Belmont extends music business courses, faculty expertise to students at West Texas A&M University through innovative partnership
At a signing ceremony today in Belmont-owned Ocean Way Nashville studios, Belmont University officially entered an educational affiliation agreement with West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) that will allow WTAMU students to participate in and complete courses offered by Belmont’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.
“The Curb College is a national leader in music business and entertainment industry education, and our location in the heart of Music City gives our college distinct advantages,” said Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher. “Our hope is to share expertise, expand the Curb College’s reach and bring the wealth of knowledge from Music City to WTAMU students seeking opportunities to actively engage in entertainment industry fields.”
Students from WTAMU will be able to take Curb College classes in music business, audio engineering technology and entertainment industry studies. In addition to assisting with course content development and ongoing program review, Curb College faculty will offer delivery of select courses through both live internet conferencing and online content platforms. Appropriate seminars and workshops will be recorded live on Belmont’s campus and made available at a later date to WTAMU students and faculty. Belmont will also host a summer program on its campus, allowing WTAMU students to complete up to 18 hours of coursework alongside a Nashville-based industry internship.
Dr. Wade Shaffer, WTAMU’s provost/vice president for academic affairs, said, “WTAMU’s partnership with Belmont University will provide exceptional opportunities for School of Music students to take classes with expert faculty from Belmont University in the fields of music technology and music business. This partnership will strengthen our already thriving music technology program and give our students access to resources and courses not available on the WTAMU campus. Currently, there are 20 students in the WTAMU music technology program, and we expect solid growth in those numbers as this partnership unfolds. We are very excited to work with Belmont University, home to one of the premier music business programs in the country, to provide WTAMU music students with this unique educational opportunity.”