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Recording Industry Studies

Recording 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 recording industry, you will gain the professional edge while preparing for an exciting and rewarding career.

Why Study the Recording Industry at Butler?

Butler’s Recording Industry Studies (RIS) program is designed to prepare students for managing a wide spectrum of creative enterprises. RIS 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 RIS program provides creative preparation to nurture industry-specific competencies while simultaneously providing multiple experiential opportunities.  RIS 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 RIS 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.

Recording Industry Studies Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students are able to find, synthesize and evaluate information applicable to the disciplines
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the links between aesthetics and creating messages appropriate to the audience, purpose and context of the communication
  • Demonstrate a mastery of the technologies required by the disciplines
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in collaboration with others

Recording Industry Studies Major

Students choosing Recording Industry Studies as their major will be required to fulfill 34 credit hours within the major. Required courses include:

  • CME107, Music Skills for the Recording Industry
  • CME109, Survey of the Recording Industry
  • CME201, Audio Production
  • CME220, Audio Lab Remote Lab
  • CME222, History of the Recording Industry
  • CME252, Theories and Techniques of Sound Recording
  • CME320, Internet Radio or MS 100 Basic Excel Skills for Business
  • CME352, Business Aspects of the Recording Industry
  • CME360, Recording Industry Studies Practicum
  • CME440, CME Internship
  • CME452, Entertainment Media and the Law
  • CME460, Recording Industry Capstone (Operations) or CME 461 Recording Industry Studies Capstone (Label & Publishing)

Related Required Courses:

  • MK280, Introduction to Marketing

One course from the following list:

  • EC231, Principles of Microeconomics
  • MT440, Electronic Music
  • AC203, Introduction to Accounting

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.

Recording Industry Studies Minor

Students interested in a minor in Recording Industry Studies will take a total of 15 credit hours made up of the following required courses:

  • CME 109, Survey of the Recording Industry (3)
  • CME 201, Audio Production (3)
  • CME 222, History of Recorded Music (3)
  • CME 252, Theories & Techniques of Sound Recording (3)
  • CME 352, Business Aspects of the Recording Industry (3)

In addition, select courses totaling 6 credit hours from the following list:

  • CME 107, Music Skills for the Recording Industry (3)
  • CME 220, Audio Lab (1)
  • CME 320, Audio for Film & Video (3)
  • CME 452, Legal Issues in Entertainment and Recording (3)
  • CME 455, In-Training (3)
  • CME 460, Recording Industry Capstone (Operations) or CME 461, Recording Industry Capstone (Label & Publishing) (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 and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.

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