Music Industry

Major: Music Industry
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 188.0
Co-op Options: Two Co-ops (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 50.1003
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
27-2041; 25-1121

About the Program

The degree in Music Industry offers the highly motivated student a program of study that combines education in music, music industry practices, and music technology with career preparation. Two concentrations are offered—Music Industry Business and Recording Arts (MIBU) and Music Production (RAMP)—providing hands-on experience and a strong academic foundation in relevant areas of this rapidly changing industry. The Music Industry curriculum is divided into four areas which are combined with cooperative experience: general education, music core, music industry core, and concentration requirements.

In an industry where the process of career building often begins with a few key contacts, the cooperative education program provides Drexel students the opportunity to meet industry professionals and network. The program prepares students for careers in the music industry in such diverse positions as recording engineer, music producer, sound designer, music lawyer, business manager, or music publisher. The co-op experience during the sophomore and junior year summer terms involves full-time, career-related employment during which students gain valuable insight into how the entertainment industry works.

About the Concentrations

The major offers two concentrations: Music Industry Business and Recording Arts (MIBU) and Music Production (RAMP):

  • The Music Industry Business (MIBU) concentration provides a rigorous academic foundation complemented by a real-world, hands-on, highly intensive business experience. This mission is realized through the students' participation in the MAD Dragon Music Group, a group of student-run enterprises including MAD Dragon Records, MAD Dragon Live, MAD Dragon Publishing, and MAD Dragon Marketing.

  • The Recording Arts and Music Production (RAMP) concentration focuses on the techniques and technologies of music and audio production. As well as providing the technology-oriented student with the necessary skills to perform as an audio engineer or record producer, the concentration teaches students a full range of industry functions including post-production audio, live sound engineering, and music and audio freelancing skills. The concentration encourages the technology student to interact with the students in the business concentration by recording, mixing, and mastering the music for MAD Dragon Music Group projects and engaging in live performance production.

All Music Industry students qualify to apply for a minor in Business Administration after completing their Music Industry core requirements. This emphasis on business courses as part of the core requirements is one of the foundations of the program.

Special Admissions Considerations

Students wishing to be admitted to the Music Industry major must meet or exceed the general requirements for admission to the University and the College of Media Arts and Design.

The program no longer accepts hard-copy portfolios; however, when applying to the Music Industry program, applicants are encouraged to use the portfolio portal provided on the Admissions Instructions webpage to upload electronic examples of pertinent activities (music and/or business and entrepreneurial), as well as a resume of music-industry-related experience.

In their major-specific essays, applicants should address their reasons for selecting the Music Industry major at Drexel and share their passion for this unique area of study.

Additional Information

For more information about this major, visit the College's Music Industry page.

Degree Requirements 

All students take the same general education, music industry core, and business courses. Students choose their concentration at the time of admission; however it is possible to switch as late as the beginning of junior year.


  • Music Industry: Business (MIBU) Concentration
  • Music Industry: Recording Arts & Music Production (RAMP) Concentration

Students are also able to take courses in any other concentration as long as they fulfill the prerequisite requirement(s) and there is room in the class to accommodate the student.

ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
or MATH 121 Calculus I
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
or MATH 122 Calculus II
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
Required Arts and Humanities-students elect a minimum of 9 credits9.0
Required Natural Science-students elect a minimum of 3 credits *3.0
Required Social Science-students elect a minimum of 9 credits9.0
Music core requirements15.0
Music Industry core requirements63.0
Concentration requirements33.0-34.0
Concentration electives9.0
Free electives **24.0
Total Credits188.0-189.0
Music Core Requirements
MUSC 121Music Theory I3.0
or MUSC 122 Music Theory II
MUSC 125Ear Training I1.0
MUSC 130Introduction to Music3.0
MUSC 190Class Piano I2.0
or MUSC 191 Class Guitar I
MUSC 323Songwriting3.0
Music Elective (Select one)3.0
Music History I
Music History II
The Beatles
Rock Music Through the Mid-60s
Rock Music Since the Mid-60s
World Musics
Afro-American Music USA
History of Jazz
American Popular Music
Special Topics in Music
Total Credits15.0
Music Industry Core Requirements
ACCT 110Accounting for Professionals4.0
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
MIP 132Survey of the Recording Industry3.0
MIP 133Digital Audio Workstations I3.0
MIP 161Copyrights in the Music Industry3.0
MIP 179Introduction to Sound Recording2.0
MIP 227Listening Techniques1.0
MIP 270Live Music Industry3.0
MIP 293 [WI] Survey of Music Production3.0
MIP 361Music Publishing3.0
MIP 374Entrepreneurship in the Music Industry3.0
MIP 375 [WI] Marketing and Promo in Music Industry3.0
MIP 491Senior Project in Music Industry *9.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
WEST 100Introduction to Digital Design Tools3.0
Total Credits63.0
Music Industry: Business Concentration Requirements
MIP 276Sound Recording for Business Concentration *3.0
MIP 336Contracts and Legal Issues in the Music Industry 3.0
MIP 366Music Supervision3.0
MIP 376MAD Dragon Music Group (Taken three terms)9.0
MIP 394Big Data In The Music Industry3.0
MIP 395Digital Revenue & Creative Destruction3.0
MIP 426Global Trends in the Music Industry 3.0
MIP 467Artist Representation3.0
MIP 468Music Industry E-Commerce3.0
Select Three of the following Business Concentration Electives9.0
Radio Management
Media Promotion
Music Merchandising
Music Venues and Concerts
Touring and Booking
Cities of Music and Culture
Total Credits42.0
Music Industry: Recording Arts & Music Production (RAMP) Concentration Requirements
MIP 233Digital Audio Workstations II3.0
MIP 279Sound Recording I3.0
MIP 333Digital Audio Workstations III3.0
MIP 338Audio Seminar2.0
MIP 379Sound Recording II3.0
MIP 381Audio for Video3.0
MIP 388Music and Audio Freelancing2.0
MIP 389Sound Reinforcement3.0
MIP 477Music Production3.0
MIP 481Mixing and Mastering3.0
MUSC 122Music Theory II3.0
MUSC 229Modern Arranging Techniques3.0
Select Three of the following RAMP Concentration electives:9.0
Electronic Music Production
Scoring to Picture
Synthesis and Sampling
Commercial Music Production
Studio Maintenance
Video Game Music and Audio
Analog Recording
Digital Audio Workstations IV
Total Credits43.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plans of Study 

Music Industry: Recording Arts & Music Production Concentration 

First Year
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 1011.0ACCT 1104.0VACATION
MIP 1323.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MIP 1792.0MIP 1333.0MIP 2333.0 
MIP 2271.0MIP 1613.0MIP 2703.0 
MUSC 1213.0MUSC 1303.0MUSC 1223.0 
MUSC 190 or 1912.0WEST 1003.0MUSC 1251.0 
UNIV A1011.0   
 15 16 17 0
Second Year
MATH 101 or 1214.0MATH 102 or 1224.0MIP 279**3.0 
MIP 3333.0MIP 279*3.0MUSC 2293.0 
MIP 3613.0MIP 2933.0MUSC 3233.0 
MIP 3753.0Free Elective3.0STAT 2014.0 
Free Elective3.0   
 17 17 17 0
Third Year
FIN 3014.0MIP 3893.0PHYS 107***3.0 
MIP 3793.0MIP 3882.0MIP 3382.0 
MIP 3813.0MIP 4813.0MIP 4773.0 
Arts and Humanities Elective3.0Social Science Elective3.0Social Science Elective3.0 
 17 14 14 0
Fourth Year
MIP 4913.0MIP 4913.0MIP 4913.0 
MIP RA&MP Concentration Elective3.0MIP RA&MP Concentration Elective3.0MIP RA&MP Concentration Elective3.0 
Arts and Humanities Elective3.0Social Science Elective3.0Arts and Humanities Electives3.0 
MUSC Elective3.0Free Electives6.0Free Elective6.0 
Free Elective3.0   
 15 15 15 
Total Credits 189

Music Industry: Business Concentration 

First Year
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 1011.0ACCT 1104.0VACATION
MIP 1323.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MIP 1792.0MIP 1333.0MIP 2703.0 
MIP 2271.0MIP 1613.0MIP 276**3.0 
MUSC 1213.0MUSC 1303.0MUSC 1251.0 
MUSC 190 or 1912.0WEST 1003.0Free Elective3.0 
UNIV A1011.0   
 15 16 17 0
Second Year
MATH 1014.0ECON 2014.0MIP 4673.0 
MIP 3613.0MATH 1024.0MUSC 3233.0 
MIP 3753.0MIP 2933.0STAT 2014.0 
Natural Science Elective3.0Social Science Elective3.0Social Science Elective3.0 
Free Elective3.0   
 17 18 16 0
Third Year
FIN 3014.0MIP 3763.0MIP 3763.0 
MIP 3763.0MIP 3943.0MIP 4263.0 
MIP 3953.0Free Electives6.0MIP 4683.0 
MIP Business Concentration Elective3.0 Arts and Humanities Elective3.0 
 17 15 15 0
Fourth Year
MIP 4913.0MIP 4913.0MIP 4913.0 
MIP 3663.0MIP Business Concentration Elective3.0MIP Business Concentration Elective3.0 
Arts and Humanities Elective3.0Social Science Elective3.0Arts and Humanities Elective3.0 
MUSC Elective3.0Free Electives6.0Free Elective3.0 
Free Elective3.0   
 15 15 12 
Total Credits 188

Music Industry Faculty

Jeff Apurzzese Assistant Professor. Former bass player of the band Passion Pit and researcher in the live music industry.
James L. Klein, BA (Oberlin College). Associate Professor. Music technologist, sound and recording engineer, songwriter for film, TV and radio music.
Ryan Schwabe, BA (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Musician, producer, sound engineer, programmer and upright bass player. Owner of RareMP3s LLC and guest lecturer at Curtis Institute of Music.
Toby Seay, BMus (James Madison University) Department Head, Arts & Entertainment Enterprise. Professor. Sound and recording engineer, music technologist, music producer and studio technician.
Joe Steinhardt, PhD (Cornell University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Owner of Don Giovanni Records, a label that he co-founded in 2003. Don Giovanni Records remains committed to furthering alternative culture and independent values, providing resources for artists who prefer to work outside of the mainstream music industry.
Cyrille Taillandier Associate Teaching Professor. Recording engineer, music producer and digital editor.
Robert Weitzner, MBA (Harvard Business School). Assistant Professor. Has over 20 years of industry experience at the nexus of music, digital media, and technology. Founding Director of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) and currently the Head of North America for Consolidated Independent (CI) a London based digital supply chain and asset management solutions provider for the global independent music industry.
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