Music Industry

Major: Music Industry
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 187.0 - 188.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 50.1003
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
27-2041

About the Program

The degree in music industry offers the highly motivated and musically talented student a program of study that combines mastery of the art form with career preparation. Two concentrations are offered—Music Industry Business and Music Industry Technology—providing hands-on experience and a strong academic foundation in relevant areas of this rapidly changing industry. The music industry curriculum is divided into four areas which are combined with cooperative experience: general education, music core, music industry core, and concentration requirements.

In an industry where the process of career building often begins with a few key contacts, the cooperative education program provides Drexel students the opportunity to meet industry professionals and network. The program prepares students for careers in the music industry in such diverse positions as recording engineer, music producer, sound designer, music lawyer, business manager or music publisher. The co-op experience during the sophomore and junior year summer terms involves full-time career-related employment, during which students gain valuable insight into how the entertainment industry works.

About the Concentrations

The major offers two concentrations: music industry business and music industry technology:

  • The music industry business concentration provides a rigorous academic foundation complemented by a real-world hands-on, highly-intensive business experience. This mission is realized through the students' participation in the MAD Dragon Music Group, a group of student-run enterprises including: MAD Dragon Records, DraKO Booking Agency, MAD Dragon Publishing, MADKo Concert Promotions and a BANTIC media.

  • The music industry technology concentration focuses on the techniques and technologies of music and audio production. As well as providing the technology-oriented student with the necessary skills to perform as an audio engineer or record producer, the concentration teaches students how to conduct studio management and production company business. The concentration encourages the technology student to interact with the students in the business concentration by recording, mixing and mastering the music for the MAD Dragon Music Group, and engaging in live performance production.

Students can apply for a a minor in business administration after completing their music industry core requirements.  This emphasis on business courses as part of the core requirements is one of the foundations of the program.

Special Admissions Considerations

Students wishing to be admitted to the music industry major must meet or exceed the general requirements for admission to the University and the College of Media Arts and Design.

The program no longer accepts hard-copy portfolios. However, when applying to the Music Industry program, applicants can provide links in their application materials to electronic examples of pertinent activities, as well as a resume of music industry related activities. If an applicant chooses, he or she can create a special webpage or site for the Music Industry Program Administration to review. The link should be mentioned in the application essay.

In their major-specific essays, applicants should address their reasons for selecting the music industry major at Drexel and share their passion for this unique area of study.

For more information about this major, visit the College's Music Industry page.

Degree Requirements 

All students take the same general education, music industry core and business courses. Students choose their concentration at the time of admission; however it is possible to switch as late as the beginning of junior year.

Concentrations:

  • Music Industry Business
  • Music Industry Technology

Students are also able to take courses in any other concentration as long as they fulfill the prerequisite requirement(s) and there is room in the class to accommodate the student.

Requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
or MATH 121 Calculus I
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
or MATH 122 Calculus II
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
Arts and Humanities electives9.0
Natural science elective *3.0
Social science electives9.0
Music core requirements15.0
Music Industry core requirements63.0
Concentration requirements33.0-34.0
Concentration electives9.0
Free electives **24.0
Total Credits187.0-188.0
*

PHYS 107 - Acoustics is recommended.

**

MKTG 301, PHIL 301, PSY 101 and/or PSY 150 are recommended.

Music Core Requirements
MUSC 121Music Theory I3.0
or MUSC 122 Music Theory II
MUSC 125Ear Training I1.0
MUSC 130Introduction to Music3.0
MUSC 190Class Piano I2.0
or MUSC 191 Class Guitar I
MUSC 323Songwriting3.0
Music Elective (Select one)3.0
Music History I
Music History II
The Beatles
Rock Music Through the Mid-60s
Rock Music Since the Mid-60s
World Musics
Afro-American Music USA
History of Jazz
American Popular Music
Special Topics in Music
Total Credits15.0
Music Industry Core Requirements
ACCT 115Financial Accounting Foundations4.0
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
MIP 132Survey of the Recording Industry3.0
MIP 133Digital Audio Workstations I3.0
MIP 161Copyrights in the Music Industry3.0
MIP 179Introduction to Sound Recording2.0
MIP 227Listening Techniques1.0
MIP 270Live Music Industry3.0
MIP 293Survey of Music Production3.0
MIP 361Music Publishing3.0
MIP 374Entrepreneurship in the Music Industry3.0
MIP 375 [WI] Marketing and Promo in Music Industry3.0
MIP 491Senior Project in Music Industry *9.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
WEST 100Introduction to Digital Design Tools3.0
Total Credits63.0
*

Repeated over three terms.

Music Industry: Business Concentration Requirements
MIP 276Sound Recording for Business Concentration3.0
MIP 336Contracts and Legal Issues in the Music Industry 3.0
MIP 376MAD Dragon Music Group (Taken three terms)9.0
MIP 394Big Data In The Music Industry3.0
MIP 395Digital Revenue & Creative Destruction3.0
MIP 396International Recording Business3.0
MIP 426Global Trends in the Music Industry 3.0
MIP 467Artist Representation3.0
MIP 468Music Industry E-Commerce3.0
Select *Three* of the following Business Concentration Electives9.0
Radio Management
Media Promotion
Music Merchandising
Music Venues and Concerts
Touring and Booking
Cities of Music and Culture
Music Supervision
Total Credits42.0
Music Industry: Recording Arts & Music Production (RAMP) Concentration Requirements
MIP 233Digital Audio Workstations II3.0
MIP 279Sound Recording I3.0
MIP 333Digital Audio Workstations III3.0
MIP 338Audio Seminar2.0
MIP 379Sound Recording II3.0
MIP 381Audio for Video3.0
MIP 388Music and Audio Freelancing2.0
MIP 389Sound Reinforcement3.0
MIP 477Music Production3.0
MIP 481Mixing and Mastering3.0
MUSC 122Music Theory II3.0
MUSC 229Modern Arranging Techniques3.0
Select *three* of the following RAMP Concentration electives:9.0
Electronic Music Production
Scoring to Picture
Synthesis and Sampling
Commercial Music Production
Studio Maintenance
Video Game Music and Audio
Analog Recording
Music Production Master Class
Digital Audio Workstations IV
Total Credits43.0

 

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.


About the Accelerated Degree Program

The BS in Music Industry/MBA program offers students a program that combines an undergraduate degree in music business and technology with an MBA degree awarded by the Drexel LeBow College of Business. The program is designed to allow students to complete both the bachelor's degree and the Master of Business Administration degree in five years.

The program is offered to qualified students who apply for this option prior to the end of freshmen year or prior to the completion of 90 credits. All students who apply for this option must take the GMAT entrance exam.

Students selected for this program will generally have a minimum of 1350 on the SAT, a GPA of 3.5 or better, and rank in the top 10% of their high school graduating class. A strong candidate for this program will have taken significant AP coursework while in high school.

BS/MBA students may be waived from two MBA Enterprise Management courses, assuming a grade of B or better is earned in specified undergraduate courses. Students can review the Waiver Policies for the Statement of Curriculum Standing on the LeBow College's website for additional information.

The above conditions hold only for fully accepted BS/MBA students as identified by Enrollment Management.

Additional requirements for the dual degree program:

  • A  minimum of 3.2 cumulative GPA  must be maintained throughout the entire undergraduate portion of this program or the student will not be able continue on to the MBA.  
  • Students must take the GMAT examination and achieve a minimum score of 570 prior to the end of the tenth term in order to continue in the program. It is recommended that students take the GMAT examination late in the student's third year.
  • Students must submit an acceptable of plan of study at least three terms before anticipated start of graduate part of the program.

Sample Plans of Study 

Music Industry: Recording Arts & Music Production Concentration 

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
MIP 132Survey of the Recording Industry3.0
MIP 179Introduction to Sound Recording2.0
MIP 227Listening Techniques1.0
MUSC 121Music Theory I3.0
MUSC 190
or 191
Class Piano I
Class Guitar I
2.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 2
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
MIP 133Digital Audio Workstations I3.0
MIP 161Copyrights in the Music Industry3.0
MUSC 130Introduction to Music3.0
WEST 100Introduction to Digital Design Tools3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 3
ACCT 115Financial Accounting Foundations4.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
MIP 233Digital Audio Workstations II3.0
MIP 270Live Music Industry3.0
MUSC 122Music Theory II3.0
MUSC 125Ear Training I1.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
MATH 101
or 121
Introduction to Analysis I
Calculus I
4.0
MIP 333Digital Audio Workstations III3.0
MIP 361Music Publishing3.0
MIP 375 [WI] Marketing and Promo in Music Industry3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 5
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
MATH 102
or 122
Introduction to Analysis II
Calculus II
4.0
MIP 279
or 293
Sound Recording I
Survey of Music Production
3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 6
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
MIP 279
or PHYS 107
Sound Recording I
Acoustics
3.0
MUSC 229Modern Arranging Techniques3.0
MUSC 323Songwriting3.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 7
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
MIP 379Sound Recording II3.0
MIP 381Audio for Video3.0
Arts & Humanities elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 8
MIP 338Audio Seminar2.0
MIP 374Entrepreneurship in the Music Industry3.0
MIP 389Sound Reinforcement3.0
MIP RAMP Concentration elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 9
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
MIP 388Music and Audio Freelancing2.0
MIP 481Mixing and Mastering3.0
Social Science elective Or3.0
Acoustics 
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 10
MIP 491Senior Project in Music Industry3.0
MIP RA&MP Concentration elective3.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
MUSC elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
MIP 477Music Production3.0
MIP 491Senior Project in Music Industry3.0
Social Science elective3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
MIP 491Senior Project in Music Industry3.0
MIP RA&MP Concentration elective3.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
Free elective6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Total Credit: 188.0

Music Industry: Business Concentration 

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
MIP 132Survey of the Recording Industry3.0
MIP 179Introduction to Sound Recording2.0
MIP 227Listening Techniques1.0
MUSC 121Music Theory I3.0
MUSC 190
or 191
Class Piano I
Class Guitar I
2.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 2
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
MIP 133Digital Audio Workstations I3.0
MIP 161Copyrights in the Music Industry3.0
MUSC 130Introduction to Music3.0
WEST 100Introduction to Digital Design Tools3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 3
ACCT 115Financial Accounting Foundations4.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
MIP 270Live Music Industry3.0
MIP 276Sound Recording for Business Concentration3.0
MUSC 125Ear Training I1.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
MIP 361Music Publishing3.0
MIP 375 [WI] Marketing and Promo in Music Industry3.0
Natural science elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 5
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
MIP 239Survey of Music Production 3.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 6
MIP 336Contracts and Legal Issues in the Music Industry 3.0
MIP 467Artist Representation3.0
MUSC 323Songwriting3.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 7
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
MIP 376MAD Dragon Music Group3.0
MIP 395Digital Revenue Creative Destruction3.0
MIP Business Concentration elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 8
MIP 374Entrepreneurship in the Music Industry3.0
MIP 376MAD Dragon Music Group3.0
MIP 394Big Data In The Music Industry3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
MIP 376MAD Dragon Music Group3.0
MIP 426Global Trends in the Music Industry 3.0
MIP 468Music Industry E-Commerce3.0
Arts & Humanities elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
MIP 396International Recording Business3.0
MIP 491Senior Project in Music Industry3.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
MUSC elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
MIP 491Senior Project in Music Industry3.0
MIP Business Concentration elective3.0
Social science elective3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
MIP 491Senior Project in Music Industry3.0
MIP Business Concentration elective3.0
Arts and Humaniteis elective3.0
Free electives3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Total Credit: 187.0
*

 See degree requirements.

Courses

MIP 131 History of the Music Industry 3.0 Credits

This course teaches the students the background of the recording industry, including technologies, social and political events that shaped the industry to the present.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.

MIP 132 Survey of the Recording Industry 3.0 Credits

This course offers a comprehensive overview of the history of the Recording Industry plus an in-depth examination of the key changes that have affected the world of the Industry over the past 25 years. Marketing, Promotion, Branding, Music Streaming, Touring, Social Media development, and artist development will be covered.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.

MIP 133 Digital Audio Workstations I 3.0 Credits

This course will provide students with a basic understanding of Digital Audio Workstation theory and practice as it relates to content creation through Music Instruments Digital Interface ( M.I.D.I.) sequencing. In addition to M.I.D.I. sequencing, students will be introduced to editing, and mixing.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.

MIP 161 Copyrights in the Music Industry 3.0 Credits

This course is an in-depth exploration of what, how, when and where intellectual property exists in the music industry, with a particular emphasis on the role that copyrights play.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.

MIP 170 Radio Management 3.0 Credits

Students learn about the growth and development of radio through the 20th century to today, including current challenges and new technologies, programming and marketing techniques, payola, organizational structure, corporate consolidation, the F.C.C., podcasting, satellite, and internet radio. Students also create their own radio stations and formats.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MIP 179 Introduction to Sound Recording 2.0 Credits

Introduces the art of sound recording, including fundamentals of sound, sound capture, acoustic environment, recording devices, and the recording studio. Stakeholders, such as engineers, producers, and technicians are discussed.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Corequisite: MIP 227

MIP 227 Listening Techniques 1.0 Credit

Students will develop critical listening skills needed for all aspects of music production including commercial arranging, tracking, and mixing.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Corequisite: MIP 179

MIP 233 Digital Audio Workstations II 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on Digital Audio Workstation techniques used in modern audio production. This course will provide students with a basic understanding of Digital Audio Workstation theory of operation, system setup and troubleshooting, audio recording, editing, and “in the box” mixing.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 133 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 262 Trademarks and Patents in the Music Industry 3.0 Credits

This course is an in-depth continuation of the exploration of what, how, when and where intellectual property exists in the music industry, with a further emphasis on the use of trademarks and patents in the music and music software industries.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.

MIP 263 Media Promotion 3.0 Credits

Students learn about the procedures and mechanisms used to promote music and music-related content through various media forms, primarily radio and video, and through any new media forms recently or futuristically discovered.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is EAM or major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 170 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 270 Live Music Industry 3.0 Credits

Course examines the basic concepts, key terms and roles of all essential players for both the venue management and touring and concert promotion industry and the relationships between venues, booking agents, tour managers and media.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.

MIP 271 The Recording Industry I 3.0 Credits

This course teaches the students the fundamentals of the structure and function of the recording industry. It is a comprehensive exploration of the structure and function of the professionals in the recording industry with relation to: major labels, independent labels, and production companies with an analysis of those entities.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 161 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 272 The Recording Industry II 3.0 Credits

This course is a continuation of the recording industry principles learned in MIP 271.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 271 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 276 Sound Recording for Business Concentration 3.0 Credits

Sound recording techniques are presented to provide Music Industry Business Concentration students with basic recording competency through practical application. Students are required to create several recordings through projects that require teamwork and self-analysis.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 179 [Min Grade: C]

MIP 279 Sound Recording I 3.0 Credits

Basic sound recording procedures are presented with an emphasis on microphone techniques, signal-flow, and session workflow. Requires students to create several multitrack recordings, including editing and mixing.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: MIP 179 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 293 Survey of Music Production 3.0 Credits

This course analyzes various music recordings, including the genres of jazz, pop, R&B, and rock, from the modern recording era (1930’s to the present) and discusses the production techniques used to create them.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.

MIP 311 Artists and Repertoire in the Music Industry I 4.0 Credits

Educates students in the art of selecting recording artists for a recording label’s artist roster. It analyzes target demographics for the label, genre specificity, A&R administration processes and takes the student through the myriad duties performed by an A&R executive in the recording industry.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.

MIP 312 Artists and Repertoire in the Music Industry II 4.0 Credits

This course teaches the art of selecting recording artists for a recording label's artist roster. This student in this course work directly with A&M/Octone Records executive David Boxenbaum, to search and present artists to consider signing to the label. The class engages in weekly conference calls and presentations to Mr Boxenbaum and the staff.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.

MIP 318 Music Merchandising 3.0 Credits

Students work in interdisciplinary groups with Design and Merchandising students to create a comprehensive merchandise extension program including product selection, production, distribution and promotion within the context of the artists' overall brand package.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MIP 331 Music Venues and Concerts 3.0 Credits

Students will learn how to operate a music venue by learning how to book talent, market and promote, staff and hire personnel, create visibility, establish a long-term vision for the music venue.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.

MIP 333 Digital Audio Workstations III 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on advanced Digital Audio Workstation techniques used in modern recording production with an emphasis on audio editing. Sound replacement, pitch correction, alignment, audio quantization, and editing proficiency are covered.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 233 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 336 Contracts and Legal Issues in the Music Industry 3.0 Credits

This course explores contractual agreements and the legal issues affecting the music industry today, such as free speech in radio and music lyrics, rights of publicity for recording artists, fair use and piracy, as well as the various standard agreements in common use in the music and recording industries.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 161 [Min Grade: D] and BLAW 201 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 338 Audio Seminar 2.0 Credits

Students present Extra Curricular recording projects to the instructor and fellow students for an in-class critique. The in-class critique will give the student direct feedback on their creative work and allow them to compare their work against the work of their peers. The production critiques will be moderated by the instructor and grades will be assessed based on in-class participation and presentations.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 1 times for 4 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 379 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 341 Touring and Booking 3.0 Credits

Educates student about the Live Performance revenue stream in the music industry, encompassing tour management, tour planning and implementation, concert promotion agreements, insurance issues and revenue breakdowns.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.

MIP 343 MADKo Concert Promotions 3.0 Credits

This course teaches the students, through experiential, hands-on learning, how to organize, market, promote, advance and settle music concerts. The students conceive of, organize and book artists for concerts locally and regionally. They are responsible for every facet of the concert, from conception to final settlement.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 9 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 331 [Min Grade: D] or MIP 341 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 358 Electronic Music Production 3.0 Credits

This course is a holistic approach to electronic music production through the study of its history and hands on digital audio workstations techniques.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MIP 233 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 361 Music Publishing 3.0 Credits

This course explores the fundamental responsibilities of a music publisher including reviewing, evaluating, marketing, licensing, monetizing, representing and protecting original music, as well as the rights of songwriters and related content creators. Students will discover how music publishing is a crucial element of support in a thriving music industry and will learn how music publishers build value for their creative clients.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 161 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 365 Cities of Music and Culture 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to give students an introductory insight and understanding of the music industry in the chosen location of the class. This class is a Study Tour.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MIP 366 Music Supervision 3.0 Credits

Students will be introduced to the creative and administrative elements of music supervision including sourcing, evaluating, licensing, and placing music into visual productions.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 161 [Min Grade: D] or MIP 361 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 374 Entrepreneurship in the Music Industry 3.0 Credits

Students will learn how to devise, conceive, create and implement a music industry-related business through the drafting of a business plan. This course is team-driven and will involve student discussions and critique.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: FIN 301 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 375 [WI] Marketing and Promo in Music Industry 3.0 Credits

This course is designed for students to understand marketing & promotion in the music industry and provide insight into the concepts of marketing and the tactics employed by labels, independent agents, and artists in the marketplace. Students will acquire the skills to assemble comprehensive, integrated marketing strategies that accompany a successful marketing campaign. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 132 [Min Grade: D] or MIP 272 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 376 MAD Dragon Music Group 3.0 Credits

MAD Dragon Music Group is designed to immerse students in the world of the independent music business and includes all of the professor led, student operated enterprises that create, organize and administer MAD Dragon Music Group projects.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 9 credits
Prerequisites: MIP 132 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 377 MAD Dragon Media 3.0 Credits

MAD Dragon Media is the marketing, publicity and media relation arm of the MAD Dragon Music Group.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 12 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.

MIP 379 Sound Recording II 3.0 Credits

An advanced examination of current state of the art sound recording techniques. Special attention is paid to concert recording, digital and analog mixing techniques, advanced compression and equalization techniques, and time-based processing. Research methods in sound are introduced.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI and classification is Junior or Pre-Junior or Senior.
Prerequisites: MIP 279 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 380 Special Topics in Music Industry 0.5-12.0 Credits

Covers special topics in music industry. May be repeated for credit if topics vary.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

MIP 381 Audio for Video 3.0 Credits

This course will introduce the student to the technological and creative aspects of developing an audio score for audio/visual elements.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 233 [Min Grade: D] and MIP 279 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 382 Scoring to Picture 3.0 Credits

This course will expand the students' ability to create and produce an original score for an audio/visual element, drawing upon their creative and technological skills.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 381 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 383 MAD Dragon Studios 1.0 Credit

Students are involved in the day-to-day operations of MAD Dragon Recording Studios. Students will perform the business operations such as scheduling, logistics, and promotion, as well as oversee session needs, tech requirements and supplies.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 6 times for 6 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 279 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 384 Synthesis and Sampling 3.0 Credits

This is an advanced course focusing on the theory and operation of hardware and virtual synthesizers and digital audio samplers. Students learn how to identify and manipulate the various parameters of synthesis and sampling devices.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 233 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 386 Commercial Music Production 3.0 Credits

An examination of the various ways that music is composed and used in television advertising, industries, trailers/promos for film, television, and radio, including bumpers and station ids.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 381 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 387 Studio Maintenance 3.0 Credits

Introduces the student to basic maintenance and troubleshooting techniques used in the modern recording studio. Basic electronic components, cabling, soldering skills, audio measurements, and equipment calibration are emphasized.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 279 [Min Grade: C]

MIP 388 Music and Audio Freelancing 2.0 Credits

Students will gain an understanding of how to prepare for and develop a career as a freelancer in the music and/or audio industries. They will learn how to develop career goals and a plan of action, create a basic professional website, and learn the basic financial, business, and marketing practices of a freelancer.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore

MIP 389 Sound Reinforcement 3.0 Credits

This course covers all aspects of sound reinforcement for live performances, including system design, equipment usage, and acoustical concerns. The course uses both lecture and hands-on components for greater student understanding.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MIP 390 Video Game Music and Audio 3.0 Credits

The objective of this course is to give students a well-rounded understanding of the state of contemporary video game music and audio; how the game development process works; the evolution of game audio, and how to approach the creation of video game music and audio.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MIP 391 Analog Recording 3.0 Credits

This class enables students to practice the art of analog recording, editing and mixing. It puts in perspective the concepts, tools, and techniques of studio production that can be taken for granted in the digital domain. The constraints and aesthetic choices that are magnified by the analog format are very important parts of a holistic music production curriculum.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI and classification is Junior or Senior.
Prerequisites: MIP 379 [Min Grade: C]

MIP 392 Music Production Master Class 1.0 Credit

A guest music producer and his team will share their knowledge of record production. Students will learn both technical and business aspects of professional record production and will be assigned projects helping them develop a high level of expertise and professionalism.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI and classification is Junior or Senior.
Prerequisites: MIP 379 [Min Grade: C]

MIP 394 Big Data In The Music Industry 3.0 Credits

This course offers a comprehensive overview of collecting, analyzing, and understanding all aspects of Big Data research in the music industry. By intensive studies of the analytics of the data flow and how that information is used, this course will show students how to interpret the ebb and flow of the music business.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 132 [Min Grade: D] and STAT 201 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 395 Digital Revenue & Creative Destruction 3.0 Credits

Students will study the disruption, destruction and transformation of the music industry business model through the lens of entrepreneurial innovation in the post-Napster era. This course is team-driven and will involve extensive student discussions and critique.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore

MIP 396 International Recording Business 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to give students an international perspective of the recording business. Students will research individual markets and compare and contrast them in order to evaluate business conditions and consider future economic prospects.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 132 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 426 Global Trends in the Music Industry 3.0 Credits

This course explores how the music, arts and entertainment industries operate and interact with a global perspective. Students will examine the unique attributes and different cultural and artistic components of global music industry centers with emphasis on "placemaking" factors, government-support models, economic landscape, market trends, chart history, deal types/income streams, hitmakers and moguls, and specific genres and styles emanating from around the world. Students will gain a greater understanding of how music, entertainment and various media platforms are perceived, supported and commoditized throughout the world.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: BLAW 201 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 433 Digital Audio Workstations IV 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on advanced Digital Audio Workstation techniques used in modern audio production. This course will explore trends in DAW technology and showcase emerging production techniques used in the creation of modern music.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 133 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 440 Legal and Business Affairs for MAD Program 3.0 Credits

L&B Affairs gives students the opportunity to examine, draft, revise, and negotiate all legal agreements attendant to MAD Dragon enterprise and all of its entities. The student will participate in business negotiations for all MAD Dragon-related dealing as well as working with real-world timelines and deadlines.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 9 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.

MIP 441 DraKo Booking 3.0 Credits

This course teaches the students, through experiential, hands-on learning, how to effectively act as a booking agent. They do so by booking tours for the MAD Dragon Records artists.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 9 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 331 [Min Grade: D] or MIP 341 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 443 Entertainment Contracts I 3.0 Credits

This course encompasses drafting and negotiating the most common types of agreements in the music industry.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: BLAW 201 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 444 MAD Dragon Records 3.0 Credits

MAD Dragon Records is the hands-on real-world component of the Music Industry Program as a full-service record label.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 9 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 271 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 445 MAD Dragon Publishing 3.0 Credits

Students engage in the everyday business of a Publishing Company, including investigating placement possibilities for songs in, e.g., movies and TV. They draft and negotiate licenses for uses, compile database, create and disseminate compilation CDs to music supervisors and like-users, and seek out and sign songwriters to the company.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 9 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 361 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 453 Entertainment Contracts II 3.0 Credits

This course is a continuation of Entertainment Contracts I that encompasses drafting and negotiating the most common types of entertainment agreements used by the Music Industry.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 443 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 464 Music Industry Cyberlaw 3.0 Credits

This course explores the law and legal issues that exist on the Internet, such as publication, domain names, disclaimers, liabilities of an e-commerce store or site related to the music industry.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: BLAW 201 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 467 Artist Representation 3.0 Credits

Students will gain an historical perspective on the evolving role of the Manager from an entrepreneurial perspective. The class examines the core components that comprise an artist's professional team. The course will explore and analyze the central role that managers in particular, but also, attorneys, agents, business managers, services firms, record labels and other entities each play in representing, developing, and supervising the artist’s overall business and brand.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

MIP 468 Music Industry E-Commerce 3.0 Credits

This course explores the inner workings of commerce in the music industry as it occurs in the Internet. The student gains an understanding of how to market and promote websites, utilize social networking sites and how digital services for the industry can serve the label, artist and/or publishing company.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 272 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 477 Music Production 3.0 Credits

The students in this class learn contemporary music production techniques through a combination of lecture, demonstration and independent work.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 379 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 481 Mixing and Mastering 3.0 Credits

The art of mixing and mastering music are covered in depth. This is an advanced audio engineering course that will focus on the mixing and mastering process. Proper equipment usage, methods, formats, and production goals are covered.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 379 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 482 Recording Session 3.0 Credits

Students will be involved in all aspects of recording production including artist selection, session planning, recording, overdubbing, editing, mixing and mastering.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 6 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.
Prerequisites: MIP 379 [Min Grade: D]

MIP 491 Senior Project in Music Industry 3.0 Credits

Senior Project is a thesis course in which student groups engage over the three quarters of senior year in intensive research on a topic selected by a jury among individual proposals. The thesis will result in some form of publishable material. The student will present their thesis to a jury in their final quarter of senior year.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 12 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI and classification is Senior.

MIP 495 Directed Studies in Music Industry 0.5-12.0 Credits

Provides supervised individual study of special topics in the music industry. Departmental permission required.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is MUSI.

MIP I199 Independent Study in Music Industry Program 0.5-12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

MIP I299 Independent Study in Music Industry Program 0.5-12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

MIP I399 Independent Study in Music Industry Program 0.5-12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

MIP I499 Independent Study in Music Industry Program 0.5-12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

MIP T180 Special Topics in Music Industry Program 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

MIP T280 Special Topics in Music Industry Program 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

MIP T380 Special Topics in Music Industry Program 0.5-12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

MIP T480 Special Topics in Music Industry Program 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

Arts & Entertainment Enterprise Faculty

Xela Batchelder, PhD (Ohio State University). Assistant Professor. Entertainment and arts management; theater management, touring, presenting and booking.
Jean Brody, DFA (Yale School of Drama) Program Director, Online MS in Arts Administration. Associate Teaching Professor. Arts administration.
Lawrence Epstein, MBA (Cornell University) Interim Department Head, Arts & Entertainment Enterprise. Associate Teaching Professor.
Julie Goodman Hawkins, MFA (Temple University) Program Director, MS in Arts Administration. Assistant Professor. Cultural policy, political activism in the arts, changes in economic and social policy, arts sector changes.
James L. Klein, BA (Oberlin College) Program Director, Music Industry. Associate Professor. Music technologist, sound and recording engineer, songwriter for film, TV and radio music.
Michelle Manghise, BS (St. John’s University ). Assistant Teaching Professor. 25-year veteran of music industry; music publishing, copyright, artist management, entrepreneurship, entertainment marketing.
Brian Moore, MS, MFA (Drexel University; Louisiana State University) Program Director, BS in Entertainment and Arts Management. Assistant Teaching Professor. Nonprofit organizations: fund development; strategic planning; communications and marketing; and executive management.
Toby Seay, MS (Drexel University). Associate Professor. Sound and recording engineer, music technologist, music producer and studio technician.
Cyrille Taillandier Associate Teaching Professor. Recording engineer, music producer and digital editor.
Neville Vakharia, MS (Drexel University) Research Director. Assistant Professor. Technology in the arts, strategic planning and evaluation, management and leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Darren Walters, BA (University of Delaware). Associate Teaching Professor. General Manager of Mad Dragon Records and co-owner and President of Jade Tree, an independent record label.
Andrew Zitcer, MCP (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Teaching Professor. Arts and community development, community based organizations, governance modes, organizational planning, narrative and social theory.
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