, French Quarter Fest, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival or any of New Orleans’ concert venues, including Tipitina and the House of Blues, work supported by the school’s required curriculum. Loyola regularly represents – through faculty, staff, students and alumni – more than 50 acts at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival each year.
Students have the opportunity to serve as sound engineers in Loyola’s state-of-the-art studios, which have hosted the likes of Lil Wayne, Tank and the Bangas, Soul Rebels and many more. All students must complete an internship related to their professional degree. In recent years, students have completed internships at Capitol Records, DEFJAM, AEG, C3, Tipitina’s and Google.
The faculty of the College of Music and Media has together received more than 50 Grammy Award nominations, six Grammy Awards, multiple Emmy awards and nominations, and a Sundance Award.
Major majors include a Bachelor of Arts in Music Industry Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Popular and Commercial Music, which is more focused on the performance side of the industry, and the nation’s first undergraduate degree in hip-hop.
While popcomm and hip hop are more performance-oriented, Loyola’s Bachelor of Arts in Music Industry Studies allows students to focus on the business side of the music industry with courses basics on legal issues, management, marketing, contracts and compensation, entrepreneurship and music. Technology. The variety of elective courses gives students the opportunity to explore other aspects of the music industry, musical creativity, and other fields. Applied music lessons are available, but not required, further expanding opportunities for students. All courses are designed to meet the changing needs of the music industry.
“I believe it’s imperative that professionals guide and mentor our next generation of industry leaders and music stars,” McHugh said. “Education has been an important part of my world for many years and I’m so excited to help try to grow the stellar program at Loyola University, based in New Orleans…the greatest city of music in the world. Being the new music industry studies chair at Loyola is a dream come true.
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