Northwest to offer new music business major
Beginning in the fall of 2013, the Northwest Mississippi Community College Division of Fine Arts will offer a new major, music business/industry. The major is designed to prepare students for a career in the music business. Upon completion of the curriculum, the student will earn an Associate of Arts degree, according to the college bulletin.
Jeff Triplett, assistant director of bands at Northwest, stated that there are several potential career paths for students completing the music business degree. Potential careers include electronic production and design, which includes audio engineering, mastering, mixing, music directing, producing, program directing, programming, recording engineer, studio manager and MIDI technician; event production, management, planning and technology; marketing; media development; music for game development; music online and print magazine writing, editing and publishing; music web producer; recording, which includes research, publicity, marketing, public relations and sales; sound technician, including sound design and sound operator and tours or road work, including road manager, sound technician, tour coordinator or tour publicist. “Having a degree in this area is very helpful and can help get their foot in the door and work their way up. There are great contacts to be made through their teachers, and the education definitely helps,” Triplett said.
At this time Delta State University, University of Southern Mississippi and The University of Memphis offer bachelor’s degrees in music industry. Due to the varied requirements of the schools of music at the senior institutions, the programs may be adjusted to comply with the requirements of the school where the students are transferring. Aside from the core requirements for the associate degree, students will need to take some business courses and basic computer skills for musicians, computer recording I and II and audio engineering I and II.