Bachelor of Fine Arts

Music Technology, Entrepreneurship & Production

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Technology, Entrepreneurship and Production brings students inside the recording studio and prepares them for behind-the-scenes careers in the music industry. Students develop exceptional competency in all aspects of the music making process.

New York City is the birthplace of the world’s most iconic artists and companies pioneering the $20 billion global music industry. Program graduates have the tools to build successful careers in creative entrepreneurship, venue management, distribution, performance, songwriting, engineering and production.

The program features an experiential learning approach, grounded in the real world of music production and marketing, and follows a learning cohort model that places peer collaboration at the center of the educational experience. The program was founded around four pillars vital to the success of the modern musician:

  1. Creation of music: songwriting, performance, improvisation and arranging
  2. Production of music: music technology, mixing and engineering
  3. Business of music: entrepreneurship, marketing, promotion, copyright and management
  4. Background of music: history, culture, and globalization of contemporary music

Major Requirements

Course # Course Name
Required Foundation Courses
TEP 101 Music Theory and Application I
TEP 120 Music Theory and Application II
TEP 122 Drum/Rhythm Proficiency
TEP 123 Studio Recording Lab
TEP 141 Social Media/Analytics 
TEP 147 Music Production for Records
TEP 184 Artist Management
TEP 185 Studio Arranging
Music Production Foundation Courses
MUS 24 History of Rhythm and Blues
MUS 25 History of Hip Hop
MUS 26 History of Rock n’ Roll
MUS 27 History of Pop Music
MUS 28 History of Country Music
TEP 200 History of the Recording Industry
Music History Courses
TEP 125 Music of Black Americans
TEP 161 History of Motown & Soul Music
Entrepreneurship Foundations
TEP 140 Business of Music Publishing/Copyright
TEP 162 Legal Aspects of Music Industry
TEP 180 Music Entrepreneurship
TEP 201 Professional Development Workshop
Portfolio Development
TEP 300 Capstone
TEP 301 Thesis
Music Electives
TEP 205 Internship
TEP 146 Songwriting
TEP 164 Advanced Songwriting
TEP 183 Accounting For Musicians and Artists
TEP 148 Foundations of Mixing
TEP 165 Music Acoustics
TEP 186 Advanced Mixing
TEP 204 Sound for Visual Media
TEP 163 Principles of Business Management
TEP 181 Concert Promotions
TEP 182 Music Intermediaries
TEP 183 Accounting for Musicians and Artists
TEP 202 Promotions in Radio Broadcast
TEP 143 Creative Promotion in Media
TEP 211 Monetization of Music
TEP 221
The Business of Shawn Carter
MUS 231
The Making of the Album
MUS 241
Women in Music
MUS 251
Marketing and Branding in the Music Industry
MUS 261
Merchandising in the Music Industry
MUS 180
Music Business
MUS 46
Intro to World Music

Core Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
English Composition
ENG 16/16C English Composition 3
English Literature
Select one (1) course from the following:
ENG 61 European Literatures I 3
ENG 62 European Literatures II 3
ENG 63 American Literatures 3
ENG 64 Global Literatures 3
History
Select one (1) course from the following:
HIS 1 Perspectives in Pre-Modern World History 3
HIS 2 Perspectives in Modern World History 3
Philosophy
PHI 60 Philosophical Explorations 3
Speech
SPE 3 Oral Communication 3
Mathematics
Select one (1) course from the following, unless major requirements list specific Math courses:
MTH 15 Math Tools and Their Use 4
MTH 16 Finite Mathematics 3
Science Lab-Based Course
Select one (1) course from the following:
BIO Biology 4
CHM Chemistry 4
PHY Physics 4
Foreign Language
Select one (1) course from the following:
SPA 11 Introductory Spanish I 3
SPA 12 Introductory Spanish II 3
ITL 11 Introductory Italian I 3
ITL 12 Introductory Italian II 3
FRE 11 Introductory French I 3
FRE 12 Introductory French II 3
Visual and Performing Arts
Select one (1) course from the following:
ART 61 Introduction to Visual Art 3
DNC 61 Dance Through Time 3
JOU 61 Journalism, Social Media, and You 3
MA 61 Media Arts and Technology 3
MUS 61 Music and Culture 3
THE 61 The Theatrical Vision 3
Social Sciences I
Select any introductory course from the following:
Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology 3
Social Sciences II
Select any introductory course from the following:
Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology 3

Courses

TEP 100 Music Technology Fundamentals
Private instruction in audio production. Student will work with an instructor to develop their skills in production/engineering. Entrepreneurs will be allowed to take hands-on personal consultations with selected mentors.
Credits: 2
All Sessions



TEP 100D Private Instruction - Drums
Private drum instruction for TEP majors
Credits: 2
On Demand



TEP 100I Private Instruction - Instrument
Private instruction for TEP majors on various musical instruments.
Credits: 2
On Demand



TEP 100P Private Instruction - Piano
Private lessons for piano performance for TEP majors
Credits: 2
On Demand



TEP 100V Private Instruction - Voice
Voice instruction for TEP majors
Credits: 2
On Demand



TEP 101 Music Theory and Application I
This course is a study of popular music. This study begins with the aural analysis of contemporary songs, including bass motion, chord function, and aspects of the rhythm section. It leads to understanding the bass line, harmony, and rhythmic structure of these songs and creation of original pieces in major key and Aeolian mode (natural minor). Keyboard exercises, written homework assignments, and laptop computer drills provide extensive practice in musical and notational elements. Students learn to read and write major and natural minor scales in all keys and learn triads and seventh chords diatonic to those scales. The course provides exposure to chromatic variations on major key harmony: the principles of secondary dominants and modal interchange are studied in limited situations to add color and variety to diatonic harmony. These activities will decode the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic language of most of contemporary popular music and set the stage for a detailed study of more complex and chromatic music in Music Theory and Application II.
Credits: 3
Every Fall



TEP 102 Introduction to Music Technology/Production
This course introduces the fundamentals of music technology geared to the needs of today's professional musician. One of the most significant challenges facing musicians today is mastering the skills required to continually adapt to a changing technology base. Musicians today must understand and be prepared for the fact that this technology base is moving more rapidly than it can be assimilated. The course topics will give an overview of all aspects of the current technology with the primary goal of enabling students to make intelligent decisions in evaluating future technological needs.
Credits: 3 Every Fall



TEP 103 Piano Lab I
Students will learn standard song forms, progressions, blues forms, comping, harmonic continuity, triads, seventh chords, melody, and accompaniment.
Credits: 2
Every Fall



TEP 104 Aural Skills and Ear Training I
Students develop basic ear training skills through performance and dictation. They study melodies, intervals, harmony, and solfege in major keys, as well as basic rhythms in the most common meters.
Credits: 3
Every Spring



TEP 105 Sequencing and Production
This course is an extension of TEP 102. Students will experiment with different DAWS including Ableton Live, Logic and Pro Tools. Students will be introduced to advanced midi techniques for studio and live performance. This course will also serve as an introduction to mixing.
Credits: 3
Every Spring



TEP 106 Piano Lab II
This course is a continuation of Piano Lab I. Instructional focus will continue furthering fundamental piano techniques and will focus on applying techniques in a modern studio setting which will include creating digital productions implementing MIDI sequences in a digital audio workstation (DAW) environment. Pre requisites: TEP 101, TEP 103
Credits: 2
Every Spring



TEP 120 Music Theory and Application II
This course is a continuation of Music Theory and Application I. The class focuses on upper extension seventh chord harmony through construction of chords and scales, their respective relationships, composition, and analysis. A pre requisite of TEP 101 is required.
Credits: 3
Rotating Basis



TEP 121 Foundations of Recording
This course explores the fundamentals of analog and digital audio. Topics include recording consoles: design, function, and signal flow; principles of signal processing: reverberation, delay, equalization, compression, and other effects; an introduction to microphone and loudspeaker technology; and an introduction to music production and recording techniques in both analog and digital media. This class will demonstrate how to monitor and sculpt EQ settings, why and when to process your input signal, selecting the correct microphone and polar pattern for each instrument and how to choose the right outboard gear for the track.
Credits: 3
Annually



TEP 122 Drum Proficiency
This course is designed to acclimate students to the role of drums in music production. Students will learn basic concepts of sight reading rhythms, understanding swing and groove through study of beginning and elementary instruction in drum set techniques.
Credits: 2
Every Fall



TEP 123 Studio Recording Lab I
Students will participate and record in various genres, styles and configurations; honing essential skills and techniques. Sessions will be recorded, mixed and critiqued.
Credits: 1
Every Fall and Spring



TEP 124 Aural Skills and Ear Training II
Continuing from Aural Skills and Ear Training I students develop basic ear training skills through performance and dictation. They study melodies, intervals, harmony, and solfege in major keys, as well as basic rhythms in the most common meters.
Credits: 2
Rotating Basis



TEP 125 Music of Black Americans
This course will examine and chronicle the musical contributions of African Americans who came to this country as indentured servants in 1619 and later slaves, beginning in the 17th Century. Emerging from the degradation and atrocities of slavery, the African American was able to create a “song” that would have a profound impact on how we disseminate and digest music today. Although musical contributions by African Americans will be the primary focus of this class, it will be necessary to discuss and examine the social, economic, religious, political and technological variables that helped with the proliferation of the music.
Credits: 3
Rotating Basis



TEP 126 Record Company Operations
A critical analysis of the anatomy of domestic and international record companies, focusing on the role of each department within the structure. Students become intricately acquainted with such areas of activity as artists and repertoire (A&R), promotions, marketing, distribution, product management, and business affairs. Special attention is given to contractual relationships with artists and producers as well as domestic and international licensing of masters.
Credits: 3
Rotating Basis



TEP 127 From Rock and Rock to Popular Music
This course will introduce students to the different styles, artists and context, covering the original rock and roll roots of the Beatles, to the popular music of Elton John, and culminating with a look at current Pop Stars like Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars.
Credits: 3
Rotating Basis



TEP 140 Business of Music Publishing/Copyright
This course is a detailed analysis of the inner workings of music publishing companies, with emphasis on the role of the publisher in the acquisition, market development, and administration of copyrighted musical compositions. Topics include copyright registration and renewal, contractual relationships with composers, and an analysis of domestic and international licensing of the publisher's catalog through recordings, motion pictures, print, and performance rights. Relationships with foreign affiliates and sub-publishers are also covered.
Credits: 3
Rotating Basis



TEP 141 Social Media/Analytics
This course focuses on the metrics and analytics that allow music marketers/promoters/managers to develop marketing campaigns for specific demographics. The course will introduce students to the evolution of social media and branding opportunities that it provides artists.
Credits: 3
Rotating Basis



TEP 143 Creative Promotion in Media
A comprehensive study of media options available for the promotion of artists, Music Videos, products and services. It includes a brief discussion of marketing plans, followed by a detailed look at both old and new media. Concepts such as integrated marketing communication are melded with creative tools for branding. Students will analyze an existing promotion plan, as well as create one of their own for a new product. The course is useful for the future entrepreneur, corporate executive, creative production person, or anyone who needs information on consumer research, business relationships, and marketing efforts.
Credits: 3
Rotating Basis



TEP 146 Songwriting I
This course includes both lectures and workshop sessions and examines the craft of popular songwriting from both an elementary and practical viewpoint. Song elements covered include basic song structures and forms, lyric writing and prosody, melody, harmonic setting and basic accompaniment approaches. The class includes discussion, analysis and composition exercises that investigate the development and fusion of these elements into completed songs. Collaboration within the workshop environment is encouraged, and the course culminates with a class recital of original student works.
Credits: 3
Rotating Basis



TEP 147 Music Production for Records
This course is designed for producers, entrepreneurs and songwriters/performers. Emphasis is placed on the creative and aesthetic techniques of production. Topics include song choice, song analysis, lyric analysis, artist development, creative vision, scheduling, budgeting, prioritization of tasks, communication issues, compromise and flexibility with regard to artist's vision, servicing the artist's and the record company's needs, and tracking the development of the production process from demo to master.
Credits: 3
Rotating Basis



TEP 148 Foundations of Mixing
This course introduces students to the aesthetic considerations and functional operation of equipment for multi-track mixdown of stereo masters. Topics include: common control room procedures and protocols, console and control room signal flow, control logic, patching and balance, use of outboard signal processors, and documentation protocols. Weekly out-of-class studio lab time consists of mixing prerecorded multi-track material. Audio ear training is also required outside of class time.
Credits: 3
Rotating Basis



TEP 160 Culture of Rhythm & Production
This hands-on, interactive course will focus on the Afro-Caribbean music and dance traditions of Bahamas, Belize, Carriacou, Colombia, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Louisiana, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Trinidad, and Venezuela, among others. We will study key concepts, terms, and history; introducing students to each genre’s music and dance fundamental practices, regional styles, new developments, and connections to other Caribbean and American musical forms. We will examine how these musical practices are both shaped by and give shape to their cultural settings and the social and political environment in which they are performed.
Credits: 3
Rotating Basis



TEP 161 History of Motown & Soul Music
This course will introduce students to the different styles, artists and context that created R&B and Motown music. The class covers the roots of R&B from its Southern roots to its migration to cities such as Detroit, Chicago and Philadelphia. The course focuses on the history of African American popular music from Ray Charles to P-Funk to Erykah Badu; with particular emphasis on its long-term impact on American culture. The rise of classic R&B, Soul, Motown, Funk, the Philly Sound and Neo-Soul are featured. Key artists include Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, the Supremes, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, George Clinton, Michael Jackson, Prince, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Usher, Alicia Keys, and D’Angelo. The course is especially concerned with tracing the interrelationships among music, politics, spirituality, and race relations during the Civil Rights and Black Power years and their legacy for today. During these years the sound of African America indelibly shaped mainstream American popular culture in far reaching and transformative ways. The issues and questions raised in these years continue to be deeply relevant to a contemporary understanding of race, culture, and society.
Credits: 3
Rotating Basis



TEP 162 Legal Aspects of Music Industry
This course is an overview of business and legal issues of special concern to musicians and songwriters, with special emphasis on copyright law, recording and music publishing agreements, and relationships between artists and other parties, including managers, producers, and investors.
Credits: 3
Rotating Basis



TEP 163 Principles of Business Management
An overview of the activities involved in managing a business, including marketing, accounting, finance, and the production of goods and services. The course focuses on the ability of the music business executive to analyze, plan, coordinate, and set objectives for these activities, through the presentation of business theory and problem solving.
Credits: 3
Rotating Basis



TEP 164 Songwriting II
Continuation of Songwriting I. Proper integration of lyrics and melody will be emphasized. Expansion of tonal materials used in songwriting including modulation and modality. Further study of form including the transitional bridge and the primary bridge. Student projects include setting lyrics in various styles and forms. Note: It is recommended that students take Jazz Theory II in conjunction with this course. A pre requisite of TEP 146 is required.
Credits: 3
Every Spring



TEP 165 Music Acoustics
This course is a survey of acoustical phenomena relating to music. The course includes an overview of the nature of sound waves and vibration, sound propagation and room acoustics, sound level and its measurement, the human ear and perception, and tuning systems. Course material is directed toward the contemporary musician's need to understand acoustical phenomena in various contexts, including performance, writing, and music technology applications.
Credits: 3
Rotating Basis



TEP 166 From Rhythm and Blues to Hip Hop
This course will introduce students to the different styles, artists and context, covering the original R&B and hip hop roots up until the modern era.
Credits: 3
Rotating Basis



TEP 180 Music Entrepreneurship
The course approaches entrepreneurship as primarily a creative discipline and borrows from concepts such as observation, developing a point of view, prototyping, and constant iteration, as a means of guiding you through the process of the entrepreneurial endeavor. Students develop the basic mindset, knowledge, and insights required to pursue an entrepreneurial career, whether as the steward of your own career or as the founder of a new business in any creative field.
Credits: 3
Annually



TEP 181 Concert Promotion
This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of concert promotion and venue management including considerations when buying a club, concert promotion and advertising, talent buying, city codes, insurance, TABC regulations, music performance licenses, personnel management and concert production and administration.
Credits: 3
Rotating Basis



TEP 182 Music Intermediaries
This course focuses on the role of the intermediary in advising, representing, and furthering the careers of artists, focusing on the establishment of mutually beneficial working relationships. Topics include the mechanics of talent booking and contracting, union and government regulations, fee/commission structures, contractual considerations, fiduciary duties, budgeting, the development of a client base, and finding success through honesty and fair dealing.
Credits: 3
Rotating Basis



TEP 183 Accounting / Finance for Artists /Musicians
This course introduces students to the importance starting LLC’s, how to start a publishing company, correctly itemizing purchases for tax purposes and how musicians write off purchases for taxes. The course studies how to budget for recordings, touring and other endeavors typical for musicians/artists.
Credits: 3
Every Spring



TEP 184 Artist Management
This course explores the role and importance of an artist manager, what they do, and how they impact the career of the artist and their brand. The course begins with the basics: why an artist needs a manager, the keys to finding the right partner, and a typical management contract. From there, you’ll cover the details of planning an artist’s career, money management, and what to do when things go wrong. You’ll also examine the principles of leadership dynamics and motivation in order to focus and empower current and potential managers.
Credits: 3
Rotating Basis



TEP 185 Studio Arranging
This course is a study of the musical concepts of melody, rhythm, harmony, and form as applied to the principles and techniques of writing and arranging for the rhythm section (drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, basic percussion). Students also study lead-lines for solo instruments, two horns (trumpet plus alto or tenor saxophone), and/or voice. Students focus on the conceptual process of combining individual components to create a musically satisfying arrangement. Students explore the use and integration of MIDI technology and sequencing as they relate to rhythm section and lead-line writing. Students also study various contemporary musical styles and the musical concepts that comprise them, including writing from the "bottom up" (groove-driven) and "top down" (working with a melody in a lead instrument or voice). Students complete writing assignments that incorporate combinations of acoustic, electronic, and MIDI instruments.
Credits: 3
Rotating Basis



TEP 186 Mixing II
This class is a continuation of TEP 148. Advanced concepts in mixing will be examined through use of mixing consoles and analog equipment.
Credits: 3
Rotating Basis



TEP 200 History of Recording Industry/Technology
This is an introductory course, which familiarizes students with the history of audio recording and instrumentation as well as the practical aspects of the recording process. Sessions are organized according to a lecture/demonstration format in which students are given hands-on learning experience in a state-of-the-art recording studio. As the course progresses, students are expected to become better versed in the practical workings of the contemporary recording studio. Topics for class discussion include acoustics, studio design, the audio production console, recording and mix-down processes, and studio instrumentation.
Credits: 3
Rotating Basis



TEP 201 Professional Development Workshop
The Professional Development Workshop provides an opportunity for students in their sixth semester to reflect upon their academic and professional experiences. Students evaluate their knowledge, skills, abilities and interests as they develop and/or refine college and career goals. Students also explore their own identities and their professional and personal relationships as they reflect on the role of the artist or entrepreneur in society, and their role as a musician in their community. Students learn business, entrepreneurship, legal, and communication skills, and address issues of business ethics. Guest lecturers will be brought in to pass along vital information, guidance and wisdom to students as they embark on their professional careers.
Credits: 3
Rotating Basis



TEP 202 Promotions in Radio
This course is designed to provide students with basic knowledge of radio/audio production theory, techniques and aesthetics via practical (hands- on) experience in the writing and production of several program formats. Students will work on specific projects designed to help you master the art of audio recording, editing, mixing, and aural storytelling techniques. Although radio production is about communicating and delivering a message to listeners; the history, business environment of radio and the basic science of radio will also be examined. A basic knowledge and understanding of the radio business and production is necessary for many radio station jobs, both “on” and “off” air in news and entertainment programming, including positions like show producer, talent, program director, promotions director and production director.
Credits: 3
Rotating Basis



TEP 203 Songwriting Workshop III
This workshop continues from songwriting II based on a small group seminar designed to guide students majoring in songwriting in the preparation of their final project. Pre-requisites: TEP 146; TEP 164
Credits: 3
On Demand



TEP 204 Sound for Visual Media
This course will serve as an introduction to sound for film, television and multi-media. The course covers audio post-production for video, film and other multimedia formats with a focus on sound design, SFX editing, Foley, and ADR (dialog replacement). Sound for Visual Media will teach students the specific techniques and strategies used by working professionals during the post-production process. Students will learn how to spot, edit, and assemble dialogue, sound effects, foley, and music; in addition to mixing and prepping audio for film and television using the industry standard, Pro Tools. The course begins with a real-world overview of audio post production, including its evolution, methods, sound crew, and media formats. It then explores techniques and tips for recording location sound, using sound effects libraries, editing production dialogue, and directing and recording a Foley session.
Credits: 3
On Demand



TEP 205 Internship
Students are required to take on a field placement experience in their area of concentration. Credits: 0
All Sessions



TEP 300 Capstone
A seminar in which students receive individualized guidance in the preparation and completion of their graduation project.
Credits: 3
Every Fall, Spring and Summer



TEP 301 Thesis/ Culminating Project
This class represents the culmination of each student's work in the program and the experience through which students synthesize all they have learned. The culminating experience helps to shape students' next steps in the profession and in their career. Thesis projects can consist of a research project, a creative project, a practical project, and/or another project of the student's devising.
Credits: 3
All Sessions



9th Wonder

9th Wonder is a legendary producer, CEO, DJ, and lecturer who has taught at Duke University and Harvard University. He began his career as the main producer for the group Little Brother, and has also worked with Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Destiny’s Child, Jean Grae, Wale, Murs, Drake, Buckshot, Chris Brown, Rapsody, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Big Boi of Outkast, Ludacris, Mac Miller, David Banner, and Mary J Blige, with whom he won a Grammy in 2005. He has served as an artist in residence at North Carolina Central University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Virginia. He is currently working on a research project in conjunction with the Loeb Library at Harvard University, chronicling the top 200 Hip-Hop albums of all-time. 9th Wonder will teach History of Hip Hop and The Making of the Album, among other courses.


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