Music/Recording Industry

College of Extended Learning
Dean: Gail Whitaker

Music/Recording Industry Program (MRI)
Fax: 415-338-7290
Program Director: Mary Pieratt
Program Coordinator: Evelyn Miller-Mack


Certificate in Music/Recording Industry

Program Scope

The Music/Recording Industry program is designed for those who want to learn more about the music business and recording industry through a structured course of study. Musicians, producers, engineers, lawyers, agents, promoters, managers and entertainment writers can all benefit from MRI courses. The program integrates technical skills in recording, business and legal aspects, along with production elements to provide foundations in the music business and the audio engineering field.


Program faculty are selected for their expertise in the technical or business aspects of the music/recording industry and for their outstanding teaching ability.

Career Outlook

The Music/Recording Industry Certificate is designed both for the student who wants an overall basic education in the business of music/recording and for the professional who is seeking to broaden an area of expertise. Course work in the program may be applied toward the certificate or individual classes may be taken to learn or update skills. Students may choose to pursue a technical audio engineering or a business emphasis or apply the academic credit earned in this program towards a degree in related subject areas. Job categories include artist management, professional songwriter, record producer, audio engineer, music publicist, music journalist, talent producer, agent, record promotion, record distribution, studio manager, music publishing, concert production and booking, legal, and touring.


Admission to Program

To be admitted to the certificate program, students should have completed 56 units of academic credit or have sufficient experience to demonstrate they can perform upper division work. Students who do not have 56 units may be accepted on probation and are encouraged to apply. Students may enroll in up to nine units before applying to a certificate program.

Writing Skills

The certificate program's course content requires good writing skills. Certificate students are asked to demonstrate their writing ability soon after admission to the certificate program to satisfy the university literacy requirement. Those who do not have the necessary writing skills are referred to a course offered regularly through the continuing education program: ENG 414, Elements of Writing.

The certificate program requires completion of 24 semester units. Fifteen units must be taken from a core of courses shown below, and the remaining nine may be chosen from the following list of elective courses.

For complete course descriptions, contact the program director.

Required Courses
MRI 310 Beginning Music Recording Workshop
MRI 315 Intermediate Music Recording Workshop
MRI 350 History of the Popular Music Industry
MRI 360 Legal Aspects of the Music/Recording Industry
MRI 330 Music Business Publicity or
  MRI 340   Music Artist Management
Elective Courses
MRI 330 Music Business Publicity or
  MRI 340   Music Artist Management
MRI 320 Music Mixing Workshop
MRI 327 Role of the Record Producer
MRI 334 Popular Music and the Media
MRI 335 Audio for Visual Media/Protools Workshop
MRI 342 History and Aesthetics of Popular Music Record Production
MRI 345 Concert Production and Booking
MRI 346 Record Distribution
MRI 347 Touring Aspects of the Music Industry
MRI 348 Independent Record Labels: A-Z
MRI 352 Artist and Repertoire in the Popular Music Industry
MRI 354 Record Company Operations
MRI 355 Music Industry Career Options
MRI 356 Popular Music and Cultural Exchange
MRI 362 Music Publishing
MRI 370 Seminar in the Music Recording Industry [Topics will vary and be offered on a rotating basis]
MRI 374 Music/Recording Industry and the Internet
MRI 380 Field Study in the Music Recording Industry
MRI 430 Advanced Audio Production I
MRI 530 Advanced Audio Production II
MRI 535 Post-production Audio Workshop
Additional elective courses are announced to students as they are offered.

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