Music Industry Course Requirements and Descriptions

Music Industry Course Requirements and Descriptions

 Degree Requirements

Our Bachelor of Science in Music Industry degree program offers three concentration options. You can choose any or all of these depending on your interest as many of the courses overlap.

Music Industry Major – Concentration in Management (B.S.): 
Music Industry Major – Concentration in Production (B.S.):

Music Industry Major - Concentration in Live Audio Production(B.S.):


Music Industry Related Courses

MUSI 190: 3 s.h. Music Industry I

Introductory music business course for all music industry majors. Students learn basic terminology used in the field and are introduced to funda-mentals of the music industry, copyright, royalties, contracts and networking as well as guest lecturers. Offered fall.

MUSI 193: 3 s.h.Computer Applications in Music Production I

Develop an understanding of MIDI, sequencing and digital audio through integration of in-class demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on projects and activities. Topics covered include creating, recording and editing MIDI sequences and digital audio data, and programming, arranging, composing and mixing in the MIDI environment. Music majors only. Offered fall.

MUSI 290: 3 s.h.Music Industry II

Provides a comprehensive overview of the mainstream music industry and the for-profit world of the music business. Students learn advanced copyright issues, the economics of the music industry, digital distribution, music publishing, entrepreneurship, and current business trends in the music industry. Offered spring. Prereq: MUSI 190.

MUSI 293: 3 s.h. Computer Applications in Music Production II

Recording, editing, mixing and producing music using professional digital audio software and hardware such as ProTools. Utilize tracks from real recording sessions to gain skills in those areas focusing on vocal, bass, guitar, and drum edits and mixing parameters. Required to complete nu-merous technical/creative projects. Music majors only. Offered spring. Prereq: MUSI 193.

MUSI 294: 3 s.h. Live Audio Production

This course will explore the technology and techniques necessary to produce concerts in a variety of venues, including those on and off cam-pus. Students will take part in all facets of concert production as it relates to music, including equipment options, signal flow, signal processing, mixing live shows, and live recording techniques. Offered spring.

MUSI 295: 3 s.h. Studio Recording I

Intermediate-level course in modern studio recording techniques, including signal routing, microphone selection and placement, signal processing, session setup, mixing consoles and live recording issues. Learn how to record/mix electric and acoustic guitars, bass, amps and vocals. Required to complete numerous technical/creative projects. Music majors only. Offered fall. Prereq: MUSI 293, 112.

MUSI 304: 3 s.h. Artist Management

Artist Management is a focused examination, observation and participation class drawing on all of the facets of creating and operating an artist business model. The class will analyze the many facets of the modern music business and how it can be incorporated into practice. Students will be witness to the day-to-day operations of artists who record, tour, negotiate, survive and thrive. Students will participate in the discussions and decisions of the day-to-day operations of artists who are making recordings, marketing them either independently or in conjunction with a record label, touring, licensing music to film/TV, and all the functions of a recording and performance artist’s career. Offered spring. Prereq: MUSI 290.

MUSI 330: 3 s.h.Live Audio II

This course will explore advanced concepts in the technology utilized for live sound production. Topics will include electronics, block diagrams, spec sheets, loud speaker design, mixer technologies, amplifiers, situational acoustical design and more. Students will also take part in all facets of concert production as it relates to live audio. Offered periodically. Prereq: MUSI 112 and MUSI 297.

MUSI 380: 3 s.h.History of the Recording Industry (P)

History of the Recording Industry analyzes the process from which the invention and implementation of various recording devices and formats have impacted artists and their audiences, and the development of various styles of music, culture and the companies who built the foundation of the music industry. Offered fall.

MUSI 390: 3 s.h. Marketing and Promotion in the Music Industry

Designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of marketing and promotion in the music industry. It will give insight into the market-ing tactics employed by labels, concert promoters, distributors, independent agents and artists in the marketplace. This course will provide the basis for developing an integrated marketing campaign that can be implemented and adapted into the current music marketplace. Offered fall. Prereq: MUSI 190 and 290 (or MUSI 391).

MUSI 392: 3 s.h. Music in the Nonprofit Sector

Provides a comprehensive overview of the field of arts administration and the classical music business. Topics such as nonprofit administration, grants, resumés and publishing will be discussed, as well as networking and guest lecturers. Students will have the opportunity to create a hands-on class project. Offered periodically. Prereq: MUSI 190.

MUSI 395: 3 s.h.Studio Recording II

Advanced-level course in modern studio recording techniques. Learn how to record/mix synthesizers, piano, drum set, percussion and other acoustic instruments. Required to complete numerous technical/creative projects, including recording Millersville University music ensembles and taking part in every facet of the recording process, from booking studio through mastering final product. Music majors only. Offered spring. Prereq: MUSI 295.

MUSI 396: 3 s.h. Synthesis and Sampling

Advanced course focusing on theory/operation of hardware, virtual synthesizers and digital audio samplers. Learn how to identify and manipulate the various parameters of synthesis and sampling devices for compositions and live performances. Advanced topics in sequencing and digital editing will be addressed. Music majors only. Offered periodically. Prereq: MUSI 395.

MUSI 397: 3 s.h. International Music Business

Will delve into the cultural, technological and financial components of the international music industry. Will explore and analyze global trends, revenue streams, ethics and legal policy, marketing strategies, music consumption and distribution patterns, analytics/metrics, popular musi-cal genres and the future of music business in the United States, Canada, Europe, United Kingdom, Asia, Australia and Latin America. Offered spring.

MUSI 398: 3 s.h. Songwriting and Composition

This course will explore the techniques necessary to write and produce commercial pop songs and scores for radio, film, commercials and video games. Topics include melodic and harmonic development, song forms, lyric structures, orchestration, instrumentation, arranging and demo production. Offered fall. Prereq: MUSI 295 and 212.

MUSI 495: 3 s.h. Audio and Music for Video

Introductory course into the world of audio and music for video, including film, television and gaming. Covers topics such as the science and psychology of sound, sound editing, creating sound effects, recording voice-overs, and music synchronizations to picture. This project-based course is open to students who are interested in learning audio production skills as they relate to various mediums. Music majors only. Offered periodically. Prereq: MUSI 391, 395.

MUSI 497: 3 s.h. Live Audio III

Configure, assemble and optimize medium and large concert audio systems and peripheral equipment. This will include knowledge of signal flow, stage patching, protocols and cabling used for the interconnection of equipment and troubleshooting. Students will apply basic principles of audio wave propagation for the purpose of optimization of a sound system; will have basic knowledge to configure a digital mixing console for FOH and monitors as well as operating knowledge of each; and will understand the terms and definitions used in the live audio industry. Offered periodically. Prereq: MUSI 330.