Taylor Aretz, M.M. '16

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Taylor Aretz, M.M. in Music Business and Entertainment Industries, 2016, studied classical piano as an undergraduate student at Ithaca College, but knew she wanted to pursue a career in the music business.  She figured that the best way to make that happen was to pursue a master’s degree in the field, and found the Frost School of Music to be the best fit for her.  While she was a student at Frost, she took advantage of the many opportunities to gain hands-on experience, serving as Managing Director of student-run Cat 5 Music, interning at Warner/Chappell, one of the world’s top music publishers, and working as part of the stage crew in the on-campus concert halls.  Taylor was also given the honor of being selected as a Teaching Assistant, which involved working closely with the program director and faculty on a variety of program-related activities inside and outside of the classroom.

Since graduating in 2016, Taylor has worked for Warner Music Nashville as a Coordinator focused on Radio and Streaming.  She is involved in many different activities, such as planning promotional events and coordinating interviews, all aimed at helping artists’ reach their audiences through radio airplay. What she loves most about her current role is seeing how her work has a real and lasting impact on an artist’s career, and the appreciation that artists’ give back helps to fuel her enthusiasm.  She considers the connections she made to be the best thing about her experience at Frost.  Says Taylor, “I truly would not be where I am today without my professors and peers. I still stay in touch with many of the friends I made, and since the music world is so small, we run into each other all the time.” She feels the fact that her professors had such extensive real-world industry experience played a huge part in her education.  “I learned how the music industry works in a very real way, rather than solely reading about it in a textbook.”