July 6, 2011

Owens Community College Announces New Music Business Technology Degree Program

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Aspiring musicians, producers and recording engineers interested in enhancing their knowledge specific to the business side of the music industry will now have opportunity to pursue educational opportunities at Owens Community College as the School of Arts and Sciences unveils a new Music Business Technology Associate Degree Program. Beginning Fall Semester 2011, the new academic program will be offered on the Toledo-area Campus.

The two-year associate degree program recently received formal approval by the Ohio Board of Regents.

“The modern-day music industry is constantly changing and evolving, which makes it imperative that professionals within this field are on the cutting edge from a music and business perspective,” said Dr. Doug Mead, Owens Chair of Fine and Performing Arts. “Owens Community College is pleased to announce the establishment of a new Music Business Technology Degree Program that is designed to prepare students for careers in the highly competitive global music business environment. We want our students to become leaders in shaping the industry’s future.”

Owens’ associate degree in music business technology will require approximately 73 credit hours of coursework, which includes fundamentals of music, music business, audio recording, MIDI technology, accounting for small business, entrepreneurial marketing and contemporary business, among other academic curriculum.

The new program is designed to prepare students for employment in the music industry. Students will develop strong knowledge in producing recordings in conventional and digital formats, as well as obtain experiential learning specific to basic songwriting, artist management and booking, music production and sales, marketing and promotions, copyright and associated law, studio management and publishing. Individuals will also produce and critique sound recordings that demonstrate mastery over basic audio production values and techniques.

Additionally, Owens students will have the opportunity to utilize state-of-the-art recording technology classrooms, computer laboratories complete with innovative music industry-specific software and a studio space with audio equipment that includes mixers, processors, microphones and instruments.

Upon program completion, individuals will be able to apply their knowledge and skills to work in entry-level or higher employment positions as musicians, vocalists, composers, producers and recording engineers.

In addition to the new Music Business Technology Associate Degree Program, the Department of Fine and Performing Arts offers a Music Business Technology Certificate Program.

For additional information about Owens’ new Music Business Technology Associate Degree Program, call (567) 661-7081 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext 7081.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.