Bachelor of Science
Music Industry Studies

Music Industry Studies at Greenville University

Want to be a studio recording engineer, run live sound or lighting for concerts? Want to perform and be a recording artist or songwriter? Want to produce audio for TV, movies or video games?  With hands-on experience that prepares you for the industry, GU is the place for you! 

Music industry studies (MIS) offers a foundation that includes studio recording, live audio production, lighting design, commercial music performance, Audio Postproduction, Game Audio Design and a thorough understanding of the music industry. You’ll get hands-on experience in our fully equipped state-of-the-art studios and in multiple performance venues. We set up small production companies, so you’ll work in the production company, record for the production company, and grow to be the producer and run the production company. Visit Music City! GU is partnered with the Contemporary Music Center - Nashville for immersive industry experiences. You’ll get personalized attention from caring professors and industry professionals committed to making you the best you can be.  

GU has produced alumni music artists like Grammy Award winner Andre Anjos, Jars of Clay, Paper Route, and Augustana. Check out original songs and videos produced by GU’s MIS students. 

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Audio Engineering
Hands-on engagement in the program from the first semester you arrive on campus. Get 24/7 access to the recording studios featuring industry standard software Pro Tools and Logic to practice your craft. Produce industry standard music in our multiple state-of-the-art studios and have actual projects courses where you will engineer, produce, write, and perform. You won’t just learn about audio engineering; with all the access you’ll actually be an engineer and producer!
Commercial Music Performance
Learn the art of performing, songwriting, digital media and gain excellent technical skills too. Compose with award-winning songwriters, perform with bands in front of live audiences, record in state-of-the-art studios and gain valuable experience as both a performer and engineer. You’ll learn what it takes to be an independent artist. Each semester you’ll be a part of a Producers Group and work as a team with a Producer, Main and Assistant engineers, live audio and lighting designers. At GU you won’t just ‘learn’ what it means to be a performer, you’ll actually be one!
Playground Productions, GU’s own student led production company, is the centerpiece of the degree where all areas of MIS (studio, live audio, songwriting, performing, promotion, touring) come together in real music industry projects. You won’t just learn what it takes to be in the industry. You’ll be able to show you’ve done it.

Why GU


You won’t just learn…YOU’LL DO! Hands-on, industry experience and 24/7 studio access starts when you arrive on campus! Perform, write, engineer, record, design, as a team and then show your work in multiple performance spaces. Visit Music City! GU is partnered with the Contemporary Music Center - Nashville for immersive industry experiences.

You’ll have the freedom to choose! The best employees in the music industry are the most well-rounded. You’ll gain expertise in one area, but you’ll have the freedom to choose from a variety of other industry classes to create a program suited to your areas of interest and gain broad experience in the music industry. This makes you more desirable and more marketable.
You’ll produce! Guided by caring professors who will lead you every step of the way, you will produce songs, soundtracks, events, and more through our various production teams. At GU, we endeavor to produce the kind of people that the industry wants to hire – because of their ability, their work ethic, and their character.
You’ll gain perspective. GU Integrates Christian values of character for the service of others in everything we do. The music industry greatly values people of character who aren’t just in it for themselves.

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Music Industry Studies, BS Success Story

Success Stories

GU grads can be found running live audio or working with Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, Blue Man Group, Georgia Florida Line, Sam Hunt, KJ52, Building 429 and many others. GU alums have received numerous Dove Award nominations and alumnus Andre Anjos is a Grammy Award winner for his remixing work.

GU grads work in companies like Capital Christian Music, Sony, CTS Audio (Nashville), Sweetwater Sound, Ironman Sound (St. Louis) and in high-level positions in churches all across the nation.

Music Industry Studies, BS Course Requirements

Visit the Online Undergraduate Catalog for an explanation of graduation requirements.