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B.A. in Music — Music Industry Concentration

There are two tracks within the B. A. in Music Industry concentration: Music Business and Sound Engineering. Students must declare which track they intend to pursue at the time of their audition.

Music Business Track

Music and Business are natural partners in the world beyond academia. Performing arts organizations often function as small businesses requiring those involved to have fundamental skills in marketing, accounting, business law, and grant writing. Likewise, the arts and entertainment industry provides opportunities to the business minded person with an interest in retail, artist management, or the recording industry fields. The Music Business track coordinates the requirements for the B.A. degree in music with basic studies in the music industry, music law, marketing, and business law. Students at IU Southeast have the opportunity to gain real-world experience and connections through numerous internship opportunities.

Auditioning/Interviewing for the Music Business Track

Acceptance into the Music Business track consists of both an interview and an audition on the candidate's primary instrument. Because the Music Business track is not a performance oriented degree, the level of performance does not need to reflect the same level of performance skill required of performance majors. However, since it is a music degree, we require that candidates have previous training on a musical instrument or voice and can demonstrate basic literacy in conventional music notation. Candidates should be prepared to discuss reasons why they wish to pursue the Music Business track.

Note: All music majors are required to achieve a minimum grade of C in all music classes.

Music Industry Concentration Requirements: Music Business Track

These requirements are in addition to university distribution requirements for the B.A.

Course Number Course Title Credits
T113-114 Music Theory I and II 6
T115-116 Ear Training I and II 2
M201-202 Literature of Music I and II 6
M403-404 History of Music I and II 6
A301 Electronic Studio Resources I 2
Applied Vocal or Instrumental Study * 4
X040 or X070 Ensemble Participation - 4 semesters † 4
X001 Ensemble Participation - 3 semesters 0
X095 Performance Class - 7 semesters 0
Z340 Introduction to Business of Music 3
BUS-L201 Legal Environment of Business 3
U413 Legal Aspects of the Music Industry 3
BUS- M300 Introduction to Marketing Management 3
U411 Concert Management 3
U440 Internship/Field Experience 3
Total Credits 49
* NOTE: At least one semester of applied study must be MUS-P101 PIANO CLASS or MUS-P100 PIANO (if piano is the student's primary instrument, then the student should register for MUS-P260).
† NOTE: For students whose ensemble is choir, it is not permissible to double-up on credits by enrolling in both Concert Choir and Community Chorus, unless the student is graduating in that semester and they have received permission from the Choral Director.

Sound Engineering Track

The art of recording is a necessary and integral part of the field of music. The Sound Engineering track within the Music Industry concentration at Indiana University Southeast is designed to give students a well-rounded education in liberal arts courses, while exposing them to practical, theoretical, and creative applications of sound engineering in the field of music. This degree, unlike vocational approaches to audio recording, provides a significant background in the academic areas of a traditional music degree. Students participate in ensembles, study music theory, refine their aural skills, and show competency in the performance of music and elements of audio production, and have fluency in current technologies. Since real world experience and networking are invaluable to the aspiring sound engineer, our students are given opportunities to engage in numerous projects through internships and courses that are taught on location with our studio partner, TNT Productions, and other regional facilities.

Auditioning/Interviewing for the Sound Engineering Track

Acceptance into the Music Industry/Sound Engineering program is based both on an interview and a demonstration of the candidate’s fluency on a particular instrument or voice. Because the Music Industry concentration is not a performance oriented degree, the level of performance does not need to reflect the same level of performance skill as required for performance majors; however, since it is a music degree, we require that candidates have some facility on a musical instrument or voice and can demonstrate basic literacy in conventional music notation. Candidates should be prepared to discuss reasons why they wish to pursue the Sound Engineering track. Support materials (CD recordings, creative work, past editing projects, etc.) are helpful, but not necessary for admittance into the program. Some basic pitch matching exercises may be asked of the candidate.

Music Industry Concentration Requirements: Sound Engineering Track

These requirements are in addition to university distribution requirements for the B.A.

Course Number Course Title Credits
T113-114 Music Theory I and II
6
T115-116 Ear Training I and II
2
T317-318 Music Theory III and IV
6
T215-216 Ear Training III and IV
2
M201-202 Literature of Music I and II
6
M403-404 History of Music I and II
6
A101 Intro to Audio Technology
2
A301 Electronic Studio Resources I
2
A321 Sound for Picture Production 3
A370-470 Studio Techniques I & II
4
A423 Final Project 1
U440 Internship 3
X040 or X070 Ensemble Participation - 4 semesters †
4
X001 Ensemble Participation - 3 semesters 0
X095 Performance Class - 7 semesters
0
Z340 Introduction to Music Business 3
Total Credits 50
† NOTE: For students whose ensemble is choir, it is not permissible to double-up on credits by enrolling in both Concert Choir and Community Chorus, unless the student is graduating in that semester and they have received permission from the Choral Director.

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