October 18, 2018

Music Business Degree

The music business has more opportunities now than ever before to break onto the scene and make a name for yourself. A music business degree from F.I.R.S.T. Institute can give you the fast track start you’re looking. Our degree program focuses on key specific areas of the music business, such as audio production and music production. F.I.R.S.T. Institute’s program also includes audio post, advanced audio and show production.

If you want to get into the music industry and have the skill sets to have a successful career, this is the course you want to take. It doesn’t matter if you want to become a music producer or looking for career opportunities in the music industry, this program will get you prepared and the internship builds connections you wouldn’t have otherwise.

F.I.R.S.T. students are focused on their music career from day one, in a hands-on-learning experience that is second to none. What makes our music business program unique and unlike anything else out there is the fact that you’re going to get to work on real music industry projects and build a portfolio you’ll have for the rest of your life. You’ll be able to use your music portfolio to apply for entry level jobs in the music industry.

Let’s explore some of the courses in our Recording Arts & Show Production Program.

Fundamentals Of Audio And MIDI

In this course, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about sounds, digital audio, music production and fundamentals of the MAC OS. You’ll quickly move into one of the primary tools of the audio industry, DAW, also called Digital Audio Workstation. During this part of the course, you’ll learn the industry average workstation, Pro Tools 12. Through exercises and hands-on-learning, you’ll begin to master digital audio editing, routing, effects processing, mixing, audio production and critical listening skills. You’ll then begin learning another vital music industry tool, Logic Pro X. All of these essential skills you’ll need to learn for the music business.

Recording Arts

In our recording arts course, you’ll begin being introduced to industry standard equipment and techniques like analog consoles, patch base, signal flow, outboard processors, maintenance and audio recording. During the course, students get to work on several projects, such as a podcast, radio commercial and recording sessions with a solo artist and full band. Students will get to work as a team and deliver a final product to a real world client.

Sound For Visual Media

Sounds for video games, television and the internet is one of the most exciting industries to be in right now. Audio professionals need to understand how post audio production works. Students will learn how to work a control surface and how to record dialogue or ADR, as well as the fundamentals of sound design and surround sound mixing. You’ll get to apply your new skills to your course project, which involves the post audio production of a film scene, video game or television spot. Students will also get to design and implement sounds for video games.

Advanced Audio

Mastering is the final stage in any production before the master is sent off for commercial release and it’s a critical skill in audio production. Students will jump in using the industry standard tools and techniques. You’ll get to learn how to put the final touches on a mix using EQ, compression, limited and other techniques. By the end of the course, students will have what they need to master all of the media for their classroom production projects and demo reel.

Show Production

Live sound is one of the most exciting and interesting aspects of the entertainment industry.There’s more jobs in live sound and show production that any other area of the audio industry. Students will learn about setting up and using sound systems. As the course proceeds, students will set up sound systems, use stage blocks and create monitor front-of-house mixes. They will take what they learn to run 3 live events focusing on AV and full band setups. Furthermore, students will design a real live sound system and will design an audio visual setup to showcase their they understand components and signal flow. Students will also learn trouble shooting and maintenance. You’ll also get to learn stage and tour management, coupled with live sound reenforcement and audio visual production.

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Career Development

It’s vital that students learn career development so they’ll know how to get entry level jobs in the music business, audio industry and recording arts. You’ll learn how to build a powerful portfolio, create profile pages and business cards. You’ll be able to build your online presence with LinkedIn and other web properties. Your portfolio will include all the completed projects in our program. Those include;

  • Radio Commercial
  • Remix Project
  • Podcast
  • Music Artist Recording Sessions
  • Post Production Project
  • Game Audio Project

Student Internship

In order to graduate, you’ll be required to complete a 40 hour internship. This is a great opportunity to further your skills and gain real life industry experience while you’re at F.I.R.S.T. You’ll have the opportunity to network with employers and make meaningful relationships that can lead to employment after you graduate.

Behind every great music artist is a great team. F.I.R.S.T. Institute gives you the skills and experience to make it happen.