A.F.A. Music Business

Students will:

  • 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.
  • Successfully transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in music.

Recommended Sequence

First Semester

Section Name​ Title​ Credits​
MUS131 Class Piano I 3
MUS152 Introduction to the Music Business 3​
MUS163 Careers in Music 2
MUA1…​ Applied Music I*​
MUA1… Performance Ensemble I** 2
…. Humanities Elective*** 3
WRT101​ English Composition I 3​
​ ​ 16​

Second Semester

Section Name​ Title​ Credits​
MUS231 Class Piano II 2​
MUA2… Applied Music II* 1
MUA2… Performance Ensemble II** 1
BUS101 Introduction to Business 3
MAT… Mathematics Elective ***​ 3-4
WRT… WRT 201 English Composition II or
WRT 202 Technical Writing​
…… Humanities Elective** 3​
​ ​ 16-17​

Third Semester

Section Name​ Title​ Credits​
MUS132 Music Theory I 2
PHY134​ Ear Training & Musicianship I 2
MUS241 Class Piano III 2
MUS252 Music in the Marketplace 3
MUA2… Applied Music III* 1
MUA2… Performance Ensemble III**​ 1
ECO101 ​ Macroeconomics​ 3
General Education Elective***​ 3
​ ​ 17

Fourth Semester

Section Name​ Title​ Credits​
MUS232 Music Theory II 2
MUS234 Ear Training & Musicianship II 2
MUS242 Class Piano IV​ 2
MUS262 Concert Promotion & Production 1
MUA2… Applied Music IV* 1
MUA2… Performance Ensemble IV** 1
Music (MUS) or Applied Music
(MUA) Electives​
​ ​ 16

Specific Program Notes

*Applied music courses include half-hour private lessons with an instructor in Bass (MUA101, MUA231, MUA232, MUA233); Guitar(MUA102, MUA234, MUA235, MUA236); Percussion (MUA103, MUA237, MUA238, MUA239); Piano (MUA104, MUA240, MUA241,MUA242); Strings (MUA105, MUA243, MUA244, MUA245); Voice (MUA106, MUA246, MUA247, MUA248); or Woodwinds/Brass (MUA107, MUA249, MUA250, MUA251).

**Performance ensembles include Chamber Ensemble (MUS125, MUS258, MUS259, MUS260); Chorus (MUS121, MUS255, MUS256, MUS257); Jazz Ensemble (MUS140, MUS246, MUS247, MUS249); and Pop/Rock Ensemble (MUS120, MUS220, MUS221, MUS222).

†Music courses that may fulfill 3 credits of the humanities requirement are: MUS101 Music Appreciation; MUS107 History of Western Music Before 1750; MUS108 History of Western Music After 1750; MUS109 History of Musical Theatre; MUS110 Music Art & Drama.

‡Recommended music electives: MUS119 Songwriting Workshop; MUS150 Intro to MIDI Sequencing & Synthesis; MUS151 Intro to Digital Audio Recording; or any combination of MUS or MUA classes and/or ensembles totaling at least 2 credits. MUS103 Fundamentals of Music is recommended for students with no or minimal music theory background prior to taking MUS132 and MUS133.

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