Success in the music industry requires the ability to innovate, integrate and adapt in an ever-evolving global industry. Drexel’s Music Industry program offers comprehensive learning experiences in both the production and business components of the industry and exposes our students to the multi-faceted careers in the music business. The program has a dual focus on cutting edge production techniques and the most current business and legal developments. These, coupled with a basic music education, make it an exceptional experience for the student who has a passion for recorded music.
Starting with the first day of classes, each student receives hands-on instruction using the latest equipment in our five state-of-the-art recording studios and two digital audio labs--all accessible 24/7. Students gain real-world experience by integrating a practicum-based learning model through the operation of several music business enterprises both inside and outside of the classroom. The program’s students also produce and record for MAD Dragon Records, including the annual UNLEASHED! and Chronicle of Sound compilations. The Mad Dragon Music Group enterprises include: music publishing, booking, concert promotion, a la carte music marketing services and MAD Dragon Records, Drexel's award-winning student-run record label.
The Music Industry Program includes a rigorous course of academic study and awards a Bachelor of Science degree. For our business-focused students, we also offer an accelerated BS/MBA program in partnership with Drexel’s LeBow College of Business. All students who apply for this option must take the GMAT entrance exam.
Our highly competitive program is enhanced by Drexel’s co-operative education system that provides experiential learning with industry partners. Music Industry students spend two summers working for a co-op employer such as a record label, music venue, recording studio, radio station, or booking agent.
Since 2003, our program prepares students for careers in the music industry such as: record label executive, music marketing director, radio station/broadcast industry executive, music producer, recording engineer, press relations and publicity director, music publisher, music supervisor for film and TV, venue owner/manager, sound editor for film and TV, entertainment attorney, artist manager, concert promoter, tour manager, live sound engineer...and many more.
The Music Program and MAD Dragon Records receive generous support from the Kal and Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies.