Jun 19, 2019  
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19

MUS 106 - Introduction to the Music Business


Course Description: An introduction to the business side of the music industry, topics will include record companies, artist management, music publishing, radio, and the Internet. We will examine contemporary practices and their historical backgrounds. Career opportunities will also be discussed. As a final project, students will have the opportunity to work out a marketing plan for their own musical ventures or for an MCC-sponsored musical event.
General Education Elective(s): Humanities
Note(s): N/A

Course Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze the process by which music goes from a creative work to a salable commodity and the common ways it is bought and sold on the open market.
  • Define the roles of key careers in the industry such as songwriter/composer, recording artist, producer, publisher, promoter, artist manager, and listener.
  • Identify the legal fundamentals of published and recorded music, including copyright law basics as they apply to musical works.
  • Explore the changing nature of technology in the process of experiencing, promoting, buying and selling music.
  • Articulate some of the value systems and ethical challenges inherent in an industry that blends the often opposing interests of art and commerce.

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