House Bill 2504 Fall 2012 Course Syllabus MUSB-1305-01 - Survey Music Business
Fall 2012 Course Syllabus
MUSB-1305-01 - Survey Music Business
|Instructor||Freyermuth, John Edward|
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|Course Description||An overview of the music industry including songwriting, live performance, the record industry, music merchandising, contracts and licenses, and career opportunities.|
All You Need to Know About the Music Business: Seventh Edition By: Donald S. Passman
|Attendance Policy||You get one “free” absence before your lates/absences start to count against your grade in the attendance category. After that, each absence deducts 7.5% of your attendance grade for a T-TH class. Three lates = one absence.|
|Course Grading Scale||90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||
Class Participation 5%
Vocabulary Quizzes 10%
Resume Project 15%
Midterm Exam 15%
Final Exam 15%
Oral Presentation 15%
Cover Letter Project 10%
|Final Exam Date||December 6, 2012 - 8:00 AM|
Week 1: Syllabus and assignment overview; Pretest; Discuss the current state of the music industry; Economics and trends
Week 2: Chapter 1 First Steps; Chapter 2 How to Pick a Team; Music business jobs; How do you break into the music business?; Introduction to cover letters
Week 3: Chapter 3 Personal Managers; Chapter 4 Business Managers; Analyze if managers are needed in the current state of the music industry; Cover letters continued
Week 4: First draft of cover letter due: Review first draft of cover letter; Chapter 5 Attorneys; Discuss the role of attorneys in the current music industry;
Week 5: Chapter 6 Agents; Discuss the current role of agents in the music industry; Before the Music Dies
Week 6: Discuss Before the Music Dies; Second draft of cover letter due; review second draft of cover letter; Introduction to record deals
Week 7: Chapter 7 Broad - Strokes Overview of the Record Business; Chapter 8 Advances and Recoupment; Review for midterm
Week 8: Midterm exam; Final draft of cover letter due; Chapter 9 Real-Life Numbers; Chapter 10 Other Major Deal Points
Week 9: Discuss potential topics for oral presentation; Chapter 11 Producer and Mixer deals (also including engineers); Chapter 12 Advanced Record Deal Points
Week 10: Chapter 13 Advanced Royalty Computations; Chapter 14 Loan-out, Independent Production, Label, and Distribution Deals; Problems with record deals and royalty computation in the internet era; Introduction to resume writing
Week 11: Topic for oral presentation due; Resume writing continued; Songwriting and Publishing
Week 12: First draft of resume due; Review first draft of resume; Copyright Basics; Watch Copy Criminals
Week 13: Copyright continued; Resume writing continued; Introduction to portfolios and demo reels;
Week 14: Second draft of resume due; Review second draft of resume; Oral presentations; Touring and Merchandising
Week 15: Final draft of resume due; Motion picture music; Music for new media, Music for video games; Review for final
Week 16: Final Exam on December 6th at 8:00AM
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
Week 4: First draft of cover letter due
Week 6: Second draft of cover letter due
Week 8: Final draft of Cover letter due
Week 8: Midterm Exam
Week 11: Topic for oral presentation due
Week 12: First draft of Resume Due
Week 14: Second draft of Resume Due
Week 14: Oral Presentation Due
Week 15: Final Draft of Resume Due
Dec 6th 8:00AM - 10:30AM
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO Alpha: Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
1. Applies commercial music performance techniques to professional practice.
2. Applies commercial music sound engineering technology to support performance practices.
3. Applies basic music industry principles to professional practice.
4. Demonstrates professional behavior as characterized by a commitment to the profession.
1. Applies commercial music sound technology to professional practice.
2. Applies commercial music performance skill to support sound engineering practice.
3. Applies basic music industry principles to professional practice.
4.Demonstrates professional behavior as characterized by a commitment to the profession.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
1.Explain basic music industry principles including copyright, publishing, and performance rights; (PSLO 3; 3; 4) (PSLO 1)
2. Explain the business of live performance to include artist management, unions and guilds, entertainment agencies, venues, and concessions; (PSLO 3; 4) (PSLO 1;3)
3. Identify the record industry systems from record producers, recording studios, manufacturing production, and distribution companies; (PSLO 3; 4) (PSLO 3; 4)
4. Identify those aspects of music relating to wholesale and retail merchandising and promotion of music products; (PSLO 3)
5. Summarize the use of contracts and licenses in the music industry; (PSLO 3) (PSLO 3)
6. Discuss career opportunities in the music industry (PSLO 3) (PSLO 3)
7. Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading (PSLO- Alpha)
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