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New Music Industry Studies Minor to Cut Across Disciplines

Published: Tuesday, March 03, 2015


The Music Department at North Carolina Central University is introducing a new music industry studies minor in fall 2015 with a cross-discipline curriculum that combines music, technology, science and business.

Unlike traditional music degrees, the industry studies minor will be open to interested students without a strong instrumental or vocal performance background, said Dr. Ralph Barrett, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Music at North Carolina Central University.

“Our primary music programs are very much performance-based, requiring auditions and ensemble performances, yet we have an entire block of music business and technology courses that we offer,” Barrett said. “We believe this new option will help meet the growing demand for music business and technology trained students by including those not necessarily from a traditional music background.”

Students who choose the music industry studies minor will take 20 hours of coursework that includes lessons in recording and performance technologies, training in the university’s digital recording studio, and an understanding of the math and science involved in creating and capturing optimum sound quality. Students also will have the opportunity to modify or create new products in the materials-science fabrication laboratory and learn relevant business skills.

“We’ll talk about how you develop a career, how copyright works, and business law,” Barrett said. “The program also will give students a chance to work with professionals in the field and get hands-on experience.”

For more information about the upcoming music industry studies minor, contact Barrett at rbarrett5@nccu.edu or 919-530-7213.

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