Behind the Music

Get into the business of music through the Music Administration and Entrepreneurship minor. Working in intimate settings with superb professors, you’ll learn the histories and theories of music and develop practical business skills to make use of that knowledge. You’ll graduate ready to market your passion for music.

Experiential Education Follow the Song

experiental learning

Explore music careers up close through the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education or volunteer in collaboration with music productions at the Smith Opera House through the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning.

At Hobart and William Smith, learning goes beyond textbooks and classrooms. You’ll gain high-impact practical experience that deepens learning and opens doors.

Global Education

No Borders: Global Education

Study music theory in the Netherlands or macroeconomics in South Korea.

Wherever you go, our top-ranked global education program will allow you to apply classroom knowledge, develop cultural understanding and build global connections that expand your personal capacity and sense of purpose.

Global Education

Belonging, Diversity and Equity

Music and business are as diverse as the people who create them, and courses in the Music Administration and Entrepreneurship minor reflect that. You’ll learn about the people who create and manage music, the systemic barriers they have faced and how that has influenced the music itself. That understanding will be combined through an inclusive approach to leading a business through Entrepreneurial Studies courses that examine deep ethical questions.

Develop an understanding in music and practical skills in entrepreneurial studies. A sampling of courses is below.

  • MUS 194 A Historical Genealogy of Hip Hop

    Discover the roots and evolution of hip hop from its origins in 1970s New York to present day.

  • MUS 209 Women in Music

    Survey the careers and works of women composers and performers, primarily of European art music and American popular music, from Antiquity to the present day.

  • ENT 101 Entrepreneurial Leadership

    Examine the attributes required of successful entrepreneurs in contemporary leadership roles.

Facilities Spaces to Grow


Whether you’re singing in a choir or taking music lessons, you’ll get to take advantage of all the music department has to offer in the 65,000 square foot Gearan Center for the Performing Arts. The center includes an 1,800 square foot recital venue for choral performances, an 1,850 square foot venue for orchestra and multiple practice spaces.


Home to the Entrepreneurial Studies Department, the Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship is a collaboration space located in downtown Geneva. The facility is designed to host hackathons, social innovation challenges, seminars and other events that draw students downtown and invite local entrepreneurs and community members to connect with HWS.

Alum Impact Getting Behind the Music

Matt Nardone ’21
Audio Arts Graduate Student at S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University

While studying abroad in Denmark, Matt first seriously considered a career in music after taking a course in music production. With the help of Hobart and William Smith faculty, he’s getting closer to that reality by studying studio arts at Syracuse University.

Companies that employ our graduates:

Annie in the Water 
Bay Street Theater  
Canandaigua Dance Studio 
Connecticut Ballet Center 
Indie-Pop Music 
John Keal Music Group 
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts 
LaFace Records  
Massive Music 
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 
Paper Mill Playhouse 
Playwright Horizons Theatre 
Port City Playwrights Project  
Portland Stage  
Readymade Records 
Rodney Carter Music, LLC 
Smith Opera House 
Sony Music Nashville 
Spotlight Dance and Performing Arts Center  
The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts  
Time Warner 
Todd A-O 
Trivers Myers Music Inc.  
Universal Audio 
Virgina Opera  
Wind & Sand Records