Music AAS – Music Business Program

Code: AAS.MUSC.MUS.BUS

This Music Business program is recommended for students who wish to pursue a variety of careers utilizing music business knowledge upon completion of the degree.  Unlike the AFA in Music Business, this program does not require the core musicianship or general education coursework recommended for transfer to a bachelor’s degree in music, but rather focuses specifically on classes covering business, copyright, music publishing, record companies, artist management, concert promotion, marketing, economics, and career opportunities in the music industry. All AAS Music Business students engage in industry internships as part of their coursework.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate and research career options in the music industry and develop promotional materials and interview skills for workforce opportunities.
  • Explain the contemporary structure of the music industry, including music publishing, record production, artist management, and concert promotion.
  • 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.
  • Exhibit entrepreneurial skills and an understanding of the history of the music industry.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of copyright law, publishing, contracts, and licensing.
  • Explain and apply knowledge of the marketing, promotion, and merchandising of music products.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of management, law, and accounting as it applies to the music industry.
  • Demonstrate competency in an entertainment industry workplace environment.

Career Pathways

Music Publisher
Artist Manager
Concert Promoter
Marketing Promoter Merchandiser of Music Products
 

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

MUS  Music Elective 2-3
  Humanities Elective* 3
BUS-101Introduction to Business

3

MUS-152Introduction to Music Business

3

MUS-163Careers in Music

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:17-18

Second Semester

MUS  Music Elective 3
BUS 

INF

COM
Business Elective 
or 
Information Technology Elective
or 
Communication Elective
3
MUS-252Music in the Marketplace

3

COM-101Mass Media Communication

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

-or

WRT-202Technical Writing

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Third Semester

  Math/Computer Science/Natural Science/Technology Elective* 3-4
MUS  Music Elective 3
MUS-262Concert Promotion and Production

3

BUS-105Business Communications

3

ECO-102Principles of Microeconomics

3

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Fourth Semester

BUS 

INF

COM
Business Elective 
or 
Information Technology Elective 
or 
Communication Elective
3
MUS  Music Elective 3
  Humanities Elective* 3
  General Education Elective* 3
MUS-292Co-Op Work Experience [Music]

2

ACC-110Financial Accounting

3

Total Credit Hours:17

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-102Principles of Microeconomics

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Mathematics, Natural Science, and Technology*

One general education course to be selected from the following fields: Mathematics (MAT); Computer Science (CIS) Information Technology (INF); Biology (BIO); Chemistry (CHM); Physics (PHY).

Total Credit Hours:3-4

Additional General Education Elective:*

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 21-22

Program Requirements

  Music Electives 11-12
  Business Elective or Information Technology Elective or Communication Elective 6
ACC-110Financial Accounting

3

BUS-101Introduction to Business

3

BUS-105Business Communications

3

COM-101Mass Media Communication

3

MUS-152Introduction to Music Business

3

MUS-163Careers in Music

3

MUS-252Music in the Marketplace

3

MUS-262Concert Promotion and Production

3

MUS-292Co-Op Work Experience [Music]

2

Total Credit Hours: 43-44

Total Credit Hours: 64-66

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s).

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