Department of Music offering music industry courses to U of A students

The Department of Music is offering online and in-person courses on the music industry this summer term and for the fall semester. Classes are open to all students, regardless of major. If you have questions about classes, contact Assistant Professor and Jazz Zone Coordinator Jake Hertzog at


MUIN 2011 Contemporary Business Writing
This course is online via Global Campus
Instructor: Jake Hertzog

Course Description: Students will create a portfolio of original songs; explore the historical, commercial and cultural aspects of successful songs and artists; and gain an understanding of aspects of the songwriting business. Fundamentals of music theory for songwriters will be covered as well as creating demos, marketing and networking.

FALL 2022

21st Century Music Industry (with Al Bell): MUIN 3213
This course is online via Global Campus
Instructor: Al Bell

Course Description: This course provides an overview of the music industry in the 21st century, covering its history, current developments and fundamental concepts. The course includes an in-depth examination of the publishing, recording and live entertainment components of the music industry, as well as contemporary entrepreneurial journeys.

Film and Television Composition: MUIN 3403
This course is online via Global Campus
Instructor: Lendell Black

Course Description: The goal of this course is to help composers develop the tools needed to create original music for visual media. The course focuses on the aesthetics, procedures, and technical aspects of music for film and television. Students will learn to write in a variety of styles common in Hollywood, including comedy, drama, action, and fantasy-heroics. Recommended: Have already taken MUTH 3613 or MUTH 3723.

Legal Aspects of the Music Industry MUIN 4013
This course is online via Global Campus

Course Description: This course provides an in-depth examination of the many types of agreements and music industry legal concepts commonly used by artists, composers, and businesses. Topics include copyright, trademarks, recording contracts, management, publishing, and licensing. Students will learn to analyze and understand how these areas of law apply specifically to the entertainment industry and develop negotiation skills for real-life situations.

MUIN 4563/5563 Artist Development
This course is available face to face on Tuesday/Thursday from 8am to 9.15am; Wednesday lab from 8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.
Instructor: Jake Hertzog

Course Description: This course represents the academic and applied component of the artist development component of the Department of Music student-run label services project. Students will work on real life project cycles involving selecting artists, recording and producing music, organizing music releases and media campaigns, creating online promotional strategies and mapping career development of musical artists. Through these applied experiences, students will gain an intimate and practical knowledge of artist development in the music industry. This course will frequently involve special guest instructors and will target tangential areas of the entertainment industry: graphics and visuals, artist management, A&R functions, social media and branding.

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