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Music Industry Studies

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 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

Students choosing Music Industry Studies as their major will be required to fulfill 41/42 credit hours within the major. Required courses include:

  • MI 107, Music Skills for Industry Professionals (3)
  • MI 109, Survey of the Music Industry (3)
  • MS 100, Basic Excel Skills for Business (1)
  • MI 201, Audio Production (3)
  • MI 222, History of the Music Industry (3)
  • MI 252, Theories and Techniques of Sound Recording (3)
  • MK 280, Intro to Marketing (3)
  • MI 352, Music Industry Business Practices (3)
  • MI 353, Audio for Video (3) or MI 355, Artist Management (3) or MI 357, Experiential Application in Entertainment (3)
  • MI 360, Music Industry Practicum (3)
  • MI 440, Internship (3)
  • MI 452, Entertainment Media and the Law (3)
  • MI 461, Music Industry Capstone (3)

Two credit hours from the following courses:

  • MI 220, Audio Lab Remote Production (1)                                                                                                  
  • MI 320, Internet Radio (1)
  • AM ___, Applied Music (1)
  • ES  ___, Ensemble (1)  

One course from the following list:

  • EC231, Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • MT440, Electronic Music (2)
  • AC203, Introduction to Accounting (3)

In addition, students will be required to satisfy the Butler University Core curriculum as well as the CCOM requirements of Public Speaking, Media Literacy, Communication & Culture, and Foreign Language (6 hours at the 200 or above level).

A minor (recommended) or concentration is required, comprising 12-24 hours. A second major also fulfills this requirement.

Additional hours of free electives, combined with the above, to complete the 126 hours needed for graduation.

Music Industry Studies Minor

Students interested in a minor in Music Industry Studies will take a total of 18 credit hours made up of the following required courses:

  • MI 109, Survey of the Music Industry (3)
  • MI 201, Audio Production (3)
  • MI 222, History of the Music Industry (3)
  • MI 352, Music Industry Business Practices (3)
  • MI 461, Music Industry Capstone (3)

Choose two from the following list:

  • MI 107, Music Skills for Industry Professionals (3)
  • MI 252, Theories and Techniques of Sound Recording (3)
  • MI 360, Music Industry Practicum (3)
  • MI 452, Entertainment Media and the Law (3)
  • MI 440, Internship (3)

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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