I. The Application Process

A. Link to Drexel's Admissions Guide

II. Music and Musicianship

A. Do I have to play a musical instrument to be considered for admission?

You don't have to, but it sure helps to have participated in some musical activities. Since all MIP students are required to complete a Music Core of courses that includes Music Theory, Music History, Ear Training, Class Piano or Guitar and more, some familiarity with instrumental or vocal performance helps students get through the Music Core of the MI program.

B. Is there an audition?

This is a Music INDUSTRY program, not a music performance program. No audition is required, and many of our students are not accomplished musicians.

C. I play an instrument or sing pretty well. Is there any scholarship money available for me?

The Performing Arts programs at Drexel offer performing ensemble scholarships to qualified incoming students in every major in the university. Every year, scholarships are given to students who participate in ensembles in Music, Dance, and Theater (performance and tech). Auditions and interviews generally take place over the Accepted Students weekend in April.

D. I took Music Theory in high school. Is it possible to place out of the theory requirement?

A placement test is offered during freshmen orientation, and it is possible for students to place out of Music Theory I. It is unlikely that anyone would place out of any subsequent theory courses.

E. I don't play an instrument or read music. How difficult will it be for me to complete the theory requirement?

For those students with little musical experience, a Music Fundamentals course is offered that runs concurrently with Music Theory I and is designed to help those students move successfully through their theory requirement.

F. In addition to Music Industry, I'm also interested in Music. Can I major in Music Industry and minor in Music?

Not only can you choose between one of four Music minors (Music, Music Performance, Music Theory and Composition, or Jazz and African-American Music), but as a Music Industry student, you will be completing most of the required course work for the Music minor as part of your major. You can see the required courses for the minors here:

III. The Program

A. I'm also looking at other schools with Music Industry programs. How is Drexel's different from the others?

The short answer? Drexel's Music Industry program is unique and a cut above competing programs. In addition to a faculty comprised of award winning music industry professionals, a course sequence that encourages all students to get a full industry education by doing coursework in the business, law, technology, theory, and performance of music, a coop program which allows students to gain real world professional experience, five fully professional recording studios and two computer music labs, and immersion in the vibrant Philly music scene, our program features the MAD Dragon Music Group of student-run enterprises that allow all of our students to participate in the music industry BEFORE they graduate.

B. How does the coop program work?

The summers after sophomore and junior years, all MI students do a ten-week coop in which they work in the music industry. Students have worked at major and independent record labels, recording studios, venues, radio stations, and management and promotion companies all over the United States and abroad. The MI program has coop education advisors who can help to place students in appropriate coops.

C. Can I find my own coop, or do I have to use the coop office?

Music Industry students tend to be a high energy, proactive, and enthusiastic bunch, and many of them secure coop opportunities independently. Once these jobs have been secured, all students work through the coop office to make everything "official" between the university and the employer.

D. I'm interested in both music business/law and music technology. Will I be able to take courses in both areas even if I concentrate on one?

Absolutely! Many of our students are interested in both the business and creative sides of the music industry, and take courses from all areas of our curriculum using their free elective credits.

E. Can students use the recording studios and labs for extracurricular projects?

Yes they can. All of our recording studios and labs are available for extracurricular projects. Students can qualify for studio access by taking and passing a skills test offered to all MIP sophomores as part of Recording II. Freshmen are automatically given 24/7 access to the computer labs and further studio access on a case-by-case basis. All of our facilities are open to qualified students 24/7.

IV. The MAD Dragon Music Group

A. What are the MDMG enterprises?

The MAD Dragon Music Group includes MAD Dragon Records (the only college label in the U.S. with major distribution), MAD Dragon Publishing, MADKo Concert Promotions, DraKo Booking and BANTIC Media. As part of our curriculum, MIP students work in all aspects of the business, in contact with labels, publishers, managers, venues, retailers, and distributors all over the country. As a point of reference, MAD Dragon Records was recently given the "College Record Label of the Year" award for the second consecutive year by the Independent Music Awards (IMAs).

B. How can I get involved with them?

All students concentrating in Music Business do work for MAD Dragon Records, BANTIC Media, MAD Dragon Publishing, MADKo, and DraKo as part of their required curriculum. Music Technology students do production, recording, mixing, and live recording for various MDMG projects. All MIP students are encouraged to get involved with our enterprises in both official (curricular) and more informal capacities. Lots of things need to be done in our enterprises, and there is always room for a student to get involved.

C. What kinds of things do the students do in the enterprises?

Anything that happens in the music industry happens in our enterprises. Students do A&R work, make lots of phone calls, book shows, record and mix shows, market our acts, produce and record tracks, promote concerts, do mailings…you name it, our students do it!

D. Can I work for an MDMG enterprise for one of my summer coops?

Generally there are a few MDMG coop opportunities over the summer.

E. Will MAD Dragon Records consider signing my band or me?

Are you or your band really, really good?

V. Important Links

Drexel Music Industry program's Co-Op Experience

The Music Industry program's co-op program (which occurs in two, three-month periods during the summers in between sophomore and junior years and then again in between the junior and senior years) offers a wide range of opportunities in the music and entertainment industries. Each member of our faculty works closely with our students in order to ensure meaningful co-op experiences. We place our students in entities such as:

  • major and independent record labels
  • artist management companies
  • recording studios
  • music publishing companies
  • touring and concert promotion companies
  • video game companies
  • live sound companies
  • music and entertainment venues
  • entertainment publicity companies
  • theatrical booking agencies
  • policy-making organizations (such as the Future of Music Coalition and the Recording Industry Association of America)
  • radio stations (terrestrial, Internet and Satellite radio)
  • music and entertainment organizations such as the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammy Awards organization)
  • performing rights organizations (such as ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and SoundExchange)
  • television stations, such as VH1 and MTV

Career Opportunities

Drexel's Music Industry Program prepares students for employment in diverse music industry positions such as:

  • record label executive
  • music marketing director
  • radio station/broadcast industry executive
  • recording engineer
  • press relations and publicity director
  • music publisher
  • music supervisor for film and TV
  • venue owner/manager
  • theatrical agent
  • music producer
  • sound editor for film and TV
  • entertainment attorney
  • artist manager
  • concert promoter
  • tour manager
  • live sound engineer
  • .......and many more.

Explore your passion here, in Drexel's Music Industry Program.

The Music Program and MAD Dragon Records receive generous support from the Kal and Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies.

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