Billboard gives the nod to Recording Industry again

MTSUs Department of Recording Industry is part of Billboard’s annual list of America’s top music business schools for the sixth year in a row.

The article, “Billboard’s 2019 Top Music Business Schools: Taking Classes from The Grammys to SXSW,” lists MTSU among 21 universities, including programs at Berklee, New York University, the University of Southern California and Nashville neighbor Belmont University.

Billboard praised the program for producing award-winning alumni, highlighting the NBC Nightly News segment produced by Kate Snow which aired the night of the 2019 Grammy telecast.  The trade magazine also noted MTSU’s student participation in Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee as well as the Grammy U memberships and affiliations with CMA EDU, the college arm of the Country Music Association.

“This year marks a milestone for our department because we have reached a new level in terms of national visibility, opportunities for students and success of our alumni,” said department director Beverly Keel. “This honor is the result of several decades of hard work by our faculty.

“We are so grateful that Billboardhas acknowledged our commitment to excellence and dedication to our students.”

In addition to the Billboard honor, The Audio Assemble website, which serves as an online resource for Pro Tools users, also included MTSU’s recording industry program as the top entry in its 2019 “Best 25 Audio Engineering Schools in the USA” list, calling it “one of the largest and best audio engineering programs in the world.”

The Department of Recording Industry at MTSU, which awarded its first Bachelor of Science degree in 1974, also was part of The Hollywood Reporter’s “Top 25 Music Schools” international listings for 2014, 2015 and 2016.

You can learn more about MTSU’s recording industry program, part of the College of Media and Entertainment at

To read more about the recent rankings of The Department of Recording Industry, please click here.

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