Music Industry Certificate

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Last updated 5/30/2014

Certificate Code: 5214 (pending ICCB approval)

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Jonathan Palomaki, 309-796-5478, palomakij@bhc.edu
Edgar Crockett, 309-796-5479, crockette@bhc.edu


The Music Industry Certificate Program (MICP) curricula is primarily designed to provide the basic tool set required for local, regional, or national entry-level employment in a variety of music-industry related settings. Secondarily, the program is also designed to position the student to transition into a higher-degree music program at a 2-year or 4-year institution, either locally, regionally, or nationally.

Students completing the MICP may find entry-level positions with music marketing and sales companies, record companies, arts management firms, music publishing companies, music festival promoters, music recording studios, or music production companies. Other job opportunities may include advertising agencies, video game companies, radio/TV stations, or creating one’s own work as a freelance artist. If students decide to continue their education, several completed courses in the program will count toward the general educational core and the music components of an Associate in Arts degree.

Music – Therapy Transfer AA
Certificate Code: 5214 (pending ICCB approval)
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
Fall Semester
MUSC 110 — Fundamentals of Music (2)
MUSC 111 — Theory of Music (4)
MUSC 214 — Electronic Music I (3)
MUSC Applied - instrument or voice (1)
MUSC Ensemble - instrumental/choral (1)
ACCT 101 — Financial Accounting  and  (3)
ACCT 103 — Financial Accounting Lab  or  (1)
BA 170 — Fundamentals of Accounting I and
BA 171 — Fundamentals of Accounting Lab

Spring Semester
MUSC 112 — Theory of Music (4)
MUSC 215 — Electronic Music II (3)
MUSC Applied - instrument or voice (1)
MUSC 113 — Exploring Music Literature  or  (3)
MUSC 154 — Music Appreciation  or
MUSC 256 — Intro to American Music (3)
BA 110 — Introduction to Business  or
BA 121 — Small Business Management  or
ECON 221 — Principles of Macro Economics

Minimum total hours required for certificate (29)

Courses for this program include: »

ACCT 101 Financial Accounting
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: Eligibility to enroll in MATH 112 or instructor consent. Concurrent enrollment in ACCT 103 or ACCT 103 “C” or better.
Introductory course for the study of financial accounting principles that presents accounting as an information system used to analyze, record, and communicate financial information about business performance. Emphasis is on understanding and applying basic accounting principles and concepts guiding the reporting of business transactions for service and merchandising enterprises. Topics covered include the accounting cycle (transaction analysis, accruals and deferrals, preparation of financial statements including the income statement, statement of stockholders’ equity, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows, and the closing process); internal controls, cash, recording and valuation of current and long-term receivables; merchandise inventory including perpetual and periodic systems and inventory valuation methods; long-term assets including property, plant, and equipment, natural resources, and intangible assets; cost allocation methods related to long-term assets including depreciation, depletion, and amortization; current liabilities (accounts payable, unearned revenues, and short-term notes payable); long-term liabilities (notes and bonds payable and related interest expense); contingent liabilities; and stockholders’ equity including retained earnings and paid-in capital. IAI: BUS 903

ACCT 103 Financial Accounting Lab
1 cr. hr.;
0 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in ACCT 101 or ACCT 101 “C” or better.
An introductory course which provides a computerized learning environment to support the study of financial accounting principles that presents accounting as an information system used to analyze, record, and communicate financial information about business performance. Emphasis is on understanding and applying basic accounting principles and concepts guiding the reporting of business transactions for service and merchandising enterprises. Topics covered include the accounting cycle (transaction analysis, accruals, and deferrals, preparation of financial statements including the income statement, statement of stockholders’ equity, balance sheet, and statement of cash flow, the closing process); internal controls; cash; recording and valuation of current and long-term receivables; merchandise inventory including perpetual and periodic systems and inventory valuation methods; long-term assets including property, plant, and equipment, natural resources, and intangible assets; cost allocation methods related to long-term assets including depreciation, depletion, and amortization; current liabilities (accounts payable, unearned revenues, and short-term notes payable); long-term liabilities (notes and bonds payable and related interest expense); contingent liabilities; and stockholders; equity including retained earnings and paid-in capital. IAI: BUS 903

BA 110 Introduction to Business
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Basic course introducing major kinds of business organizations and forms of ownership. Study of vocabulary and functions of activities such as financing, marketing, management, personnel administration, and international business.

BA 121 Small Business Management
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Hands-on course designed to prepare the student for possible ownership of their own small business. Topics to be covered include market research, financing, organization structure, management skills, and marketing procedures. Also, skills and time requirements needed to own and operate your own business. Students will be provided an opportunity to produce a business plan that would fit their current or future business needs.

BA 170 Fundamentals of Accounting I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Basic principles, procedures, and methods of accounting. Provides accounting theory and practice as applied to proprietorships. Stresses use of accounting data in business decisions. With BA 180, is designed for two-year career program students desiring to enter business occupations.

BA 171 Fundamentals of Accounting Lab I
1 cr. hr.;
0 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in or previous completion of BA 170.
Basic principles, procedures, and methods of accounting. Provides accounting theory and practice as applied to proprietorships and partnerships. Stresses use of accounting data in business decisions. With BA170, BA180 and BA181 is designed for two-year carer program students desiring to enter business occupations.

ECON 221 Principles of Macro Economics
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Study of the basic macro economic principles of a capitalistic economy, its strengths and weaknesses including supply and demand, prices, role of government, national income measurement and determination, money, banking, monetary and fiscal policies, inflation and unemployment, international trade and payments. IAI: S3 901

MUSC 110 Fundamentals of Music
2 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Musical notation, scales and intervals, sight-singing and fundamental keyboard skills. Recommended for music majors judged deficient in fundamentals, elementary teaching majors, and other interested students.

MUSC 111 Theory of Music
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: MUSC 110.
Structure of music, notation, scales, intervals, sight-singing, keyboard skills and composition.

MUSC 112 Theory of Music
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: MUSC 111 with recommended concurrent enrollment in MUSC 113.
Continuation of MUSC 111.

MUSC 113 Exploring Music Literature
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: MUSC 110 and MUSC 111.
Study of representative vocal and instrumental works illustrative of the principal forms and styles from the Medieval period to the present.

MUSC 154 Music Appreciation
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
For non-music majors only. Study of literature of music emphasizing important composers and prevailing styles of various eras. Outside listening is required. IAI: F1 900

MUSC 214 Electronic Music I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Introduction to electronic music with emphasis on digital synthesis, microcomputer applications and music instrument digital interface (MIDI) standard. Includes principles of sound synthesis, digital recording and specialty designed computer software.

MUSC 215 Electronic Music II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: MUSC 214 or instructor consent.
A continuation of electronic music applications with emphasis on advanced topics in digital synthesis, microcomputer applications and musical instrument digital interface. Includes more involved methods of sound synthesis, digital recording and specially designed computer software.

MUSC 256 Introduction to American Music
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The study of the varied musical landscape of American music. Styles include: folk, bluegrass, country western, pop, jazz, rock, commercial, musical theatre, native American, ragtime, tin-pan alley, Latin, sacred and secular art music 17-19th century, concert music (late 19-21st century), cajun, zydeco, blues, gospel. Outside listening is required. IAI: F1 904