Course Content and Outcome Guide for MUC 167

Course Number:
MUC 167
Course Title:
The Music Business
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Course Description

Covers what you need to know to pursue a career in music and the music business. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Students will:
· Comprehend and apply basics of copyrighting to be able to copyright their own songs.
· Gather and present information about song structures, royalties, band agreements, and songwriting and collaboration agreements.
· Use an understanding of the role of music publishers, agents, managers, and other business professionals to navigate a musical submission.
· Use reason, decision-making, and complex problem-solving in business settings in the music field.

Course Activities and Design

· Students will secure and fill out copyright forms for their own songs.
· Present their song structures and survey royalty, band, and songwriting collaboration agreements.
· Select a music publisher(s), agent, and manager to navigate a musical submission.
· Use reason and complex problem solving in music business settings.
· Use appropriate communication skills in situations related to music  business.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

· Copyright forms are complete.
· Agreements are drafted and submitted.
· Correspondence with music publisher is examined.
· Any problems in the business setting are identified and solved.
· Communication is reviewed for content and clarity.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

· Copyright submission.
· Agreements of collaboration for bands and song writing.
· Musical submission to publisher(s).
· Sound decision making in the music business setting.
· Effective communication in music business setting.