Certificate in Popular Music Studies

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    Explore Music Analysis, Performance, and Recording

    The Certificate in Popular Music Studies introduces skills in the performance, recording, and marketing of popular music. This 19-credit certificate, a joint program of the Music and Communications Media departments, requires students to take 13 credits of core courses and an additional six credits of electives.

    Completion of the certificate will add popular music credentials for students in communications media, music, and other areas. An audition or portfolio of recorded compositions is required for entrance into the program.

    Certificate in Popular Music Studies (1) 19 credits

    • Core Courses: 13 credits
    • APMU - Two semesters of Applied Music (1 credit each) - 2 credits
    • COMM 249 - Basic Audio Recording Techniques - 3 credits
    • COMM 414 - Music, Media, and Culture - 3 credits
    • MUSC 114 - Analysis of Popular Music - 3 credits
    • MUSC 140 - Popular Music Ensemble (2) - 2 credits

    Electives: 6 credits

    Take two of the following:

    • COMM 354 - Media Law and Policy - 3 credits
    • COMM 449 - Advanced Audio Recording Techniques - 3 credits
    • MUHI 333 - History of Popular Music Since 1945 - 3 credits

    (1) An audition on an instrument (including voice) or a portfolio of recorded compositions is required for entrance into the program.

    (2) Two semesters of this one-credit course are required.

    Strengthen Your Skills and Musical Expertise

    Popular music forms the fabric of many people's lives, leading millions to pursue making music as a career or a hobby.

    Students in Music Education, Music Performance, Communications Media, Business, and other majors can benefit from adding this certificate to their credentials.

    A music student who performs primarily classical music or jazz can add skills in popular music to his or her portfolio. Communications Media majors can add extra musical competencies to broaden their knowledge of audio recording or video production. Post-baccalaureate students can open new areas of creative or professional activity by returning to earn the certificate.

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