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Music Business - AAS

Major: 3017
Effective Term: 2014 Spring Final Term: Current
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 60-63

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Music Business program is an innovative curriculum designed to prepare students for today's music industry. The certificate and degree with a music business emphasis are designed for both the performing musician and the business student with limited performing experience. This program combines a flexible curriculum with an emphasis in business and marketing, along with music industry related courses and experiences.

Program Notes:

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

++ indicates any module/suffixed courses.

Admission Criteria:


Program Prerequisites: None
Required Courses
MUC109Music Business: Merchandising and the Law 3
MUC110Music Business: Recording and Mass Media 3
MUC295AASelf Promotion for Music 1
MUC209Music Industry Entrepreneurship (3) OR
MGT253Owning and Operating a Small Business (3) 3
MUC290AAMusic Business Internship 1
MHL+++++ Any MHL Music: History/Literature course 3
Restricted Electives
Students must select twelve (12) credits from the approved list of Restricted Elective courses below to specialize in Music Production, Disc Jockey Techniques, Songwriting, Performance, Marketing, Business, or Communications.
Students must consult with the Music Business Program Director, Music Department Chair or designee to select the Restricted Elective courses recommended for each specialization.
Free Electives
Students should choose twelve (12) credits from the following list of Free Elective courses except courses used to satisfy the Restricted Electives area.
ACC111Accounting Principles I 3
BPC128Introduction to Desktop Publishing 1
CIS131AADoing Business on the Internet 1
GBS151Introduction to Business 3
GBS233Business Communication 3
MKT110Marketing and Social Networking 3
MKT271Principles of Marketing 3
MTC101Introduction to Music Theory (3)
or higher level MTC Music: Theory/Composition course (3) 3
MTC113Songwriting Techniques 1
MUC111Digital Audio Workstation I (DAWI) 3
MUC135Introduction to Disc Jockey Techniques 3
MUC145Recording Studio Business Operations 2
MUC180Computer Literacy for the Music Business 3
MUC195Studio Music Recording I (3) OR
MUC195AAStudio Music Recording I (3) 3
MUC210Advanced Industry Topics: Concert Promotion and Training 3
MUC211Advanced Industry Topics: Artist Management and Talent Development 3
MUC215Music Industry Seminar: Innovation in Music Technology 1
MUC240Creative Music Production 4
MUC241Business Principles of Music Production 3
MUC274ABMusic Industry Study Tour 2
MUC295ABPortfolio for Music 1
MUC298AASpecial Projects 1
MUC298ABSpecial Projects 2
MUC298ACSpecial Projects 3
SBS230Financial and Tax Management for Small Business 2
General Education
General Education RequirementCredits 22-25
General Education CoreCredits 12-15
First-Year CompositionCredits 6
Any approved general education courses from the First-Year Composition area
Oral CommunicationCredits 3
Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication area
Critical ReadingCredits 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment 0-3
MathematicsCredits 3
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area
General Education DistributionCredits 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities and Fine Arts area
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits 3
Any approved general education course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences area
Natural SciencesCredits 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area

Program Competencies

  1. Apply procedures to copyright a song, publish it, and select an appropriate performance rights agency. (MUC109, MUC110)
  2. Locate and use different levels of music industry professionals including entertainment attorneys, managers, agents, and concert promoters. (MUC109, MUC110)
  3. Market musical products in such areas as music arranging/composing, score preparation, recording technology, audio engineering, postproduction for film and television, and the advertising industry. (MUC109, MUC110)
  4. Apply skills for marketing songs, recordings, and musical performances and develop a portfolio of such products for self-promotion. (MUC295AA)
  5. Explain the functions of a music business in the areas of entrepreneurship, the digital age, e-commerce, industry leadership, visionary development and the collaboration process. (MUC209, MGT253)
  6. Integrate human relations, communication, and technical skills as an intern in an appropriate business or industry. (MUC290AA)
  7. Describe the elements of music including rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre and dynamics in the context of the historical study of music (MHL+++++)

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