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 Course Title:

MUM 2703 – Music Business 3


580104 (Wolfson)


M 5:40 PM – 8:10 PM, room 7A79






Instructor Information

·               Dr. Eduardo J. Calle (EdD, DHEL)

Chairman of Arts and Philosophy, Miami Dade College North Campus

Two-time Latin Grammy nominee

·               Office: North Campus 5229

·               Telephone: 305-237-1264

·               E-mail:

·               Website:

·               Angel:

·               Office Hours: By appointment



Course Description

·      This course will provide an overview of and hands-on experience with a wide variety on computer-based music technology and cross-platform software applications used within the music business environment. Software used includes Microsoft Word (word processing), Microsoft Excel (spreadsheet), Microsoft PowerPoint (presentation), and Adobe Photoshop (scanning, photo touchup). Students will present projects in class. Prerequisite: Basic computer experience with the Macintosh and/or Windows 95 operating systems. Special fee. (3 hr. lab).

·      This course teaches students how to use computers in order to exercise the power of “p” - pen, produce, protect, promote, perform, play, profit, and persevere.


Course Competencies

  1. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to create, modify, save, import, and export computer generated data used in the music business by:


  1. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to use computers in order to produce a variety of music industry materials by:


  1. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to use computers in order to develop entrepreneurial skills by:

  2. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to use computers in order to communicate effectively by:

  3. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to use computers in order to compare, prepare, and calculate data by:



General Education Outcomes

Students who successfully complete MUM2703 will demonstrate skills in accordance with the college-wide general learning outcomes. The general learning outcomes suggest that as graduates of Miami Dade College, students will able to:


·      Communicate effectively using listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

o   MUM2703 students communicate verbally and in written form.


·      Use quantitative analytical skills to evaluate and process numerical data.

o   MUM2703 students use spreadsheets to compute mechanical royalties.


·      Solve problems using critical and creative thinking and scientific reasoning.

o   MUM2703 students address issues related to copyright law using creative thinking and scientific reasoning.


·      Formulate strategies to locate, evaluate, and apply information.

o   MUM2703 students locate, evaluate, and apply information pertaining to the music industry from a variety of sources and in a variety of ways.


·      Demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultures, including global and historical perspectives.

o   MUM2703 students tackle music business issues from a global perspective.


·      Create strategies that can be used to fulfill personal, civic, and social responsibilities.

o   MUM2703 students explore strategies directly related to fulfilling their personal, civic, and social responsibilities by focusing on enrichment and profitability, service-oriented business practices, and the social impact of the music business.


·      Demonstrate knowledge of ethical thinking and its application to issues in society.

o   MUM 2703 students address ethical business practices related to copyright, employment, and music publishing.


·      Use computer and emerging technologies effectively.

o   MUM2703 students use computers and emerging technology including word processors, spreadsheets, and computer applications related to the music industry.


·      Demonstrate an appreciation for aesthetics and creative activities.

o   MUM2703 students will tackle a variety of music business issues using creative approaches developed throughout the course.

o   Alternatively, since one person’s art is another person’s garbage, determinations regarding aesthetics will be made by MUM2703 students and represent their own personal opinions.


·      Describe how natural systems function and recognize the impact of humans on the environment.

o   MUM2703 students will explore environmental-friendly packaging, issues associated with the impact of high sound pressure levels on hearing, the disposal of computer equipment, and a variety of music business activities that use energy and the related impact on the environment.


The Miami Dade College learning outcomes are available online at:


Suggested Texts

Baskerville, D. (2005). Music business handbook and career guide (8th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. ISBN: 1412904382.

Brabec, J., & Brabec, T. (2008). Music money and success: The insider’s guide to making money in the music business (6th ed.). New York, NY: Schirmer Trade Books. ISBN: 0825673461


Passman, D. S. (2005). All you need to know about the music business (6th ed.). New York, NY: Free Press. ISBN: 0743293185



·      Students are suggested to purchase a USB flash drive of size 2 Gigabytes or larger.

·      Students are expected to have access to a computer and the Internet.





· (Angel learning portal)








Course Requirements

·      Schedule of assignments (all assignments will be posted on Angel)

o   Week 1: Career outline paragraph

o   Week 2: Introductory paragraph

o   Week 3: Mechanical royalties spreadsheet and calculator

o   Week 4: Business card and resume assignment

o   Week 5: Artist bio interview and preparation

o   Week 6: Revenue sources outline assignment

o   Week 7: Cover letter and invoice assignment

o   Week 8: Image manipulation assignment

o   Week 9: Flyer creation assignment

o   Week 10: File format conversion assignment

o   Week 11: Music business entrepreneurship assignment

o   Week 12: QuickTime movie assignment

o   Week 13: Creating a webpage using Word and Dreamweaver assignment

o   Week 14: Ethical business practices assignment

o   Week 15: Corporate entertainment event assignment

o   Week 16: Converting music files into a variety of formats and file sizes


·      Calendar

o   Weeks 1 - 3: Course competencies 1

o   Weeks 4 – 6: Course competencies 2

o   Weeks 7 – 9: Course competencies 3

o   Weeks 10 – 12: Course competencies 4

o   Weeks 13 – 15: Course competencies 5

o   Week 16: Final review


·      The MDC academic calendar is available at:


Course Evaluation/Grading Policy/Assessment Methods/Schedule

Course grading scale:

A: 90 – 100

B: 80 – 89

C: 70 – 79

D: 60 – 69

F: 59 or lower


Tests: All tests will be issued and graded via Angel.


Assignments: All assignments will be issued and graded via Angel.

Grading policy: Scores for each test or assignments will be calculated by dividing the number of points earned by the number of possible points. The percentage grades for each test and assignment will be totaled and computed into a final a grade in accordance with the course grading scale.


Course/Departmental Policies

·               Students will complete assignments during each and every class meeting. Unexcused absences

will result in a zero for any missed assignments.

·               Lateness is discouraged. Please be on time.

·               Class participation is encouraged.

·               Missed assignments can only be made up in cases involving excused absences.

·               Illness/emergencies should be reported to the professor via E-mail.

·               Students are expected to observe the academic honesty policies detailed in the MDC publication

detailing student rights and responsibilities. This document is available at

·               Students with special needs should contact the instructor or the appropriate college department.

·               In case of emergency, the class will exercise college-mandated emergency procedures.


Available Support Services

·               Disability Services – please contact student services.

·               ACCESS Department - students who experience learning difficulties or have disabilities                are urged to visit an ACCESS advisor to determine if eligible for any special services.