Music Industry Major Requirements
(No performance audition required)

The State University of New York College at Oneonta offers a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Industry. This Program prepares students for entry level work in a variety of careers in the music and entertainment industry, including music management, marketing, promotion, merchandising, publishing, production and performance. The curriculum includes specialized Music Industry studies in the recording industry, entertainment industry business affairs, intellectual property law, music products, music theory, performance and history/literature. Students are also required to take courses from the Economics and Business Department, including Business Law, Marketing, Management or Accounting.
Music Theory: 9 s.h.
MUSC 139 Basic Musicianship

MUSC 247-248 - Survey of Music Theory I & II (6 s.h.)

MUSC 247 - Survey of Music Theory I (3 s.h.)
Reviews rudiments, including terminology, notation, rhythm and meter, and scales and intervals. Studies harmony, beginning with triads and working with more complex structures. Goal is to learn to read, write, and interpret lead sheets.
(LA, AA2, T, V) Prerequisite: MUSC 139 or appropriate score on Theory Placement Test.
MUSC 248 Survey of Music Theory II (3 s.h.)
Continuation of MUSC 247, covering contemporary popular harmonic progressions, lead sheets, and improvisatory techniques. Also includes elementary orchestration.
(LA, T, V) Prerequisite: MUSC 247.


MUSC 249-250 - Music Theory I & II (6 s.h.)

MUSC 249 Music Theory I (3 s.h.)
Studies technical aspects of Western music, including evolution of melodic-rhythmic-harmonic language of tonal music; analysis and restructuring of source materials; realization of figured bass; sight-singing; and keyboard applications.
(LA, AA2, T)
MUSC 250 Music Theory II (3 s.h.)
A continuation of Theory I, with vocabulary expanded to include ninth, 11th, and 13th chords. Further work in harmonic functions encompasses modulatory progression. Uses basic elements of form and orchestration. Expands scope of ear training and keyboard work.
(LA, T) Prerequisite: MUSC 249 or equivalent.
Music Literature: 9 s.h.
MUSC 100 -Music for Listeners (3 s.h.)
Introduces music as one of the traditional arts in Western civilization, and develops a sense of relationship between great works of music and other events in history and the arts. Concentrated listening is encouraged to increase music perception and enjoyment.
(LA, V)


MUSC 106 - Learning About Music (3 s.h.)
A lecture/demonstration course in which a number of different speakers or performing artists offer presentations on music topics in which they have special interest or expertise. Offers musical experiences ranging from classical Western art music to ethnomusicological examples, traditional folk forms, and contemporary music.
(LA, AA2, V)
MUSC 223 - History of Rock Music (3 s.h.)
A survey and analysis of rock music from the pre-50's to the present. Artists studied include Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and others. Also covers sub-styles of rock music, including rockabilly, soul, acid rock, southern rock, country-western, hard rock, and new wave.
(LA, V) Prerequisites: SoS and a broad background in listening to rock music.
* 3 s.h. by advisement
Applied Music: 9 s.h.
MUSC 170 - Applied Music (Studio Lessons) (1-3 s.h.)
A study of vocal or instrumental music to develop musicianship and performance skills and to acquaint the student with repertoire. Instruction consists of studio or class study, with independent practice required. Credit depends on work load. Recital performances may be required. May be repeated for credit.
(LA) Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
MUSC 270 - Advanced Applied Music (1-3 s.h.)
Advanced individual or class study of vocal or instrumental repertoire. Particular emphasis placed on stylistic and artistic interpretation of music, based on mature musicianship and knowledge of correct performance practice. May be repeated for credit.
(LA) Prerequisites: audition and permission of instructor.
MUSC 280 - 280 Music Ensemble (0-3 s.h. )
A study of selected musical works through large and small ensembles, both vocal and instrumental. Designed to provide opportunities for students to study interpretation for the chosen medium through performance. Generally includes the following ensembles: Percussion, Brass, Guitar, Jazz, Rock, String, and Woodwind as well as the Concert Choir, Concert Band, Chamber Singers, and Catskill Symphony. May be repeated for credit.
(LA, C) Prerequisites: audition and permission of instructor.
Note: When using MUSC 280 to fulfill Applied Music requirement, a student may count no more than one semester of a faculty-supervised ensemble. All others must be faculty-directed.

Note: Students must complete not less than two semesters of either MUSC 170 or 270, with both semesters on the same instrument or in voice.

Music Industry: 15 s.h.
MUSC 108 - Music and the Marketplace (3 s.h.)
A survey of the modern music industry, with particular emphasis on the recording and publishing business. Subjects studied include artist management and promotion, copyright law, artist and songwriter agreements, not-for-profit arts management, and the music business in radio, TV, and films. Lecture/discussion format, with frequent guest lecturers including music business lawyers, managers, and executives. Requires no previous music study or note-reading skills.
(LA, CW, V)

MUSC 208 - Contemporary Issues in the Music Industry (2-3 s.h.)
A study of how contemporary issues in the music and entertainment industry are affected by intellectual property law and business traditions. The marketing and merchandising of creative product are discussed, including artist representation, record promotion, distribution and retailing, publishing and the use of broadcast media.
(LA, CW, II)

MUSC 287 - Music Industry Communication (3 s.h.)
Course gives a theoretical and conceptual preparation for the Music Industry major capstone experience of internship. Research using both traditional and electronic means of gathering information; and oral and written presentations involving letters of inquiry and interest, negotiations, interviews and reports will be assigned. Required for all Music Industry majors.
(LA, C, II) Prerequisite: SoS.

MUSC 318 - Music Marketing and Merchandising (3 s.h.)
A study of consumer behavior in response to various marketing and merchandising techniques. Included in the study will be the effects of business organization, ethics, perception of value, advertising, communications skills, store design, methods of display, color, shapes and sound in the music products environment.
Prerequisites: JrS and 6 s.h. from courses required in the Music Industry Major, including MUSC 108.
MUSC 388 - Legal Issues of the Music Industry (3 s.h.)
Examines copyright law and agreements basic to the music industry. Covers comprehension and expression in words, critical understanding of the human institutions and values with which the law deals, and creative power in thinking.
(LA, CW) Prerequisite: successful completion of 6 s.h. in Music course work, including MUSC 108.
Internship: 3 s.h.

MUSC 397 - Music Internships (1-15 s.h.)
Supervised applied work experiences in music or in a music/entertainment industry related field with an appropriate organization or agency. Internship goals include the application of classroom theories to practical and professional work experience, preparation for entry-level employment or graduate school.
Prerequisites: See College minimum requirements; in addition, music department courses appropriate to the internship

Music Electives 6 s.h.

Total 51 s.h.


*Up to 60 s.h. in Music electives may be applied toward the degree. MUSC 350 and 351 are particularly appropriate for this major.

Communication & Media

COMM 100 Introduction to Speech Communication (LA) or
COMM 220 Public Speaking (LA) or
COMM 225 Argumentation (LA)

3 s.h.  
  Business & Economics

BUS 111 Introduction to Business
LAW 222 Business Law I (LA)
ECON 110 Principles of Economics (LA) or  (Prerequisite for MKTG 261)
ECON 111 Principles of Microeconomics (LA)  (Prerequisite for MKTG 261)

Choose any two of the following three                                                                                                    
ACCT   100 Financial Accounting I 
MGMT 241 Fundamentals of Management
MKTG  261 Fundamentals of Marketing                        

9 s.h.



6 s.h.

  Computer Competency (NOTE: this requirement may be satisfied by course challenge.)

CSCI 100 Intro to Computing Technology (LA) or
INTD 106, 107 and 108
3 s.h.  
  Remaining Degree Requirements
Refer to the current degree requirements information as it appears int he College Catalog and in annually updated sheets prepared by the Academic Advisement Office.
Total 21 s.h.  

The SUNY Oneonta Music Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
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