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Music Industry (Music Business & Recording Technology)

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Students who love music and are seeking a career in the music industry other than the traditional degrees in teaching or performance can choose the music industry major. With one of the first Music Industry Programs in the United States, founded by Wally Messner in 1974, UW Oshkosh graduates have established careers in the record, film, video, multimedia and marketing industries across the country. Our students have won the Student Music Awards presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for excellence in the recording arts.

The major offers three program options: Music Business, Recording Technology and a double major that combines the two. The programs include a substantial core of music courses of approximately 70 credits and lead to the Bachelor of Music degree.

For information on advisement and program planning sheets please click here.

Check out more current information on our Music Industry Blog site!


(Nathan Edwards) Director of Recording Technology

The Recording Technology option prepares students for careers in recording and post-production within the multi-billion dollar music industry. This program offers a complete recording facility including updated studios featuring Pro Tools and Logic software, a large-format Sony mix console, a vintage and modern microphone selection, and extensive digital and analog signal processing tools. The studios serve as hands-on learning centers with training in all aspects of the recording process.

Courses cover the full spectrum of audio: The current and future landscape of the music industry, general concepts of sound, microphones and placement, recording and mixing techniques, digital audio interfaces, MIDI production, video post-production, live sound, studio maintenance, and mastering.

For more information, please contact our Director of Recording Technology, Mr. Nathan Edwards by email: or phone: (920) 424-7034.


The Music Business option prepares students for a broad variety of careers in the music industry including promotion and marketing, sales and manufacturing, arts administration, publishing, and live entertainment, all while building their networking skills within the industry.

The Music Industry program at UW Oshkosh is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

For more information, please contact Dr. Sharon Tenhundfeld at , or the Music Department Office by email: or by phone at (920) 424-4224.



This combined option blends courses in Music Business and Recording Technology. It is a popular choice for students interested in both Business and Technology in Music and is designed to allow students to graduate after four years of course study and an internship in the Music Industry.

Graduates of the UW Oshkosh Music Industry programs have found success in a broad range of careers, including the following recent internships and careers:

Recent Student Internships (2016-2017)

  • Blackbird Studio (Nashville)
  • Appleton Rock School (Music training for kids)
  • Drive-By Studios (Nashville)
  • EAA AirVenture (Oshkosh - A/V tech for largest experimental aircraft gathering in the world)
  • Gear Gods (Online music publication)
  • The Geo Group (Madison, WI - Translation services recording studio)
  • Gravity Studios (Chicago, IL)
  • Sweetwater Sound (Recording studio internship - Ft. Wayne, IN)
  • Pandora Radio
  • CONAN (TBS show)
  • Thirty Tigers (Music Marketing)
  • International Bluegrass Music Association
  • Dells Palace Theater
  • Yamaha Corporation, California
  • RiverRock Studios, Minneapolis
  • Austin City Limits
  • Summerfest, Milwaukee
  • Skylight Music Theatre, Milwaukee
  • Pixel Pro Audio, Appleton
  • North Coast Productions, Green Bay
  • Aura Media Services, St. Paul
  • Organica Recording, St. Paul
  • Winterland Studios, Minneapolis
  • House of Blues Nashville

Careers in Music Business (positions held by program alum)

  • Glen Campbell Publishing: creative director; Criterion Records: song plugger; Country Q: recording studio manager; House of Blues Studios: assistant engineer

Careers in Arts Management

  • Green Bay Symphony, Minnesota Symphony, Weidner Center

Other Careers in the Music Industry

  • AKG Acoustics: Director of Sales for the United States and Mexico, Regional Sales Manager for AKG, JBL, dbx, Soundcraft, UREI, Orban, Quested and Turbosound, Sweetwater Sound

Careers in Music Publishing

  • Hal Leonard Publishers: printing, sales, and management; J.W. Pepper: music sales management

Careers in Instrument Music Sales and/or Repair

  • Heid Music, Beihoff Music, White House of Music, Ward Brodt, and others

Careers with Instrument Manufacturers

  • G. Leblanc Music Corporation: product control and sales representatives; Yamaha Music Corporation: sales representatives

Other Careers:

  • Riot Games and Volition (Sound for video games)

Our program at UW Oshkosh is a member of NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) and NAMBI (NAMM Affiliated Music Business Institutions).


Keep up with current news at our Music Industry Blog site!

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