Music Industry

Bachelor of Music in Music Industry


BM in music industry is designed for students whose performance capabilities parallel those required for the BM in performance but who seek a career in the music industry. This is a four-year, 132-unit program consisting of course work in the major performance area, core music classes (theory, music history, keyboard instruction, conducting, and ensembles), music industry, music technology and USC’s general education and writing. A junior recital is required.

Lessons (12 units)

MP 153-353 Individual Instruction in primary instrument (lessons) (six 2-unit courses)

Music Ensembles (2 units)

MUEN 3 Ensemble Electives (two 1-unit courses)

Program Intensive Courses (42 units)

MUIN 270 Introduction to the Music Industry (4 units)
MUIN 275ab Recording Arts Workshop (two 4-unit courses)
MUIN 280 Communications in the Music Industry (4 units)
MUIN 360 Introduction to Music Law (4 units)
MUIN 450 Practicum in Music Industry (8 units)

Two courses from the following: (two 4-unit courses)
MUIN 370, MUIN 385, MUIN 425, MUIN 430, MUIN 435, MUIN 440, MUIN 443, MUIN 445, MUIN 495

Six units from the following:
MUIN 287 (2 units), MUIN 340 (4 units), MUIN 389 (2 units), MUIN 392ab (two 2-uint courses), MUIN 442 (2 units), MUIN 446ab (two 2-uint courses), MUIN 476ab (two 2-uint courses), MUIN 477 (2 units), MUIN 478 (2 units), MUIN 479 (2 units), MUIN 495 (4 units), MUIN 496 (4 units)

Core Thornton Academic Courses (38 units)

MUHL 231-332 Music History and Literature (four 3-unit courses)
MUCO 132ab-232ab Aural Skills (four 2-unit courses)
MUCO 133ab-233ab Music Theory (four 3-unit courses)
MUCD 340 Choral Conducting I or
MUCD 343 Instrumental Conducting I (2 units)
MPKS 250ab Keyboard Instruction I (two 2-unit courses)

General Education (32 units)

GE Cat. I-VI One course from each of six categories (six 4-unit courses)
WRIT 130/340 Writing (two 4-unit courses)

Electives (6 units)

Music or non-music courses (6 units)

Capstone Projects

Junior Recital

All curricular requirements are evaluated on an annual basis and are subject to change. Students follow the curricular requirements as published in the USC Catalogue for their year of matriculation. A typical undergraduate credit load is 16-18 units per semester.

Through approved course substitutions a tailored emphasis in jazz studies is possible in this program of study.