Learn fundamentals of music theory while gaining specialized skills in merchandising including marketing, salesmanship, legal issues and practical accounting. Prepare for a career in the sale and promotion of musicians, musical products and services.

Completion Award
Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences
Length of Study
95 Credits
Starting Quarter
Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
On Campus
Tuition & Fees

College Tuition & Fees

Per Quarter 
WA-Resident Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
1 credit $152.13 $166.72 $243.46  $330.00
5 credits $624.65 $697.60 $1,081.30  $1,514.00
12 credits (full-time) $1,331.78 $1,523.22 $2,252.72  $3,124.98
15 credits  $1,493.30 $1,687.05 $2,425.70 $3,308.25

*Amounts above are estimated tuition & fee costs and do not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs.
¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

Additional Program Fees
Approximately $20 - $120 per quarter, depending on courses selected

Ways to pay for school

Federal aid, scholarships, grants, and more are available to help you pay for school.

What You'll Learn

  • Apply principles of marketing and salesmanship in the merchandising of musical products or productions
  • Create radio commercials as well as educational and instructional industrial productions
  • Apply basic business math skills and accounting principles to plan and evaluate merchandising strategies
  • Explain the basic principles of music theory
  • Apply principles of applied music and performance in a selected area of interest - vocal or instrumental

Careers & Opportunities

Potential employers include: Graduates from the Music Business Option might work for talent agencies, booking agents, artist management companies, record companies, music publishing companies, record stores or audio and MIDI equipment manufacturers.