Music/Recording Industry

College of Extended Learning
Dean: Peter Dewees

Music/Recording Industry Program (MRI)
Program Director: Mary Pieratt


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 a good grasp of 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.

Courses earn three units of credit unless otherwise noted. 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 
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 322	Advanced Music Recording Workshop
MRI 327	Role of the Record Producer (2)
MRI 328	Recording Studio Management
MRI 334	Popular Music and the Media
MRI 342	History and Aesthetics of Popular Music 
Record Production
MRI 345	Concert Production and Booking (1)
MRI 347	Touring Aspects of the Music Industry (2)
MRI 352	Artist and Repertoire in the Popular Music 
MRI 355	Music Industry Career Options (2)
MRI 362	Music Publishing (2)
MRI 370	Seminar in the Music Recording 
Industry (1-3) [Topics will vary and be offered on a rotating basis]
MRI 380	Field Study in the Music Recording 
Industry (1-3)
Additional elective courses are announced to students as they are offered.

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