Music Industry

Major: Music Industry
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 187.0 - 188.0
Co-op Options: Two Co-ops (Four years)
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 student a program of study that combines education in music, music industry practices, and music technology with career preparation. Two concentrations are offered—Music Industry Business and Recording Arts (MIBU) and Music Production (RAMP)—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 Recording Arts (MIBU) and Music Production (RAMP):

  • The Music Industry Business (MIBU) 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 Recording Arts and Music Production (RAMP) 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 a full range of industry functions including post-production audio, live sound engineering, and music and audio freelancing skills. The concentration encourages the technology student to interact with the students in the business concentration by recording, mixing and mastering the music for MAD Dragon Music Group projects, and engaging in live performance production.

All Music Industry students qualify to apply for 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 are encouraged to use the portfolio portal provided on the Admissions Instructions webpage to upload electronic examples of pertinent activities (music and/or business and entrepreneurial), as well as a resume of music industry related experience.

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 (MIBU) Concentration
  • Music Industry: Recording Arts & Music Production (RAMP) Concentration

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
Required Arts and Humanities-students elect a minimum of 9 credits9.0
Required Natural Science-students elect a minimum of 3 credits *3.0
Required Social Science-students elect a minimum of 9 credits9.0
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 110Accounting for Professionals4.0
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 Concentration *3.0
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
*

MUSI Business Concentration Students who would like to continue taking more advanced recording studio and music production courses should take MIP 279 Sound Recording I instead of MIP 276 Sound Recording for Business Concentration.

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 110Accounting for Professionals4.0
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 110Accounting for Professionals4.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
MIP 270Live Music Industry3.0
MIP 276**Sound 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.

**

MUSI Business Concentration Students who would like to continue taking more advanced recording studio and music production courses should takeMIP 279 Sound Recording I instead of MIP 276 Sound Recording for Business Concentration. TakeMIP 279 in Terms 4 or 5 by swapping an elective in Term 3.

Music Industry Faculty

James L. Klein, BA (Oberlin College). Associate Professor. Music technologist, sound and recording engineer, songwriter for film, TV and radio music.
Marc Offenback, BA (CUNY). Assistant Teaching Professor. Recognized leader and innovator in label management, digital and traditional marketing and artist development.
Ryan Schwabe, BA (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Musician, producer, sound engineer, programmer and upright bass player. Owner of RareMP3s LLC and guest lecturer at Curtis Institute of Music.
John Seay, BMus (James Madison 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.
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.
Robert Weitzner, MBA (Harvard Business School). Assistant Professor. Has over 20 years of industry experience at the nexus of music, digital media, and technology. Founding Director of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) and currently the Head of North America for Consolidated Independent (CI) a London based digital supply chain and asset management solutions provider for the global independent music industry.
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