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MELE 101 Survey of Music Business (3)

Prerequisite: "C" or higher in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23, OR Placement in ENG 100; "C" or higher in MATH 24, OR Placement in MATH 25

Attention is given to the practical application, theoretical foundations, in-depth analysis of organizations as well as general overview of the industry. Guest lecturers from the music industry may be utilized.

(3 hrs. lect. per week)

MELE 102 Survey of Recording Technology (3)

Prerequisite: "C" or higher in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23, OR Placement in ENG 100; "C" or higher in MATH 24, OR Placement in MATH 25

A study of the major areas of recording technology as related to the music industry. The student receives an overall view of analog and digital technology with attention to its innovations, history and effect on the industry.

(3 hrs. lect. per week)

MELE 201 History of The Recording Industry (3)

Prerequisite: "C" or higher in MELE 101

A study of the foundations of the recorded music business, which includes the development of recording labels, technology-driven changes, and recordings from 1877 to the present. Also discussed are the formation of the major recording labels and the development of the marketing structure whereby recorded music is exposed and sold to consumers.

(3 hrs. lect. per week)

MELE 202 Public Relations in The Music Industry (3)

Prerequisite: "C" or higher in MELE 101

This course deals with press releases, press kits, press parties, artist kits, news for radio and T.V., and other areas related to the printed page as public relations support for the artist, company and product.

(3 hrs. lect. per week)

MELE 203 Intellectual Properties (3)

Prerequisite: "C" or higher in MELE 204

This course provided a comprehensive study of intellectual property, the rationale for intellectual property protection, current issues involving intellectual property, international intellectual property issues, and the role of intellectual property in the music & entertainment industry. The types of intellectual property covered include copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and patents. Primary emphasis will be on copyright since that is an area of intellectual property most relevant to the entertainment industry.

(3 hrs. lect. per week)

MELE 204 Music Publishing (3)

Prerequisite: "C" or higher in MELE 201 and 202. Recommended Prep: ENG 22

A study of music publishing. This course deals with contracts, music licensing, foreign publishing, catalog development, demo sessions and other activities conducted by music publishers.

(3 hrs. lect. per week)

MELE 211 Audio Engineering I (4)

Prerequisite: "C" or higher in MELE 102, and in ENG 100. MELE majors only.

A detailed study of the technical characteristics and performance of each component of the recording studio. Topics include basic studio electronic signal flow, tape machine operations, dynamic processing, basic microphone use, studio acoustics, session procedures and the role of the assistant engineer.  Emphasis is placed on developing audio perception skills for recording engineers.

(4 hrs. lect. per week)

MELE 213 Studio Production (3)

Prerequisite: "C" or higher in MELE 211.  MELE majors only.

An in-depth study of the producer and the production of recorded music product. Students will create “demo” and “master” projects under the guidance of the instructor.

(3 hrs. lect. per week)

MELE 215 Sound Reinforcement (4)

Prerequisite: "C" or higher in MELE 102, and in ENG 100. MELE majors only.

A practicum based study of equipment, systems concepts, design, and acoustical problems involved in sound reinforcement for live performances and touring as related to professional concert situations. Lab hours required.

(4 hrs. lect. per week)

MELE 220 Audio Engineering II (4)

Prerequisite: "C" or higher in MELE 211.  MELE majors only.

A continuation of MELE 211, this course is an advanced study of the technical characteristics and performance of each component on the recording studio.  Topics include advanced studio electronics and signal flow, computer-based digital recording and editing, analog and digital tape machine operations, automated console operations, condenser microphones, spatial signal processing, and teh role of the audio engineer.  The development of audio perception skills for recording engineers is emphasized.  Lab hours required.

(4 hrs. lect. per week)

MELE 275 Practicum (4)

Instructor approval required.  MELE majors only.

Practicum is a capstone course designed to provide students who have successfully completed program course work to inter at selected music and entertainment industry businesses.  (300 hours of independent, supervised work to fulfill MELE graduation requirement).

(4 hrs. lect. per week)