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Music (BA) + MBA Dual-Level Program

Become a better musician while you gain the knowledge needed to succeed in business.

Why Music + MBA?

There has never been a more vibrant time for creating sustainable and profitable careers related to music and creativity. With this dual-level program, you can explore your passion for making music while building hard and soft skills to land a job after graduation and pursue a multitude of careers in and beyond the music industry. This degree fits students who know they want to study music but do not want to focus their study solely on composition or the performance of a particular instrument.

How it Works

This dual-level program allows you to condense what would be six years of study (four-year bachelor’s + two-year master’s) into just five years by starting master-level courses as early as your junior year. You’ll be able to complete all requirements for both degrees in as few as five years without taking summer courses.

You will also continue to receive your undergraduate scholarships and tuition aid for all five years of study, which will save you thousands of dollars.

Music + MBA at Cairn

Biblical Integration

Grow as a musician and leader in this interdisciplinary program within a biblical, Christian context.

Academic Opportunity

Learn the skills of a Cairn MBA to drive business success and the essential values of ethical, moral, and wise leadership in today’s marketplace.

Experienced Faculty

Develop under the direction of faculty who are accomplished musicians and educators.

Campus Community

Join University ensembles like the symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, chorale, and opera theatre.

Personalized Education

Set yourself apart in the job market by expanding your areas of expertise.

Career Preparation

Graduate from a program full of successful & driven alumni. 95% of our students are employed within three months of graduation.

Campus Location

Take part in the vibrant music cultures of Philadelphia (30 minutes away) and NYC (just over an hour away).

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Get an inside look at our Music + MBA Program

There are over 70 unique programs at Cairn to choose from! Not sure if this is the best program for you? Here are some more details to help you decide.

Required Credits: 156

Curriculum Highlights: 

    • MUS Music Theory I-IV
    • MUS Music Survey
    • MUS 316 World Music/Ethnomus
    • MUS Music History
    • BUS 601 Decision Analytics
    • BUS 604 Marketing
    • BUS 625 Effective Organizations
    • BUS 605 Global Business

Leading Artistic Organizations and Nonprofits

Entrepreneurial pursuits related to artistic goals

Executives for Orchestras and other Music Groups

Executive Positions for Music Businesses


Tour Manager

Operations Management

Sales & Marketing

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An Affordable Education

While the cost of a Cairn University education is competitive with similar institutions, we realize you may need financial assistance to take this journey.  You are not alone. 97% of our full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance. 

Meet Our Faculty

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Kenneth Borrmann

Chair, Keyboard Studies; Associate Professor, School of Music

Kenneth Borrmann is an Associate Professor of Music and Chair of Keyboard Studies at Cairn University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Bible and a Bachelor of Music in piano from Cairn University and a Master of Music in piano performance from West Chester University. He is the director of the Cairn Handbell Choir and the ensemble Laudate.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is active as a soloist, accompanist, and chamber music collaborator. Mr. Borrmann has conducted major portions of Handel’s Messiah on multiple occasions and has been active as a church music director for almost 30 years. He has served on the faculty of the Csehy Summer School of Music, teaching piano and conducting the Csehy choir.

His solo piano recitals have featured the works of Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms and Rachmaninoff. As part of the dedication of a new Steinway concert grand piano, Mr. Borrmann performed the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Prokofiev with the Cairn Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed the Piano Concerto No.1 by Brahms with the CSO. Mr. Borrmann studied piano with Dr. Samuel Hsu and Benjamin Whitten and has most recently been a student of Martin Canin of the Juilliard School.

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John Covone

Associate Professor, School of Business

Professor Covone teaches accounting, finance, and business-related classes. As a professor, he believes in fostering critical thinking and problem-solving skills within the classroom. Professor Covone believes in the axiom “great learning can start by asking great questions” and he encourages that of his students. Professor Covone had worked for over 30 years in accounting and management within the buildings materials manufacturing, and aerospace & defense industries.

Prior to teaching at Cairn, Professor Covone had 20 plus years teaching both undergraduate and graduate students at various colleges throughout the Philadelphia region.

What Our Students Have To Say

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Addie Olsen

Cairn's BA in Music program gives me the freedom to craft my music degree to my own interests. A strong core curriculum has provided me with a foundation to pursue electives relevant to my career aspirations, all of which are taught by professors whose focus on Christ drives their artistry.

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