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Music Industries: Music Business

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.


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Field of Interest
Visual and Performing Arts
Associate Degree
Music Industries: Music Business (DEG)
Total Credits Required
Effective term
Summer 2021

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

What You'll Learn
  • Analyze the values, ethics, and key factors, including economic, legal, policy, audience, and consumer that influence the creation of music-related media products. (MGT253, MHL155, MKT271, MUC109, MUC110, MUC209, MUC242, MUC293, (COM), (CRE), [HU], [MA], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
  • Utilize applications and tools to manage business and creative activities in the music industry. (GBS+++, MGT253, MKT110, MKT271, MKT+++, MTC180, MTC+++, MUC109, MUC110, MUC180, MUC209, MUC290AA, MUC293, MUC296WA, MUC298AA, MUC+++)
  • Create a project plan applying project management skills. (GBS+++, MGT253, MUC209, MUC290AA, MUC293, MUC296WA, MUC298AA, MUC+++)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills in building relationships and networking with clients, colleagues, and organizations. (GBS+++, MGT253, MKT110, MKT271, MKT+++, MUC109, MUC110, MUC293, MUC296WA, MUC298AA, MUC209, MUC+++, (COM))
  • Identify opportunities for expanding creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial skills in the music industry. (GBS+++, MGT253, MKT110, MKT271, MKT+++, MUC109, MUC110, MUC209, MUC293, MUC296WA, MUC298AA, MUC+++, MUP+++)
  • Analyze and synthesize musical content for social, cultural, aesthetic and historical significance. (MHL155, MUC109, MUC110, MUC242, MUC+++, MUP+++ (CRE), [HU], [SB])
  • Evaluate branding, marketing communications, and sales skills to build a music brand. (GBS+++, MKT110, MKT271, MKT+++, MUC109, MUC110, MUC209, MUC293, MUC+++)
  • Investigate intellectual property law, rights management, publishing, licensing, and contracts. (MUC109, MUC110, MUC+++ )
  • Differentiate operating structures and business types. (MGT253, MUC109, MUC110, MUC+++)
  • Analyze metrics and revenue data to improve business processes. (GBS+++, MGT253, MKT110, MKT271, MKT+++, MTC180, MTC+++, MUC180, MUC209, MUC293, MUC+++, [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Use effective written, oral, and visual communication skills for diverse audiences and outcomes. (GBS+++, MGT253, MKT110, MKT271, MKT+++, MUC109, MUC110, MUC209, MUC293, MUC+++, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU], [MA], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
  • Assess the music industry and its role in the gig economy. (MUC109, MUC110, MUC209, MUC290AA, MUC293, MUC296WA, MUC298AA, MUC+++)
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
MGT253Owning and Operating a Small Business3
MKT110Marketing and Social Networking3
MKT271Principles of Marketing3
MUC109Music Business: Content Creation and Copyright3
MUC110Music Business: Marketing and Monetization3
MTC180Computer Literacy for Musicians (3) OR
MUC180Computer Literacy for the Music Business (3)3
Note: Students who have not already completed MTC180 must take MUC180
MUC209Music Industry Entrepreneurship3
MUC293Self Promotion for Music1
Music Industry Capstone Experience
MUC290AAMusic Business Internship (1) OR
MUC296WACooperative Education (1) OR
MUC298AASpecial Projects (1)1
Overview of Music Genres
MHL155Survey of American Music (3) OR
MUC242Music Genres and Styles (2)2-3
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students should work with their program advisor to select 12-13 credits from courses that align with the academic/career goals and further their development in the areas of music business and marketing, music production, and commercial performance. Courses from required courses area may not be used.
Business and Marketing
GBS+++ Any GBS General Business course(s)
MKT+++ Any MKT Marketing course(s)
MUC+++ Any MUC Music: Commercial/Business course(s)
Music Production
MTC+++ Any MTC Music: Theory/Composition course(s)
MUC+++ Any MUC Music: Commercial/Business course(s)
Commercial Performance
MTC+++ Any MTC Music: Theory/Composition course(s)
MUP+++ Any MUP Music: Performance course(s)
Free Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits. Consult with an Academic and/or Program Advisor.
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-28
General Education CoreCredits: 12-18
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3) OR
ENG111Technical and Professional Writing (3)6
ENG101or ENG107 and ENG102 or ENG108 is recommended for students who intend to transfer.
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
Consult with an academic advisor about specific COM requirements if intending to transfer.
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment0-3
MathematicsCredits: 3-6
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
MAT145College Mathematics with Review (5) OR
MAT146College Mathematics with Review (6)3-6
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area.
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.

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