Application deadlines, fees, and details can be found below. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Department directly at 1-800-ALL-PLAY or email




Combined Emphasis in Primary Instrument Plus One Non- Performance Emphasis:

The Associate of Arts Degree in Performance is a terminal/ occupational degree. Credits earned in this type of program may not transfer to all baccalaureate programs. Policies regarding the transfer of occupational degrees or acceptance of transfer course credit vary by institution. MI cannot guarantee the transferability of credit except between its own degree programs (See Transfer credits from MI Associate of Arts to Bachelor of Music Program).


The 90-credit ASMB degree provides students with in-depth training in a diverse range of subjects encountered in today’s music industry. In addition to courses in entertainment law, music publishing and licensing, record labels, distribution, and personal management, our Associate of Science degree also includes music industry history, international music publishing, accounting and nance, marketing, and visual media.

During the course of six quarters, students partake in two internships as well as music courses covering song structure, recording & production, and critical listening skills. MI Music Business instructors share real-world experience earned from working with major artists ∓ record label executives; music supervisors for film & TV; publishing consultants; and media outlets. Our Associate of Science in Music Business degree prepares students to work as music industry professionals in various areas, including (but not limited to) record labels, music publishing, artist management, touring, and entrepreneurship.

The Associate of Science in Music Business Degree is a terminal/occupational degree. Credits earned in this type of program may not transfer to all baccalaureate programs. Policies regarding the transfer of occupational degrees or acceptance of transfer course credit vary by institution. MI cannot guarantee the transferability of credit to other institutions.



    The admissions procedure is selective and based on factors including:

    • Recorded audition or written test (where applicable)
    • Written application
    • Prior experience
    • Evidence of desire for career advancement and commitment to an intensive educational program

    Each applicant is individually reviewed, taking into consideration his or her experience, achievements, aptitude, attitude, and potential for growth. Prospective students still enrolled in high school are encouraged to follow a college preparatory curriculum and to take as many music and music- related courses as are practical prior to attending MI.

    Students applying for admission to an Associate of Arts Degree Program (Combined Emphasis) must meet the eligibility requirements of both the instrument study portion (see AA Degree requirements) and the additional emphasis portion (see Entertainment Industry Certi cates). All other application, registration, placement, and orientation requirements are identical to those described for the Associate of Arts Degree in Performance.


    Please send all of the following items together by mail or email (additional items are also required; check below under the specific program to which you are applying):

    • Completed application form.
    • $100.00 USD application fee.
    • High school diploma or proof of G.E.D. equivalent* from an accredited institution (please provide an official English translation if the original is not in English).
    • An audio recording of yourself playing or singing (see application for details, does not apply to Associate of Science in Music Business).

    *Recognized equivalents of a high school diploma:

    • A GED certificate.
    • A certificate or other official completion documentation demonstrating that the student has passed a state-authorized examination (such as the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), or, in California, the California High School Proficiency Exam) that the state recognizes as the equivalent of a high school diploma (certificates of attendance and/or completion are not included in this qualifying category).
    • An associate’s degree at any accreditation institution.
    • A bachelor’s degree at any accreditation institution.


    Class sizes are limited and placement priority is given to students in the order of acceptance. Fully completed applications are reviewed for acceptance on an ongoing basis. Accepted applicants will be notified by mail and/or telephone. Applicants who are not accepted will be notified by mail.


    Upon acceptance to all degree and certificate programs, admitted students are required to submit a refundable deposit in the amount of $300.00 USD to secure their placement (see Letter of Acceptance for details). The deposit is applied toward the first quarter’s tuition and is completely refundable in the event of cancellation of enrollment (students are encouraged to submit the deposit along with the application fee).


    • Students are expected to arrive for registration and orientation during the two-week period prior to the start of classes. Students who fail to register at their assigned registration appointment will be assessed a late registration fee of $100.00 USD. Applicants may register after the rst week of classes only with permission from the program director.
    • Students who need housing/roommate assistance should arrive at least four weeks prior to the start of classes. Daily housing meetings and new student tours will take place during registration week.

    After you are admitted to the Associate of Arts Degree Program, you will be given a placement evaluation that will measure your current level of knowledge and experience in several fundamental musical areas. Placement evaluations take place during registration week and you will not be scheduled for classes until your evaluation is complete. In some cases, a student may be recommended for advanced placement in courses in which he or she may already be pro cient. Does not apply to Associate of Science Degree.


    Orientation will be held on the Thursday prior to the start of classes. During this time, you will learn about school policy and procedures, Student Affairs, LPW sign-ups and other school-related topics.


The transferability of credits you earn at Musicians Institute is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the degree or certi cate you earn in your program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits, degree, or certi cate that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason, you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Musicians Institute to determine if your credits, degree, or certificate will transfer.


While Musicians Institute provides no guarantee that employment will result from attending or completing any program offered by the institution, we are dedicated to assisting students in finding professional opportunities. Find more information about Artist & Career Services and the Career Development department.