Music Industry (BS)

Songwriting and Audio Production

The Music Industry major provides a broad musical base for students who wish to pursue careers in the commercial music industry. The Songwriting and Audio Production emphasis prepares students to create songs in a variety of commercial music styles, and incorporates audio and visual elements within the curriculum.

Program Requirements

Required General Education

Music Ensembles (Goal Area 11) - Choose 1 Credit(s).

Prerequisites: none

Major Common Core

This course is the first in a two-semester sequence, and it will explore the fundamentals of making music in the diverse fields of the music industry. The focus of the two-semester sequence is to expose students with no formal music training to how musicians communicate in the field. The content of these courses will introduce terminology, various types of music notation, basic vocal production, and basic piano facility as a foundation to private instruction and formal music coursework.

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This course is the second in the two-semester sequence, and it will continue the exploration of the fundamentals of making music in the diverse fields of the music industry from the previous course. The focus of the two-semester sequence is to expose students with no formal music training to how musicians communicate in the field. The content of these courses will introduce terminology, various types of music notation, basic vocal production, and basic piano facility as a foundation to private instruction and formal music coursework.

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The Seminar in Music Careers is a broad overview of the exciting opportunities available to graduates interested in pursuing various careers within the music space. Sectors discussed will include the record industry, publishing and licensing, live entertainment, hospitality, education, non-profit organizations, and more. Class discussions will focus on balancing the types of jobs available while working with students to understand how to match their interests and abilities to appropriate opportunities. Additionally, students will also develop their own professional digital profiles to prepare for various career paths. Personal websites, social-media, and profiles on major job-sharing platforms like LinkedIn will be utilized.

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Class and/or individual projects for music industry majors only.

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Demonstrate mastery of musicianship skills through performance, conducting, arranging, collaboration and/or other creative activities, considering multiple musical genres. Demonstration of an awareness of social/historical context of music through a written/an or oral presentation. Demonstrate entrepreneurial skills.

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Major Restricted Electives

* Major Restricted Electives requires a minimum of 33 credits.

Private Lessons - Choose 0 - 6 Credit(s).

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Ensemble - Choose 0 - 6 Credit(s).

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Lower-Division Courses - Choose 0 - 6 Credit(s).

A general course in music appreciation. This course includes a study of styles at different periods, musical forms, and information about composers with emphasis on the elements of music and how these elements have evolved through history.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-06

Popular music is a multi-billion dollar industry today. What is it, and where did it come from? Learn about the origins of jazz in the music of African-Americans, its growth from Dixieland through the Big Band era (with the contributions of performers like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington) to its influences on musical styles in the present day.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-06, GE-07

Diverse Cultures: Purple

Rock music has fans in every country and in every culture. It really is a universal language, but it didn't start that way. It began as black Rhythm and Blues in the 40's, and through to the present, minority groups have had a major influence on the music.

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Goal Areas: GE-06, GE-07

Diverse Cultures: Purple

Notation, basic keyboard skills.

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Class instruction in keyboard. No experience with the keyboard is required. Functional skills, including technique, scales and chord progressions, solo playing, and ensemble playing are all incorporated. Assignments are made based upon the student's major and interests. Permission of Instructor required.

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A survey of commercially successful popular music from roughly 1900 to the present--what was the music? Who were the artists? When was it first heard, and what were the factors that contributed to its success?

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Goal Areas: GE-06

A survey of career opportunities in Music Industry.

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This course is designed to provide an introduction of the organizational structures and current practices of the modern music industry with historical perspective for the music business and recording technology student.

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This course will provide an overview of various music careers and will examine the attitudes and behaviors of successful professional musicians.

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Prepare for, and participate in, a musical tour. Destinations will vary with each offering, and may include international experiences. Prior to travel, class sessions will deal with the music and culture of the destination. There will be additional travel expenses associated with the class. This class may be repeated for credit.

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Goal Areas: GE-06

Introduction to the basic concepts of jazz pedagogy/theory and improvisation used in teaching and playing jazz and contemporary music.Fall, Spring

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A continuation of MUSC 119 Class Piano 1. Mastery of skills (technique, scales and chord progressions, solo playing, and ensemble playing) are demonstrated over the semester.

Prerequisites: MUSC 119

Class will examine promotions from three perspectives: ¿The promotion of music and artists. ¿The promotion of other products, services and causes through using music. ¿ The presentation and promotion of yourselves as music experts in the real world. In addition, we will seek out and have conversations with established experts who can give us up to date insights into the rapidly changing world of promotions, branding, PR, social media, data analytics, and the various marketplaces that use music.

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Technology applications for the K-12 music educator.

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This course is a prerequisite for Choral Musicianship (MUS 401/MUS 402) and Instrumental Musicianship (MUS 411/MUS 412). The course will develop basic conducting technique, acquaint the student with appropriate terminology, develop interpretive skills and gesture vocabulary.

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Upper-Division Courses - Choose 15 - 21 Credit(s).

Prepare for, and participate in, a musical tour. Destinations will vary with each offering, and may include international experiences. Prior to travel, class sessions will deal with the music and culture of the destination. There will be additional travel expenses associated with the class.

Prerequisites: ENG 101

This course is designed to acquaint and give specific knowledge with regards to managing a concert production, working with promoters, finding artists, and creating and negotiating contracts.

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Variable subjects dealing with topics and issues in the music industry.

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Electronic Orchestration is a course that explores electronic sound design, synthesis, and production techniques.

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Required of all music education majors. Techniques and methods leading to licensure to teach General Music K-12. Music majors only.

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Required of all music education majors. Techniques and methods leading to licensure to teach General Music in grades 6-12. Music majors only.

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This course is interdisciplinary in nature and designed to give students an overview of many aspects of the Music Industry including music publishing, copyright, public relations, audience development, financial management, fundraising, donor development, and grant writing.

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This class will examine a broad grouping of musicians, companies, and arts organizations to better understand their growth and development. By understanding the relative value propositions of these current and legacy organizations, students will gain a better understanding of how to place themselves within a larger cultural context.

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Film Scoring and Multimedia is a course that examines historical trends in film scoring, from orchestral scores to electronic scoring. Students will be able to work with both audio and visual components, developing their own visual material, and create short electronic film scores using common electronic synthesis techniques.

Prerequisites: MUSC 111, MUSC 112

Principles of applied voice instruction and application of healthy vocal techniques.

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Technical problems in relationship to different styles.

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Selected Topics.

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Emphasis Common Core

An introductory course in musical creativity using technology, audio recording, and computer based music. Explore basic audio processing, routing, and live sound design, and creative projects that draw from experimental cinema, electoacoustics, EDM, and contemporary music. You don't have to be able to read music to take this class.SchedulingCheck current bulletin.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-13

Activities in the Music Industry introduces students to multiple areas of the Music Industry through hands-on experience assisting both faculty and upper-class students in music related projects including concert promotion, record releases, social media marketing, community activation and other related professional areas.

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Digital Music Composition is a course designed to explore the analytical structure of songs: from their conception to production. Students examine a variety of songs, and participate in songwriting, production, and analytical exercises.

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Creative Audio Production is a course that examines advanced aspects of songwriting composition and production. Topics include production-oriented songwriting analysis and composition and leadsheet design.

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