Associate in Applied Science in Music Business

Music Business

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AAS Music Business

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The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Music Business program is an innovative curriculum designed to prepare students for today's music industry. The certificate and degree with a music business emphasis are designed for both the performing musician and the business student with limited performing experience. This program combines a flexible curriculum with an emphasis in business and marketing, along with music industry related courses and experiences.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is a suggested course sequence by term for the pathway.  Students should keep in mind the items below that affect their success in completing the pathway as listed:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term.  It is understood that students may enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Academic achievement is related to initial course placement determined by course placement tests, completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites,  any courses below 100 level, and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor, or program director, or counselor who can assist in assessing student needs that may affect course enrollment.  Appropriate resources can be discussed and agreed to in order to address student needs and support successful course completion.

Program Area Key:

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HUM = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Term 1

Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
FYC ENG101 or
First-Year Composition or
First-Year Composition for ESL
RC MUC109 Music Business: Merchandising and the Law 3
Oral Comm Oral Communications Any approved General Education course in the Oral Communications area 3
RE MHL+++++ Any MHL prefixed course 3
FE Free Elective 3

Term 2

Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
RC MUC110 Music Business: Recording and Mass Media 3
Critical Rdg CRE101 or
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or
Critical Reading for Business and Industry
Students may test out of the Critical Reading requirement. Contact MCC's testing center for more information. 0–3
FYC ENG102 or
ENG108 or
First-Year Composition or
First-Year Composition for ESL or
Technical and Professional Writing
RC MUC293 Self Promotion for Music 1
FE Free Elective 3
HU Humanities & Fine Arts Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area TCM107 recommended. 3

Term 3

Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
RC MUC209 or
Music Industry Entrepreneurship or
Owning and Operating a Small Business
Mathematics Mathematics Any approved General Education course from Mathematics area Or higher level course 3
RE Restricted Elective 6
NS Natural Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area 4

Term 4

Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Social & Behavioral Sciences area 3
RC MUC290AA or
Music Business Internship or
Cooperative Education
FE Free Electives 6
RE Restricted Electives 6

Program Electives

Restricted Electives 12 credits

Students must select 12 credits from the approved list of Restricted Elective courses to specialize in Music Production, Disc Jockey Techniques, Songwriting, Performance, Marketing, Business, or Communications. Students must consult with the Music Business Program Director, Music Department Chair or designee to select the Restricted Elective courses recommended for each specialization.

Free Electives 12 credits

Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
FE ACC111 Accounting Principles I 3
FE BPC128 Introduction to Desktop Publishing 1
FE CIS131AA Doing Business on the Internet 1
FE GBS151 Introduction to Business 3
FE GBS233 Business Communication 3
FE MKT110 Marketing and Social Networking 3
FE MKT271 Principles of Marketing 3
FE MTC101 Introduction to Music Theory 3
FE MTC113 Songwriting Techniques 1
FE MUC111 Digital Audio Workstation I (DAW I) 3
FE MUC135 Introduction to Disc Jockey Techniques 3
FE MUC145 Recording Studio Business Operations 2
FE MUC180 Computer Literacy for the Music Business 3
FE MUC195 Studio Music Recording I 3
FE MUC195AA Studio Music Recording I 3
FE MUC210 Advanced Industry Topics: Concert Promotion and Touring 3
FE MUC211 Advanced Industry Topics: Artist Management and Development 3
FE MUC215 Music Industry Seminar: Innovation in Music Technology 1
FE MUC240 Creative Music Production 4
FE MUC241 Business Principles of Music Production 3
FE MUC274AB Music Industry Study Tour 2
FE MUC295AB Portfolio for Music 1
FE MUC298++ Special Projects 3
FE SBS230 Financial and Tax Management for Small Business 2

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All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

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