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. Applicants in the musician, spotlight artist and songwriter categories will be evaluated on their musicality, presence, intonation/pitch and performance quality among other elements. Applicants in the producer/engineer category will be evaluated on musicality, production aptitude, overall mix quality of work and ability to effectively communicate among other elements. Applicants in the music business category will be evaluated on experience in direct or related fields, presentation/communication, industry aptitude and interest in pursuing career among other elements.

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.

Students:

  • 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 20 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.

Students will have a very high ratio of one-on-one time with the mentors, and a significant amount of songwriting, free recording and production in our fully-equipped studio/workshop.

In fact, our graduates have realized that the unlimited studio time in the Segue 61 facility alone dwarfs the investment, allowing them to write and record original music throughout the program. Just think about unrestricted access to a studio for 30 weeks, and how quickly those costs would add up in billable studio time. Now, add in high level mentors working with you side-by-side during those studio hours, and you can see how Segue 61 delivers creative cost-efficiency while providing a uniquely personal path to better traction with your career.

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.”

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.”

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 tuition of $19,500 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. Students may also qualify for private educational loans.

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The music industry needs talented young people to join its ranks.
Segue 61 bridges the gap between music industry professionals and their careers in music.

Learn from Grammy Award winners, Songwriter Hall of Fame members, Nashville recording artists, and top session players.
Our intense, hands-on, 3rd year of the Segue 61 program begins January 9, 2018!

Listen to what some of Our Mentors, Students and Master Class guests have to say about the experience, knowledge and career path gained at Segue 61.

The music industry needs talented young people to join its ranks. Segue 61 bridges the gap between music industry professionals and their careers in music.

Learn from Grammy award winners, songwriter hall of fame members, Nashville recording artists, and top session players. Our intense, hands-on 3rd year of the Segue 61 program begins January 9, 2018! Listen to what some of Our Mentors, Students and Master Guests say about the experience, knowledge and career path in the music industry.

Choose your own path, as you learn from the greats

Session/Live Performer

Not only will you work on recording and performing a wide variety of music, but also on being a seasoned player. You'll learn about today’s music business from the front lines of the industry, all while developing as a professional musician.

Recording, Engineering, & Production

You'll develop the range of knowledge and skills needed to carry out all phases of audio recording, from pre-production to post production. You will learn popular microphone techniques, how to work and edit in Pro Tools, how to produce and run a session, and how to mix different genre’s of music. 

Spotlight Artist / Performer

You'll be immersed in the writing and recording process on a daily basis. Our students work alongside inspiring hit songwriters and award-winning musicians. You’ll learn how to chart out your songs in the Nashville Number System, and read other’s charts.

Music Business / Management

You will learn all aspects of the business side of the music industry, from publishing to tour management. You’ll be able to copyright an artist's material, book a tour, and develop a web presence, all with guidance from top industry professionals.

Meet Some of Our Mentors and Staff

Pete Abbott

Pete Abbott

Music & Education Coordinator

Pete Abbott is the Music & Education Coordinator for Segue 61. He has played with artists such as Blood, Sweat and Tears and The Average White Band. Abbott uses his broad industry reach to help realize the real-world validity of the program, as well as its academic integrity. His role also includes ongoing advisement in assessing and developing the program’s curriculum.

Clay Bradley

Clay Bradley

Industry & Education Coordinator

A graduate of Alabama, Clay Bradley is the Industry & Education Coordinator for Segue 61. Bradley helps to ensure the real-world validity of the program, as well as its academic integrity by working with mentors in business-related industry categories. His role also includes ongoing advisement in assessing and developing the program’s curriculum.

Cameron Johnson

Cameron Johnson

Academic Director

Starting his musical journey as a classically trained cellist, Cameron Johnson has played and performed music since the age of six. After his love of rock music shoved the cello aside, Cameron spent his formative years tackling the guitar, drums, and electric bass. With a BS in Music Industry Studies, he furthered his education with a MFA in Film Music Composition from UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC in 2010. In 2011, Cameron joined Catawba College as a principal instructor for guitar, drum kit, and bass guitar

Guthrie Trapp

Guthrie Trapp

Creative Consultant

Guthrie Trapp is one of Nashville’s preeminent guitar talents. He’s currently finishing work on a follow-up to his successful first solo album, ‘Pick Peace’. The 2012 album is a showcase for Trapp’s stellar talent that long supported the careers of superstar artists and his own bands. Pick Peace served as a perfect template for Trapp’s brilliant mix of musical influences, exploring country, blues, Latin, reggae, jazz, rock and experimental music.

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