The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Music Industries: Music Business is designed to provide aspiring music industry professionals with a broad background in music management, production, and entrepreneurship activities. The program combines theoretical and applied learning experiences to help students gain a strategic understanding of commercial music as both an art and profession. Students will choose a focus area among business and marketing, commercial performance, and music production. They will employ analytical and communication skills and explore aesthetic, cultural, and historical perspectives relevant to the music industry.
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Analyze the values, ethics, and key factors, including economic, legal, policy, audience, and consumer, that influence the creation of music related media products.
- Utilize applications and tools to manage business and creative activities in the music industry.
- Create a project plan applying project management skills.
- Demonstrate interpersonal skills in building relationships and networking with clients, colleagues, and organizations.
- Identify opportunities for expanding creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial skills in the music industry.
- Analyze and synthesize musical content for social, cultural, aesthetic and historical significance.
- Evaluate branding, marketing communications, and sales skills to build a music brand.
- Investigate intellectual property law, rights management, publishing, licensing, and contracts.
- Differentiate operating structures and business types.
- Analyze metrics and revenue data to improve business processes.
- Use effective written, oral, and visual communication skills for diverse audiences and outcomes.
- Assess the music industry and its role in the gig economy.
Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes
Music Directors and Composers
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
- Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
- Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
- Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
- Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.
Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.
|ENG101 or |
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097. or Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097.||FYC||3|
|MUC109||Music Business: Merchandising and the Law||RC||3|
|Oral Communications||Any approved General Education course in the Oral Communications area||COM||3|
|MHL+++++||Any MHL prefixed course||RE||3|
|MUC110||Music Business: Recording and Mass Media||RC||3|
|CRE101 or |
|College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Critical Reading for Business and Industry||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in (ENG101 or ENG107) and (RDG095 or RDG100 or RDG111 or RDG112 or RDG113 or an appropriate district placement or permission of Instructor). or Prerequisites: Reading Asset test score, or grade of C or better in RDG100, or permission of Instructor.||Students may test out of the Critical Reading requirement. Contact MCC's testing center for more information.||CR||3|
|ENG102 or |
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL or Technical and Professional Writing||Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101. or Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG107. or Prerequisites: ENG101 with a grade of C, or better, or permission of Instructor.||FYC||3|
|MUC293||Self Promotion for Music||RC||1|
|Humanities & Fine Arts||Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area||TCM107 recommended.||HU||3|
|MUC209 or |
|Music Industry Entrepreneurship or Owning and Operating a Small Business||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in (MUC109 and MUC110) or permission of Instructor. or No requisites||RC||3|
|Mathematics||Any approved General Education course from Mathematics area||Or higher level course||MA||3|
|Natural Sciences||Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area||NS||4|
|Social & Behavioral Sciences||Any approved General Education course in the Social & Behavioral Sciences area||SB||3|
|MUC290AA or |
|Music Business Internship or Cooperative Education||Prerequisites: Permission of Department or Division. or Prerequisites: Completion of 12 college credits, min 2.6 gpa and obtain a position related to academic or career goals or permission of Instructor. Corequisites: At least 1 class related to major or career interest or with permission of the Instructor.||RC||1|
Restricted Electives 12 credits
Students must select 12 credits from the approved list of Restricted Elective courses 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 12 credits
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Music Business (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=147810).
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