Individual Studies: Music Industry Concentration

SUNY Adirondack offers a two-year Associate in Science (AS) degree in Liberal Arts Humanities & Social Sciences: Individual Studies – Music Industry concentration to assist you in transferring to a four-year SUNY school as a Music Industry major. This program is directly aligned to support transfer to SUNY Oneonta or SUNY Fredonia, combining music and business coursework, with a foundation of liberal arts and sciences.   

A broad-based liberal arts background, coupled with focused study on music and business, provide the right combination for students to be prepared to work in the music industry.  This program is geared toward students who love music, have musical talent and who want to work within the music industry on the management side. SUNY Adirondack’s Music Industry concentration provides the necessary background and preparation for successful transfer into a baccalaureate music industry program.   


  • Private music lessons or music ensembles. Students will be able to choose instrument or voice, or a combination of both.
  • Students will be able to perform in small and large ensembles, become involved in both the music and business clubs and enjoy many campus musical performances.  
  • The campus, with its many Business Programs, Music AA degree, Radio Television AAS degree and campus radio station, provides a great environment for students to study the music industry.

* The Music Industry concentration is slated to be eliminated, effective in the Fall 2021 semester. Students can finish the concentration within the allotted time or complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences: Individual Studies AS degree on a schedule that works best for them. 





          The Liberal Arts and Sciences – Music Industry concentration is designed to prepare students for transfer to a four-year college or university, including but not limited to the many institutions that SUNY Adirondack cooperates with to maintain seamless transfer agreements, including: 

          • SUNY Oneonta
          • SUNY Fredonia
          • SUNY Empire State College

          Students may transfer into specific ​bachelor degree ​programs that will enhance opportunities for employment within the music industry. The Business faculty bring a wealth of real world experience to the classroom and Music faculty who are accomplished musicians. Possible career paths for graduates of this program who receive their Bachelor’s degree include:

          • Music Performance
          • Composition
          • Music Production
          • Music Education
          • Sound Engineering
          • Music Therapy
          • Arts Management

          Program Learning Outcomes

          1. Develop sufficient background in a discipline to qualify for upper level study.
          2. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge needed to think critically.
          3. Employ effective communication skills, both written and verbal.
          4. Articulate the presence and influence of diversity within societies such as the United States and those in Western Europe, as well as throughout the world.
          5. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge related to personal health and fitness, life-long sports, and recreational wellness.
          6. Examine expression and the creative process in one or more of the areas of humanities.
          7. Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method. 
          8. Identify basic factors relevant to the analysis of human behavior.
          9. Demonstrate an understanding of quantitative literacy.