Music Industry
Develop your musical talents while learning how to showcase your performance skills, foster your career in composition, and collaborate with other artists.

Music Industry

Music Industry

Music is powerful. It makes us listen, think and feel. If you count beats in your sleep, or dream of producing music, you may want to consider an education in Music Industry. Bring your love for music and your passion for creating it to Villa Maria College, where you can customize your studies to showcase your unique talents and support your long-term career goals in our non-traditional music program.

The Business of Music

If your passion for music and business are inseparably intertwined, Villa’s Music Industry program can help you forge your path. By focusing more on the behind-the-scenes aspects of the music and entertainment industries, students can learn more about the business and production sides of music. Our faculty can work with you to develop your skills and choose a career path within the multi-faucets of the music industry, such as recording or business.

The Career Potential

Our experienced faculty has set one goal for all students: to experience, explore and gain knowledge in all areas of music.  This means that Villa’s Music Industry program can prepare students for a career in a number of relevant fields.

A degree in Music Industry cane prepare you to become a successful freelance performer and/or help you prepare to pursue a graduate degree to further develop musicianship.

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Over the course of their 4 years at Villa, all Music Industry students are required to complete a set amount of internship hours. This helps you learn to apply what you are learning in the classroom in a professional setting and prepares you to work in the entertainment business after graduation.

  • Deep Thinka Records
  • GB Audio
  • Al Hemer Music Corporation
  • Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • World of Noise Recording Studio
  • Sonic Farm Studio
  • Mark Custom Recording
  • Chautauqua Institution
  • Indigo Productions
  • Riviera Theatre
  • Rapids Theatre
  • O’Connell and Company Productions
  • Art Services Initiative of Western NY
  • WYRK
  • WUFO

Dylan Brawn, ’14 - Bachelor of Science Degree, Music Industry

“Brawn is responsible for moving orchestra equipment to and from its regular storage at Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall and the Amp. We get what we call move sheets around a week ahead of any scheduled moves related to rehearsal or performance. It’s all pretty well organized.” The hours are long. “When the orchestra is playing, many of us work up to 12 hours on those days,” Brawn said. One of his jobs on performance nights is to make sure the maestro has what is needed. Brawn usually cues the concertmaster and the announcer for the performance, and can control the stage and house lights.” — Excerpt from a July 2014 article published in the Chautauqua Daily Newspaper

Course Requirements

Concert Attendance

Whether you’re a die-hard pianist or a passionate vocalist, it is important to develop an appreciation for many other forms of music. As a graduation requirement, all Music and Music Industry students are required to attend 5 concerts per semester. Villa hosts several weekly concerts that are free, but students are welcome to check out concerts in other places in order to fulfill this requirement.

Senior Recital

Students develop a major project under the guidance of the instructor which incorporates various elements covered in the Music Industry program that have been covered during their course work at Villa Maria College. From creation to production to marketing, the senior project allows the student to develop a unique body (or business plan) of work that is packaged in exhibit, book, or interactive form. Students are required to prepare, present, and defend the senior project to members of the faculty. Students develop a thesis and project outline to put the plan of action in motion. The project is accompanied by a written narrative and portfolio of work. Production values, technical sophistication, business practices, critical analysis, written communication, and presentation skills are emphasized.

Recital Seminar

All Music and Music Industry students must complete a Recital Seminar course during their tenure at Villa. The class aims to create well-rounded musicians, capable of success in any situation by teaching musical artistic preparation, professional performance etiquette and stage demeanor. The importance of selecting the appropriate genre, audience, purpose and venue are all explored in this class.

You must attain a minimum grade of C in all music courses, fulfill recital seminar and concert attendance requirements, and complete four semesters of performance ensemble.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Music Industry Curriculum Requirements

Placement Performances

All B.S. Music Industry majors with a robust musical background or instrument proficiency are strongly encouraged to participate in audition placement performance with a music faculty member. If the student chooses not to participate in a placement performance, he or she will be placed in pre-college lessons and will need to audition
the following semester. Upon acceptance into Music Industry program, please contact our Office of Admissions to schedule your placement performance. Admissions can be reached at 716-961-1805 or [email protected]

Listen to Villa Students

Our students perform in ensembles, which can qualify you for special scholarship talent grants. Take a listen to the talent, while learning more about our program below. All Villa students, not just music students, are welcome to explore their musical talents by joining an ensemble.

Villa Maria College is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The Bachelor of Science in Music Industry was approved in December 2012. An organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities, NASM establishes standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials. National Association of Schools of Music, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248, t: 703.437.0700.

All music students should regularly review the available resources for maintaining Health and Safety standards set forth by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The material below is excerpted from the NASM website; additional resources may be found on the NASM site. 

NASM-PAMA Advisories of Hearing Health are available through the NASM website at: 

NASM-PAMA Advisories on Neuromusculoskeletal and Vocal Health are available through the NASM website at: 


Villa Maria College is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Our Faculty

Questions about the program? Reach out to one of our professors.

Associate Professor

Sister Mary Barbara Amrozowicz

[email protected] • 716.961.1826 • Bio

Associate Professor, Music, Music Department Chair

Anthony Casuccio

[email protected] • 716.961.1831 • Bio

Associate Professor, Music

Dr. Sylvia Grmela

[email protected] • 716.961.2861 • Bio

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