The class’s instructor, Nick Bogardus, 28, of Orange, a music manager himself, brought the curriculum to Biola for the first time this year. But the school already had strong ties to the music industry, he said. “A lot of the artists and bands I work with went to Biola, so I saw this school as a good place for talent,” he said. The knowledge students garnered from Bogardus’ class took to the stage last week when his students put on their first live concert. Three bands managed by the students performed in Anaheim. “A music manager has their hands in everything that has to do with \ artist’s career,” said Lindsay Phelps, who took on the role of manager for piano rock artist Rhinestone Fargus. “You have to learn how to talk to people and get interviews and other things … ” Student C.J. Casciotta, 21, said that as part of the course he and his classmates met with executives at major record companies, including Capitol Records and BMI, to get first-hand pointers about the industry. LA MIRADA – Plenty of photographs and promotional pieces. Lots of interviews. And even more scheduling and organizing. Such is the life of a music mogul, and a group of Biola University students is learning that, when it comes to success in the music industry, it’s all in the details, baby. “It’s honestly about the importance of organization and hard work,” said junior Kevin Kilpatrick, 21, one of about 15 students enrolled in Biola’s new music management course. “When you’re organized, it’s easier to work harder, because you know what you need to work on,” he added. “I’m trying to give them a well-rounded view of the industry so they’re looking at it through a wide-angle lens,” said Bogardus. Bogardus, who founded his own record label, New Noise Management, said his goal is to teach students about the importance of creating a buzz around a band. “They have to be able to create a story, build a story and tell a story,” he said. “Basically, management and entertainment is branding. It’s recognizing special things about a band and being able to communicate that to fans and open more doors for them.” Phelps said Bogardus’ class has encouraged her to pursue her dream of a career in the music industry. “It’s been a little bit easier than I thought,” she said. “I don’t think it’s an easy job, but I guess I’ve gotten a lot more confident in myself.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!