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Memorial University launching joint degree in music and business

Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's Campus.
Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's Campus. - Kenn Oliver

Only Canadian university to offer a comprehensive, integrated program in both disciplines

Memorial University is launching a first-of-its-kind in Canada joint degree program in music and business, allowing students to earn both a bachelor of music and a bachelor of business administration.

School of Music dean Ian Sutherland says the program will allow musicians to develop musical skills and artistry while also developing business skills that will help them establish careers in creative and cultural industries.

“It’s a program that puts Memorial on the leading edge of education for young musicians, preparing them for the dynamic 21st-century marketplace that is today’s music industry,” Sutherland stated in a release.

“The music industry is constantly changing and evolving, and today’s musicians need a thorough understanding of business concepts, in addition to musical talent and skill, to enjoy successful careers,”

Faculty of Business Administration dean Dr. Isabelle Dostaler says the new program will also help grow the province’s music industry by providing highly qualified graduates and increasing its economic impact.

The program must be approved by the approved by MUN’s Board of Regents next month.

The application deadline for prospective students — who must be admitted to the bachelor of music program to apply — is Jan. 15, 2019.

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