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Music Industry Studies

Students at any college can earn an award (degree or cert) in any of these programs. However, students may need to complete certain courses at other colleges within the District.

Program Overview

Do you have a passion for music and want to break into the music industry? The Music Industry Studies program can prepare you for a range of career paths in areas such as music management, audio production, and disc jockey techniques.

If working in the music industry is music to your ears, this program can offer a broad background in music management, production, and entrepreneurship activities and provide you a strategic understanding of commercial music — as both an art and a profession. If your goal is to work in audio production, the program will give you hands-on experience in audio engineering and teach you how to apply the music and sound concepts involved in recording, live sound reinforcement, and sound design. It can also train you in disc jockey techniques to give you the technical skills to begin working as a live performance DJ.

Whichever path in the music industry you choose to follow, the Music Industry Studies program can make it happen, so start your journey today.

Why Scottsdale Community College?

The Audio Production Technologies program offers students an opportunity to receive training on industry-standard equipment. Students learn the concepts and theory associated with recording arts technologies while applying them in lab settings appropriate to their skill levels. This program is designed to give students a foundation of knowledge, competency, and experience important in the commercial music marketplace. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) is also available.

The Disc Jockey Techniques program is the nation’s first DJ program in higher education to offer a two-year degree or a Certificate of Completion. This program teaches DJ techniques for live performance (such as working a dance floor) and introduction to DJ music production formation in a state-of-the-art audio studio and computer lab. Students learn beat matching, scratching, production, promotion and more from faculty who are today’s top DJ professionals.

The Music Business program is an innovative curriculum designed to prepare students for today’s music industry. The certificate and degree with a music business emphasis are designed for both the performing musician and the business student with limited performing experience. This program combines a flexible curriculum with an emphasis in business and marketing, along with music industry related courses and experiences.

Electronic Music is intended for the student who would like to obtain acknowledgment for completion of electronic music courses, and is not designed to prepare students for employment. While the completion of the certificate does not lead to a particular degree, it does provide and enhance the development of musicianship for enjoyment and personal growth. This program provides the student with fundamental musical skills covering a variety of topics, including theory, performance, composition, and history. In addition, students receive a high level of technical training in creating electronic music. As students complete courses in the program, they will build a portfolio of original compositions that may be used to seek admittance to a bachelor’s-level music program.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Hands-on lab environments
  • Performance opportunities
  • Workshops with professional producers and artists
  • Internships

Course Format

Classes are offered in a variety of formats: in-person, online, hybrid, day, evening, full-time and part-time.

Textbooks

Most of our courses use low-cost textbooks or no cost material provided by your instructors. General education courses may have textbooks that cost more.