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Music Industry Studies

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The business of popular music is an important, specialized component of the larger entertainment and communication industries.  It is an exciting time to be involved in this ever-changing field in which new opportunities regularly arise.  By studying the music industry, you will gain the professional edge while preparing for an exciting and rewarding career.

Why Study the Music Industry at Butler?

Butler’s Music Industry Studies (MI) program is designed to prepare students for managing a wide spectrum of creative enterprises. MI majors will learn to transform their talents and dedication into marketable skills required by music publishers, radio, performing rights organizations, talent agencies, record labels, concert promoters, and venues. Butler’s MI program, available as a three-year degree, provides creative preparation to nurture industry-specific competencies while simultaneously providing multiple experiential opportunities. MI majors learn about the many facets of the business that drive popular music today, including varied career paths, multiple revenue streams, media law and production.  Students engage in internships, volunteer opportunities, and community partnerships in which they put into practice the knowledge and skills gained from start to finish in their studies.  Throughout their time in the program, students interact with industry professionals and have access to professional equipment and work spaces.  Students can complete their MI degree with an impressive resume, work examples of which they can be proud, and a valuable network of industry contacts.  It is our goal to graduate students who are prepared to be tomorrow’s leaders in an ever-evolving music business.

Music Industry Studies Student Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the music industry and its historical, cultural and economic aspects
  • Gather information through appropriate methods
  • Communicate information to audiences
  • Use communication technology effectively
  • Demonstrate team building, collaboration and leadership
  • Apply professional, ethical and legal standards in the field

Music Industry Studies Major

COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION REQUIREMENTS

126 Total Credit Hours (Includes Butler University Core Requirements)

COM 101                    Rhetoric and the American Democratic Tradition

SW 266-CCM         Media Literacy

                                           Foreign Language of Choice (3 credit hours at 204 level or above)

                                           Communication & Culture course (selected from approved list)

                                           Second major, minor or concentration area required

Description of Music Industry Studies (MI) - Major 41/42 Required Credit Hours

MI students put into practice information and skills gained in their studies while regularly interacting with music business professionals, creating work examples of which they can be proud, building a valuable network of industry contacts, and graduating with an impressive and useful resume.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

MI 107                          Music Skills for Industry Professionals

MI 109                          Survey of the Music Industry

MS 100                         Basic Excel Skills for Business

MI 201                          Audio Production

MI 222                          History of the Music Industry

MI 252                          Theories and Techniques of Sound Recording

MK 280                         Principles of Marketing

ME 330                          Self-Representation for Musicians

MI 352                           Music Industry Business Practices

MI 353                           Audio for Video, OR

MI 355                           Artist Management, OR

MI 357                           Experiential Application in Entertainment

MI 360                          Music Industry Practicum

ME 430                        E-Portfolio Capstone

MI 440                          Internship

MI 452                          Entertainment Media and the Law

MI 461                          Music Industry Capstone

Two credit hours form the following courses:

AM ___                          Applied Music, OR

ES ____                          Ensemble

One course from the following:

AC 203                          Introduction to Accounting, OR

EC 231                          Principles of Microeconomics, OR

MT 440                        Electronic Music

One course from the following:

MH 308                        Music in Global Contexts (3), OR

MH 408                        History and Literature of Jazz (3), OR

MT 244                        Jazz Improvisation (2) AND one additional AM or ES credit (1)

Music Industry Studies Minor

Description of Music Industry Studies (MI) Minor

MI students put into practice information and skills gained in their studies while regularly interacting with music business professionals, creating work examples of which they can be proud, building a valuable network of industry contacts, and graduating with an impressive and useful resume.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS
Total for MI Minor 21 Hours

MI 109                          Survey of the Music Industry

MI 201                          Audio Production

MI 222                          History of the Entertainment Industry

MI 352                          Music Industry Business Practices

MI 461                          Music Industry Capstone

Choose two from the following list:

MI 107                          Music Skills for Industry Professionals

MI 252                          Theories and Techniques of Sound Recording

MI 360                          Music Industry Practicum

MI 452                          Entertainment Media and the Law

MI 440                          Internship

The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum. Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at my.butler.edu and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.

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