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MAJORS and MINORS IN MUSIC

The world of commercial music has undergone a seismic shift in identity and purpose as young, entrepreneurial artists have taken control of both the content and delivery of their artistic material to the mass market -- thanks to advances in digital technology and user-friendly online distribution systems. This is not a trend but the new face of doing music business in a digital world, assuming one has the harnessed skill sets and problem solving abilities necessary to thrive in both the worlds of artistry and industry. To prepare students for this exciting and multi-faceted profession, Albright's Department of Music offers three academic degree programs. 

Note that a formal audition is not required for admission into the Music Department.

The Music Industry Studies Major

In the Fall of 2014, the Department of Music introduced our bachelor of arts degree in Music Industry Studies -- an interdisciplinary major that integrates three academic areas of focus:  Artistry, Industry, and Technology. 

The first focus, Artistry, includes courses in music history, theory, harmony, songwriting, commercial arranging, and private instruction (voice, piano, guitar, etc.). The second focus, Industry, harnesses our department's existing Music Business curriculum to examine topics as diverse as: artist management; music distribution; licensing; copywriting; marketing and promotion; and, music law. The degree program culminates with two capstone experiences: an academic seminar in entrepreneurship and a pre-professional internship. Our Technology strand includes contact time within the arenas of audio technology (live sound), recording technology, and music production. 

Requirements for the Music Industry Studies Major:

Artistry

- MUS 109 Applied Lessons (four semesters required)
- MUS 211 Theory and Aural Skills I
- MUS 212 Theory and Aural Skills II 
- MUS 360 Songwriting
- MUS 361 Commercial Arranging 

Industry

- MUS 243 The Business of Music: An Introduction
- MUS 244 Music Marketing and Promotion
- MUS 341 Concert Promotion
- MUS 342 Demo to Distribution (Elective credit only for MIS students)
- MUS 344 Artist Management
- MUS 345 Music Law               

Technology

- MUS 250 Live Audio Production
- MUS 251 Recording Technology
- MUS 351 Music Production

Capstone Experiences               

- MUS 491 Internship
- MUS 495 Senior Seminar

General Education (First Year Seminar – Recommended)

- FYS 100 History of the Recording Industry

General Education (Foundations/Fine Arts – Choose 1 of the Following 3 Courses)

- MUS 113 Popular Music in American Culture
- MUS 125 All That Jazz
- MUS 126 Music and the Cinema

The Music Industry Studies Co-Major

As one of our country's "Top 25 Schools for Artistic Students" (Newsweek, 2011), it goes without saying that for Albrightians, music is art.  But, since Albright also houses one of the country's leading programs in Music Business (Billboard, 2013), at Albright -- music is also commerce.  Our interdisciplinary and experiential approach to learning is the perfect environment for aspiring artists and budding entrepreneurs to collaborate and envision the creative path of professional music in the near and distant future. The seven courses that comprise our Music Industry Studies co-major -- which you can combine with any other department's co-major (Accounting, Spanish, or Arts Administration, for example) is designed to prepare you for an exciting career inside the business of the music industry.  As you can see, there is lot of flexibility within the combined major to offer you the ability to create the program that best suits your abilities and career goals.

Requirements for the Music Industry Studies Co-Major

Four (4) Required Courses:    

- MUS 243 The Business of Music: An Introduction
- MUS 244 Music Marketing and Promotion
- MUS 250 Live Audio Production
- MUS 491 Internship

Two (2) 300-level courses in Music Industry from the following:


- MUS 341 Concert Promotion
- MUS 342 Demo to Distribution
- MUS 344 Artist Management
-  MUS 345 Music Law

One (1) course in Applied Music/Music Appreciation from the following:

- MUS 103 Symphonic Band (requires four semesters of study for credit)
- MUS 104 String Chamber Orchestra (requires four semesters of study for credit)
- MUS 105 Concert Choir (requires four semesters of study for credit)
- MUS 109 Applied Music Lessons (requires four semesters of study for credit)
- MUS 113 Rags, Rock and Rap: Popular Music and American Culture 
   
- MUS 120 Music Appreciation: Introduction to Western Music
- MUS 125 All That Jazz
   
- MUS 126 Music and the Cinema

- MUS 135 Introduction to Music Theory
- MUS 211 Theory and Aural Skills I

One (1) course to satisfy General Studies: Foundations: Fine Arts recommended from the following:

- MUS 113 Rags, Rock and Rap: Popular Music and American Culture
- MUS 120 Music Appreciation: Introduction to Western Music

The Music Industry Studies Minor

One of the finest aspects to Albright's interdisciplinary approach to learning is that our students are actively encouraged to expand their intellectual horizons by combining disparate areas of concentration to tailor-make an undergraduate experience as academically unique and satisfying as they can imagine. For those students who wish to augment their academic experience with an added focus in Music Industry Studies, we offer a five-course minor.

Two (2) Required Courses:

- MUS 243 The Business of Music: An Introduction
- MUS 244 Music Marketing and Promotion

Two (2) courses at the 200 or 300 level from the following:

- MUS 211 Theory and Aural Skills I
- MUS 212 Theory and Aural Skills II 
- MUS 342 From Demo to Distribution
- MUS 344 Artist Management
- MUS 345 Music Law 

One (1) additional Music Department course at any level

Recommended: one (1) course from the following to satisfy General Studies: Foundations: Fine Arts

- MUS 113 Popular Music in American Culture
- MUS 125 All That Jazz
- MUS 126 Music and the Cinema

The Music Minor

For those students who wish to augment their academic experience with an added focus in the rudiments of Applied Music, we offer a five-course minor.

Two (2) Required Courses

- MUS 120 Music Appreciation: Introduction to Western Music
- MUS 211 Theory and Aural Skills I
   

Two (2) courses from the following (chosen with consultation of Department Chair):

- MUS 113 Rags, Rock and Rap: Popular Music and American Culture
- MUS 212 Theory and Aural Skills II
- MUS 250 Live Audio Production
- MUS 251 Recording Technology
- MUS 360 Songwriting

Four (4) Semesters of Study in Applied Music

- MUS 103 Symphonic Band (requires four semesters of study for credit)
- MUS 104 String Chamber Orchestra (requires four semesters of study for credit)
- MUS 105 Concert Choir (requires four semesters of study for credit)
- MUS 109 Applied Music Lessons (requires four semesters of study for credit)