Music Industry Courses

Lower-Division Courses

19. Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars. (1) Seminar, one hour. Discussion of and critical thinking about topics of current intellectual importance, taught by faculty members in their areas of expertise and illuminating many paths of discovery at UCLA. P/NP grading.

89. Honors Seminars. (1) Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to lower-division lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.

99. Student Research Program. (1 to 2) Tutorial (supervised research or other scholarly work), three hours per week per unit. Entry-level research for lower-division students under guidance of faculty mentor. Students must be in good academic standing and enrolled in minimum of 12 units (excluding this course). Individual contract required; consult Undergraduate Research Center. May be repeated. P/NP grading.

Upper-Division Courses

101. Seminar: Music Industry, Technology, and Science. (4) Seminar, four hours; outside study, eight hours. Required of Music Industry minors. Introduction to intellectual and theoretical frameworks that form Music Industry minor and that scholars of music and music industries have developed to analyze, understand, and perhaps judge what happens out there, including how music business works in financial, legal, global, and artistic terms, how music technologies of recording, reproduction, and consumption operate, and how basic music science from acoustics to brain biology to music perception affects how music is produced and heard. Letter grading.

102. Music Business Fundamentals. (4) Seminar, three hours; outside study, nine hours. Introduction to basic economics of creative industries, focusing on unique ways music works as industry in U.S. and abroad, how power has shifted but still is held in musical oligopolies, and where career opportunities for musicians and other industry professionals will be in next five to 10 years for students. Letter grading.

M103. Music and Brain. (4) (Formerly numbered 103.) (Same as Neuroscience M170.) Seminar, three hours; outside study, nine hours. Multidisciplinary approach to understanding brain mechanisms mediating music perception, performance, and cognition. Students’s natural interest in music serves as springboard for learning basic concepts about how brain works. Focus on specific themes such as harmony perception, rhythm perception, emotion and meaning in music, and creativity. Designed to help students understand methodologies currently used to investigate brain-behavior correlates. Broad understanding of research topics in cognitive neuroscience, one of three main subdisciplines of neuroscience; introduction to fundamental principles in neurophysiology, psychophysiology, and neuroanatomy, whose basics form foundation for brain imaging, forensic practice, social psychology research, and marketing research; and specific knowledge about brain mechanisms mediating music-related cognitive and emotional functions. Letter grading.

104A. Music and Law. (4) Seminar, three hours; outside study, nine hours. Fundamentals of American law as it applies to entertainment business, with special attention to music and its use in film, television, and new media. Legal relationships in entertainment business and basic business practices. Exploration of legal aspects of process of producing works in entertainment field, from acquisition of rights and talent through production and distribution. Letter grading.

104B. Legal and Business Aspects of Sound Recordings. (4) Seminar, three hours; outside study and research, nine hours. Exploration of legal and business aspects of production and distribution of sound recordings. More detailed practical focus on legal aspects of recording process itself, from initial assembly of material to final distribution and collection of royalties, with material covered also relevant to audio-visual recordings. Introductory presentation on contract, copyright, and trademark law as background to step-by-step process of securing agreements necessary for production and commercial distribution of recordings. Letter grading.

105. Songwriters on Songwriting. (4) Lecture, three hours; outside study, nine hours. With special focus on songwriting renaissance of rock era, examination of work of greatest songwriters of post-World War II generation (circa 1952 to 1994) and those they have influenced through creative as well as practical industry guidance from current and noteworthy practitioners. Coverage of songwriting, arrangement and record production, music publishing, and record business in 20th and 21st centuries. Guest music industry professionals to demonstrate individual creative processes and discuss their paths to songwriting and their place in world of music. Course is not workshop or tutorial on how to write songs. Letter grading.

106. Stardom Strategies for Musicians. (4) Lecture, four hours; outside study, eight hours. Help for students to determine what music career best serves their own lives and gives them tools that help them be successful in their lives and careers. Guest speakers, including top music agents, managers, publicists, and performers, to be featured. Letter grading.

107A. Audio Technology for Musicians I. (4) Studio, four hours; outside study, eight hours. Equally for singers using microphones or beat makers using samplers, electronic equipment and procedures permeate music making, and ability to understand their logic is key for any musician today. Practical technical aspects and procedures of equipment and software (sequencers, recorders, mixers, microphones, and so on) most commonly used in contemporary music making. Main sound processing types (equalizers, compressors, reverberation). Fundamental aspects of most widespread music production software and hardware. P/NP or letter grading.

107B. Audio Technology for Musicians II. (4) Studio, four hours; outside study, eight hours. Enforced requisite: course 107A. As audio technology becomes more ingrained and pervasive in creative life of musicians, it is more important than ever to obtain deep understanding of technological music and audio tools, and concepts behind them, that are available. Examination of certain technological elements in greater depth than in course 107A, while applying established concepts to broad range of creative scenarios and applications. Basic familiarity with standard audio workstation software in use in music industry and introduction to foundational theoretical concepts in audio engineering, psychoacoustics, mixing, mastering, and sound recording. Development of critical listening skills through in-class and assigned listening. Letter grading.

108. Founding and Sustaining Performing Arts Organizations. (4) Seminar, four hours. Examination of process of founding performing arts organizations, beginning with inspiration to do so, clarifying organization mission, and mechanics of becoming nonprofit corporations; issues of funding, press relations, finding appropriate venues, developing audience; mechanics, legal and routine, of running arts businesses; establishing relationships with other organizations in field; issues of making and distributing recordings. Students create on paper one performing arts organization, including developing mission statement, preparing bylaws, and writing sample grant proposals. Letter grading.

109. Docs that Rock, Docs that Matter. (4) Seminar, three hours. Close look at various genres of rock documentaries and goals, methods, and challenges inherent in making them, with award-winning documentary writer/director. What makes for successful (or unsuccessful) music documentary? Viewed through very specific focus of story and storytelling. P/NP or letter grading.

110. Music Business Now. (4) Seminar, three hours. Hands-on introduction to business of music, with emphasis on marketing and media. P/NP or letter grading.

111. Musicianship through Repertoire in Studio. (4) Studio, three hours. Performance-based introduction to popular music styles, forms, and competencies through immersion in studio techniques. P/NP or letter grading.

112. Comprehensive Songwriting. (4) Seminar, four hours; outside study, eight hours. Learning and employment of craft of songwriting. Examination, analysis, and implementation of song structure, lyric and melody writing, arranging, orchestrating, and modern (and primitive) recording techniques. How songwriting has evolved in modern society (since advent of phonograph player/radio), how songs and society affect and reflect one another, and how this informs songs and songwriters. Letter grading.

113. Music Supervision. (4) Seminar, three hours. Introduction to role of music supervisor and creative, logistical, and budget considerations of music supervision. Development of theoretical and practical knowledge, interaction with professionals in field, and practice negotiating music requests and clearances. Letter grading.

115. The Art of Music Production. (4) Lecture, three hours; studio, two hours. Exploration of techniques, methods, and process of music production and larger issues in art of making music. Students learn how to foster and capture performance and emotion in music through variety of methods and tools, including artistic direction in studio and choices made in sound, arrangement, and application of technology. Letter grading.

122. Internet Marketing and Branding for Musicians. (4) (Formerly numbered 102.) Seminar, four hours; outside study, eight hours. Requisites: courses 101, 102, 104A, or by permission of instructor. Digital world for musicians has changed dramatically. Musicians not only have ability to self-market and create communities directly with listeners, but also can thrive in online communities with influencers and other musicians around world. Digital has transformed not just way musicians get word out, but also how they create. Internet marketing has morphed into Internet community crowdsourcing — very different world for musicians and musical organizations. Study driven by project-based work of current online environments for musicians, organizations, and venues. Students dive into best practices around world, growing brand, finding target market online, and engaging with right communities of practice to build their own connections and online portfolio of collaborators. Letter grading.

M182. Music Industry. (4) (Same as Ethnomusicology CM182, Music CM182, and Musicology CM186.) Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour; outside study, seven hours. Limited to Ethnomusicology, Music, and Music History majors. Examination of influence of music industry on way music is created, performed, listened to, evaluated, and used today. Historical approach taken, beginning with music published in 18th century and continuing through development of audio recordings to MTV and popular music today. Letter grading.

188. Special Courses in Music Industry. (4) Seminar, four hours; outside study, eight hours. Special topics in music industry for undergraduate students taught on experimental or temporary basis. May be repeated for credit with topic change. Letter grading.

189. Advanced Honors Seminars. (1) Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to undergraduate lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.

195. Community or Corporate Internships in Music Industry and Technology. (4) Tutorial, eight hours. Limited to juniors/seniors in Music Industry minor with minimum cumulative 3.0 grade-point average. Internship in supervised setting in community agency or private business. Students meet on regular basis with instructor and provide periodic reports of their experience. May be repeated for maximum of 8 units. Individual contract with supervising faculty member required. P/NP grading.

197. Individual Studies in Music Industry and Technology. (2 to 4) Tutorial, six to 12 hours. Limited to juniors/seniors in Music Industry minor with minimum cumulative 3.0 grade-point average. Individual intensive study in music industry and technology, with scheduled meetings to be arranged between faculty member and student. Tangible evidence of mastery of subject matter resulting in research project/paper required. May be repeated for maximum of 8 units. Individual contract with supervising faculty member required. Letter grading.