In a significant endorsement of its cutting-edge curricula and influential alumni, Temple University's Klein College of Media and Communication has been named one of Billboard’s 2023 top music business schools. This prestigious accolade underscores the Philadelphia-based institution's robust academic offerings, industry connections and a rich tradition of excellence in media and communication studies.
The recognition from Billboard, a paramount authority in the music industry, came after an extensive review process. The selection criteria encompassed the success stories of illustrious alumni, positive community recommendations and a thorough analysis of the college's interdisciplinary academic programs.
Klein College stands out for its immersive educational approach, "learn it by living it." The college prides itself on offering students practical industry experience, imparted by seasoned professionals. Its innovative academic programs, including the newly introduced bachelor of arts in audio and live entertainment and the standing bachelor of arts in media studies and production, are designed to prepare students for leadership roles in the ever-evolving world of music business.
"Since I returned to my alma mater in 2019 after 30 years in the biz to teach Recording Industry and Music Business, it has been a goal of mine to have Temple's Klein College of Media and Communication be rightfully acknowledged for its outstanding educational programs that are preparing the next generation of music creators, innovators and executives,” wrote Adjunct Instructor James J. Donio, KLN ‘77. “I am beyond thrilled that we have received this recognition from Billboard."
The unwavering commitment to excellence in music business education and the continual effort to foster industry innovation and leadership is consistently noted in the accomplishments of those who have associated with our program, including rock and soul musician John Oates, KLN ’70, who met the other half of his musical-duo, former Owl Daryl Hall at Temple, and Oscar- and Grammy-winning musician Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, 2022 Lew Klein Excellence in the Media awardee.
Beyond the classroom, Klein College supports a vibrant media ecosystem, offering students real-world opportunities to sharpen their skills. Initiatives include a student-managed record label platform for hands-on experience in radio and television production. Furthermore, students can gain international exposure through programs situated in major media hubs like Tokyo and London.
This milestone is a collective achievement, and Klein College extends heartfelt gratitude to its dedicated faculty, staff, alumni and students, whose relentless pursuit of excellence has significantly contributed to this notable recognition. The college remains committed to its mission of fostering innovation and leadership in the music industry, continually striving to be a beacon of excellence in music business education.