Music Industry Certificate

Program Description

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.


Students completing this program will be able to:

  • Analyze, record, and communicate financial information about business performance.
  • Apply macro-economic principles of a capitalistic society to the day-to-day operations of a business.
  • Develop a business plan that incorporates the necessary elements of market research, financing, organizational structure, management skills, and marketing.
  • Understand important principles of music theory.
  • Differentiate among historic musical styles and important works.
  • Successfully perform on their instrument or voice at a jury, concert, and/or recital experience.
  • Record, edit, mix, and produce a professional quality portfolio of commercials, original songs, live concerts, and/or other items using the software and hardware tools available.

Gainful Employment

Gainful employment is one important measure that students and parents should pay attention to as they examine colleges and programs. All non-degree programs must be designed to lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation in order to be deemed eligible for federal student aid. These programs are generally less than 2 years in length and result in a certificate.

Music Industry Certificate

Suggested Courses

Course (Credit Hours):

Fall Semester

ACCT 101    Financial Accounting  and
ACCT 103    Financial Accounting Lab  or
ACCT 170    Accounting Basics – Career I and
ACCT 171    Accounting Basics I – Lab (4)
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 – instrument/choral (1)

Spring Semester

BUSN 110 Intro to Business or
BUSN 121 Small Business Mgmt or
ECON 221 Principles of Macro Economics (3)
MUSC 112 Theory of Music (4)
MUSC 113 Music Literature or
MUSC 154 Music Appreciation or
MUSC 256 Intro to American Music (3)
MUSC 215 Electronic Music II (3)
MUSC Applied – instrument or voice (1)

Minimum total hours required for degree: 29