Recording Industry again ranked among Billboard’s top

Billboard logoMTSU’s Department of Recording Industry is once again ranked in Billboard magazine’s “15 Best Music Business Schools in 2017.”

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An “Operation Song” songwriting session that pairs local veterans with a story to tell with talented songwriting students and professionals. MTSU photo by J. Intintoli

The national list includes acclaimed music industry schools such as Berklee, Belmont and Hofstra. The top 15 were chosen based on how each program effectively serves the new “era” of music business artists who can no longer simply “sign deals” to launch careers.

This year’s accolade mentions the department chair, Beverly Keel, and her work as co-founder of Change the Conversation, a group dedicated to help change the way women are perceived in the country music industry. Also mentioned is Ken Paulson, dean of the College of Media and Entertainment, and his role as host and co-creator of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and Nashville Public Television show The Songwriters, a student-crewed program receiving a national rollout this fall.


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Recording Industry Professor Mike Alleyne at a Prince conference in England.

Undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Recording Industry can focus on music business, audio production or commercial songwriting. The college just added a Bachelor of Science degree in audio production this fall semester, and a  Master in Fine Arts in recording arts and technologies is also available.

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