Nashville Music Industry School for Professionals

Segue 61

A Nashville Music Industry School that helps young adults of exceptional potential prepare to enter the music industry

Breaking into the music industry is notoriously difficult. Without a music industry school focused on bridging the gap between amateur and professionals, Nashville didn’t offer a clear path for those skilled professionals waiting for their turn to prove themselves. It’s true not only for those who aspire to be spotlight artists, but even for those who want to be backing musicians, engineers/producers, or business professionals.

The reason is that the music industry largely functions behind closed doors. It has to. If the industry didn’t, it’d be inundated with a deluge of the unskilled and untalented convinced that they’re the next big thing. (Just look at the open auditions for any television talent show.)

So, the music industry keeps its doors closed and largely leaves it to the school of hard knocks to winnow out all but the best, well aware that it’s an inefficient and ineffective system. It’s like letting people jump into a pool and waiting to see who doesn’t drown.

The young person trying to make it in the music industry also knows all too well about the problems with the school of hard knocks. It’s often a lonely experience full of frustration, uncertainty and doubt, dead ends and squandered opportunities. The challenges can even knock out a person before he or she finds a way beyond them.

What if there were an alternative for professionals . . . one that better serves both the industry and young professionals trying to enter it with a music industry school led by the industry leaders themselves?

Now there is.


“Segue 61 is exactly the kind of program that I used to dream about experiencing when I was growing up studying music. It doesn’t just rattle off a bunch of tips and facts for you to figure out on your own as you are launched into real world business. Segue 61 integrates the same kind of true-to-form scenarios in which you’ll find yourself when you move to Nashville. It also happens to be perfectly and uniquely curated for the music industry of Nashville, centering its focus on the men and women who make the wheels go round in every corner of the business here. You won’t find this opportunity anywhere else.”
Warner Bros. recording artist & Segue 61 mentor
CHARLIE WORSHAM

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Segue 61 is a one-year, interdisciplinary certificate program offered by Catawba College in Nashville, Tennessee. It helps individuals prepare to enter the music industry in the areas of performance, songwriting, audio engineering/production, and such business-oriented disciplines of management, marketing, and artist development.

Segue 61 only accepts students with exceptional potential who are poised to begin their careers in terms of their knowledge, talent, skill, maturity, and seriousness of purpose.

The Segue 61 curriculum places particular emphasis on the development of essential soft skills applied in the context of the Nashville music industry. Students:

work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams under successful industry mentors to complete projects closely patterned after those found in the profession
sharpen their ventureship skills
gain a frontline understanding of emerging trends and strategies
Nashville, Tennessee is one of the leading centers of the music industry and the ideal location for Segue 61. This location facilitates close engagement with important industry organizations and well-placed professionals who serve as mentors and faculty. The career opportunities found in Nashville as well as its vibrant music scene, affordability, and relative ease of transportation make it a prime destination for those wishing to pursue the music industry as a profession.

The boutique-size (no more than thirty students at a time) and interdisciplinary nature of Segue 61 align it closely with the Catawba College mission. The program provides students with an education rich in personal attention that blends the knowledge and competencies of liberal studies with career preparation. It also sustains a dynamic community of learners and seeks to unite a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff as active co-participants in scholarship and service. In so doing, it prepares students to reach their highest potential while becoming responsible citizens with a zeal to enrich human life.

There are only four cities in the world for a program of study like Segue 61, one so closely linked with the music industry: London, New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville.

Of these, Nashville became the obvious choice. For one thing, it’s the only city that has a growing rather than a shrinking industry presence. Its affordability and compact footprint also make it ideal for a young professional trying to break into the music industry. Segue 61 is here to change the way professionals become industry leaders with our Nashville Music Industry School program.

And if you think Nashville is just country music, you don’t know Nashville. From the honky-tonks of Broadway to the new music clubs of East Nashville, it enjoys one the most active and diverse music scenes in the world.

It’s the reason such varied artists and acts as The Black Keys, The Civil Wars, Ben Folds, Kesha, Paramore, Jack White, Sheryl Crow, John Oates, Taylor Swift, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, and more, choose to live in Nashville.

Our Berry Hill Workshop offering music industry classes, serves as the primary home for Segue 61. It’s a flexible, comfortable space for learning, creating, and collaborating and includes professional quality recording capabilities. Berry Hill boasts over 50 professional studios, including such famed facilities as Blackbird Studios and House of Blues Studios.


Let’s get specific for a moment.

Segue 61 is a two-semester Nashville music industry certificate program curriculum offered by Catawba College of Salisbury, NC. Catawba is a fully accredited non-profit institution of higher education with nationally recognized programs of study in popular music and music business.

The are no particular educational requirements for acceptance into the Segue 61 program beyond a high school degree, but many of our applicants are graduates of undergraduate programs of study in popular music, audio engineering, and music business. What’s more important than your level of formal education is your knowledge, talent, skill, maturity, and seriousness of purpose.

Catawba worked closely with key leaders in the music industry to create the Nashville Music Industry School curriculum for Segue 61. It offers true real-world value without any unnecessary academic fustiness. Many of the same leaders now serve as mentors for Segue 61 students.

Students in the Segue 61 program individually pursue one of four closely interlinked tracks:

  • Spotlight Artist
  • Player (backing musician)
  • Engineer/Producer
  • Business Professional (manager, publicist, agent, etc.)

Segue 61’s Music Industry School second year begins this coming August 2017 and runs through May 2018.

Prospective students apply for acceptance online and have the opportunity to upload videos and audio files for preliminary screening. Finalists for consideration will be invited to Nashville for live auditions and interviews. More information about the application/audition process can be found on the Applying page on this website.

Talent-based scholarships are available, and students may be eligible for private educational loans.


The talent of the young professionals who’ve almost completed the first year, has been inspiring. (In fact, only a few openings are left for August 2017.)

So, if you’ve got the talent, skills, maturity, and motivation to make it in the music industry, if you’re poised to begin your career, if you want to work closely with top music professionals as mentors and faculty, let us know.

If you’re interested in Year 2 of the first Nashville Music Industry School, act fast! We’re currently taking applications for August 2017. Only 7 spots are available!

Limited Spots. Apply now! Have any questions? Inquire below!

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