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THE MUSIC INDUSTRY MAJOR: PROGRAM HANDBOOK
The Music Industry major provides training
for students seeking an alternative to traditional
performance and/or education paths in music. Courses include
studies in basic theory and music history, music commerce,
music technology/recording, music internships and specific
individual performance skills. A minor in Business is
recommended by the Department of Fine Arts. Any minor has to
be approved by the department.
Career opportunities within the music business arena might include: music publicity, marketing, and artist management; music publishing, merchandising, and physical or online retail/distribution; recording and media development; entertainment law; venue management. The program also allows the student to expanding their personal tools to succeed in a career as a performer, composer, and/or educator.
Graduation requirements for this degree are 51 semester hours of General Education requirements, 53 semester hours of music industry courses, and 18 semester hours of an approved minor.
It will be difficult for a student to enter this degree program without prerequisite vocal and/or instrumental skills. You must be as capable vocally or on your major instrument as you would be if you were auditioning to be a music performance major. The curriculum is not for persons specifically seeking an audio engineering degree, or seeking a music business designation of any kind. The B.S. degree in Music Industry develops a well-rounded understanding of the music and music industry arts.
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MUSIC INDUSTRY PROGRAM ADMISSION
Students admitted to Francis Marion
University may register as Music Industry majors. There are
currently no additional Music program acceptance qualifying
standards students must meet to enroll in the Music Industry
However, it is helpful for potential students to recognize that this is a rigorous program with high expectation for participating students; the emphasis is on “music.” For example, students are required to complete four semesters of traditional music theory and select a performance specialty (instrument or voice). Applied lessons in the performance specialty stress a conventional approach to performance focusing on scales, etudes, and classic literature.
While the ability to read music and formal training in music are not required to enter the program, students who have participated in a structured high school music program or have several years of study with a private teacher (piano as an example) are in a much better position to succeed than students who have had no prior formal training. Basic music reading skills (pitch recognition in treble and bass clef and understanding of reading rhythms in quarter, eighth, and sixteenth notes) and basic music theory knowledge (key signatures, major scales, chord structure) are of enormous benefit to students starting the program.
If students feel they may need help because they are lacking the background described above, they can take steps to “catch up.” For example, there are some free online courses and tutorials offered on the Internet. Also they can get assistance through basic keyboard lessons offered by private instructional studios or music stores.
THE MUSIC MINOR
The purpose of the music minor is
twofold. It will provide a viable minor for
undergraduate students seeking to reach an early
conservatory level of proficiency; and provide the
first two years of instruction in music for students
not able to enroll in a music major during their
first two years of college. USC-C has agreed to
accept any student completing this program into
their music major program after a successful
audition. A student in our program would be two
music courses behind in the USC-C music program
after completing two years here, but two courses
ahead in General Education courses.
(Note: This is not a Music Industry
THE HYMAN FINE ARTS CENTER FACILITIES
Designed by the Boston architectural firm of Perry, Dean, Stahl and Rogers and constructed in 1980, the Fine Arts Center is a Post-Modern building housing educational and performance spaces for the music program.
The John W. Baker Art and Music Wing of the Hyman Fine Arts Center, which includes faculty offices for the department, also houses practice rooms and studios for individual vocal and instrumental instruction. The south wing of the Fine Arts Center includes the 350 seat University Theatre and the Adele Kassab Recital Hall, an intimate 150 seat performance space with infinitely variable acousticsFMU PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
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