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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


October 30, 2007

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curricular actions. Please forward any comments or concerns in the next 10 days to the AAC chair, Premalatha Junius, G04C Belknap Hall, ext. 4588.

Curricular Action Notice: Course Change
Department: Music

MU 4481 Survey of Music Business

Purpose and nature of change:
Update course description for the course catalog in order to better reflect the actual content and needs of the revised music industry program (B.Mus., Music Industry)

Course Description for Catalog:
An overview of the global music industry as practiced in the United States, this course will provide insights into a number of key areas of business related to music. Students will also explore a diversity of music industry career paths in areas such as arts management, music products & merchandizing, public relations, music production & recording, publishing, and online music distribution.

Attach a topical outline.

  • Music publishing: copyright; licensing; print and online distribution
  • Music products merchandizing and retail: manufacturers; distributers; retailers; markets
  • Arts management: non-profit organizations; individual artists; concert promotion; unions & guilds
  • The recording industry: traditional production and distribution models; online music
  • Music broadcasting: traditional outlets and structures; online and other emerging models
  • Career options: finding an internship; finding a job; building a career

Describe Evaluative Techniques
Students will give oral presentations on various aspects and sectors of the music industry. Written assignments will include a résumé and sample cover letters, company profiles, and a short paper on a company or music industry sector of special interest to the student. A midterm exam will cover fundamental concepts such as copyright, industry terminology and roles played by various types of businesses and organizations.



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