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Music Business

Not surprisingly, given its proximity to Music City, Middle Tennessee State has become a mecca for anyone who feels called to be part of the music scene. If you want to manage or represent artists, market their songs to record companies and the media, promote concert tours, or be involved in any aspect of bringing music to appreciative listeners, consider majoring in Music Business in the Department of Recording Industry. Faculty members with experience in all aspects of music business teach classes in wonderfully equipped classrooms. In a program centered around students, real-world experiences and professional contacts are part of learning.

Heavy Hitters

Heavy Hitters

MTSU has recently appointed two new leaders whose professional experience will help students fulfill their dreams of becoming music industry professionals. Beverly Keel, chair of the Department of Recording Industry, is the former senior vice president of Media and Artist Relations for Universal Music Group Nashville, where she developed extensive media campaigns for chart-topping artists, including Lionel Richie, Scotty McCreery, Sugarland, and many more. Rick Carnes, head of the Commercial Songwriting concentration, has earned 40 platinum albums with songs recorded by Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Alabama, Pam Tillis, and Conway Twitty. (As president of the Songwriters Guild of America, Carnes is also a leading advocate for songwriters and copyright protection.)

Match Records

Lighting a Fire

As part of MTSU’s Recording Industry program, MATCH Records strives to involve students in all aspects of a traditional record label, from talent acquisition and development, to production, marketing, and distribution. In turn, students gain real-world experience and opportunities for networking. Local bands whose members include at least one MTSU student are eligible to get involved with the student-run label. The program now stretches across multiple semesters, allowing both the students who run the label and the artists utilizing it to have a truly immersive experience and the available time needed to produce meaningful and realistic results.

Created with input from music industry professionals and the leading industry associations, MTSU’s innovative Recording Industry curriculum is a cutting-edge program that helps blaze a tailor-made path for its students into any of the many rewarding careers of Tennessee’s robust music industries. Examples include

  • A & R representative
  • Marketing representative
  • Music editor
  • Regional promotions manager
  • Song plugger
  • Staff publicist
  • Studio manager
  • Talent representative


Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • ASCAP
  • Big Loud Bucks Administration
  • Big Machine Label Group
  • Borman Entertainment
  • Broken Bow Records / Stoney Creek Records
  • Buddy Lee Attractions, Inc.
  • Cal IV Entertainment
  • Clear Channel Nashville
  • ClearBox Rights, LLC
  • Compass Records Group
  • Country Music Association
  • Country Music Television
  • Country Radio Broadcasters
  • Country Wired, Inc.
  • CrowdSurf
  • Dualtone Music Group
  • EMI Christian Music Group
  • Gospel Music Association
  • Grand Ole Opry
  • HoriPro Entertainment Group
  • Huskins-Harris Business Mgmt
  • Kobalt Music Group
  • Lyon and Phillips, PLLC
  • Marathon Music Works
  • McGhee Entertainment
  • Music City Networks, LLC
  • Music City Roots
  • Music Services
  • National Shows 2
  • Neste Event Marketing
  • Peer Music 
  • Premiere Radio Networks
  • Provident Music Group
  • Rolling Stone
  • RPM Management
  • Ryman Auditorium
  • Select-O-Hits
  • Sony Music Entertainment
  • Sony/ATV Music Publishing
  • Ten Ten Music Group, Inc.
  • Tennessee Assoc of Broadcasting
  • The AristoMedia Group
  • The Recording Academy
  • Thirty Tigers
  • UMG Nashville
  • Universal Music Publishing
  • Vector Management
  • WAMA, Inc. Words and Music
  • Warner Music Nashville
  • WarpSpeed, Inc.
  • Whizbang, Inc.
  • William Morris Endeavor

 

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Dr. Richard Barnet
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Dale Cockrell
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Charles Dahan
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Beverly Keel
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A student majoring in Recording Industry can pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in one of three concentrations: Music Business, Audio Production, or Commercial Songwriting.   

Music Business students must also minor in one of the following: Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Management, Marketing, or Mass Communication (concentrations in Journalism, Media Management, or Public Relations).

The department also offers undergraduate minors in Entertainment Technology (an interdisciplinary minor) and Recording Industry (for non-majors). Please click here for more information on Recording Industry minors or contact Joseph Akins at 615-904-8248.

For graduate students, the Department of Recording Industry offers a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in Recording Arts and Technologies.

 

The sample schedule below is based on the current undergraduate catalog. It is not a substitute for academic advisement. Contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements or consult the undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives.

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years. (Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.)

NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map. Missing milestones could delay your program.

Music Business Academic Map

Department of Recording Industry
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
RIM 36003Candidacy course RIM 30003Candidacy course
RIM/JOUR/EMC 1020 (Soc/Beh Sci)3Candidacy course RIM 3010 or RIM 30113Candidacy course
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
MATH 1710 or higher (Math)3Candidacy course ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL16 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  RIM 37003 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  RIM 39003 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
Minor course3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
CSCI 1150 or INFS 22003  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
SUBTOTAL15Apply to candidacy after 45 hours SUBTOTAL16 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
RIM 47003  RIM 43203 
RIM 37203  RIM MB elective3 
RIM MB elective3  RIM MB elective3 
RIM 46203  Minor course3 
Elective or minor course3  Elective3
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
RIM MB elective3  RIM MB elective3 
Minor course3  Minor course3 
Minor course3  Minor course3 
RIM MB elective3  ACTG 2110, 2120, or 30003 
Elective3  Elective1 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL13 
Note: Students must earn C or higher in all RIM courses.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
RIM/JOUR/EMC 1020 (Soc/Beh Sci)3Candidacy course RIM 3010 or RIM 30113Candidacy course
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
MATH 1710 or higher (Math)3Candidacy course ENGL 1020 (Comm)3
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL13 
FRESHMAN SUMMER
RIM 36003Candidacy course RIM 30003Candidacy course
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  RIM 37003 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  RIM 39003 
Minor course3  ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3 
CSCI 1150 or INFS 22003  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
SUBTOTAL12Apply to candidacy after 45 hours SUBTOTAL13 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
RIM 47003  RIM 43203 
RIM 37203  RIM MB elective3 
RIM 46203  Minor course 3 
Elective or minor course3  Elective3
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
JUNIOR SUMMER
RIM MB elective3  RIM MB elective3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
RIM MB elective3  RIM MB elective3 
Minor course3  Minor course3 
RIM MB elective3  Minor course3 
Elective3  ACTG 2110, 2120, or 30003 
Minor course3  Elective1 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL13 
Note: Students must earn C or higher in all RIM courses.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed here.

Recording Industry

RIM 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions
3 credit hours
(Same as JOUR 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

RIM 1230 - Musicianship for Engineers
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: MATH 1710 or higher level math. A variety of music subjects explored within the context of commercial music as related to audio recording and production. Specific topics include music fundamentals, commercial music theory, commercial form and styles, and basic aural and keyboard skills. Students who have passed MUTH 1110 with a grade of C or better may not enroll in RIM 1230 for credit. Laboratory required.

RIM 3000 - History of the Recording Industry
3 credit hours
Traces the development of the technology, business, major record labels, and the music recorded as well as significant individuals in these areas.

RIM 3010 - Audio Fundamentals
3 credit hours
 Prerequisite: MATH 1710 or higher level math. Examines theories and technologies used in audio production for music, radio, TV, and film. Provides the management-oriented student with a useful vocabulary covering the area of audio production and provides the production-oriented student with the basic theory upon which production skills can be built. RIM 3010 is required for all Audio Production students; Music Business and Commercial Songwriting students may choose between RIM 3010 and  RIM 3011.

RIM 3011 - Survey of Audio Technology
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: MATH 1710 or higher level math. For non-Audio Production Recording Industry pre-candidacy students; includes students seeking admission to candidacy in the Music Business and Commercial Songwriting concentrations. Overview of the basic function and application of audio hardware and software used in music creation. Surveys audio technology found in live sound, professional recording studios, and project studios. Required for admission to candidacy to the RI program and offered as an online course. Students must choose between and may receive credit for either RIM 3010 or RIM 3011. Audio Production concentration students will not receive credit for RIM 3011

RIM 3020 - Commercial Songwriting
3 credit hours
(Same as MUTH 3020.) Prerequisite: RI majors - admission to Commercial Songwriting concentration and RIM 1230 or MUTH 1110; others - permission of instructor. Helps the new or developing songwriter acquire a song construction toolkit. Focuses on groove, melody,  lyric, harmony, and structure and integrates these five elements into a cohesive and commercially viable song. Students expected to play guitar or piano and also sing.

RIM 3100 - Introduction to Popular Music Studies
3 credit hours
(Same as JOUR 3100.) Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy; others - permission of instructor. Introduces students to different academic and theoretical approaches to popular music as a social and cultural phenomenon. A discussion oriented class that is both reading and writing intensive.

RIM 3200 - History of Country Music
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy. History and culture of American country music. Explores the historical progression of the genre and analyzes topics such as race and gender relations, material culture, generational conflict, and the role of "authenticity" in the creation and commodification of the music. Reading, writing, and listening intensive.

RIM 3450 - Advanced Musicianship for Engineers
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; RIM 1230 or MUTH 1110. (Not available to students enrolled in or who have completed MUTH 1120.) Continuation of RIM 1230. Furthering the application of musical concepts previously learned to popular music. Topics include syncopation, modulation, two-handed accompaniment patterns, and selected secondary chords. Introduction to music notation software and the preparation of a lead sheet. Laboratory required.

RIM 3500 - Lecture Series
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: RI majors - admission to candidacy. Major executives, producers, and others in the recording industry speak to students about contemporary topics in the music business. May be taken only once for credit toward the major. Pass/Fail.

RIM 3580 - RIM Practicum
1 to 3 credit hours
Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy, approval of instructor prior to enrollment, and approved application. On-campus experiences in and related to the recording industry. Course may be repeated up to three times, but no more than six total credits toward the major allowed for RIM 3580, RIM 4000, and RIM 4010. Pass/Fail.

RIM 3600 - Survey of the Recording Industry
3 credit hours
Examination of the industry including, but not limited to, artist development, songwriting, publishing, record companies, record marketing and promotion, copyright, performance rights, and careers.

RIM 3650 - Free Expression, Mass Media, and the American Public
3 credit hours
(Same as JOUR 3650/EMC 3650.) A general introduction to the issues surrounding free expression and its relationship to mass media in contemporary America. A comprehensive analysis of the history, philosophies, cases, and controls associated with freedom of expression.

RIM 3700 - Copyright Law
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: RI majors - admission to candidacy; others RIM 3600. Examines copyright law with particular reference to the music industry. Emphasis on understanding and applying the law to work in the industry.

RIM 3720 - Artist Management
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: RI majors - admission to candidacy; others RIM 3600. Examines the role of recording artists' representatives. Topics include personal appearances, touring, unions, and contractual considerations.

RIM 3770 - Publicity in the Recording Industry
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy and JOUR 2710; others - RIM 3600 and JOUR 2710. Experience in creating publicity materials and developing media relations, press releases, press kits, and publicity campaigns.

RIM 3780 - Entertainment Reporting and Writing
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy and JOUR 2710; others - RIM 3600 and JOUR 2710. Theory and practice of the fundamentals of entertainment journalism, including music industry writing, feature stories, and CD and concert reviews.

RIM 3890 - International Recording Industry
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy; others RIM 3600. Cultural, media, business, and legal aspects of making and selling records on a worldwide basis. Specific studies in foreign record company operations, i.e., production, distribution, marketing, promotion, and licensing. Immigration, union, and tax implications of artists recording abroad.

RIM 3900 - Music Publishing
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy and previous or concurrent enrollment in RIM 3700; others RIM 3600 and RIM 3700. Operations and functions of music publishing industry including songwriter publisher relations. Primary thrust is popular music publishing, but art, religious, and educational music also discussed.

RIM 4000 - Recording Industry Internship: Business
1 to 6 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; 90 credit hours completed; RIM 3700 and three of the following sub-core courses must be completed: RIM 3720, RIM 3900, RIM 4320, or RIM 4620; approved internship application. Practical experience for advanced students in a professional recording industry setting. This course may be repeated for additional credit. No more than six hours toward the major are allowed for RIM 3580, 4000, and RIM 4010. Pass/Fail.

RIM 4010 - Recording Industry Internship: Technology
1 to 6 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; senior standing (90 hours), RIM 4190, RIM 4200, RIM 4400, and an approved internship application. Practical experience for advanced students in a professional recording industry setting. This course may be repeated for additional credit. No more than six hours toward the major are allowed for RIM 3580, RIM 4000, and 4010. Pass/Fail.

RIM 4020 - Advanced Commercial Songwriting
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: RIM 3020/MUTH 3020. The developing songwriter will study how a professional songwriter prepares to write commercial songs targeted to specific markets, artists, media, and events. Will be followed by a study of how students can find their unique voices as songwriter/artists or as pure songwriters.

RIM 4100 - Audio Signals and Systems
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: RI majors – Audio Production candidacy. A thorough study of sound in acoustic and electronic forms, including wave behavior, transducers, and the design and operation of analog and digital systems for detecting, receiving, measuring, manipulating, transmitting, and reproducing sound.

RIM 4130 - Cyber PR® in the Entertainment Industry
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy or permission of instructor. Cyber PR®  is the process where social media (with engaged behavior), public relations (outreach and some processes), and online and direct -to-fan (D2F) marketing intersect. Explores the many new and entrepreneurial methods, theories, applications (i.e., Topspin and Next Big Sound) and best practices artists and brands employ to create awareness and make connections to consumers via electronic media. Readings, lectures, guest presentations, and professional group projects and experiences.

RIM 4190 - Introduction to MIDI and Sound Synthesis
3 credit hours
(Same as MUTH 4190.) Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy and RIM 1230 or MUTH 1110; others - RIM 3010, RIM 1230, or MUTH 1110 or permission of instructor. An introduction to synthesizer programming and the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) with emphasis on history, theory, and application. Hands-on activities include synthesizer programming with virtual instruments and MIDI sequencing using a digital audio workstation. Laboratory required.

RIM 4200 - Digital Audio Technology
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy and RIM 1230 or MUTH 1110; others - permission of instructor. An overview of digital audio technology with an emphasis on computer technology related to music production, digital audio workstation hardware and software (e.g., Pro Tools), and digital audio theory. Laboratory required.

RIM 4210 - ProTools for Songwriters
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy; others - permission of instructor. Theory and application of audio hardware and software for personal desktop music production. For RIM Music Business and Commercial Songwriting majors and Music majors, specifically Music Education majors. Emphasis on application through hands-on instructional techniques. May not be used as a prerequisite for RIM 4200 nor may it be used for credit by RIM Audio Production majors. Satisfies the music production component of the RIM Commercial Songwriting concentration. Laboratory required.

RIM 4230 - Advanced Cyber PR in the Entertainment Industry
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: B or higher in RIM 4130 or permission of instructor.  Applies the process where social media (with engaged behavior), public relations (outreach and some processes), and online marketing intersect.  Analyzes, designs, and implements an online-social media marketing plan for an entertainment industry client. Uses existing and developing applications (such as Topspin Media's marketing and sales platform and Next Big Sound's data analysis and monitoring program) to receive basic training. While the promotion of music and entertainment are the focus, the skills and applications taught are transferable to other industries.

RIM 4290 - MIDI Sequencing and Virtual Instruments
3 credit hours
(Same as MUTH 4290). Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy and  RIM 4190/MUTH 4190; others - RIM 4190/MUTH 4190 or permission of instructor. An advanced hands-on course with an emphasis on MIDI sequencing and virtual instruments within Pro Tools, Reason, and other music production software. Drum machines, synthesizers, samplers, and other electronic instruments used to create a commercial music track. Laboratory required.

RIM 4300 - Advanced Pro Tools Techniques
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy and RIM 4200; others - permission of instruction (POD). A detailed examination of digital audio workstation (DAW) techniques used in a variety of production environments. Comprehensive in-depth instruction in the use of Pro Tools hardware and software with emphasis on file management, stereo and multitrack editing, tuning, use of plug-ins, and delivery formats. Lab exercises to develop hands-on competency; hands-on proficiencies to assess abilities. Laboratory required.

RIM 4320 - Concert Promotion and Touring
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy; others - RIM 3010 and RIM 3600. An in-depth study of the theoretical and practical aspects of presenting contemporary arts and entertainment performances. Topics include talent acquisition, contracts and riders, production, venues, budgeting, ticket services, and promotion.

RIM 4321 - Advanced Concert Promotion
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: RIM 4320 or permission of instructor. A continuation of RIM 4320. Students create proposals for concert events, critique proposals, select best proposals, and present one or more shows.

RIM 4330 - Sound Reinforcement
3 credit hours
Prerequisite RI majors - admission to candidacy; others - RIM 3010. Current technologies and techniques involved in modern sound reinforcement. Topics include club venue and large concert systems. Field work required.

RIM 4390 - Ableton Live Production
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: RIM 4190 or permission of instructor. A hands-on audio production course that introduces the student to Ableton Live and MIDI controllers such as the Ableton Push. Students will acquire and refine digital audio stills used for desktop music production and live performance. Topics include automation, MIDI editing, audio warping, audio to MIDI conversion, making beats, and using Live's virtual instruments.

RIM 4400 - Recording Studio Techniques
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy, RIM 1230 or MUTH 1110 , and RIM 4200 or concurrent enrollment in RIM 4200 (corequisite); others - permission of instructor. Develops understanding of techniques and technology in modern multitrack recording and mixing. Extensive hands-on experience. Laboratory required.

RIM 4440 - Critical Listening
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy and previous or concurrent enrollment in RIM 4400; others - permission of instructor. Ear-training and aesthetics for recording engineers. Class activities involve listening and analysis of master tape and disc formats. Sources include a wide variety of music genres as well as specialized technical ear-training materials. Development of a vocabulary for communication of aural impressions. Introduction to "high-end" audio.

RIM 4480 - Mastering
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy and RIM 4200 and RIM 4400; others - permission of instructor. An advanced hands-on approach to the principles and practices of mastering. Focuses on the use of digital audio workstations specially designed for audio mastering and related outboard equipment. Additional focus on surround mastering and DVD authoring. Laboratory required.

RIM 4510 - Study Abroad
1 to 3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department. Topics related to the recording industry in the country in course delivered. May be taken two times.

RIM 4550 - Hip-hop Music and Culture
3 credit hours
(Same as ANTH 4550 and MUHL 4550.) Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020.  An ethnomusicological investigation of how hip-hop reacts to and informs mainstream culture through its primary art forms: music, visual art, and dance. Major themes and issues that cut across hip-hop's history, including issues of style and performance, gender, race, politics, and religion addressed.  

RIM 4570 - The Art of Soundtrack Design
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: RI majors - admission to candidacy; others - permission of instructor. Examines the creative use of sound in film and theatre through critical listening to various soundtracks. The theory and practice of sound design analyzed and discussed in a lecture-oriented class.

RIM 4580 - Sound for Picture
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy, RIM 4190, RIM 4200, RIM 4300, and RIM 4400; others - permission of instructor. In-depth, interactive study of sound and its relationship to picture. Time code, synchronization, workflow, data interchange, sound recording and editing, ADR, Foley, routing structures, sound mixing, and delivery methods. Demonstrations and lab use digital audio workstations and controllers found in professional facilities. Laboratory required.

RIM 4585 - Advanced Sound for Picture
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: RIM 4580 or permission of instructor. An in-depth, interactive study of sound mixing approaches for a variety of styles of programming across different media (TV, film, web). In addition to the aesthetic aspects of mixing, discussions will include required deliverables, audio level requirements, sound formats (stereo, surround), synchronization, addressing program timing changes, picture formats, target audience considerations, problem solving, technology, and more. A hands-on class which will require assignments to be completed outside of class (as is the case with most-upper-level studio courses). Laboratory required.

RIM 4590 - Computer Based Scoring for Visual Media
3 credit hours
(Same as MUTH 4590.) Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy, RIM 4190/MUTH 4190 and either RIM 4200 or RIM 4290/MUTH 4290; others - RIM 4190/MUTH 4190 and either RIM 4200 or RIM 4290/MUTH 4290 or permission of instructor. Writing music for visual media using the capabilities of a computer workstation. Introduces compositional techniques utilizing Macintosh sequencing software and QuickTime video playback in combination with synthesizers and sample playback programs. Concepts include synchronization of music to picture, tempo selection, sound source selection/manipulation, and analysis of the dramatic content of a scene. Laboratory required.

RIM 4600 - Mixing Techniques and Technologies
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: RI majors - RIM 4300 and RIM 4400 or permission of instructor. Advanced application of mixing techniques in a digital multitrack setting. Additional topics include applied critical listening, automation systems, focus and foundation mixing, and the NARAS guidelines for delivery of recorded music projects.

RIM 4620 - Marketing of Recordings
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: RI majors - admission to candidacy; others RIM 3600. Special emphasis on the particular structures and problems involved in the movement of recordings from manufacturer to the buying public. Topics include product marketing, promotion, and distribution.

RIM 4630 - Recording Industry Research
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy, RIM 4620 or MKT 3820, computer literacy, and permission of instructor. Provides hands-on experiences in research in the recording industry. Involvement in group projects to provide music and consumer research services to various clients in the industry. Workshop oriented.

RIM 4650 - Multitrack Music Recording: Studio B
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: RI majors - RIM 4200 and RIM 4400; others - permission of instructor. In-depth study of the technology and techniques of contemporary multitrack music recording. Lectures and labs focus on modern recording techniques, the analog and digital audio hardware/software installed in Studio B, systemic aspects of recording studios, and preparation for professional work in the studio environment. Laboratory required.

RIM 4651 - Multitrack Music Recording: Studio A
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: RI majors - RIM 4200 and RIM 4400; others - permission of instructor. In-depth study of the technology and techniques of contemporary multitrack music recording. Lectures and labs focus on modern recording techniques, the analog and digital audio hardware/software installed in Studio A, systemic aspects of recording studios, and preparation for professional work in the studio environment. Laboratory required.

RIM 4660 - Advanced Music Engineering
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy and RIM 4650 or RIM 4651; others - permission of instructor; concurrent or previous completion of RIM 4300 recommended. Project-based class emphasizing creative and aesthetic aspects of multitrack music recording. Topics include microphone techniques, session protocols, incorporation of MIDI elements, sample replacement and augmentation, rough mixing, console automation techniques, signal processing, and ear-training for recording engineers. Laboratory required.

RIM 4670 - Studio Production
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy and RIM 4300 or RIM 4650 or RIM 4651; others - permission of instructor. Laboratory experience and lectures in commercial music, recording techniques, and business designed to develop the abilities needed to become an independent producer of contemporary commercial recordings. Laboratory required.

RIM 4690 - Digital Strategies for the Music Business
3 credit hours
Prerequisite:  RIM 4620 or permission of the instructor. Applied theory on promoting the services and products of the music industry via digital channels. Topics include market research, content strategy, creating digital assets, search engine marketing, online advertising, email marketing, mobile marketing, and using data and insights from analytics to optimize digital marketing efforts.

RIM 4700 - Contracts and Legal Issues
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: RI majors- admission to candidacy and RIM 3700; others RIM 3600 and RIM 3700. An overview of legal problems encountered in the recording industry with specific attention to contractual considerations in recording and producing.

RIM 4720 - Record Retail Operation
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy and MKT 3820 or RIM 4620; others RIM 3600 and MKT 3820. Problems and practices of recording industry retailers, including pricing, inventory control, advertising, operations, and retail locations for audio and video recordings and printed music.

RIM 4730 - The A&R Function
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: RI majors- completion of concentration sub-core. Role and responsibilities of a record company's artist and repertoire department. Emphasis on finding and guiding an artist as well as the administration of the production and marketing of a project.

RIM 4740 - Studio Business Operations
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: RI majors - admission to candidacy; others - permission of instructor. Applications course involving the administrative functions of recording studio operations, including accounting, marketing, personnel, planning, and computer applications.

RIM 4800 - Understanding the Nashville Music Business-Past and Fut
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Concurrent with or subsequent to RIM 4000 or RIM 4010. Acquaints interns and students working in the Nashville music industry with industry practices through a historic perspective and through conducting a research project.

RIM 4810 - Topics in Recording Industry
1 to 3 credit hours
Prerequisite: RI majors - admission to candidacy. Examination and critical evaluation of current issues related to the operation and function of various aspects of the recording industry. Subject matter varies. Course may be repeated one time for additional credit.

RIM 4820 - Record Label Operations
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy and RIM 4620 or MKT 3820. Day-to-day marketing tasks conducted onsite for a record label offer students training on the practical application of the latest marketing software. Must be able to travel to Music Row and commit to 10 hours per week at a record label.

RIM 4830 - Recording Studio Maintenance
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy, MATH 1710 or higher level math (MATH 1010 will not fulfill this requirement), or permission of instructor; others - permission of instructor. Focuses on studio maintenance and troubleshooting techniques. Includes soldering, wiring standards, machine alignment, and system architecture. Laboratory required.

RIM 4840 - Music Publishing Administration
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: RIM 3600, RIM 3900, or permission of instructor. Common relationships between music publishers and the community of the music industry as it relates to the licensing and protection of copyrighted materials.

RIM 4900 - Individual Problems in the Recording Industry
1 to 3 credit hours
Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy, approved application, and permission of department. Advanced project in production or music business. Students submit applications to production and technology or music business faculty committees. Once approved, a determination is made as to credit to be awarded. Project is reviewed by a panel of three faculty members to determine grade. No more than three credits toward the major are allowed.

RIM 4910 - Advanced Production Seminar
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: RI majors - admission to candidacy and permission of instructor only. The conceptualization, management, and production of a specific program format integrating theory and skills from other EMC/RIM courses. Sports, music, and drama are probable topics. Topics will vary by semester offering.