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
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Successful completion of the Music Business program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes
Music Composers and Arrangers
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 may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
- Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.
|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||COM||3|
|MHL+++++||Any MHL prefixed course||RE||3|
|MUC110||Music Business: Recording and Mass Media||RC||3|
|College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking||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 No requisites||Students may test out of the Critical Reading requirement. Contact MCC's testing center for more information.||CR||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 No requisites||RC||3|
|Mathematics||Any approved General Education course from Mathematics area||Or higher level course||MA||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|
|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|
|SBS230||Financial and Tax Management for Small Business||FE||2|
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Program Area Key
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).
The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:
|Catalog Year||Effective Dates|
|2018-2019||5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019|