Associate of Applied Business in Music Management

When most people think of the music industry, they think of either performing as an artist or working for a record label. Most careers in the music industry, however, likely involve people you have never heard of performing music management jobs you never knew existed. This music management degree program is designed to prepare students for careers in music production and music management while also revealing many other entryways into the music industry.

Initially, all music management degree students complete a series of core classes that develop the foundational skills needed for virtually any career in commercial music. These core classes include music production, music theory, publishing, record label operations and new media. Students then select one of two areas of specialization – production or music management. Some students even elect to pursue both certificates. Students then dive in deeper into their chosen path.


Students in this track intensify their experience by learning in a studio environment how to record, mix and produce music from a variety of genres. Hocking College is one of the premier music schools in Ohio, in this regard, with labs located at Washington Hall, including two state-of-the-art multitrack recording studios and several recording and isolation spaces. Additionally, Washington Hall's large Apple Macintosh computer lab is further equipped with recording interfaces at each station and cutting-edge software for recording and sequencing.

Music Management

Students interested in the business of music and entertainment may elect for lab and coursework in this track. Students learn how to manage artists and artists' careers, book and promote concerts, market and merchandise music, operate a record label, understand entertainment law and copyright issues, and engage in entrepreneurship.  This track prepares students for a wide variety of music management jobs.


Music management degree students are required to take private music instruction. Lessons available include: guitar, piano, voice, bass guitar, brass, strings, keyboard and drum set. Lesson times are arranged with the individual instructor. Additionally, students can also participate in Vocal Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble or the Mixed Ensemble.

Internships and Capstone

All students enrolled in the music management degree program further their studies by completing an internship in the music industry and a capstone project with their peers during their final term. Faculty are available to help locate and solidify internships, proofread resumes and counsel students where look for positions. Capstone is a series of cumulative projects synthesizing knowledge acquired at Hocking College. Additionally, Management and Production students are brought together to collaborate on projects, such as recording and releasing a digital EP for a featured artist.

Educational Travel Opportunities

Annual trips to large conventions and festivals provide excellent networking and learning opportunities. Past trips have included the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas and Potluck Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana (formerly Tape –Op Conference) and a tour of recording studios in Columbus, Ohio. Other trips include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH and the AES Student Summit in St. Louis, MO.

If you already have an intensive musical background you are encouraged to share your experiences with the School of Arts & Sciences. You may receive advanced credit for some courses, based upon experience equated to the college level coursework.

Few music schools in Ohio offer as many opportunities as the music management degree program at Hocking College. Students get a unique, in-depth experience with this program, preparing them for any and all music management jobs that are out there – and if they’re not, this degree program teaches students the skills to make them exist.

Ready to get started?  Apply here for the Music Management program.

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Business in Music Management:

Production Track

  • Create pre-production strategies (including microphone selection/placement, and choices regarding sound and talent isolation) in order to lead efficient professional recording sessions.
  • Create organized sessions to capture and edit audio within Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) (Ex. Avid ProTools).

  • Repair, mix, and enhance audio using industry standard hardware and software to create finished commercial quality content.

  • Demonstrate skills needed to reinforce (Front of House & Stage) and mix audio in live sound scenarios.

  • Identify and develop artists' strengths to meet the needs of the recording industry.

  • Utilize tools and basic electrical schematic comprehension to diagnose and repair audio equipment.

  • Create a marketable body of work in the form of a professional portfolio.


Industry Track

  • Develop and maintain live appearance/performance strategies, associated negotiations, and contracts for a developing artist.
  • Manage artist publishing, licensing, and royalties associated with intellectual property.

  • Market, promote, and merchandise music product through physical and digital channels, utilizing conventional and new media platforms and tools.

  • Organize, budget, buy talent for, and promote live music events at various types of venues.

  • Identify and develop artists' strengths to meet the needs of the industry.

  • Create a marketable body of work in the form of a professional portfolio.


The Hocking College School of Music is a good fit for you if...

  • You are a self starter.
  • You are a disciplined and critical thinker.
  • You are entrepreneurial.
  • You love to give criticism and invite others to critique your work.
  • You are inquisitive.
  • You want to peel the layers back of the music industry to find your niche.
  • You are passionate about music.


Associate of Applied Business in Music Management

Course of Study

For students entering May 2017

COURSE NO.FIRST SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
GS-1000HC Cornerstone1.000.001.00$80.00
ENGL-1510English Composition I4.000.004.00$50.00
MUS-1137Foundations of Music Theory2.002.003.00$150.00
MUS-1145Music Industry Fundamentals2.002.003.00$200.00
MUS-1130Introduction to Digital Production3.002.004.00$300.00
COURSE NO.SECOND SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
MATH-1103Applied Mathematics2.002.003.00$182.00
MUS-119520th Century Music & Contemporary Genres3.000.003.00$65.00
MUS-1180Interactive Multimedia Technologies2.002.003.00$250.00
MUS-2296Industry Internship Experience1.007.002.00$250.00
MUS-1146Music Publishing3.000.003.00$100.00
ORMUS-1150Recording and Mixing Concepts3.002.004.00$325.00
COURSE NO.THIRD SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
HUM-2205Issues in The Arts3.000.003.00$20.00
MUS-2208Concert Booking and Promotion (SL)$250.00
ORMUS-1200Production Maintenance2.002.003.00$350.00
MUS-1140WLCI Radio Station (SL)$200.00
ORMUS-2202Live Sound Production2.002.003.00$250.00
***Business Elevtive
***Music Elective0.000.003.00
COURSE NO.FOURTH SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
ENGL-1104Job Search Techniques1.000.001.00$15.00
MUS-2220Music Capstone3.002.004.00$340.00
MUS-2227Music Business Synthesis3.002.004.00$250.00
ORMUS-2203Audio Production Synthesis3.002.004.00$325.00
***Natural Science Elective0.000.003.00


Hocking College reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.

Graduates are employed as studio engineers, music producers, artist managers, record label personnel, concert promoters, tour crew, music publishers, booking agents and musicians.

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