The Commercial Music & Production degree program is designed to prepare undergraduate students for the many issues facing today’s commercial music writers and producers. In this specialized program, successful students complete diverse compositional assignments, develop technical and practical skills in the recording studio, and acquire an understanding of the music industry. Prospective students should furnish evidence of outstanding compositional ability as well as basic sequencing and music notation skills.

Advanced Writing and Communication Skills

Courses

All students are required to successfully complete 3 Advanced Writing and Communication Skills (AWC) courses. Student degree requirements will include courses that meet the desired communication outcomes in evaluated and revised writing, speaking, stage presence, and audience engagement.

All Media Writing and Production students will successfully complete:

  1. MCY 141  Musical Trends and Traditions, which will include substantial evaluated and revised writing components.
  2. MTC 402 Composition VIII, which will include evaluated communication skills in attracting an audience, engaging an audience during performance, and preparing program notes or similar media as appropriate to the medium/venue.
  3. MTC 311 Analysis and Experience, which will include discipline specific communication skills.

Assessment

There will be at least 2 specific assessments in each Advanced Communications Skills course for communications or writing equivalent to 4000 words, evaluated and revised.

Degree Requirements

General Education Courses MWP
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 113Finite Mathematics3
ST_XXXXSTEM Cognate9
PS_XXXXPeople & Society Cognate9
UMX 100The University Of Miami Experience0
Advanced Writing and Communication Skills (3 courses) See details below0
Total General Education credits = 27
Experiential Music Curriculum Core Courses MWP 1
MTC 15Media Writing and Production forum (8 semesters)0
MXX XX1 (Level 1)Principal Instrument/Voice Lesson & Studio Class (semester 1-4, 2 credit hours)8
MXX XX3 (Level 3)Principal Instrument/Voice Lesson & Studio Class (semesters 5-6, 2 credit hours)4
MTC 140Experiential Musicianship I3
or MSJ 140 Experiential Musicianship I
or MMI 140 Experiential Musicianship I
MTC 141Experiential Musicianship II3
or MSJ 141 Experiential Musicianship II
or MMI 141 Experiential Musicianship II
MTC 240Experiential Musicianship III3
or MSJ 240 Experiential Musicianship III
or MSJ 240 Experiential Musicianship III
MTC 241Experiential Musicianship IV3
or MSJ 241 Experiential Musicianship IV
or MMI 241 Experiential Musicianship IV
MTC 107Skills Lab I (co-requisite MTC 140/MSJ 140/MMI 140)1
or MSJ 107 Skills Lab I
or MMI 107 Skills Lab I
MTC 108Skills Lab II (co-requisite MTC 141/MSJ 141/MMI 141)1
or MSJ 108 Skills Lab II
or MMI 108 Skills Lab II
MTC 207Skills Lab III (co-requisite MTC 240/MSJ 240/MMI 240)1
or MSJ 207 Skills Lab III
or MMI 207 Skills Lab III: American Song Traditions
MTC 208Skills Lab IV (co-requisite MTC 241/MSJ 241/MMI 241)1
or MSJ 208 Skills Lab IV
or MMI 208 Skills Lab IV: American Song Traditions
MKP 140Keyboard Studies I1
MKP 141Keyboard Studies II1
MCY 140Experiencing Music3
MCY 141Musical Traditions (AWC)3
MMI 250Essential Technologies For Musicians3
MMI 310Music Business and Entrepreneurship for Musicians3
Ensembles (semesters 1-6, 1 credit hour)6
Total credits for EMC Core courses = 48
Courses in the MWP Major
MKP 240Keyboard Studies III ((not required if MSJ or MMI 240 is satisfied))2
MKP 241Keyboard Studies IV ((not required if MSJ or MMI 241 is satisfied))2
MTC 101Composition I2
MTC 102Composition II2
MTC 182Composition Workshop (2 semesters of 1 credit hour)2
MTC 203Pop Composition I2
MTC 204Pop Composition II2
MTC 303Music For Media3
MTC 304Multimedia Projects.3
MTC 311Analysis and Experience (AWC)3
MTC 31220th And 21st Century Techniques3
MTC 402Composition VIII (AWC)1
MTC 403Advanced Music Editing3
MTC 404Live Performance Musical Direction3
MTC 416Orchestration3
or MTC 516 Advanced Orchestration
MTC 511Film Scoring I3
MTC 512Film Scoring II3
MSJ/MTCApproved Elective3
MCY 3XXMusicology Elective3
STC 114Principles of Advertising3
Total credits for courses in the major = 51
Total Credit Hours126
1

EMC core courses require a grade of “C” or higher.  Lessons require a grade of "B" or higher.

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
MTC 15 Media Writing and Production forum 0
Principal Instrument/ Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MKP 140 Keyboard Studies I 1
MTC 140, MSJ 140,
Experiential Musicianship I
or Experiential Musicianship I
or Experiential Musicianship I
3
MTC 107, MSJ 107,
Skills Lab I
or Skills Lab I
or Skills Lab I
1
MCY 140 Experiencing Music 3
MTC 101 Composition I 2
MTC 182 Composition Workshop 1
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
UMX 100 The University Of Miami Experience 0
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours17
Spring
MTC 15 Media Writing and Production forum 0
Principal Instrument/ Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MTC 141, MSJ 141,
Experiential Musicianship II
or Experiential Musicianship II
or Experiential Musicianship II
3
MTC 108, MSJ 108,
Skills Lab II
or Skills Lab II
or Skills Lab II
1
MKP 141 Keyboard Studies II 1
MTC 102 Composition II 2
MTC 182 Composition Workshop 1
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics 3
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours17
Year Two
Fall
MTC 15 Media Writing and Production forum 0
MTC 240, MSJ 240,
Experiential Musicianship III
or Experiential Musicianship III
or Experiential Musicianship III
3
MTC 207, MSJ 207,
Skills Lab III
or Skills Lab III
or Skills Lab III: American Song Traditions
1
MKP 240 Keyboard Studies III (not required if MSJ or MMI 240 satisfied) 2
MMI 250 Essential Technologies For Musicians 3
MTC 203 Pop Composition I 2
Principal Instrument/ Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours14
Spring
MTC 15 Media Writing and Production forum 0
Principal Instrument/ Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MTC 241, MSJ 241,
Experiential Musicianship IV
or Experiential Musicianship IV
or Experiential Musicianship IV
3
MTC 208, MSJ 208,
Skills Lab IV
or Skills Lab IV
or Skills Lab IV: American Song Traditions
1
MCY 141 Musical Traditions 3
MKP 241 Keyboard Studies IV (not required if MSJ or MMI 241 is satisfied) 2
MTC 204 Pop Composition II 2
People & Society Cognate 3
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours17
Year Three
Fall
MTC 15 Media Writing and Production forum 0
Principal Instrument/ Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MTC 303 Music For Media 3
STC 114 Principles of Advertising 3
MTC 311 Analysis and Experience 3
Ensemble 1
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
MTC 15 Media Writing and Production forum 0
Principal Instrument/ Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MTC 312 20th And 21st Century Techniques 3
MTC 304 Multimedia Projects. 3
Ensemble 1
MCY 300+ Elective 3
People & Society Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Four
Fall
MTC 15 Media Writing and Production forum 0
MMI 310 Music Business and Entrepreneurship for Musicians 3
MTC 403 Advanced Music Editing 3
MTC 511 Film Scoring I 3
MTC 416 or 516 Orchestration
or Advanced Orchestration
3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
MTC 15 Media Writing and Production forum 0
MTC 402 Composition VIII 1
MTC 404 Live Performance Musical Direction 3
MTC 512 Film Scoring II 3
People & Society Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
MSJ or MTC Approved Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours126

Media Writing & Production with Creative American Music (CAM)

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
MTC 15 Media Writing and Production forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MTC 140, MSJ 140,
Experiential Musicianship I
or Experiential Musicianship I
or Experiential Musicianship I
3
MKP 140 Keyboard Studies I 1
MCY 140 Experiencing Music 3
MTC 107, MSJ 107,
Skills Lab I
or Skills Lab I
or Skills Lab I
1
MTC 101 Composition I 2
MTC 182 Composition Workshop 1
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
UMX 100 The University Of Miami Experience 0
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours17
Spring
MTC 15 Media Writing and Production forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MTC 141, MSJ 141,
Experiential Musicianship II
or Experiential Musicianship II
or Experiential Musicianship II
3
MKP 141 Keyboard Studies II 1
MTC 108, MSJ 108,
Skills Lab II
or Skills Lab II
or Skills Lab II
1
MTC 102 Composition II 2
MTC 182 Composition Workshop 1
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics 3
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours17
Year Two
Fall
MTC 15 Media Writing and Production forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MTC 240, MSJ 240,
Experiential Musicianship III
or Experiential Musicianship III
or Experiential Musicianship III
3
MTC 207, MSJ 207,
Skills Lab III
or Skills Lab III
or Skills Lab III: American Song Traditions
1
MCY 221 Anglo-American Song Traditions 3 3
MMI 250 Essential Technologies For Musicians 3
MTC 203 Pop Composition I 2
Ensemble 1
MKP 240 Keyboard Studies III (not required if enrolled in MSJ or MMI 240) 2
 Credit Hours17
Spring
MTC 15 Media Writing and Production forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MTC 241, MSJ 241,
Experiential Musicianship IV
or Experiential Musicianship IV
or Experiential Musicianship IV
3
MTC 208, MSJ 208,
Skills Lab IV
or Skills Lab IV
or Skills Lab IV: American Song Traditions
1
MKP 241 Keyboard Studies IV (not required if MSJ or MMI 241 is satisfied) 2
MCY 222 African-American Song Traditions 3
MCY 141 Musical Traditions 3
MTC 204 Pop Composition II 2
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours17
Year Three
Fall
MTC 15 Media Writing and Production forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice & Studio Class 2
MCY 311 Modern American Pop Music 3
MMI 307 Skills Lab V: American Pop 2 1
MTC 303 Music For Media 3
MTC 311 Analysis and Experience 1 3
STC 114 Principles of Advertising 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
MTC 15 Media Writing and Production forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MTC 304 Multimedia Projects. 3
MTC 312 20th And 21st Century Techniques 3
MMI 308 Skills Lab VI: American Pop 2 1
MMI 320 Contemporary Lyric Writing 3
People & Society Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours18
Year Four
Fall
MTC 15 Media Writing and Production forum 0
MTC 403 Advanced Music Editing 3
MTC 416 or 516 Orchestration
or Advanced Orchestration
3
MTC 511 Film Scoring I 3
People & Society Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
MTC 15 Media Writing and Production forum 0
MTC 404 Live Performance Musical Direction 3
MTC 512 Film Scoring II 3
MMI 310 Music Business and Entrepreneurship for Musicians 3
MTC 402 Composition VIII 1
MMI 445 Senior Project/Portfolio 1
People & Society Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours17
 Total Credit Hours133
1

 MCY 311 will satisfy the required Musicology Elective (MCY 3XX).

2

 MMI 307 and MMI 308 will count towards two ensemble degree requirements.

3

 MSJ/MTC Approved elective will be substituted with MCY 221.