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Bachelor of Science in Music (Music Producer)

Available Minors: Music Composition, Music Business, Music Performance

At McNally Smith College of Music we are passionate about the art of recording and production.  Our students get hands on experience on a wealth of technical equipment found in professional studios throughout the world.  Working in small groups with experienced instructors means you get the attention you need to thoroughly understand advanced recording, editing, and mixing techniques.  We believe inside every great music producer or recording engineer is the heart of a musician.  That means you’ll also learn the musicianship skills – keyboard, aural, and theoretical – that are essential for artistic success.

Recommended Course Schedule
120 Credits (81 major area, 30 liberal arts and 9 electives)

1st Semester

  • BUS 118 Music Industry Economics (3)
  • MUS 118 History of American Popular Music (3)
  • MUS 107 Music Theory I (2)
  • MUS 100K Keyboard Lab I (1)
  • MUS 140 Ear Training I (1)
  • ENS 150 Large Ensemble (1)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 11 + Liberal Arts credits


2nd Semester

  • REC 113R Recording Theory I (2)
  • REC 113C Consoles (1)
  • REC 113Mi Microphones (1)
  • REC 114RL Recording Lab I (2)
  • REC 116 MIDI Production Techniques (2)
  • MUS 121 Music Theory II (2)
  • MUS 102K Keyboard Lab II (1)
  • MUS 141 Ear Training II (1)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 12 + Liberal Arts credits


3rd Semester

  • REC 123R Recording Theory II (1)
  • REC 123M Mix Theory I (1)
  • REC 124RL Recording Lab II (1.5)
  • REC 124ML Mix Lab I (1.5)
  • REC 207 Sound Design for Music Production (1)
  • MUS 211 Music Theory III (2)
  • MUS 208 Ear Training III (1)
  • MUS 200K Keyboard Lab III (1)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 10 + Liberal Arts credits


4th Semester

  • REC 233R Recording Theory III (1)
  • REC 233M Mix Theory II (1)
  • REC 234RL Record Lab III (1.5)
  • REC 234ML Mix Lab II (1.5)
  • REC 236 DAW Editing I (1)
  • REC 205 MIDI Systems (2)
  • MUS131/139 Songwriting I/Songwriting for Non Comp Majors I (3)
  • MUS 143 Desktop Music Publishing (1)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 12 + Liberal Arts credits


5th Semester

  • REC 243R Recording Theory IV (1)
  • REC 243M Mix Theory III (1)
  • REC 244RL Record Lab IV (1.5)
  • REC 244ML Mix Lab III (1.5)
  • APP 100 Applied Music (1)
  • REC 318 Artistry in Production (2)
  • *** *** Electives from any area (2)
  • BUS 330 Music Marketing and Merchandising (3)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 13 + Liberal Arts credits


6th Semester

  • REC 302 Project Management for Producers (2)
  • APP 100 Applied Music (1)
  • MUS110 Artist and Industry Seminar I (1)
  • MUS 345 Arranging I (2)
  • BUS 323 Copyright and Music Publishing (3)
  • MUS 271/277 Songwriting II/Compositional Techniques II (3)
  • *** *** Upper Division electives from any area (2)
  • ENS 100 Ensemble (1)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 15 + Liberal Arts credits


7th Semester

  • REC 400 Music Production Project I (2)
  • APP 100 Applied Music (1)
  • INT 302 Internship (2)
  • MUS 316 Conducting (1)
  • MUS 346 Arranging II (2)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 8 + Liberal Arts credits


8th Semester

  • REC 401 Music Production Project II (2)
  • APP100 Applied Music (1)
  • *** *** Electives From Any Area (4)
  • *** *** Upper Division electives from any area (2)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 9 + Liberal Arts credits


Overall Credits: 120 – 90 major, 30 liberal arts*

*Liberal arts requirements vary depending on degree program. Please refer to the course catalog for more information.

Please be aware that there may be adjustments to the semester-by-semester course sequence based upon: start date, transfer credits, specific department requirements and advisor recommendations.

Bachelor of Science students are required to:
• Have a minimum of one semester of a large ensemble experience.

36 of the total credits are required to be 300 level or above.
12 of the liberal arts credits are required to be 300 level or above.

** MUS 134 Song Theory can be taken as an alternative to MUS 131.

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