Music/Recording Industry

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College of Extended Learning

835 Market Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-817-4237
Fax: 415-817-4299
Program Director: Greg Gaston

Program Coordinator: Joy Thompson

Program Scope

The Music/Recording Industry program is designed for those who want to learn more about the music business and recording industry through a structured program of study. Musicians, producers, engineers, lawyers, agents, promoters, managers and entertainment writers can all benefit from MRI courses. The program integrates technical skills in recording, business and legal aspects, along with production elements, to provide foundations in the music business and the audio engineering field.


Program faculty are selected for their expertise in the technical or business aspects of the music/recording industry and for their outstanding teaching ability.

Career Outlook

The Music/Recording Industry Certificate is designed both for the student who wants an overall basic education in the business of music/recording and for the professional who is seeking to broaden an area of expertise. Course work in the program may be applied toward the certificate or individual classes may be taken to learn or update skills. Students may choose to pursue a technical audio engineering or a business emphasis or apply the academic credit earned in this program towards a degree in related subject areas. Job categories include artist management, professional songwriter, record producer, audio engineer, music publicist, music journalist, talent producer, agent, record promotion, record distribution, studio manager, music publishing, concert production and booking, legal, and touring.

Certificate in Music/Recording Industry (MRI)

Admission to Program

To be admitted to the certificate program, students should have completed 56 units of academic credit or have sufficient experience to demonstrate they can perform upper division work. Students who do not have 56 units may be accepted on probation and are encouraged to apply. Students may enroll in up to nine units before applying to a certificate program.

Writing Skills

The certificate program's course content requires good writing skills. Certificate students are asked to demonstrate their writing ability soon after admission to the certificate program to satisfy the university literacy requirement. Those who do not have the necessary writing skills are referred to a course offered regularly through the continuing education program: ENG 414.

The certificate program requires completion of 24 semester units. Nine units must be taken from a core of courses shown below, then twelve units chosen from your chosen emphasis (Audio Engineering or Music Business) and the remaining three may be chosen from the following list of elective courses.

For complete course descriptions, contact the program director.

Music/Recording Industry, Certificate — 24 units

Core Requirements (9 units)

MRI 310Beginning Music Recording3
MRI 350History of Music Industry3
MRI 360Legal Aspects Music Recording Industry3

Emphasis (12 units)

Choose Audio Engineering or Music Business

Audio Engineering Emphasis

MRI 315Intermediate Music Recording3
MRI 316Pro Tools 1011
MRI 320Music Mixing Workshop3
MRI 380Field Study Music/Recording Industry (internship course)2-3
MRI 430Adv Audio Prod 1 (Fantasy Studios)3

Music Business Emphasis

MRI 331Applied Strategies: Breaking into the Music Business3
MRI 355Music Industry Career Options3
MRI 362Music Publishing3
MRI 380Field Study Music/Recording Industry (internship course)1-3

Elective Courses (3 units)

MRI 313EDM Production2
MRI 317Reason: Digital Music Composition2
MRI 318Logic Audio 1012
MRI 327Role of Record Producer2
MRI 329Live Concert Production2
MRI 330Music Business Publicity3
MRI 334Popular Music Marketing and the Media3
MRI 336The Art and Business of Songwriting2
MRI 338Studio Sessions Vocal Workshop2
MRI 340Music Artist Management3
MRI 341Music Mastering1
MRI 342Hst/Aes Music Record Prod3
MRI 348Independent Record Label3
MRI 352Artist & Repertoire3
MRI 370Producing Music Videos (Topics vary and are offered on a rotating basis.)2
MRI 530Adv Audio Prod 2 (Fantasy Studio)3
MRI 625Live Concert Sound1