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Bachelor of Science in Music Industry Studies
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Music Industry Studies: The music industry studies program at the DMI is intended to develop a broad range of skills in audio engineering technology and music industry entrepreneurship that will give students a foundational base of knowledge for working in various music industry careers. While students are not expected to enter the program with a background in music, they do learn to appreciate, play, and read music in an encouraging environment.
The Music Industry Studies degree (BS-MIS) at the Delta Music Institute has two areas of concentration: Audio Engineering Technology and Music Industry Entrepreneurship. As the name implies, the Audio Engineering Technology track is focused on recording arts and live sound reinforcement. The Music Industry Entrepreneurship track is designed for students focusing on the creative and business side of the music industry in areas such as songwriting, concert promotion, record production, and music publishing.
Music Industry - The Complete Picture
The music industry is conservatively estimated to be a $25 billion business. The industry encompasses a variety of professional areas including recording arts, music technology, arts management, promotions, and marketing. Music Industry Studies at the DMI addresses each of these areas, encourages exploration and embraces the entrepreneurial spirit. View this report for information salaries in the music industry.
Size is the main difference between the music industry studies program at the Delta Music institute and the programs at other colleges. Our smaller size gives students ample opportunities for hands-on studio and live event work as well as opportunities to work with real clients in various roles.
What Will I Study?
Our curriculum includes courses in songwriting, audio engineering, record production, indie music entrepreneurship, concert promotion, and music copyrights and contracts. BS-MIS students are required to complete a comprehensive senior project related to either the audio engineering technology or music industry entrepreneurship concentration. Students are also required to participate in either a record label practicum (Fighting Okra Records) or a live event practicum.
The DMI Music Industry Studies program touches three interactive areas: audio engineering technology, music industry entrepreneurship, and commercial music (songwriting, DMI bands, etc.). We believe our graduates need to be well versed in each of these areas because most employment opportunities involve crossover and multitasking in several areas of the music industry.
Delta State music industry, music, business, and interdisciplinary studies students are encouraged to join Grammy U, a unique and fast-growing community of full-time college students, primarily between the ages of 17 and 25, who are pursuing a career in the recording industry. Grammy U helps prepare college students for their careers in the music industry through networking, educational programs and performance opportunities. Grammy U is designed otoenhance students' current academic curriculum with access to recording industry professionals to give an "out of classroom" perspective on the recording industry.
The BS-MIS degree has the following goals:
For more information about the Bachelor of Science in Music Industry Studies, please refer to the catalogue addendum here.
Click here to go to the DSU 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog and view pages 147-151 for description of the program and the course listings; then go to pages 66-67 for the general education requirements for every degree.
As students plan a curriculum path in the BS-MIS, they will need to meet with DMI Director Tricia Walker (email@example.com; 662-846-4579).
Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (Music & Entertainment Industry Studies)
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The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS) is a unique degree involving the Delta Music Institute. This accredited degree provides a program of courses in the field of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies, targeted toward students preparing for careers requiring functional knowledge of multiple-disciplines.
Students pursue two or three subject-area concentrations that represent academic interests they wish to integrate into a meaningful program. For students interested in the fields of Audio Recording and Music & Entertainment Industry Studies, areas of concentration might include DMI/sound recording technology, DMI/commercial music, Digital Media Arts, Music, or Business/Entrepreneurship.
A four-course core offers students the intellectual tools to identify connections between their concentrations and engage in interdisciplinary problem solving. The interdisciplinary core is issues-driven and provides pragmatic and thought-provoking approaches to thinking, research, problem solving, and communication. Students, working with the program director and the DMI Director, will choose two or three major areas of concentration.
For more information about the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies:
Click here to go to the DSU 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog and view pages 158-159 for description of the program and the four core classes; then go to pages 66-67 for the general education requirements for every degree.
As students plan a curriculum path involving the Delta Music Institute, they will need to meet first with the coordinator of the interdisciplinary studies program, Dr. Karen Bell (firstname.lastname@example.org; 662-846-4279), and also with DMI Director Tricia Walker (email@example.com; 662-846-4579).
Bachelor of Arts in Music (Sound Recording Technology)
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree is offered under the DSU Department of Music and is a non-professional degree that provides opportunities for wider exploration in the liberal arts. The accredited degree in music allows students to study music theory, music history, individual performance, and play in ensembles, but offers an additional concentration of courses in Sound Recording Technology. Graduates often pursue careers in music but also find occupations in a variety of fields. Graduates may also pursue advanced degrees in the liberal arts and music.
Click here to go to the DSU 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog and view pages 174-183 for description of the program; then go to pages 66-67 for the general education requirements for every degree.
Students planning a curriculum path involving the B.A. in Music(Sound Recording Technology) they will need to first meet with Interim Chair for the Department of Music, Dr. Mark Butler (firstname.lastname@example.org; 662-846-4606), and also with DMI Director Tricia Walker (email@example.com; 662-846-4579).
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