Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
MUC 164
Course Title:
Survey of the Music Industry
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Course Description

Provides overview of career options in the music industry. Focuses on making a reasonable and informed choice as to a career in music. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  1. Students will be introduced to a wide scope of music industry careers.
  2. Students will meet industry professionals who will describe their careers including preparation, requisite skills, opportunities and experiences.
  3. Students will apply principles of time management.
  4. Students will be able to assess their marketable skills.
  5. Students will set short and long-term goals.
  6. Students will draft a career strategy.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The type of assessment will be determined by the individual instructor. Methods may include:

  1. Attendance and participation.
  2. Complete an individual time management study.
  3. Complete an assessment of professional skills.
  4. Complete a list of short and long-term goals.
  5. Draft a career strategy.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  1. Performance: solo, group, leader/sideman
  2. Recording: studios, demos, projects
  3. Record labels and distribution
  4. Marketing
  5. Promotion
  6. Music merchandising and retail
  7. Journalism: reviewers and critics
  8. Private teaching


  1. Students will be able to effectively use time management to set priorities and accomplish their goals.
  2. Students will be able to assess their current and needed marketable skills.
  3. Students will be able to set short and long-term goals.
  4. Students will be able to plan for a career in the music industry.