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Sound of success: Visit the Tennessee university shaping Grammy nominees
Since 2007, Middle Tennessee State University alumni, faculty and former students have brought home 16 Grammy awards. The school has classes in everything from digital audio technology and commercial songwriting to copyright law.  See this exclusive NBC story here.

MTSU's Grammy-winning Torrance “Street Symphony” Esmond tells students to network, graduate
Torrance “Street Symphony” Esmond, an MTSU graduate and Grammy nominee at Sunday’s 61st Grammy Awards, has a message for students – even the successful ones: Stay in school.  Read more here.

MTSU students and faculty attend the Grammy Awards for 6th consecutive year
Middle Tennessee State University students and faculty are at the Grammy Awards for the sixth year in a row to celebrate the success of graduates in the recording industry.  Read more here.

MTSU to represent again at 61st annual Grammy Awards
Middle Tennessee State University starts its sixth annual outreach at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles this weekend with a series of events for alumni, artists and executives with ties to its Department of Recording Industry.  Read more here.

Professor Odie Blackmon appointed to Music Licensing Collective
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Professor Deborah Wagnon featured in R. Kelly article
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Grammy nominations link platinum-selling student producer, 6 alumni
MTSU will be making noise again at the upcoming 61st annual Grammy Awards, this time with seven university-connected people contributing to rap, Americana, country and gospel projects, including the first current student ever to be a part of the distinguished list.  Read more here.

MTSU, UTC take leap of faith into world of virtual reality
Technology is often criticized for its isolating effects, and it’s easy to make that argument when texting replaces talking and people retreat into their phones instead of interacting IRL (in real life). But a new field of study at Middle Tennessee State University is harnessing an emerging technology to help people understand each other better.  Read more here.

Music industry power player: 'We need all hands on deck now'
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Billboard again includes MTSU recording industry program in nation’s top music business schools
MTSU’s Department of Recording Industry is back on Billboard‘s semi-annual list of the nation’s top music business schools, once again joining its counterparts at Berklee, UCLA and New York University as the standouts in educating the next generation of music industry pros.  Read more here.

New partnership gives MTSU recording industry students more digital data tools, training
MTSU’s Department of Recording Industry is teaming up with a Nashville-headquartered audio preservation company to give students in the audio production, music business and commercial songwriting programs new tools and training to manage their musical projects’ digital data.  Read more here.

Chris Young Joins the Grand Ole Opry Family
Grammy-nominated vocalist Chris Young was officially welcomed and inducted into the Grand Ole Opry family this evening by his friend, Opry member Brad Paisley.  Read more here.

New Audio Production Degree
Starting in the 2017 Fall Semester, the Department of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University will begin offering a Bachelor of Science degree in Audio Production. The new degree is a conversion of the current concentration in Audio Production within the Bachelor of Science in Recording Industry to a Bachelor of Science degree in Audio Production. Read more here.

Chris Young Announces MTSU Scholarship
Beginning in the fall of 2017, MTSU alumnus Chris Young’s donation through his Chris Young Foundation will allow MTSU’s Department of Recording Industry to annually grant a scholarship for a rising junior or senior. Read more here.

Songwriting student wins a writing session with a professional
MTSU student Kyle Crownover had the opportunity to work on some of his songs with professional songwriter and MTSU alumna Erin Enderlin. Erin has written songs recorded by artists including Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Terri Clark, Lee Ann Womack and Luke Bryan. Read more here.

MTSU Study Abroad Belize successfully launched
The "International Classroom Initiative" (ICI) had been in development by MTSU Department of Recording Industry Attorney/Associate Professor Deborah Wagnon for over 2 years and was successfully launched as a 2014 MTSU Study Abroad Belize program on June 7, 2014.  Read more here.

Award-winning songwriter takes another one
MTSU alumnus Luke Laird garnered ACM "Album of the Year" honors along with artist Kacey Musgraves and co-producer Shane McAnally for 'Same Trailer Different Park' during the 49th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Read more here.

Alumnus continues TV quest for music stardom
MTSU alumnus Ben Briley is making his way, along with about 100 other contestants, toward the semifinals of “American Idol” after successfully navigating a quick cattle-call performance in Hollywood. Read more here.

RI Department Gets Boost From Grammys
If you saw the Grammys this past month, you might have caught the ad for MTSU's Department of Recording Industry. That 30-second spot was just one of the ways the school is trying to spread the word about its unique program, just down the road from Music City. Read more here.

Family of George Jones establishes scholarship at MTSU
Nancy Jones, the wife of George Jones, announced Monday that her family has established a scholarship fund at Middle Tennessee State University with the hope that it will become a living memorial to the country legend. Nancy made the announcement at a ceremony in Nashville to unveil a monument erected in honor of George Jones, who passed away April 26 at the age of 81. Read more here.

‘Triple-threat icon’ Barry Gibb thrills MTSU with unique visit
Music icon Barry Gibb easily traced the genealogy of the Bee Gees classic “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?” for more than 900 fans and friends at MTSU’s Tucker Theatre. Read more here.

MTSU Recording Industry Department to Host AES Education Conference
The Audio Engineering Society’s first conference dedicated specifically to audio education will focus on teaching methods, instructional resources, learning outcomes, technical operations, areas for research, and similar topics that are relevant to organizations and individuals who provide theoretical and practical training in all areas of audio engineering.

The aim of this conference is to address these topics through a focused series of presentations, papers, workshops, case studies and discussions among professional audio educators, trainers and administrators. The conference will be peer driven, and its outcomes will include a collection of formal papers, historical documents, survey instruments and potential recommendations for educational resource management and development.

Over 30 peer-reviewed papers and posters have been accepted for presentation along with eight workshops and tutorials. For more information visit the conference web site or Facebook page.

Professor John Dougan Writes New Book
Professor John Dougan has written a new book about the African American quintet the Prisonaires, a 1950s one-hit wonder comprised of prison inmates. Find out more about his new book from the Nashville Scene.

MTSU Students Win Grand Prize at 2012 Shure Competition
MTSU students Taylor Bray, Jeff Braun and Grant Hartford won the Grand Prize at the 2012 Shure Competition.

Erin Enderlin's Debut Album Receives Positive Reviews
Congratulations to a former MTSU student on debut album success. Read more.

Johnna Day Wins at International Songwriting Festival
Johnna competed with some very well seasoned songwriters. Read more.

George S. Clinton visits MTSU
Film composer George S. Clinton, the man behind the music of "Mortal Kombat", "The Santa Clause 2", and the "Austin Powers" film series, will share his expertise with MTSU. Read more.

Russell Hickman Speaks at MTSU
Special guest speaker at CMS meeting 9-29-11. Read more.

MTSU Recording Industry Professor, Alumni Receive Grammy Nominations
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will be presented Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles, and faculty and alumni from Middle Tennessee State University may well hear their names called as winners of the coveted prize. Read more.

MTSU AES Guest Speaker: Geoff Daking, engineer and equipment designer
His presentation will include audio demos, equipment insights and professional advice based on his long career in the music industry. Read more.

API Scholarships awarded to 3 MTSU students
Department of Recording Industry students Taylor Bray, Jay Yaskin and Benjamin Poff were among 6 students awarded with scholarships from API.

Dave Aron Lecture and Studio Session
David Aron is a multi-platinum recording engineer, live and studio mixer, record producer and musician. Read more.

An Evening With Ricky Skaggs
Tom T. Hall Writer Series Presents...An Evening With RICKY SKAGGS! Read more.

MTSU Captures Shuttle Launch Using Mojave Audio Microphones
Kennedy Space Center, Florida … There’s something magical about the lift-off a Space Shuttle. Whether you've seen one or a dozen such events, the sheer force required to propel the rocket / shuttle combination upward is fascinating. Read more.

MTSU makes Vince Gill honorary professor
Multi-talented Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill can add one more title to his resume: Professor. Read more.

API Vision Chosen by Middle Tennessee State University's Department of Recording Industry
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MTSU Gives High Marks to SSL Duality and AWS Consoles
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More Department of Recording Industry in the press!

    • Recording Magazine, October 2012: The Department of Recording Industry alum, Mark Hornsby, recently spoke with the College of Media and Entertainments about his recent projects and plans.
    • MIX Magazine, November 2009: A Semester Tracked in 8 Hours
    • February, 2009: Country music star Vince Gill gives songwriting lecture for Department of Recording Industry at MTSU
    • October, 2008: API Vision Chosen by Middle Tennessee State University's Department of Recording Industry
    • Rutherford County, 1998 Edition, "The 'Boro Beat"(see article in left sidebar)
    • In Concert, 1998 Edition, "On the Road Again"
    • Pro Audio Review, November 1997, "Part III: Back to School"
    • Nashville Business Journal, October 6-10, 1997, "Murfreesboro Broadening Music Industry"
    • Billboard, August 9, 1997, "Murfreesboro: An Emerging Music Mecca"(see headlines above)
    • The Daily News Journal, August 9, 1997, "Call It the 'Boro Beat"
    • The Daily News Journal, May 18, 1997, "MTSU Making Mark in Music"
    • Edge, Spring 1997, "Growing Their Own"
    • Daily Variety, October 3, 1995, "Complex of Audio Pros"
    • The Daily News Journal, September 27, 1995, "Nation's Largest"
    • Music Row, September 8, 1994, "The First 20 Years"
    • db magazine, January/February 1994, "MTSU Department of Recording Industry"
    • The Daily News Journal, October 20, 1993, "Music Industry Giants Advise MTSU"
    • Nashville Banner, August 17, 1993, "Music Gets Big Boost at MTSU"
    • Nashville Business Journal, August 16-20, 1993, "Country's New Frontier Lies in Land of Rising Sun"
    • Mix, February 1992, "Choosing the Right Audio Program"
    • R*E*P, November 1991, "Designing the MTSU Media Complex 

Student, Faculty and Departmental Awards

      • 2011 Grammy Award - John Hill
      • Alternative Newsweeklies Journalism Award
      • American College Theater Festival, Regional Award
      • Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology
      • Broadcast Educators Association Award for Best Video Production
      • Career Achievement Award Nomination, MTSU
      • CASE Circle of Excellence Award
      • Communicator Awards, Crystal Award of Excellence in Audio
      • Handy Blues Award for Best Country Blues Album
      • JFK Center for the Performing Arts Special Award
      • Memphis Star Best Audio Engineer Award
      • MIX Magazine nomination for technical excellence and creativity (8)
      • NARAS, Student Music Award
      • NARAS, Memphis Chapter, Premier Audio Engineer Award
      • Nashville Music Award Nomination, Best Blues Recording
      • Outstanding Achievement in Creative Activity, MTSU (2)
      • Outstanding Achievement in Creative Activity Nomination, MTSU (4)
      • Outstanding Achievement in Instructional Technology Award, MTSU
      • Outstanding University Teacher, MTSU (3)
      • Public Service Award Nomination, MTSU (2)
      • Recording Industry Outstanding Alumni Award
      • Sinking Creek Film Festival Award for Best Historical Documentary
      • Technical Excellence & Creativity Award Nomination (8)
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