Billboard magazine named Monmouth University and William Paterson University on a list of the nation’s top music business schools for 2020.
They make the list with 26 other colleges and universities in the magazine’s April 25 issue.
Monmouth University has seen a 25 percent growth in enrollment over the past five years for its bachelor of arts in music with a concentration in the music industry, Billboard said. The program allows students to study topics such as publishing, recording, marketing, talent acquisition, artist management, concert production, media relations, technology and merchandising.
Monmouth is also home of the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music.
“It’s our goal to stay aligned with the dynamic music industry, and to provide our students with rich and relevant experiences,” said Joe Rapolla, chair of Monmouth’s music and theater department and director of the music industry program, in a prepared statement.
“I’m thrilled that the Monmouth University music industry program was recognized for its unique offerings and outcomes. This designation makes it easier for those considering Monmouth to know they’ll get training that is recognized by the industry itself,” Rapolla said. “It also puts an added seal of approval on the credentials of current students and alumni.”
At William Paterson, the music and entertainment industries program offers a bachelor’s degree with coursework in licensing, touring, intellectual property rights, public relations, media use, law and ethics, and personal management.
SiriusXM Vice President of Talent and Industry Affairs Steve Leeds hosts a music management seminar at the school, and faculty Aaron Van Duyne is the business manager for bands like Dave Matthews and 3 Doors Down.