Jan 16, 2013 8:10 AM by Kristen Holloway
Degree expansion this semester at UL. As classes are back in session today students in the music department have two new programs. More sounds like might be coming from Angelle Hall on the campus of UL. This year, the university is offering undergraduate programs in music business and traditional music.
"There's a need for these programs that aren't so performance based," Director of Music and Performing Arts Garth Alper.
Garth Alper heads up the music and performing arts department.
"There's heavy demand for these sorts of programs. We've always gotten calls from students saying do you have a music business program. No other state school has a music business program," Alper.
The music business program is the only one of its kind among public universities in Louisiana. It offers students the opportunity to work in a range of music-related fields including concert promotions, music law, video production, and retail. UL's music program typically enrolls between 150-200 students per year.
"We sure hope the enrollment goes up. There's a lot of excitement amongst students too even from the community I've gotten so much positive feedback from people," said Alper.
In addition to the new program, students now can earn bachelor's degrees in traditional music cajun, zydeco and other forms of Louisiana music. The program also offers master's degrees in a number of concentrations.