New AAS in Music Business Degree Description

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Available as of the Spring 2014 semester, the Music Business program offers a newly modified Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and Certificate of Completion (CCL).

Current students may opt to follow either the old degree plan or may choose to complete the new degree plan. Current students with questions should plan to speak with an academic advisor, the Music Business Program Director, the Music Department Chair or designee in order to review current degree plans.

New students, starting in Spring 2014, should meet with an advisor to review programs of study for the new AAS or CCL.

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) and the Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Music Business program offer an innovative curriculum designed to prepare students for today's music industry. These programs combine a flexible curriculum with an emphasis in business and marketing, along with music industry and performance related courses.

The newly modified degree and certificate allow students to personalize their programs of study by choosing from specializations, including: Music Production, Disc Jockey Techniques, Songwriting, Performance, Marketing, Business, or Communications. Students must complete, at least, 12 credits in one area of specialization.

Learn more about Gainful Employment for the AAS/CCL in Music Business here.

Please see the suggested course sequence here.

New Music Business AAS Degree Requirements
(Effective Spring 2014)

Required Courses-Major Foundations

14 Credits (Students must take each of the courses in the linked list below)
  • MUC109 Music Business: Merchandising and the Law 3
  • MUC110 Music Business: Recording & Mass Media 3
  • MUC295AA Self Promotion for Music 1
  • MUC209 Music Industry Entrepreneurship+ OR MGT253 Owning and Operating a Small Business 3
  • MUC290AA Music Business Internship+1
  • Any MHL: Music, History and Literature Course 3

Free Electives- Major Electives

12 Credits (Students select 12 credits from the linked list of courses below)
  • MUC210 Advanced Industry Topics: Concert Promotion and Training+ 3
  • MUC211 Advanced Industry Topics: Artist Management and Talent Development+ 3
  • MUC135 Introduction to Disc Jockey Techniques 3
  • MUC145 Recording Studio Business Operations 2
  • MUC180 Computer Literacy for the Music Business+ 3
  • MUC215 Music Industry Seminar: Innovation in Music Technology 1
  • MUC240 Creative Music Production+ 4
  • MUC241 Business Principles of Music Production+ 3
  • MUC274AB Music Industry Study Tour 2
  • MUC295AB Portfolio for Music+ 1
  • MUC298 Special Projects (AA-AC)+ 1-3
  • MUC195 Studio Music Recording I  OR MUC195AA Studio Music Recording I 3
  • MTC113 Songwriting Techniques 1
  • MTC101 or Higher Level, Music Theory 3
  • MUC111 Digital Audio Workstation I (DAWI) +3
  • MKT110 Marketing and Social Networking 3
  • MKT271 Principles of Marketing 3
  • GBS151 Introduction to Business 3
  • GBS233 Business Communication+ 3
  • ACC111 Accounting Principles I 3
  • BPC128 Introduction to Desktop Publishing 1
  • CIS131AA Doing Business on the Internet 1
  • SBS230 Financial and Tax Management for Small Business 2

Restricted Electives- Areas of Specialization

For the AAS degree, students must select 12 credits from the approved list of Restricted Elective courses  to specialize in one area of emphasis from the following: Music Production, Disc Jockey Techniques, Songwriting, Performance, Marketing, Business, or Communications. Students must consult with an Academic Advisor, the Music Business Program Director, the Music Department Chair or designee to select the Restricted Elective courses recommended for each specialization. 

Music Production
  • MUC194 Introduction to Audio Mixing Techniques (3)
  • MUC197 Live Sound Reinforcement I (3)
  • MUC198 Live Sound Reinforcement II (3)
  • MTC191 Electronic Music I (3)
  • MTC192 Electronic Music II (3)
  • MUC295AB Portfolio for Music (1)
  • MUC145 Recording Studio Business Operations (2)
  • MUC180 Computer Literacy for the Music Business (3)
  • MUC210 Advanced Industry Topics: Concert Promotion and Touring (3)
  • MUC211 Advanced Industry Topics: Artist Management and Development (3)
  • MUC215 Music Industry Seminar: Innovation in Music Technology (1)
  • MUC274AB Music Industry Study Tour (2)
  • MUC298AA, AB or AC Special Projects (1-3)
  • MUC240 Creative Music Production (4)
  • MUC241 Business Principles of Music Production (3)
  • MUC242 Music Genres and Styles (2)
  • Any MTC Music Theory Course(s) (1-3)
Disc Jockey Techniques
  • MUC135 Introduction to Disc Jockey Techniques (3)
  • MUC136 Turntablism: The Art of the Scratch DJ (3)
  • MUC137 Digital DJ Performance Techniques (3)
  • MUC138 Disc Jockey Lab (1)
  • MUC237 Introduction to Electronic Music Production Techniques for DJ (3)
  • MUC210 Advanced Industry Topics: Concert Promotion and Touring (3)
  • MUC211 Advanced Industry Topics: Artist Management and Development (3)
  • MUC274AB Music Industry Study Tour (2)
  • MUC298AA, AB or AC Special Projects (1-3)
  • MUC180 Computer Literacy for the Music Business (3)
  • MUC295AB Portfolio for Music (1)
  • MUC197 Live Sound Reinforcement I (3)
  • MUC198 Live Sound Reinforcement II (3)
  • MTC191 Electronic Music I (3)
  • MTC192 Electronic Music II (3)
Songwriting
  • MUC114 Song Publishing and Marketing (1)
  • MUC115 Song Copyrighting and Demos (2)
  • MTC110 Music Notation for Songwriting (1)
  • MTC111 Lyric Writing (1)
  • MTC112 Song and Melody Forms (1)
  • MTC113 Songwriting Techniques (1)
  • Any MTC Electronic Music Course(s) (1-3)
  • Any MTC Composition or Arranging Course(s) (1-3)
  • MTC180 Computer Literacy for Musicians (3)
  • MUC180 Computer Literacy for the Music Business (3)
  • MUC210 Advanced Industry Topics: Concert Promotion and Touring (3)
  • MUC211 Advanced Industry Topics: Artist Management and Development (3)
  • MUC295AB Portfolio for Music (1)
Performance
  • Any MUP Music Performance Course(s) (1-3)
  • Any MTC Music Theory Course(s) (1-3)
  • MUC274AB Music Industry Study Tour (2)
  • MUP298AA, AB or AC Special Projects (1-3)
  • MUC298AA, AB or AC Special Projects (1-3)
  • MUC295AB Portfolio for Music (1)
Marketing
  • MKT101 Introduction to Public Relations (3)
  • MKT110 Marketing and Social Networking (3)
  • MKT210 Applied Marketing Strategies (3)
  • MKT271 Principles of Marketing (3)
  • MKT263 Advertising Principles (3)
  • MKT267 Principles of Salesmanship (3)
  • MKT268 Merchandising (3)
  • MKT273 Marketing Research (3)
  • MKT151 Display and Visual Merchandising (3)
  • MUC274AB Music Industry Study Tour (2)
  • MUC298AA, AB or AC Special Projects (1-3)
Business
  • GBS131 Business Calculations (3)
  • GBS151 Introduction to Business (3)
  • GBS205 Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Business (3)
  • GBS221 Business Statistics (3)
  • IBS101 Introduction to International Business (3)
  • IBS109 Cultural Dimensions for International Trade (3)
  • HRM145 Events Management (3)
  • ACC111 Accounting Principles I (3)
  • ACC112 Accounting Principles II (3)
  • ACC115 Computerized Accounting (2)
  • ACC211 Financial Accounting (3)
  • ACC212 Managerial Accounting (3)
  • ACC230 Uses of Accounting Information I (3)
  • ACC240 Uses of Accounting Information II (3)
  • CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems (3)
  • BPC110 Computer Usage and Applications (3)
  • CIS114AE Excel Level I (1)
  • CIS118AB PowerPoint Level I (1)
  • CIS120AF Computer Graphics: Adobe Photoshop: Level I (1)
  • CIS120AK Introduction to Digital Video Editing (1)
  • CIS120DB Computer Graphics: Adobe Illustrator (3)
  • CIS133DA Internet/Web Development Level I (3)
  • MUC274AB Music Industry Study Tour (2)
  • MUC298AA, AB or AC Special Projects (1-3)
Communications
  • MKT101 Introduction to Public Relations (3)
  • MKT110 Marketing and Social Networking (3)
  • COM150 Digital Storytelling (3)
  • COM251 Interviewing (3)
  • COM225 Public Speaking (3)
  • COM263 Elements of Intercultural Communication (3)
  • GBS233 Business Communication (3)
  • ENG111 Technical and Professional Writing (3)
  • ENG235 Magazine Article Writing (3)
  • JRN101 Professional Writing Fundamentals (3)
  • JRN133 Development of Small Publications (3)
  • JRN203 Writing for Online Media (3)
  • JRN205 Copy Editing (3)
  • JRN225 Photojournalism (3)
  • JRN234 Feature Writing (3)
  • JRN235 Practicum: Public Relations (3)
  • JRN290 Publications Portfolio (3)
  • MUC274AB Music Industry Study Tour (2)
  • MUC298AA, AB or AC Special Projects (1-3)

Note: Students must consult with an Academic Advisor, the Music Business Program Director, Music Department Chair or designee to select the Restricted Elective courses recommended for each specialization.  

General Education Requirements

22-25 Credits (Students must take each of the courses in the linked list below)
  • Any Approved First Year Composition courses  6 credits                                                 
  • Critical Reading : CRE101 Critical Reading* 0-3  credits                 
  • Any Approved Mathematics course:  3 credits
  • Any Approved Oral Communications course: 3 credits
  • Humanities and Fine Arts 3                                           
    • Any approved general studies course from the MCCCD Humanities and Fine Arts Area                               
  • Social and Behavioral Science 3                                  
    • Any approved general studies course from MCCCD Social/Behavioral Science area                       
  • Natural Sciences 4                                            
    • Any Approved General Studies course from the MCCCD Natural Science Area

+Course has pre-requisite or co-requisite
* Students may test out of the Critical Reading requirement at the MCC Testing Center

NOTE:  The Maricopa Community College District regularly updates and publishes a list of approved courses to satisfy the General Education requirements for AAS degree seekers. Students are responsible for verifying that their selected Gen. Ed. courses are on the approved list: AAS_Gen Eds_13-14.pdf

For students planning to transfer to a 4-year college, it is important to meet with a transfer advisor and to be aware of college Arizona General Education Transfer requirements. Visit: http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/agec.woa/3/wo/ghuSkGWfpjFYL88TCZEk2w/0.7.1 for more information on AGEC approved courses.