About Segue 61

Segue 61 is a one-year, interdisciplinary music business certificate program offered by Catawba College located in Nashville, Tennessee. The school helps talented individuals prepare to enter the music industry in the areas of performance, songwriting, publishing, audio engineering, production, artist development and music 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 music business certificate program curriculum places particular emphasis on the development of essential soft skills applied in the context of the Nashville music industry.


  • Work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams under successful music industry mentors to complete projects closely patterned after those found in a professional music industry career
  • 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 is the ideal location for a music industry school like Segue 61. This location facilitates close engagement with important industry organizations and well-placed music professionals who serve as mentors and faculty. Music 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 a music 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 music students, faculty, and staff as active co-participants in scholarship and service. Through our music business certificate program, Segue 61 prepares students to reach their highest potential while becoming responsible citizens with a zeal to enrich human life.

Segue 61 is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and School Commission on Colleges.

Catawba College

Segue 61 grows out of the vitality of Catawba College, one that lies in its tradition of strong academic programs; sensitive, concerned but demanding faculty; diverse students who share a seriousness of purpose; successful, loyal graduates and informed, committed trustees.

Since Catawba opened its doors in the Salisbury community in 1925, it has built a tradition of successful graduates who continue to honor the College by their achievements and enable it through their support to strengthen that tradition with each entering class. These graduates include physicians, attorneys, teachers and college professors, corporate executives, actors and musicians, social workers, and others who contribute to our society in a variety of ways.

Catawba College is committed to providing students an education rich in personal attention that blends the knowledge and competencies of liberal studies with career preparation.

Catawba is ranked 15th among the nation’s BEST Regional Colleges in the South, according to the 2016 edition of “Best Colleges,” published by U.S.News & World Report.

Catawba is also one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review’s new 2016 edition of “The Best 380 Colleges.”

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Growth from Strength

Segue 61 also grows out of Catawba College’s nationally recognized strength in teaching students of popular music and music business. Catawba bills itself as America’s Rock U and prepares students to excel in the musically inclusive world of the 21st century by honoring the past, reveling in the now, and forging the future.

Catawba music students and graduates regularly distinguish themselves beyond the Salisbury campus. 2007 graduate and current Catawba Young Artist in Residence Dennis Reed just enjoyed a #1 Billboard hit with his song “Necessary.” A top television talent show also recently invited five of Catawba students for private auditions. One of them had even competed on American Idol before she came to Catawba. Five other students have come in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in the John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition, a contest that receives thousands of entries each year.

Such success led In Tune Monthly to again name Catawba as one of the Best Music Schools in the country. It puts the college on a short list of only about 50 other colleges and universities that includes Juilliard, Eastman, and Berklee. The country’s leading music education magazine has also recognized Catawba as having “one of the fastest growing music programs in the country.”

Providing further proof of the college’s leadership in the area of popular music education, the Princeton Review has declared, “For theater and music students of all stripes, Catawba demands consideration.”

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Cost of Attendance

Given all of the benefits of the Segue 61 through our music business certificate program, it can certainly represent an unparalleled investment in your future—one that might make all the difference in launching a successful career in music. It may come as a surprise then that we’re not charging a premium for attendance. We’ve set the Segue 61 tuition to that for regular undergraduate study on Catawba’s main campus. That makes Segue 61’s per-semester tuition comparable to or lower than other top institutions in Nashville and beyond. It also means that you’re getting all of the benefits of Segue 61 at a standard rate. Segue 61 offers merit-based/talent-based scholarships to help defray tuition costs, and students may also qualify for private educational loans.

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Got What It Takes?

The talent of the young professionals who make up our first team has been inspiring.

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, apply now!

We’re currently taking applications for September 2017 classes. Limited spots available.

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