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The Music BA: Music Business, Recording, and Production Track

When we watch films, listen to music, and play video games, it is often easy to overlook all of the people and labor behind the scenes. There is a sound engineer sitting at the mixer as an orchestra records a film score. There is a podcast editor trimming down a conversation. There are also lawyers drafting the licenses that allow artists to “sample” the music of others. If you want to become a professional in the music business, you'll need to learn how the industry works! The Music BA with a focus in music business, recording, and production approaches the study of music in just this way. In addition to taking traditional music history and theory classes, students take a sequence of courses in music technology, film and game scoring, music recording and production, and music entrepreneurship. Students will gain hands-on experience recording, producing, scoring, and drafting business plans through their coursework and final capstone project.

Program Requirements: 45 credits

Every student declaring a Music BA elects to focus in either Music Performance; Musicology HiTEC; Jazz and American Music Studies; or Music Business, Recording, and Production. Regardless of their chosen area of focus, all students begin with a set of basic requirements that balance training in musicianship with methods for critical inquiry. Students electing to focus in Music Business, Recording, and Production complete additional, specialized coursework, leading to an individualized applied learning project. There is no audition, performance, or recital requirement for the Music BA track in Music Business, Recording, and Production.

Methods and Musicianship Requirement

Total Credits: 26

Musicianship Requirement

  • MUSC 139, 140  Piano I and II (2cr)
  • MUSC 189  Elements of Music Theory (3cr)
  • MUSC 256 Harmony I: Elements of Polyphony, OR
  • MUSC 258 Harmony I: Elements of Jazz Harmony (3cr)

Critical Histories and Methods

  • MUSC 226 Music History I: Music in the European City, 1685-1803 (3cr)
  • MUSC 227 Music History II: Key Figures in Music History, Beethoven to Beyoncé (3cr)
  • MUSC 315 Music Analysis (3cr)
  • MUSC 236, 327 Thinking through Music I and II (6cr) 
  • MUSC 331-339 Seminar in Musicology or Ethnomusicology (3cr)
Additional Music Business, Recording, and Production Requirements

Total Credits: 19-21

Required courses in MUSC

  • MUSC 102  Introduction to Music Technology (3cr)
  • MUSC 202  Music Entrepreneurship (3cr)
  • MUSC 302  Music Recording and Production (3cr)
  • MUSC 303  Film and Game Scoring (3cr)
  • MUSC 395  Capstone: Recording and Production Internship (3)

Applied Study (0-1cr)

  • MUSC 160, 165 Choral or Instrumental Ensemble
  • MUSC 141-145, 241-245  Applied Lessons

Related Requirements (3-6cr)

  • ACCT 102  Introduction to Financial Accounting (3cr)
  • ECON 110  Introduction to Microeconomics (3cr)