FIG #20: The Business of Music

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Cluster Description:
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Economics 101
Shawn Knabb
10:00-11:20 am
Music 105
Todd Smith
9:00-9:50 am
Seminar 101
Lucas Senger
12:00-1:50 pm

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Course Descriptions for The Business of Music

  • Economics 101, Markets and Society, (Shawn Knabb) 4cr, SSC, CRN: 42505
    An introduction to the U.S. economy and its role in the world economy. Analysis of current economic controversies at home and abroad. Issues may include overall economic performance, problems of hunger and poverty, and the issues of economic insecurity, inequality, and sustainability. The course will examine the emergence of globalization and regionalism, and their implications for the workers and the environment.
  • Music 105, Survey of Popular and Rock Music, (Todd Smith) 3cr, HUM, CRN: 42504
    Open to all students. An introduction to the genres, forms and composers of popular music within the framework of a study of its historical and cultural context.
  • Seminar 101, Seminar for First-Year Students, (Lucas Senger) 2cr, CRN: 42506
    An introductory seminar offering an exploration of academic content and essential questions within the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Includes embedded instruction in academic skills and use of campus resources pertinent to exploration of the FIG cluster theme. Concludes in a formal paper or academic presentation. We will look at the business of music through the history of the art. We will examine the roles of artist, patron, producer, audience and industry, and the organizational frameworks of the music industry's publishers, producers and distributors. We will also examine how consumer behavior, disruptive technology and cultural shifts have impacted the contemporary music industry, and take a close look at the current industry model and revealing what it means to be engaged in the business of music.

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