The Bachelor of Music in Media Scoring and Production (MSP) is a program designed to provide the highest level of preparation for qualified composers and producers for media. Successful students will complete diverse writing (composing, scoring, producing) assignments, as well as develop technical and practical skills in the recording studio. In addition, students will increase their knowledge of current trends in the music industry. 

Prospective students should furnish evidence of outstanding writing and production creativity, as well as basic digital audio workstation (DAW) and music notation skills.

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

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 (MSP Majors will take this or another equivalent course depending on their area of emphasis)

2. MCY XXX (200 level or higher), which will include discipline specific communication skills.

3. MMI 445 Senior Project/Portfolio/Business Plan, This course is the capstone for both the MSP programs.  Students will develop and compile a portfolio of creative works that showcase their individual artistry, including but not limited to recordings, videos, songs, scores, and/or other applicable media elements.  
 

Assessment

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

Curriculum Requirements

General Education Courses MWP
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 113Finite Mathematics3
People & Society Cognate9
STEM Cognate9
UMX 100The University of Miami Experience0
Advanced Writing and Communication Skills (3 courses) See details below
Total General Education credits = 27
Experiential Music Curriculum Core Courses MSPP 1
MMI 17Media Scoring and Production Forum0
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 I (or MSJ 103 if enrolled in MSJ theory)1
MKP 141Keyboard Studies II (or MSJ 104 if enrolled in MSJ theory)1
MCY 140Experiencing Music3
MCY 141European Musical Traditions (AWC)3
MMI 310Music Business and Entrepreneurship for Musicians3
MMI 259Digital Audio and MIDI Production3
Ensembles (semesters 1-6, 1 credit hour)6
Total credits for EMC Core courses = 48
Required Courses in the MSP Major
MMI 261Media Scoring I: Music for Media3
MMI 281Production I: Recording and Production Techniques3
MMI 445Senior Project/Portfolio (AWC)1
MSP Electives (Must complete 4 courses from the primary area of emphasis and 1 course from the secondary area of emphasis)15
Media Writing Emphasis 3
Virtual Orchestration
Media Scoring II: Video Game Scoring
Media Scoring III: Film Scoring Foundations
Media Scoring IV: Film Scoring Extensions
Production Emphasis
Synthestration
Production II: Audio Processing and Critical Listening
Production III: Audio Editing
Production IV : Mixing and Mastering
Additional Electives
MCY XXX Elective at the 200 level or above (AWC)3
MTC/MMI/MSJ Orchestration or Arranging Elective 3
MTC/MMI/MSJ Approved Elective at the 300 level or above3
MTC/MMI/MSJ Approved Music Electives or MTC Minor 315
Total credits for courses in the major = 48
Total Credit Hours121

Suggested Plan of Study for MSP Major with  Media Writing Emphasis

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
MMI 17 Media Scoring and Production Forum 0
Principal Instrument/ Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MKP 140 or MSJ 103 Keyboard Studies I
or Jazz Piano 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
MMI 17 Media Scoring 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 or MSJ 104 Keyboard Studies II
or Jazz Piano II
1
MTC 102 Composition II 2
MTC 182 Composition Workshop 1
MMI 259 Digital Audio and MIDI Production 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours17
Year Two
Fall
MMI 17 Media Scoring and Production Forum 0
MTC 201 Composition III 2
MTC 182 Composition Workshop 1
MMI 281 Production I: Recording and Production Techniques 3
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
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics 3
Principal Instrument/ Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours16
Spring
MMI 17 Media Scoring and Production Forum 0
Principal Instrument/ Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MTC 202 Composition IV 2
MTC 182 Composition Workshop 1
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 European Musical Traditions 3
MTC/MMI/MSJ Orchestration Elective 3
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours16
Year Three
Fall
MMI 17 Media Scoring and Production Forum 0
Principal Instrument/ Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MMI 260 Virtual Orchestration 3
MMI 261 Media Scoring I: Music for Media 3
Ensemble 1
People and Society Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
MMI 17 Media Scoring and Production Forum 0
Principal Instrument/ Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MMI 262 Media Scoring II: Video Game Scoring 3
MCY Elective at the 200 level or above (AWC) 3
Ensemble 1
People & Society Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Four
Fall
MMI 17 Media Scoring and Production Forum 0
MMI 363 Media Scoring III: Film Scoring Foundations 3
MTC or MSJ Elective at the 300 level or above 3
People and Society Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours12
Spring
MMI 17 Media Scoring and Production Forum 0
MMI 310 Music Business and Entrepreneurship for Musicians 3
MMI 364 Media Scoring IV: Film Scoring Extensions 3
Production Emphasis Elective 3
Approved Music Elective 3
MMI 445 Senior Project/Portfolio 1
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours121

 Suggested Plan of Study MSP Major with Production Emphasis

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
MMI 17 Media Scoring and Production Forum 0
Principal Instrument/ Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MKP 140 or MSJ 103 Keyboard Studies I
or Jazz Piano 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
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics 3
UMX 100 The University of Miami Experience 0
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours17
Spring
MMI 17 Media Scoring 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
MCY 141 European Musical Traditions 3
MKP 141 or MSJ 104 Keyboard Studies II
or Jazz Piano II
1
MMI 259 Digital Audio and MIDI Production 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours17
Year Two
Fall
MMI 17 Media Scoring 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
MMI 281 Production I: Recording and Production Techniques 3
Approved Music Elective 3
Ensemble 1
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
MMI 17 Media Scoring 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
MMI 280 Synthestration 3
MMI 282 Production II: Audio Processing and Critical Listening 3
MTC/MMI/MSJ Orchestration Elective 3
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours16
Year Three
Fall
MMI 17 Media Scoring and Production Forum 0
Principal Instrument/ Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MMI 383 Production III: Audio Editing 3
Approved Music Elective 3
Ensemble 1
People and Society Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
MMI 17 Media Scoring and Production Forum 0
Principal Instrument/ Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MMI 384 Production IV : Mixing and Mastering 3
MCY Elective at the 200 level or above 3
Ensemble 1
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours12
Year Four
Fall
MMI 17 Media Scoring and Production Forum 0
MTC or MSJ Elective at the 300 level or above 3
Media Writing Emphasis Elective 3
Approved Music Elective 3
People and Society Cognate 3
 Credit Hours12
Spring
MMI 17 Media Scoring and Production Forum 0
MMI 310 Music Business and Entrepreneurship for Musicians 3
MMI 364 Media Scoring IV: Film Scoring Extensions 3
MMI 445 Senior Project/Portfolio 1
Approved Music Elective 3
Approved Music Elective 3
People and Society Cognate 3
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours121

Media Scoring & Production Major/Production  Emphasis with Creative American Music (CAM)

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
MMI 17 Media Scoring 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 or MSJ 103 Experiencing Music
or Jazz Piano I
3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics 3
UMX 100 The University of Miami Experience 0
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours17
Spring
MMI 17 Media Scoring 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
MCY 141 European Musical Traditions 3
MKP 141 or MSJ 104 Keyboard Studies II
or Jazz Piano II
1
MMI 259 Digital Audio and MIDI Production 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours17
Year Two
Fall
MMI 17 Media Scoring 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
MMI 281 Production I: Recording and Production Techniques 3
MCY 221 Anglo-American Song Traditions 3
Ensemble 1
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
MMI 17 Media Scoring 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
MMI 280 Synthestration 3
MMI 282 Production II: Audio Processing and Critical Listening 3
MCY 222 African-American Song Traditions 3
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours16
Year Three
Fall
MMI 17 Media Scoring and Production Forum 0
Principal Instrument/ Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MMI 383 Production III: Audio Editing 3
MMI 307 Skills Lab V: American Pop 1
MMI 320 Contemporary Lyric Writing 3
MCY 311 Modern American Pop Music 3
Approved Music Elective 3
Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours16
Spring
MMI 17 Media Scoring and Production Forum 0
Principal Instrument/ Voice Lesson & Studio Class 2
MMI 308 Skills Lab VI: American Pop 1
MMI 384 Production IV : Mixing and Mastering 3
Ensemble 1
People & Society Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours13
Year Four
Fall
MMI 17 Media Scoring and Production Forum 0
MMI 363 Media Scoring III: Film Scoring Foundations 3
MTC or MSJ Elective at the 300 level or above 3
People and Society Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours12
Spring
MMI 17 Media Scoring and Production Forum 0
MMI 310 Music Business and Entrepreneurship for Musicians 3
MMI 445 Senior Project/Portfolio 1
MTC 404 3
Media Writing Emphasis Elective 3
People and Society Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours123

Mission

The Media Scoring & Production (MSP) 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.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to plan, prepare, produce, and execute a live performance of original contemporary commercial music and arrangements.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to compose, record, edit, and prepare for distribution original contemporary/commercial music and arrangements.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to compose, score, orchestrate, record, and edit, original music for visual media such as film, video, and games.