General Studies: Music Industry Concentration


A concentration in Music Industry will lead to a degree in General Studies.

Program Purpose

The Music Industry Concentration is designed for students desiring career options as entrepreneurs in the Music Industry Business, which includes songwriters, producers, and recording artists.  The course offerings provide students insight into the Music Industry environment while developing their basic musicianship skill levels for songwriting and/or performing and recording.

Program Objectives for Music Industry Concentration

The Music Industry Concentration is offered to students who are matriculating in the Management Entrepreneurship Technology (Business) Program at Morris Brown College.  Students must have a background in music, songwriting talent, or performance ability to qualify for the Music Industry Concentration.

The principal objectives identified within the concentration are

  • To teach basic musicianship skills [notation, reading, terminology, key signatures and chord analysis]. MUS 100 Music Fundamentals; MUS 101 Sight Singing and Ear Training; MUS 130 and 131 Piano Class I & II;

MUS 201 – 202 Music Theory sequence; MUS 435 Conducting. [Learning Outcome One, Five, Six]

  • For students to demonstrate ability to complete and file five Music Business Forms [copyright, mechanical license, performing rights license, performing rights membership, mechanical  royalties calculation chart]. MUS 250 Music Industry Seminar; MUS 300 Introduction to Music Industry. [Learning Outcome Two, Three, Six]
  • For students to have a literal understanding of three basic Music Industry Contracts and a working knowledge of 50 Music Industry Terms [recording contract, artist contract, management contract].    MUS 300 Introduction to Music Industry; MUS 337 Legal Aspects of Music Industry; MUS 450 Music Industry Internship [Learning Outcome Two, Three, Six]
  • To develop the students basic skill level in songwriting  [compositional notation, chord realization and/or vocalization, repertoire]. MUS 201 – 202 Music Theory sequence; MUS 332 and MUS 334 Introduction to Composition; MUS 350 Band Arranging; [Learning Outcome One, Three, Five, Six]
  • For students to study, listen to, and identify composers, music and basic characteristics of music from European and Afro-Centric traditions. MUS 315-316 Music History (Baroque through 21st Century); MUS 320 African American Music; MUS 435 Conducting; MUS 480 Independent Study. [Learning Outcome Four]
  • To provide performance opportunities in ensembles and applied study. MUS 105 – 406 Applied Voice; MUS 330 – 331 – Music Theater; MUS 110 – 411 Ensemble (Chorus and/or Band); MUS 440 Senior Recital.  [Learning Outcome One] Track II: Vocal Technique: [breath management, phrasing, diction, placement, repertoire, performance] MUS 105 – 406 Applied Voice; MUS 330 – 331 Music Theater; MUS 338 – 340 Vocal Diction; MUS 340 Vocal Pedagogy; [Learning Outcome One, Six]
  • To develop basic skill level in Music Technology: notational systems and sequencing for songwriting.  MUS 301 – 302 Music Technology; MUS 431 Recording Studio; [Learning Outcome Two, Three, Five, Six]
  • To provide Music Industry Internship(s) for the purpose of allowing student to experience a real Music Industry environment; and to provide a network that fosters career opportunities for the student. MUS 400 Special Project; MUS 431 Recording Studio; MUS 450 Music Internship; MUS 480 Independent Study. [Learning Outcome One, Two, Three, Five, Six]

Outcomes for Music Industry Concentration

Upon completion of the Music Industry Concentration program, a student will

  1. Possess a business knowledge of marketing, promotional, and legal aspects of the Music Industry field that will enable the student to demonstrate performance excellence in artistic expression;
  1. Broaden her/his appreciation of music from the European traditions as well as music from the African Diaspora;
  1. Acquire professional experience and knowledge in the Music Industry arena through valued internships;
  1. Will possess a broad understanding of Music Industry terminology and standard best practices (mechanical rights, copyright and contracts); and
  1. Will be prepared to pursue careers in recording/entertainment industry or pursue graduate studies in Music Business.

Music Industry Competencies

  1. Music Industry students will submit a Music Catalogue or Portfolio of their  compositions or recording studio internship experiences during the first   semester of their senior year.
  1. Music Industry students must produce a major recording project, recital  project or musical production project during the            second semester of their   senior year.