This degree program will prepare individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to the production of sound recordings as finished products or as components of film/video, broadcast, live, or mixed media productions. The program includes instruction in sound equipment operation and maintenance; audio editing; audio recording; audio mixing; sound engineering; beat making, record production, and working with producers, editors, directors, artists, and production managers. Additionally, this program provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary for advancement to management positions. This program is designed to prepare graduates for entry level positions, with theory and working knowledge, in the fields of: Recording Engineer, Audio Engineer, Sound Engineer, Mixer, Audio Operator, Sound Technician, Broadcast Engineer, Broadcast Technician, and Sound Editor and other entertainment related positions.

Courses & Descriptions

MU-208: Recording Engineering & Producing Capstone

This course is intensive and hands-on, requiring the student to find a project to produce, record, mix or all three. Using either the digital or analog console, each student will complete an EP with up to seven tracks but no less than 5 tracks. This is an advanced skill course and requires either industry experience or completion of all prerequisites prior to participation. Prerequisite: BUS-126, MU-151, MU-152, MU-153, MU-154, MU-155, MU-156, MU-157, MU-158, MU-159, MU-160, MU-172, MU-204, MU-207

MU-207: Advanced Audio Editing

This course covers multi-track editing, drum editing, and vocal tuning. This class also covers when and why to tune and time vocals and tracks. Students will be required to fine tune musical passages. Prerequisites: MU-151, MU-158 MU-156, MU-157

MU-205: Recording Engineering & Producing Practicum

This course is designed to provide the student with a hands-on experience by placing students in a working recording studio to gain exposure to the professional setting. The Recording Engineering & Producing Practicum course is 145 hours in length. Specific job functions will be based on the student’s previous knowledge and experience. Functions include: acting as runners or general assistants in the studio, acting as assistants and acting as producers and engineers. Prerequisite: BUS-126, MU-151, MU-152, MU-153, MU-154, MU-155, MU-156, MU-157, MU-158, MU-159, MU-160, MU-172, MU-204, MU-207

MU-204: Contracts and Publishing

In this course students will be introduced to all types of entertainment contracts and give the student a firm understanding of music publishing. This course will help students to decipher the ins and outs of most music contracts including record contracts; production deals; publishing deals and 360 deals. Prerequisites: MU-155

MU-172: Live and Corporate Sound

This course will introduce students to the world of audio that exists outside of a professional recording studio. Students will learn about sound reinforcement for live concerts and corporate events. This course will introduce students to other avenues in audio available to them that otherwise might be overlooked. Prerequisites: MU-151

MU-160: Mixing I

In this course students will learn what constitutes a good mix and the steps required to create one. The emphasis is to provide a basic foundation of mixing. Students will also take an in-depth look at the art of music mixing. Topics covered include: mix set up; panning; mix effects; vocal levels; transitions in a mix; and depth of field. The goal is for students to gain practical and useful knowledge of mixing by course end. Prerequisites: MU-151, MU-156, MU-159

MU-159: Recording Consoles

This course will introduce the student to analog recording consoles and emphasize the importance of proper signal flow in recording. Signal flow will be the most important tool a student can learn to prepare themselves for a career in audio. Topics covered include: the history of recording consoles; comparison of console models; basic signal flow; sections of the console; automation; troubleshooting; and how to use the console creatively. Prerequisite: MU 151

MU-158: Recording II

Students in this course will be introduced to the primary concepts, technologies, equipment, and practices used in the production of recorded music. Topics covered include the basic principles of sound and hearing, essential concepts of audio, multi-track recording, recording instruments in popular music; vocal recording techniques; multi-track editing. Prerequisite: MU 151, MU 156, MU 159

MU-157: Digital Audio Workstations II

This course will build on work done in MU 156 to use the Pro Tools system in a professional studio and production environment to optimize session outcomes. Students in this course will learn to streamline their workflow with a variety of advanced keyboard commands, editing techniques, routing methods. Students will complete the AVID Pro Tools 110 Course. Upon successful completion of both MU 156 and MU 157, students will be prepared to take the Avid 110 certificate test. Prerequisite: MU 156

MU-156: Digital Audio Workstations I

In this course students will gain an understanding of Digital Audio Workstations and the skills and knowledge needed to operate them. Students will become familiar with the recording, editing and mixing capabilities of Digital Audio Workstations and also learn the basics of computer systems, digital audio theory and file management. The information covered later in the course will enhance and deepen the student’s understanding of editing workflows, navigation techniques, virtual instruments, real-time plug-ins and automation. The complete Avid Pro Tools 101 Course is taught in his course along with EI’s DAW training methods.

MU-155: Introduction to Entertainment & Media Business

This course is designed to introduce the overall business structures of various types of music businesses highlighting those areas where music and business intersect. The music industry is comprised of various players that influence the music production and live event industries. It is important for any individual to understand all of the different components that impact this industry. Topics include: licensing and publishing, the vocabulary and terminology of the music industry, copyright collectives, performance rights organizations, music business deal structures, and the roles that a record producer, music publisher, booking agent, promoter, and tour manager play with in the industry.

MU-154: Music Theory I

This course offers knowledge in the study of the workings of music and sound. Students will learn about reading music, song form, notation, rhythm, harmony, meters, tonality, and scales. Upon completion of this course, students will gain an understanding of the construction of music and gain the ability to communicate effectively with musicians, composers, directors, programmers, and producers in the professional audio production environment.

MU-153: Critical Listening

This course focuses on developing critical listening skills with particular emphasis on engineering analysis. Topics include psychoacoustics of various audio environments, critical listening and the identification of engineering techniques such as balance, panning, EQ, reverb, compression, delay, and timebased effects, instrument identification and song structure and terminology. Students will build their critical listening skills using recorded music from studio sessions, live concert material, and audio postproduction mixes from a variety of mixing techniques and producers. Prerequisite: MU 151

MU-152: Beatology

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of record production and the role that it plays in popular music. Students will learn about the role of a record producer in popular music. Students are introduced to the history of the MIDI concept, its principles and theory, and MIDI production techniques and how it relates to software based production. They are also introduced to MIDI control, troubleshooting, and the design of MIDI systems. Students will learn how MIDI is used in modern productions as well as gain an understanding of the FL Studio program. This class is also an in-depth study of how to construct a beat from inception to a final song. Students will learn about programming virtual instruments, creating drum sounds; song structure; and creating different types of musical styles.

MU-151: Recording I

The objective of this course is designed to clarify all the individual rolls and duties of those involved in record production and in a professional recording studio environment. This course will give the student an understanding of how the recording industry has moved towards a more individual approach to recording. In doing so, the student will have the basic knowledge for the rest of the classes. Students will also learn about, microphones, effects processors, monitoring systems, studio acoustics and how to run a recording session. Studio design is also discussed, along with studio operating principles and the mechanics of the studio environment. This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of a professional recording studio

BUS-126: Intro to Small Business and Management Techniques

This course provides the basic principles of operating a small business with a focus on management techniques. Topics include buying, pricing, promotions, location decisions, and planning as well as coverage of globalization, ethics, diversity, customer service, and innovation from a managerial perspective. Students will learn the importance of entrepreneurship and create a sound business plan.

Students Must Pick 2 Electives Below

MU-213 Digital Audio Workstation III

This course will build on work done in MU-156 and MU-157 to use the Pro Tools system in a professional studio and production environment to optimize session outcomes. Students in this course will learn to streamline their workflow with a variety of advanced keyboard commands, editing techniques, routing methods and control surface usage. Students will complete the AVID Pro Tools 201 and 210 courses. Upon successful completion of MU-156, MU-157 and MU-213, students will be prepared to take the Avid Pro Tools Operator Certification. Prerequisite: MU-156, MU-157

MU-212 Videography -“Take 1”

In this course students will be introduced to video editing using various post production tools. Students will learn about the basic fundamentals in order to complete a project from start to finish. Topics include: composition, color correction, transitions, and effects. This course will provide students with a strong foundation in all aspects of the video post-production process.

MU-211 Advanced Beatology “The Art of The Beat”

This class is an advanced beat making class. Students will learn about how to move between music styles and gain the ability to create beats on the spot. Students will not only gain the confidence to create beats outside of their comfort zone but make these beats sound authentic to that genre of music. Prerequisite: Must take and pass MU-152 with a grade of “B” or better

MU-210 Applied Voice “Ready- Set- Go”

This class is all about singing. Students will have a weekly private voice lesson as well as classes that prepare them for all aspects of Performing. Ready will teach a student about the mechanics of their voice and how the instrument operates. Set further teaches the student about why they are singing each song giving them the ability to translate a song emotionally. Go will show the student how to perform and sing at the same time while maintaining their breath control and vocal technique.

MU-209: Songwriting “Words & Melody”

In this course students will learn the art and craft of songwriting. Students will learn about structure and style, lyric writing, melody and all that goes into creating songs. This class culminates in a performance of all songs that the students write during the class

MU-190: Media Training

In this course students learn about the media and how to act being in front of a camera or in an interview. Students will learn how to prepare and control interview. Students will be exposed to live interviews as well as prepared interviews. The goal of this course is media awareness and how to deal in common situations that come up when dealing with the media.

MU-171: Artist Development

In this course students will learn how to find artists and develop their skills to help make them successful. They will learn how to develop an artist’s appearance, attitude and networking skills. Project management, budgeting, EPK’s and finding avenues to gain capital will also be explored. This class will also demonstrate how to put together a master plan for an Artist’s career both long term and record to record. Prerequisite: MU-155

MU-164: Media Now

The Media Now course encourages students to think critically about the media and its effects on culture by providing them with a thorough understanding of how media technologies develop, operate, converge, and affect society. It will develop students’ media literacy skills to prepare them for their encounters in the expanding fields of the Internet, interactive media, and traditional media industries. This course will also give a comprehensive introduction to today’s global media environment and ongoing developments in technology, culture, and critical theory that continue to transform this rapidly evolving industry. Prerequisites: MU 163

MU-163: Intro to Electronic Media

This course provides students the essentials for interacting with electronic media. The most current media forms and the functions of those forms as they relate to advertising, promotional, regulatory, ethical and global issues will be covered. It will also examine the different forms of electronic media and electronic media functions.

MU-162: Entertainment Marketing

Students will examine the entertainment industry and how to reach the target market in today’s competitive marketplace. They will learn the entertainment marketing basics, substantial players in the industry, and how to reach their target market through print, radio, TV and music. This course will also cover how social media can be used as a marketing tool with the most productive marketing tactics for each type of major social media platform examined in depth.

BUS-235: Principles of Finance

This course will give students a strong foundation in contemporary finance to make financial decisions in the business environment. Throughout the course students will see how financial topics clearly connect to students’ personal finance decisions. Topics include: Time Value of Money, Risk and Return, Financial Planning & Control. Prerequisite:ACC-102

BUS-115: Office Systems

This course provides the student with an in-depth knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Emphasis is placed on applications in a business environment and on reports used to support decision-making.

Students Must Take 3 Gen. Ed. Electives Below

GE-135: Logic

This course covers the fundamentals of logical thinking and logic theory. Course topics include logic and truth, inference, logical and conditional operators, truth tables, natural deduction, and inductive analysis.

GE-134: Poetry

In this course gain an introduction and reading, understanding & creating poetry. Students will learn what poetry is, how to read poetry, figurative language, rhythm, meter & pattern

GE-133: Creative Writing

Students in this course will learn the writing process of fiction, poetry and drama. It will explore subjects such as theme, setting, characters, plot, point of view, tone, style, description, dialogue, thoughts, time, images, and sounds.

GE-132: World Music Tour

This course will take the student on a tour of World Music. Students will learn about how music differs from culture to culture. Students will be exposed to all types of music and the instruments that play them.

GE-131: History of African-American Music

This course introduces students to the progression of AfricanAmerican music from its African origin to the present day place in popular music. Topics include Music forms before 1900’s work songs; spirituals; chants and shouts; Blues; Ragtime and Jazz; 20th century African-American Music from Opera; Soul to Hip Hop and Rock and Roll.

GE-130: History of Music in America

The History of Music in America course will provide an in-depth look at the evolution of popular music from the mid- 19th century to the present. Throughout the course, students will learn to highlight connections, contrasts, and patterns of influence among artists, styles, and eras through discussions and listening to examples of music from different genres.

GE-110: Introduction to Sociology

This introductory sociology course explores sociological processes that underlie everyday life. The course focuses on globalization, cultural diversity, critical thinking, new technology and the growing influence of mass media

GE-105: Intro to Psychology

This psychology course is provides a foundation to understand human behavior. Course covers theories and concepts including: scope of psychology, biological foundations and the brain, sensation, perception, motivation, personality, learning/memory, emotion, states of consciousness, personality theories, cognition, life-span development, and applied psychology.