Introduction

The Bachelor of Music in Music Business and Entertainment Industries is a professional degree program designed to prepare qualified musicians for careers in the business management, financial, legal, and artistic areas of the music industry. Music, business, and music business courses are combined in an interdisciplinary curriculum, which includes a minor in Marketing, Business Law, Management, Finance, Business Technology, Public Relations, or other approved business-related area. For curriculum requirements see Minors for Non-Business Students.  

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.70 to remain in the MBEI Program.

Please see below for additional goals and degree requirements.

Educational Objectives

  • Students will have a conceptual understanding of the structures and inter-relationships of the music and entertainment industries.
  • Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of the vocabulary and terminology associated with the music and entertainment industries.
  • Students will be able to comprehend and apply basic music publishing procedures including copyright administration, mechanical licensing and royalties distribution.
  • Students will know how to promote and sell a music industry product.
  • Students will have an understanding of the performing artist as a major economic factor in the marketplace.
  • Students will develop a set of skills applicable to the music industry including: financial and project management, create and enact marketing and promotional plans, the ability to write basic agreements and licenses, and copyright management and administration.

Degree Requirements with a Business, Communications, or Entertainment-Related Minor

General Education Courses MBEI
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 113Finite Mathematics3
ST_XXXXSTEM Cognate (some approved minors satisfy STEM)9
PS_XXXXPeople & Society Cognate (most approved minors satisfy P&S)0
UMX 100The University Of Miami Experience0
Advanced Writing and Communication Skills (3 courses) AWC. See details below.0
Total General Education credits = 18
Experiential Music Curriculum Core Courses 1
MMI 14Music Industry Forum (each semester in residence)0
MXX XX1 (Level 1)Principal Instrument Lesson & Studio Class (semesters 1-4, 2 credit hours)8
MXX XX3 (Level 3)Principal Instrument 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 MMI 240 Experiential Musicianship III
MTC 241Experiential Musicianship IV3
or MSJ 241 Experiential Musicianship IV
or MMI 241 Experiential Musicianship IV
MKP 140Keyboard Studies I1
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 141Keyboard Studies II1
MCY 140Experiencing Music3
MCY 141Musical Traditions (AWC)3
MMI 250Essential Technologies For Musicians3
MMI 573Music Publishing3
MIP/MSJ/MMI/MVP:Ensembles (6 semesters of 1 credit hour)6
Total credits for EMC Core courses = 48
Courses in the MBEI Major
MCY/MTC 300+Musicology or Music Theory 300+ elective 3
MMI 173Introduction to the Music Business3
MMI 274Introduction to Music Copyright Law3
MMI 378Music Business Agreements3
MMI 537Recorded Music Operations3
MMI XXXElective3
MMI XXXElective3
MMI XXXElective3
Select one of the following 3 AWC courses:3
Advanced Professional Communication (AWC)
Business Communication (AWC)
Legal Writing (AWC)
Minor Course (approved minor required)3
Minor Course (approved minor required)3
Business Elective (may satisfy minor course requirement)3
Business Elective (may satisfy minor course requirement)3
Minor Course or Elective3
Minor Course or Elective3
Minor Course or Elective3
Minor Course or Elective3
Minor Course or Elective6
Total credits for courses in the major = 54
Total Credit Hours123
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EMC core courses require a grade of “C” or higher.  Lessons require a grade of "B-" or higher.

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 music students will successfully complete:

  1. MCY 141 Musical Trends and Traditions, which will include substantial evaluated and revised writing components.
  2. MMI 537 Recorded Music Operations, 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. ENG 230 Advanced Business Communications, COS 333 Business Communication, or ENG 331 Legal Writing 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.

Suggested Plan of Study with a Required Minor in Business, Communications, or Entertainment

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
MMI 14 Music Industry 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
MTC 107, MSJ 107,
Skills Lab I
or Skills Lab I
or Skills Lab I
1
MCY 140 Experiencing Music 3
MKP 140 Keyboard Studies I 1
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
UMX 100 The University Of Miami Experience 0
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours14
Spring
MMI 14 Music Industry Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MCY 141 Musical Traditions 3
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
MMI 173 Introduction to the Music Business 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours17
Year Two
Fall
MMI 14 Music Industry 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
MMI 274 Introduction to Music Copyright Law 3
Business Elective 6
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics 3
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours19
Spring
MMI 14 Music Industry 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
MMI 250 Essential Technologies For Musicians 3
MMI 537 Recorded Music Operations 3
Minor Course or Elective 3
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours16
Year Three
Fall
MMI 14 Music Industry Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MMI 378 Music Business Agreements 3
MTC or MCY Elective 300 level or higher 3
Minor Course (P&S Cognate) 3
STEM Cognate 3
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours15
Spring
MMI 14 Music Industry Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MMI 573 Music Publishing 3
Select one of the following Advanced Writing Communication Courses: 3
Advanced Professional Communication  
Legal Writing  
Business Communication  
Minor Course (P&S Cognate) 3
Minor Course or Elective 3
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours15
Year Four
Fall
MMI 14 Music Industry Forum 0
MMI XXX Elective3
MMI XXX Elective3
Business Elective 3
Minor Course or Elective (P&S Cognate) 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
MMI 14 Music Industry Forum 0
MMI XXX Elective3
Minor Course or Elective 3
Minor Course or Elective 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours123

Music Business & Entertainment Industries with CAM and Required Minor in Business, Communications, or Entertainment

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
MMI 14 Music Industry Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MCY 140 Experiencing Music 3
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
MKP 140 Keyboard Studies I 1
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
UMX 100 The University Of Miami Experience 0
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours14
Spring
MMI 14 Music Industry Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MCY 141 Musical Traditions 3
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
MMI 173 Introduction to the Music Business 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours17
Year Two
Fall
MMI 14 Music Industry Forum 0
Principal Instrument/ Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MCY 221 Anglo-American Song Traditions(CAM minor) 3
MTC 240, MSJ 240,
Experiential Musicianship III
or Experiential Musicianship III
or Experiential Musicianship III
3
MTC 207, MSJ 207,
Skills Lab III (CAM minor)
or Skills Lab III
or Skills Lab III: American Song Traditions
1
MMI 274 Introduction to Music Copyright Law 3
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics 3
Ensemble 1
Elective 3
 Credit Hours19
Spring
MMI 14 Music Industry 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 (CAM minor)
or Skills Lab IV
or Skills Lab IV: American Song Traditions
1
MCY 222 African-American Song Traditions(CAM minor) 3
MMI 250 Essential Technologies For Musicians 3
MMI 537 Recorded Music Operations 3
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours16
Year Three
Fall
MMI 14 Music Industry Forum 0
Principal Instrument/ Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MMI 307 Skills Lab V: American Pop(CAM minor) 1 1
MMI 320 Contemporary Lyric Writing(CAM minor) 3
MMI 378 Music Business Agreements 3
Minor Course (P&S Cognate) 3
STEM Cognate 3
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours16
Spring
MMI 14 Music Industry Forum 0
Principal Instrument/Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MMI 308 Skills Lab VI: American Pop(CAM minor) 1 1
MMI 573 Music Publishing 3
Select one of the following Advanced Writing Communication Courses: 3
Advanced Professional Communication  
Writing the Research Paper  
Business Communication  
Minor Course (P&S Cognate) 3
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours13
Year Four
Fall
MMI 14 Music Industry Forum 0
MCY 311 Modern American Pop Music(CAM minor) 3
Business Elective 3
Minor Course or Elective 3
MMI XXX 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
MMI 14 Music Industry Forum 0
MMI 445 Senior Project/Portfolio(CAM minor) 1 1
Minor Course or Elective 3
Business Elective 3
Minor Course or Elective (P&S Cognate) 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours123
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 MMI 307, MMI 308, and MMI 445 will satisfy one MMI Elective requirement.