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.
Important information you’ll need when applying to MCC:
- Academic Career
- Degree/Certificate Type
- Career and Technical Associate Degree
- Academic Plan
- Music Business (AAS)
- Academic Plan Code
- Total Credits Required
- Catalog Year
- Available Online
This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.
|Occupation / Title||Annual Median Wage|
|Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes||$33,720|
|Music Directors and Composers||$37,280|
|Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.|
Course Sequence by Term
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
- Initial course placement is determined by placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
- Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of "C" or better in ENG091 or ESL097. or Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097.||FYC||3|
|MUC109||Music Business: Merchandising and the Law||RC||3|
|Oral Communications||Any approved General Education course in the Oral Communications area||Oral Comm||3|
|MHL+++++||Any MHL prefixed course||RE||3|
|MUC110||Music Business: Recording and Mass Media||RC||3|
|College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Critical Reading for Business and Industry||Prerequisites: (A grade of C or better in ENG101 or ENG107) and (appropriate reading placement test score or a grade of C or better in RDG095 or RDG100 or RDG111 or RDG112 or RDG113 or permission of Instructor). or Prerequisites: (A grade of "C" or better in ENG101 or ENG107) and (appropriate reading placement test score or a grade of "C" or better in RDG091 or RDG095 or RDG100 or RDG111 or RDG112 or RDG113 or permission of Instructor).||Students may test out of the Critical Reading requirement. Contact MCC's testing center for more information.||Critical Rdg||3|
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL or Technical and Professional Writing||Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101. or Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG107. or Prerequisites: ENG101 with a grade of C, or better, or permission of Instructor.||FYC||3|
|MUC293||Self Promotion for Music||RC||1|
|Humanities & Fine Arts||Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area||TCM107 recommended.||HU||3|
|Music Industry Entrepreneurship or Owning and Operating a Small Business||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in (MUC109 and MUC110) or permission of Instructor. or MUC109 and MUC110 OR instructor permission||RC||3|
|Mathematics||Any approved General Education course from Mathematics area||Or higher level course||Mathematics||3|
|Natural Sciences||Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area||NS||4|
|Social & Behavioral Sciences||Any approved General Education course in the Social & Behavioral Sciences area||SB||3|
|Music Business Internship or Cooperative Education||Prerequisites: Permission of Department or Division. or Prerequisites: Completion of 12 college credits, min 2.6 gpa and obtain a position related to academic or career goals or permission of Instructor. Corequisites: At least 1 class related to major or career interest or with permission of the Instructor.||RC||1|
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
|ACC111||Accounting Principles I||FE||3|
|BPC128||Introduction to Desktop Publishing||FE||1|
|CIS131AA||Doing Business on the Internet||FE||1|
|GBS151||Introduction to Business||FE||3|
|GBS233||Business Communication||Prerequisites: ENG101 or ENG107 with grade of "C" or better, or permission of Department or Division.||FE||3|
|MKT110||Marketing and Social Networking||FE||3|
|MKT271||Principles of Marketing||FE||3|
|MTC101||Introduction to Music Theory||FE||3|
|MUC111||Digital Audio Workstation I (DAW I)||Prerequisites: MUC195, or MUP195AA, or TCM/VPT105, or permission of Instructor.||FE||3|
|MUC135||Introduction to Disc Jockey Techniques||FE||3|
|MUC145||Recording Studio Business Operations||FE||2|
|MUC180||Computer Literacy for the Music Business||FE||3|
|MUC195||Studio Music Recording I||FE||3|
|MUC195AA||Studio Music Recording I||FE||3|
|MUC210||Advanced Industry Topics: Concert Promotion and Touring||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MUC109, or permission of Instructor or Department or Division Chair.||FE||3|
|MUC211||Advanced Industry Topics: Artist Management and Development||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MUC109, or permission of Instructor or Department or Division Chair.||FE||3|
|MUC215||Music Industry Seminar: Innovation in Music Technology||FE||1|
|MUC240||Creative Music Production||FE||4|
|MUC241||Business Principles of Music Production||FE||3|
|MUC274AB||Music Industry Study Tour||FE||2|
|MUC295AB||Portfolio for Music||FE||1|
|SBS230||Financial and Tax Management for Small Business||FE||2|
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Program Area Key
- Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
- FYC = First Year Composition
- HU = 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.
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.
View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Music Business (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=125817).
* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.