MUSB-1305-01 - Survey Music Business
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Spring 2016 Course Syllabus
MUSB-1305-01 - Survey Music Business
|Instructor||Turner, Kenneth Q|
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|Course Description||An overview of the music industry including songwriting, live performance, the record industry, music merchandising, contracts and licenses, and career opportunities.|
|Required Textbooks||All You Need To Know About The Music Business: Donald Passman (8th Edition). Free Press Publishing, 2013|
|Attendance Policy||You get one ‘free’ absence before your lates/absences start to count against your grade in the attendance category. After that, each absence deducts 7.5% of your attendance grade for the class. Three lates/early departures equal one absence.|
|Course Grading Scale||90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B 70 - 79=C 60 - 69=D Below 59 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||
Homework & Assignments 20%
Cover Letter Project 10%
Resume Project 10%
|Final Exam Date||May 6, 2016 - 1:00 PM|
Week 1: Class Intro, Syllabus, Pretest, Overview of Terms and Concepts
Week 2: Overview of Terms and Concepts cont., Ch. 1 First Steps, Ch. 2 How To Pick A Team
Week 3: Cover Letters, Ch. 3 Personal Managers, Ch. 4 Business Managers
Week 4: Cover Letters cont., Intro to Performance Contracts and Riders, Ch. 6 Agents
Week 5: 1st Draft Cover Letter Due/Review, Ch. 5 Attorneys, "Here Comes..."
Week 6: Discuss "Here Comes...", Ch. 7 Broad Strokes Overview of the Record Business, Guest Speaker: TBA
Week 7: Final Draft Cover Letter Due, Ch. 8 Advances and Recoupment, Midterm Review
Week 8: Midterm Exam, Local Market Analysis and Discussion
SPRING BREAK (March 16th - 20th)
Week 9: Local Market Analysis and Discussion contd., Ch. 9 Real Life Numbers, Intro to Resume Writing
Week 10: Resume Writing contd., Ch. 10 Other Major Deal Points, Intro to Producers
Week 11: 1st Draft Resume Due/Review, Ch. 11 Producer and Mixer Deals, Distribution, Intro to Copyright
Week 12: , Ch. 15 Copyright Basics
Week 13: Final Draft Resume Due, Songwriting and Publishing
Week 14: Touring and Merchandising, Discuss music for new media and video games
Week 15: Final Exam Review
Note: All Topics "Subject to Change", based on class needs.
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
Week 5: 1st Draft Cover Letter Due Wednesday
Week 7: Final Draft Cover Letter Due Wednesday
Week 8: Midterm Exam on Wednesday
Week 11: 1st Draft Resume Due Wednesday
Week 13: Final Draft Resume Due Friday
Final Exam on Friday, May 6th, 2016
Note: All Topics and specific dates "Subject to Change", based on class needs.
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
1. PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material. Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.
2. Apply commercial music sound technology to their professional practice.
3. Apply commercial music performance skill to support sound engineering practice.
4. Applies basic music industry principles to professional practice.
5. Demonstrates professional behavior as characterized by a commitment to the profession.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
1. Explain basic music industry principles including copyright, publishing and performance rights (PSLO 3, 4) (PSLO 1)
2. Explain the business of live performance to include artist management, unions, guilds, entertainment agencies, venues, and concessions (PSLO 3,4) (PSLO 1,3)
3. Identify the record industry systems from record producers, recording studios, manufacturing production, and distribution companies (PSLO 3,4)
4. Identify those aspects of music relating to wholesale and retail merchandising and promotion of music products (PSLO 3)
5. Summarize the use of contracts and licenses within the music industry (PSLO 3)
6. Discuss career opportunities in the music industry (PSLO 3)(PSLO 3)
7. Identify all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrate a full understanding of the reading (PSLO Alpha)
|Academic Honesty||Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.|
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including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or
painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.
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|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|