MASTER OF FINE ARTS DEGREE in Recording Arts and Technologies DEPARTMENT OF RECORDING INDUSTRY: reated with input from music industry professionals and the leading industry associations, MTSU's innovative Recording Industry curriculum is on the cutting edge. The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree with concentrations in Music Business, Production and Technology, or Commercial Songwriting and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Recording Arts and Technologies. A fast track into the Master of Business Administration degree is also available. Recording Industry at MTSU is definitely a high-profile program. The Rolling Stone college guide, Schools that Rock, recently said, “Middle Tennessee State University– located in the surprisingly hip Murfreesboro, Tennessee–boasts one of the preeminent music business programs in the country.” The National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) has recognized the department as “the most comprehensive four-year course in music merchandising.” The Society of Professional Recording Services (SPARS) visiting team said, “the program is excellent…the facility is impressive.” For nine consecutive years, the program received Technical Excellence and Creativity nominations from MIX magazine. Majors from the department won a Student Production Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammy organization). Courtney Blooding (’03) writes, “The faculty [and] facilities at MTSU helped me turn my dream into reality. It is because of my experience at MTSU that my career has had such a successful beginning…and I know it will only continue to grow! I am currently working for producer David Foster. I have had the opportunity to work with Josh Groban, Cher, Paul Anka, Michael Buble, Richard Marx, Diane Warren, Joshua Bell, and Laura Pausini.” “I would not have my job in the music business if not for MTSU's Department of Recording Industry,” writes Martha Irwin (’98), director of A&R, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing. “Some of what I learned at MTSU is still applicable to my day-to-day business. In addition, the contacts with other alumni have been extremely beneficial. The diversity of MTSU as a school definitely made it the right choice. The student body is more diverse than other programs’.” Chris Nelson (’00), Studio 4A technical director at National Public Radio, writes, “Following graduation, I was hired at National Public Radio's headquarters in Washington, D.C. I am currently the techni- C T he department also offers an M.F. A. at the post-graduate level. The purpose of the M.F.A. program is to prepare practitioners in the field of audio recording and production for work in an integrated electronic media environment. The program offers a strong technical component enabling students to realize artistic endeavors using the latest advancements in software and hardware. The degree plan also addresses the need for teachers at the postsecondary level by producing terminal degree graduates in the field of audio recording and production. MRAT 6010 Recording in Cultural Context. 3 hrs. Designed to acquaint learners with the evolution of this complex of technologies and provide tools for cultural analysis and critique of recorded artifacts. MRAT 6030 MIDI and Digital Audio Seminar. 3 hrs. Presents the technical skills and conceptual foundation necessary to undertake advanced creative projects. MRAT 6050 Multitrack Recording Seminar. 3 hrs. A systematic examination of technology used in the modern recording studio. MRAT 6070. Visual Aesthetics and Technology I. 3 Hrs. Visual Aesthetics and Technology I is designed to assist the beginning graduate student with the skills to effectively communicate an idea visually. MRAT 6090 Visual Aesthetics and Technology II. 3 hrs. Continuation of MRAT 6070 with introduction to visual elements and technology used in the entertainment industry. Introduction to creative conceptualization; elements of composition; and how the production process works. MRAT 6110 Production Seminar I. 3 hrs. Applications course in which students use skills and theory obtained in previous courses. MRAT 6120 Disk-Based Audio Postproduction. 3 hrs. Advanced practitioner-oriented approach to the principles of tapeless digital audio recording on a variety of digital workstation platforms. MRAT 6130 Production Seminar II. 3 hrs. Continuation of MRAT 6110. MRAT 6140 Graduate Seminar in Audio Recording. 3 hrs. Advanced application of recording and mixing techniques in a digital multitrack setting. MRAT 6150 Legal Rights of the Creative Individual. 3 hrs. Acquaints creative persons with their legal rights and duties. MRAT 6160 Composition for Contemporary Media. 3 hrs. Provides the conceptual foundation necessary to undertake advanced creative projects involving the creation and manipulation of popular music materials. MRAT 6180 Introduction to Film Scoring. 3 hrs. Overview of the film scoring process. Discussion of the aesthetic relationship between music and film. MRAT 6210 Production Seminar III. 3 hrs. Continuation of MRAT 6110 and 6130. MRAT 6320 Directed Research. 3 hrs. Research in recording techniques and related topics. MRAT 6340 Directed Production. 3 hrs. Independent advanced audio productions. MRAT 6360 Graduate Internship. 1-3 hrs. Practical experience for advanced students in a professional recording industry setting. MRAT 6650 Final Project. 1-9 hrs. Directed production project of substantial size and scope proposed, developed, and realized under the guidance of the major faculty advisor. EXCELLENCE AND EXPERTISE cal director for NPR's showcase recording/ production facility, Studio 4A…and I owe much of my career success thus far to MTSU's Department of Recording Industry. The department's strong focus on audio theory, troubleshooting, and new technology has proven to be an invaluable asset. Between the experienced and diverse faculty, practical curriculum, and extensive access to superb facilities, [MTSU] provided the tools I needed to succeed. “The list of musicians I've recorded recently is extensive. Here is a small sampling: John Mayer, Yo-Yo Ma (with both the Silk Road Ensemble and with musicians from Obrigado Brazil), Placido Domingo, Natalie Merchant, Vince Gill, Michael McDonald, Jonathan Brooke, Orli and Gil Shaham, Jimmy Lin, Charlie Hunter, Lang Lang, Chanticleer, Duncan Sheik, Manuel Barrueco, Roseanne Cash, Patty Larkin, and Chuck Leavell. “I could go on and on about the impressive facilities (an excellent hybrid of learning atmosphere and professional configuration) and the affordability–my Bachelor of Science degree cost less than a year at some trade schools!” James Porte (’96), who has worked as an engineer for many artists, had his first commercially released song on the Luther Vandross album Dance With My Father. Wrote James, “It [was] a proud moment for me because everything encompassed within the song stems from what I learned in the RI program.” Chris Yoakum (’00), Yellow Elephant Music, Inc., and the Bennett House Recording Studios tells us, “I can't say enough about what MTSU gave to me. I was just a mediocre musician looking to land a job in the industry. While at MTSU, I found I had a knack for just about anything technical: from the audio recording process, to MIDI, to signal flow and synchronization. The program's open curriculum allowed me to find my specialty in the industry while achieving a wellrounded overall education within a Bachelor of Science degree. That is something you'll not get from a two-year recording school.” Jim Scherer (’84) feels MTSU was a “good match.” Scherer says, “I cut a song written by a guy I went to school with–a song that was pitched to me by a guy I went to school with, which was engineered by another guy I went to school with; and then I dealt with an A&R guy on the same project who I went to school with! It's not like it was planned; it's just how it happened.” Lacy Privette (’97), district manager, Yamaha Corp. of America, writes; “MTSU provided me with a strong foundation to build my career on and to take it in any direction I wish to pursue.” “Graduating from the Recording Industry program at MTSU is a great source of pride and it instilled in me skills that have transferred into a usable commodity in a rather specialized industry, the world of classical music. The Nashville Symphony records for Naxos, the world's leading classical music label,” writes Mark A. Blakeman (’93), vice president and general manager, Nashville Symphony Orchestra. From Orlando, alumni and recording studio owners (Ridenour Productions, Inc.) Mark Hornsby (’00), Jimmy Blankenship (’00), and Spencer Secoy (’99) tell us, “The staff at MTSU gave us the networking skills we needed to become successful in the everchanging recording industry.” Recent graduates are excelling in careers ranging from live sound for Cirque de Soleil in Las Vegas (John Kessler, ’05), to engineering with major bluegrass producer Gary Paczosa on artists such as Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, and Nickel Creek (Brandon Bell, ’05). Recent music business graduates are finding careers as developing recording artists (Eric Paslay, ’05) or writing hit songs for major artists like Darryl Scott, Alan Jackson, and Randy Travis (Erin Enderlin, ’05). And the list gets longer every year! INTERNSHIPS The RI Internship Program allows students to learn the business from the inside, gaining valuable experience and professional contacts by working for established firms in Nashville, Los Angeles, and New York. Available to seniors, internships provide opportunities for students to earn academic credit while working with record labels, booking agencies, artist management firms, concert promoters, music publicity firms, publishing companies, postproduction companies, live sound firms, multimedia companies, performing rights organizations, and recording studios. ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY MTSU is an accredited, state-supported institution comprising five undergraduate colleges and a College of Graduate Studies. The Colleges of Basic and Applied Sciences, Business, Education and Behavioral Science, Liberal Arts, and Mass Communication together contain thirty-five academic departments and schools. More than 23,000 students are registered and are taught by a faculty of more than 930. For an application for admission, housing, or financial aid, contact: Admissions Office Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN 37132 (615) 898-2111 In Tennessee 800-331-MTSU Outside Tennessee 800-433-MTSU For more information, check the department Web site at www.mtsu.edu/~record. Or write to us at Department of Recording Industry MTSU Box 21 Murfreesboro, TN 37132 615-898-2578 800-929-6878 Fax: 615-898-5682 [email protected] S tudents from certain southeastern states may qualify for in-state tuition rates. If you are from Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, or West Virginia, check out the following Web site for information about the Academic Common Market: www.mtsu.edu/~admissn/acm.htm. STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS Six student organizations, each focused on its members' specific interests, provide networking and leadership opportunities. The Association for Recording Management Students (ARMS) sponsors guest panels of professionals who discuss topics related to the industry. Members work with Grammy University, the National Association of Recording Merchandisers, the Country Music Association, the Organization of Country Radio Broadcasters, and the Nashville Entertainment Association. They also assist with national seminars held annually in Nashville. The Audio Engineering Society (AES) student chapter sponsors field trips to recording, mastering, and production facilities in the area; promotes involvement with the Nashville AES chapter; facilitates participation in national AES meetings and conventions; and hosts discussion panels of industry speakers. The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) student chapter is for students interested in becoming professional songwriters. Members hold workshops, sponsor writers' nights at local clubs, and provide a forum to hear and critique one another's material. Omega Delta Psi, a professional fraternity for recording Industry majors, helps students achieve excellence in their studies and in their lives. your career in recording industry starts here! The Christian Music Society (CMS) follows Christian music and the gospel music business in general and sponsors discussion panels and workshops with such groups as the Gospel Music Association. The Society for Electronic Music promotes personal and professional interest in all forms of electronic music. It sponsors and conducts activities to enable members and the campus as a whole to learn more about electronic music. . MTSU, a Tennessee Board of Regents university, is an equal opportunity, non-racially identifiable, educational institution that does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities.AA121-1107 Recording Industry Middle Tennessee State University BACHELOR OF SCIENCE in Recording Industry The Recording Industry major is a 120-semester-hour program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. Students may elect a concentration in Music Business, Production and Technology, or Commercial Songwriting. Requirements include 44 hours of General Education courses, 48 hours of Recording Industry courses, and one minor. Please refer to the current Undergraduate Catalog for official degree requirements and course descriptions. D ADMISSION TO CANDIDACY oes the recording industry appeal to you? Are you interested in working for an independent label, recording studio, talent agency, music publisher, concert promoter, or other recording industry business? Would you like to be a producer, engineer, songwriter, promoter, manager, or agent? If so, Middle Tennessee State University has the right major for you! As the largest and most comprehensive recording program in the nation, the Department of Recording Industry offers unique opportunities for anyone wanting to be part of the action! THE COLLEGE OF MASS COMMUNICATION Students are required to be admitted to candidacy as a prerequisite to enrollment in most upper-division courses within the department and college. To apply for candidacy, students must have 1. completed 45 hours; 2. received a grade of C (2.0) or better in MATH 1710 College Algebra, EMC/JOUR/RIM 1020 American Media and Social Institutions, RIM 3000 History of the Recording Industry, RIM 3010 Audio for Media, and RIM 3600 Survey of the Recording Industry; 3. completed all high school deficiencies and any required Academic Enrichment courses; and 4. maintained good standing (not on probation). Admission to candidacy is based on a formula score that includes cumulative GPA, candidacy course GPA, College Algebra grade, and total hours earned. The number of candidates is limited to approximately 250 per year. Candidacy Formula Score = (cumulative GPA x 3) + (College Algebra grade x 3) + (candidacy course GPA x 4) + (total hours x .05) With more than 3,500 majors, the MTSU College of Mass Communication is one of the largest and best equipped in the country. Majors can specialize in Advertising-Public Relations, Media Design and Graphics, Journalism, Photography, Media Communica- Bragg Mass Communication Building, a $15 million complex. Facilities available to lab, and a digital editing/dubbing room. Other Mass Communication facilities include digital imaging and animation labs, extensive high definition video production areas, graphics and newswriting labs, and a video remote truck. The Bragg Building is home to the Center for Popular Music, the John Siegenthaler Chair in First Amendment Studies, faculty offices, and advanced technology classrooms. See our facilities brochure or Web site for details. RIM 3720 Artist Management RIM 3900 Music Publishing RIM 4320 Concert Promotion and Touring RIM 4620 Marketing of Recordings Electives: Students select 18 additional hours of elective courses. PRODUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATION Covering all aspects of audio recording and production, this concentration’s 22 courses are on mixing, recording, post-production, sound design, studio operation, MIDI, sound for picture, live sound, critical listening, music ship, and more. Subcore taken by all Production and Technology concentration students: RIM 1230 Musicianship for Engineers (or MUTH 1110 Theory amd Aural Skills I) RIM 4190 Principles and Practices of Electronic Music RIM 4200 Applied Digital Audio RIM 4400 Techniques of Recording RIM 4440 Critical Listening COMMERCIAL SONGWRITING CONCENTRATION or Commercial Songwriting. The Recording Industry Department is housed in dio, a MIDI lab, a digital audio lab, a postproduction lab, a mastering lab, a listening Covering all aspects of the music business, this concentration includes publishing, management, marketing, law, touring, label operations, international industry, and more. Subcore taken by all Music Business concentration students: Electives: Students select an additional 15 hours of elective courses. tion, Digital Media Communication, Music Business, Production and Technology, students include five audio recording studios, a cinema-style surround mixing stu- MUSIC BUSINESS CONCENTRATION RECORDING INDUSTRY CORE [taken by all Recording Industry majors] EMC/JOUR/RIM1020* American Media and Social Institutions RIM 3000* History of the Recording Industry RIM 3010* Audio for Media RIM 3600* Survey of the Recording Industry RIM 3700 Copyright Law RIM 4700 Legal Problems of the Recording Industry *These are the candidacy courses used in the candidacy formula Courses in commercial songwriting, music publishing, publishing administration, musicianship, project studio recording, copyright law, and more are incorporated into this concentration. It is designed to prepare students not only as songwriters but also for jobs in the creative side of the industry. Subcore taken by all Commercial Songwriting concentration students: RIM 1230 Musicianship for Engineers (or MUTH 1110 Theory and Aural Skills I) RIM 3020 Commercial Songwriting RIM 3900 Music Publishing RIM 4020 Advanced Songwriting and one of the following: RIM 4190 Principles and Practices of Electronic Music or RIM 4200 Applied Digital Audio or RIM 4400 Techniques of Recording Electives: Students select an additional 15 hours of elective courses. Students in all concentrations may select up to 9 hours of electives from courses in the other concentrations. MINORS FOR RECORDING INDUSTRY STUDENTS One minor is required for all Recording Industry majors. Music Business concentration students must select one minor from among; Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Management, or Mass Communication (Journalism, Media Management, or Public Relations). Production and Technology concentration students may select any minor at MTSU. Suggested minors are Computer Science, Electro-Acoustics, Electronics, Entertainment Technology, Entrepreneurship, Film Studies, Mass Communication, Music, Music Industry, and Entertainment Arts Design. The Commercial Songwriting minor must be selected from Music, Creative Writing, or Entrepreneurship. Minor Descriptions Business Administration. Preparation for general business careers. The study of accounting methods, management, finance, and marketing. Computer Science. A blend of theory, abstraction, and design in the application of computers and computer programming. Electronics. The study of electrical circuits, electronic components, circuit design, microprocessors, and applications. Electro-Acoustics. The study of physics, electronics, and acoustics. Entertainment Technology. Cross-departmental study intended to give the student a broad background in technology used to produce a variety of media including theater and video. Entertainment Arts Design. The design and application of theater technology in the entertainment industry. Entrepreneurship. Preparation to organize and assume the risk of a business or enterprise. Film Studies. An interdisciplinary minor dealing with the theory and criticism of films. Mass Communication-General. May include study in any of the Mass Communication areas: Advertising, Digital Imaging, Graphics, Journalism, Media Management, Public Relations, Video Production, and Photography. Mass Communication-Media Management. Broadcast management, advertising, and accounting. Mass Communication-Public Relations. Writing for print, electronic, and digital media; broadcasting; media design; public relations. Includes accounting. Mass Communication-Journalism. Reporting, writing, and editing. Includes accounting. Marketing. Preparation to assume marketing responsibilities including sales management, retailing, advertising and promotion, market research, and product development. Management. Small and large business management skills and techniques. Music. Application of musical principles intended to further the study of students with formal music backgrounds. Emphasis on commercial music. Music Industry. Application of musical principles intended to further the study of students with for mal music backgrounds. Emphasis on commercial music. Writing. An interdisciplinary minor offering writingintensive selections across the curriculum. RIM 3200 History of Country Music. 3 hrs. A detailed introduction to the history and culture of American country music. RIM 3450 Advanced Musicianship for Engineers. 3 hrs. Further study of music theory and form as applied to popular music. RIM 3500 Lecture Series. 1 hr. Hear industry professionals tell it like it is. RIM 3580 Recording Industry Practicum. 1-3 hrs. Gain on-campus experience. RIM 3600 Survey of the Recording Industry. 3 hrs. Overview of music business careers including artist development, songwriting, record promotion, publishing, record companies, and performing rights. RIM 3650 Free Expression, Mass Media, and the American Public. 3 hrs. History, philosophy, and controls associated with freedom of expression. RIM 3700 Copyright Law. 3 hrs. Learn about copyright law and how it applies to the music industry including issues of piracy, sampling, infringement, and protection. RIM 3720 Artist Management. 3 hrs. A look at what it's like as an artist's manager, highlighting career development and tour management. tries plus international trends in the music business. RIM 3900 Music Publishing. 3 hrs. Learn about the music publishing industry including the songwriter/publisher relationship and how royalties are generated, collected, and distributed. RIM 4000 Recording Industry Internship: Business. 1-6 hrs. The opportunity for advanced students to actually work for the world's top record companies, publishers, and other entertainment firms. RIM 4010 Recording Industry Internship: Technology. 1-6 hrs. Opportunity for advanced students to actually work in the top recording studios in Nashville, New York, Los Angeles, and other cities throughout the U.S. and abroad. RIM 4020 Advanced Songwriting. 3 hrs. Builds on concepts learned in RIM 3020. Students will work closely with mentors from the songwriting and publishing community and co-write with professional writers. RIM 4190 Principles and Practices of Electronic Music. 3 hrs. The history and techniques of electronic music. Covers analog and digital sound generation, MIDI, synthesizers, and sequencers. RIM 4320 Concert Promotion and Touring. 3 hrs. Covers talent selection, contracts, production, venues, ticketing, and budgeting. RIM 4400 Techniques of Recording. 3 hrs. Learn modern multitrack recording and mixing. RIM 4440 Critical Listening. 3 hrs. Develop your listening skills. RIM 4480 Mastering. 3 hrs. The final creative step in album production. RIM 4570 The Art of Soundtrack Design. 3 hrs. Study and listen to the masters of sound design. RIM 4580 Disk-Based Audio Postproduction. 3 hrs. Hands-on approach to tapeless digital recording, including digital audio, synchronization, and audio for video and film. RIM 4590 MIDI Studio Techniques. 3 hrs. MIDI system design, synchronization of sound to picture, advanced sound design, and music scoring for film and video. RIM 4620 Marketing of Recordings. 3 hrs. Strategies of getting the public to buy a recording. Covers product marketing, promotion, and distribution. RIM 4200 Applied Digital Audio. 3 hrs. Current trends in digital audio with hands-on experience on digital audio workstations. RIM 4290 Electronic Music II. 3 hrs. Advanced techniques in sound manipulation, sampling, sequencing, and MIDI automation. RIM 4300 Digital Audio Workstation Theory and Techniques. 3 hrs. Intermediate audio technology and skills plus theory and techniques of DAW production and editing. RIM 4630 Recording Industry Research. 3 hrs. Conduct research for major recording industry companies. RIM 4650 Advanced Technology of Analog Recording. 3 hrs. The systems used for recording and mixing in a contemporary analog multitrack recording studio. RIM 4651 Advanced Technology of Digital Recording. 3 hrs. In-depth study of technology, equipment, and techniques of contemporary digital multitrack recording. COURSE DESCRIPTIONS Please refer to the current Undergraduate Catalog for official course descriptions and prerequisites. EMC/JOUR/RIM 1020 American Media and Social Institutions. 3 hrs. Content and context of American mass media and how they affect individuals and society. RIM 1230 Musicianship for Engineers. 3 hrs. Introduction to basic music theory and form as applied to popular music. Course includes keyboard skills, ear training, and written theory. RIM 3000 History of the Recording Industry. 3 hrs. Traces the development of recorded music, record labels, business, and technology. RIM 3010 Audio for Media. 3 hours. Gain a basic understanding of audio technology. RIM 3020 Commercial Songwriting. 3 hrs. Craft words and music into popular songs and analyze trends. RIM 3100 Music as Popular Culture. 3 hrs. An introduction to a range of scholarly approaches to the study of popular music. RIM 3770 Publicity in the Recording Industry. 3 hrs. Experience in music publicity including press releases and kits, media relations, and publicity campaigns. RIM 3780 Entertainment Writing and Reporting. 3 hrs. The fundamentals of entertainment journalism including music industry writing, features, and reviews. RIM 3890 International Recording Industry. 3 hrs. Learn the differences in media, marketing, and promotion of recorded music in other coun- RIM 4660 Advanced Music Engineering. 3 hrs. A project-based class emphasizing creative and aesthetic aspects of multitrack music recording. RIM 4670 Studio Production. 3 hrs. Obtain the hands-on experience and abilities needed to be an independent producer of commercial recordings. RIM 4680 Disk-Based Music Production. 3 hrs. Using digital audio workstations to record and mix commercial music. RIM 4690 Internet for Music Business. 3 hrs. Advanced theory and practice in promoting the services and products of the recording industry through the Internet. RIM 4700 Legal Problems of the Recording Industry. 3 hrs. Emphasis on recording and producer contracts and starting your own business. RIM 4720 Record Retail Operations. 3 hrs. Problems and practices of record retailers, including pricing, inventory, advertising, operations, and retail locations. RIM 4730 The A&R Function. 3 hrs. The role and responsibilities of the artist and repertoire department. RIM 4740 Studio Business Operations. 3 hrs. How recording studios operate. Looks at financing, accounting, marketing, personnel, and planning. RIM 4800 Understanding the Nashville Music Business. 3 hrs. Study the structures and relationships of Nashville's music industry. RIM 4810 Topics in Recording Industry. 1-3 hrs. Explore different aspects of the industry through alternating topics not covered in other classes. RIM 4820 Record Label Operations. 3 hrs. How record labels make the deals and find the profits. RIM 4830 Recording Studio Maintenance. 3 hrs. Troubleshooting techniques including soldering, wiring, machine alignment and system architecture. RIM 4840 Music Publishing Administration. 3 hrs. Licensing and protection of copyrighted materials. RIM 4900 Individual Problems in the Recording Industry. 3 hrs. Design and conduct an independent project of personal interest. RIM 4910 Advanced Production Seminar (same as EMC 4910). 3 hrs. The conceptualization, management, and production of a specific program format integrating theory and skills from other RATV/RIM courses.