The Media Writing and Production program (also referred to as the Commercial Music track) within the Department of Music Theory and Composition is designed to expose the undergraduate student to the many issues that face today’s commercial music writers and producers. It is a structured course of study that provides the student with the special technical and practical skills required in today’s recording industry—an industry based on sophisticated recording equipment, interdisciplinary complexities of multimedia projects, economic considerations of production, ever-growing consumer needs, and broadening musical styles that continues to place added demands on the commercial music composer/arranger/producer.
While certainly structured, the inherent diversity of the industry sets the tone for a broad curriculum. Career-oriented arranging and production projects utilize both video and MIDI/audio equipment, and incorporate symphonic and other live instrumental ensembles throughout the curriculum to furnish the student with real-world practical experience in a variety of professional situations. Upper-level students have the opportunity to take courses in film scoring, as well as individually defined special projects that allow for emphasis in areas of special interest. Many of the active and successful alumni from our renown master-level program have regularly expressed the need and value of an undergraduate program such as this one, echoing the rewarding experiences and tangible benefits this unique four-year course of study provides for the next crop of successful music industry professionals.