Music AFA– Music Business Option

Code: AFA.MUSC.BUS

The Associate of Fine Arts in Music Business is recommended for students interested in transferring to a four-year college Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts music business or popular music studies program. Coursework incorporates the core musicianship classes and general education coursework typically taken during the freshman and sophomore years of four-year college music degree programs, as well as classes covering business, copyright, music publishing, record companies, artist management, concert promotion, marketing, economics, and career opportunities in the music industry.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Explain basic concepts of music theory and perform all major and minor scales and chords on piano.
  • Exhibit mastery of an instrument or voice at an intermediate level.
  • Exhibit basic facility in sight-reading and sight singing musical notation.
  • Demonstrate growth in artistry, technical skills, collaborative competence, and knowledge of repertory in ensemble settings.
  • Explain the contemporary structure of the music industry, including music publishing, record production, concert promotion, and marketing.
  • Explain the role of new media and technology in the recording and concert industries and apply this knowledge to the development of production and marketing plans.
  • Articulate the legal and economic principles applicable to the entertainment industry.
  • Transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in music.

Career Pathways

     
     
     

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

  Humanities Elective***† 3
MUS-131Class Piano I

2

MUS-152Introduction to Music Business

3

MUS-163Careers in Music

3

MUA-1Applied Music

MUS-1Performance Ensemble

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:16

MUA-1: Applied music  II courses include half-hour private lessons with an instructor in Bass (MUA-101, MUA-231, MUA-232, MUA-233); Guitar (MUA-102, MUA-234, MUA-235, MUA-236); Percussion (MUA-103, MUA-237, MUA-238, MUA-239); Piano (MUA-104, MUA-240, MUA-241, MUA-242); Strings (MUA-105, MUA-243, MUA-244, MUA-245); Voice (MUA-106, MUA-246, MUA-247, MUA-248); or Woodwinds/Brass (MUA-107, MUA-249, MUA-250, MUA-251).

MUS-1: Performance ensembles I include Chamber Ensemble (MUS-125, MUS-258, MUS-259, MUS-260); Chorus (MUS-121, MUS-255, MUS-256, MUS-257); Jazz Ensemble (MUS-140, MUS-246, MUS-247, MUS-249); and Pop/Rock Ensemble (MUS-120, MUS-220, MUS-221, MUS-222).

Second Semester

  Mathematics Elective***  3-4
  Humanities Elective*** 3

MUS-231Class Piano II

2

MUA-2Applied Music

MUS-2Performance Ensemble

BUS-101Introduction to Business

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

-or

WRT-202Technical Writing

3

Total Credit Hours:16-17

MUA-2: Applied music II courses include half-hour private lessons with an instructor in Bass (MUA-101, MUA-231, MUA-232, MUA-233); Guitar (MUA-102, MUA-234, MUA-235, MUA-236); Percussion (MUA-103, MUA-237, MUA-238, MUA-239); Piano (MUA-104, MUA-240, MUA-241, MUA-242); Strings (MUA-105, MUA-243, MUA-244, MUA-245); Voice (MUA-106, MUA-246, MUA-247, MUA-248); or Woodwinds/Brass (MUA-107, MUA-249, MUA-250, MUA-251).

MUS-2: Performance ensembles II include Chamber Ensemble (MUS-125, MUS-258, MUS-259, MUS-260); Chorus (MUS-121, MUS-255, MUS-256, MUS-257); Jazz Ensemble (MUS-140, MUS-246, MUS-247, MUS-249); and Pop/Rock Ensemble (MUS-120, MUS-220, MUS-221, MUS-222).

Third Semester

  General Education Elective*** 3
  Free Elective(s)
3
MUS-132Music Theory I

2

MUS-134Ear Training and Musicianship I

2

MUS-252Music in the Marketplace

3

ECO-101Principles of Macroeconomics

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

  Music (MUS) or Applied Music 6
  (MUA) Electives‡   
  Free Elective(s)
3

MUS-232Music Theory II

2

MUS-234Ear Training and Musicianship II

2

MUS-262Concert Promotion and Production

3

Total Credit Hours:16

General Education Requirements

Communication

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

-or

WRT-202Technical Writing

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities Electives*

Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN).

Total Credit Hours:6

Social Science Course

ECO-101Principles of Macroeconomics

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Mathematics, Natural Science, and Technology

  Mathematics Elective*** 3-4
Total Credit Hours:3-4

Additional General Education Elective:***

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 21-22

Program Requirements

  Applied Music I* 1
  Applied Music II*  1
  Performance Ensemble I** 1
  Performance Ensemble II** 1
  Music or Applied Music Electives‡ 6

MUS-131Class Piano I

2

MUS-231Class Piano II

2

MUS-132Music Theory I

2

MUS-232Music Theory II

2

MUS-134Ear Training and Musicianship I

2

MUS-234Ear Training and Musicianship II

2

MUS-152Introduction to Music Business

3

MUS-163Careers in Music

3

MUS-252Music in the Marketplace

3

MUS-262Concert Promotion and Production

3

MUA-1, MUA-2: Applied music courses include half-hour private lessons with an instructor in Bass (MUA-101, MUA-231, MUA-232, MUA-233); Guitar (MUA-102, MUA-234, MUA-235, MUA-236); Percussion (MUA-103, MUA-237, MUA-238, MUA-239); Piano (MUA-104, MUA-240, MUA-241, MUA-242); Strings (MUA-105, MUA-243, MUA-244, MUA-245); Voice (MUA-106, MUA-246, MUA-247, MUA-248); or Woodwinds/Brass (MUA-107, MUA-249, MUA-250, MUA-251).

MUS-1, MUS-2: Performance ensembles include Chamber Ensemble (MUS-125, MUS-258, MUS-259, MUS-260); Chorus (MUS-121, MUS-255, MUS-256, MUS-257); Jazz Ensemble (MUS-140, MUS-246, MUS-247, MUS-249); and Pop/Rock Ensemble (MUS-120, MUS-220, MUS-221, MUS-222).

Total Credit Hours: 41

Program Support Requirements

BUS-101Introduction to Business

3

Total Credit Hours: 3

Free Electives

Total Credit Hours: 6

Total Credit Hours: 65-66

Specific Program Notes

***General Education Elective(s).

†Music courses that may fulfill 3 credits of the humanities requirement are: MUS-101 Music Appreciation; MUS-107 History of Western Music Before 1750; MUS-108 History of Western Music After 1750; MUS-109 History of Musical Theatre; MUS-110 Music Art & Drama.

‡Recommended music electives: MUS-119 Songwriting Workshop; MUS-150 Intro to MIDI Sequencing & Synthesis; MUS-151 Intro to Digital Audio Recording; or any combination of MUS or MUA classes and/or ensembles totaling at least 2 credits. MUS-103 Fundamentals of Music is recommended for students with no or minimal music theory background prior to taking MUS-132 and MUS-133.

Students enrolled in this program ARE REQUIRED to successfully complete a course in basic algebra if indicated by the Basic Skills Placement Test.