Music Production Emphasis, BA
The music production major teaches you the business end and technical side of music – you’ll learn to deal with recordings, manage projects, compose music, and complete a finished product.
Music production is a liberal arts program that is classroom and project-driven from composition to finished product execution. This blending of technology and art in an entrepreneurial context will create for you an audio portfolio that will prepare you well for the music business industry. Malone is part of an exciting program with the CCCU that allows our students to study in Nashville at the Contemporary Music Center while earning credit, where you both learn the business - and do it!
"Malone is becoming a hub for great musicians - you've certainly sent us some of the best talent in the last couple of years. Congratulations on your good work there and I'm thrilled that you and I can team up like this to take young talent and move it along. Keep up the good work and rock on Malone!"
Warren Pettit, Director
The Contemporary Music Center
"My music explores...the redemptive intervention of a very real God in the affairs of the human race."
- Jesse Ayers Professor of Music
The Music Production program was started in the early 1990's as Commercial Music Technology. With a new four-room digital recording studio, a 56-channel Sony console and digital support, the program teaches composition and production, engineering, music business and performance. Students and alumni of the program have worked and performed in the music industry as session players and performers, engineers and in business, and include personnel with National Public Radio, Sanctus Real and Relient K.
The following requirements are for the music major with an emphasis in music ministry.
Keyboard and Theory Placement Tests are required for all music majors prior to beginning the first semester of classes.
In addition to the University requirements listed, acceptance into the Music major requires passing the piano proficiency, being approved for applied study at the 300 level, and passing the sophomore review.
A major in Music consists of the following:
Musicianship Core (35 hours):
- MUS 153 - Keyboard Harmony I (or proficiency)
- MUS 154 - Keyboard Harmony II
- MUS 155 - Music Theory I
- MUS 156 - Music Theory II
- MUS 165 - Aural Skills I
- MUS 166 - Aural Skills II
- MUS 253 - Keyboard Harmony III *
- MUS 255 - Music Theory III
- MUS 261 - Choral Conducting
- MUS 262 - Instrumental Conducting
- MUS 265 - Aural Skills III
- MUS 366 - Music Theory IV
- MUS 374 - Survey of World Music
- MUS 375 - Music History and Literature I - Ancient through Baroque
- MUS 376 - Music History and Literature II - Classical through Romantic
- MUS 377 - Music History and Literature III - 1900 through the Present
*If the student does not pass the entire piano proficiency examination at the conclusion of MUS 253, applied piano must be taken each semester until the exam is passed.
12 hours of applied and ensemble credit as follows:
- Two (2) hours of primary applied music at the 100 level
- Two (2) hours of primary applied music at the 200 level
- Two (2) hours of primary applied music at the 300 level
- Two (2) hours of secondary applied music at the 100 level or above
- Four (4) hours of approved ensemble credit
These are the additional courses needed for the Music Production emphasis:
- CMUS 121 - Introduction to Music Industry Principles
- CMUS 122 - Music Technology
- CMUS 210 - Commercial Recording and Performance Ensemble
- CMUS 241 - Introduction to Recording and Sound Reinforcement
- CMUS 341 - Introduction to Multi Track Recording
- CMUS 351 - Songwriting and Production
- CMUS 440 - Internship and Audio Portfolio
- CMUS 471 - Audio for Video Techniques
1) Piano Proficiency completed before acceptance into the major
2) Recital attendance each semester of enrollment
3) Musicale attendance