BACHELOR OF MUSIC DEGREE

BACHELOR OF MUSIC DEGREE

DEGREE OPTIONS

MI’s Bachelor of Music Degree offers several options for students who want to gain an in-depth mastery of Harmony, Theory and Ear Training as well as comprehensive courses in music history, music production software, producing, and business relations.

BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN PERFORMANCE (Contemporary Styles)

This unique degree program combines contemporary music performance training with the rigorous study of traditional disciplines including sight-reading, music history, arranging, conducting, recording and more.

Students attain expertise in one of five major instruments: Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard or Vocal. The comprehensive program instructs students to demonstrate stylistic depth, creative maturity and professional competence in preparation for careers in today’s music industry.

Minor in Audio Production

Additional recording courses cover technology and techniques including Acoustics, Console Operation, Pro Tools, Mixing and Mastering, and more.

Minor in Entertainment Industry Studies

Concentrated courses in Music Publishing, Music Law, Record Companies, Management, Marketing and more.

BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN COMPOSITION (Scoring For Visual Media Program)

The goal of MI’s Bachelor of Music Composition program is to provide students with the educational foundation for careers as composers of musical soundtracks for visual media including film, television, animation and games.

The curriculum includes in-depth studies in both traditional and popular techniques and styles of composition with emphasis on professional applications to contemporary media.

DOUBLE MAJOR IN PERFORMANCE AND COMPOSITION

A combined music degree (such as a double major in Performance and Composition) is available. Students must satisfy the essential competencies, experiences, and opportunities stated in this catalog for majors in each of the areas combined. Credit requirements may vary based on instrument of study.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor of Music Degree requirements include completion of 30 semester-units or 45 quarter-units of coursework in General Studies. For general reference, the required distribution of units is shown below along with representative areas of coursework.

Please refer to the General Education Transfer Agreement between Los Angeles City College and Musicians Institute for specific course titles and numbers that meet the requirements. Units completed at other institutions will be evaluated to determine their equivalency; see Admissions: Transfer of Credit for more information.

CURRICULUM

Musicians Institute’s Bachelor in Performance Program provides its participants with a multitude of skills that will allow them to succeed in all facets of the music business. The program is unique in the sense that it streamlines the education process so that there is a smooth transition from student to professional. Developments in the music world are quick and constant, and the Bachelor Program is designed to give students experience that will allow them to understand the past, excel in the present, and adapt in the future.

Technology

Technology classes that are built into the program give students hands-on practice with programs such as Pro-tools, Logic, Sibelius, Ableton, and Reason. Proficiency with these programs is essential for the working musician so that they may write, record, and notate in any given situation.

Arranging

Arranging classes not only give the students a chance to write and arrange pieces for rhythm section, horns, strings, and big band but also allow the students to have their pieces recorded in the studio by live session musicians. The students are tasked with leading the sessions and are given a high quality studio recording of their arrangement. Classes such as these give the students a real world view of what skills they need in order work in the studio as session musicians, arrangers, and producers while also providing them with valuable portfolio items in their recorded arrangements.

Juries

Bachelor students’ education experience is crowned by two performances in which they must notate, arrange, direct and perform 7 songs in front of a jury panel. Both the sophomore and senior jury are paced and designed to evaluate the culmination of skills in chart writing, arranging, musical ability, performance, and leadership. The entire performance is videotaped and edited so the students will essentially have a reel of their skills to present in resumes and auditions. While challenging, both juries provide the students with a productive assessment of their current skills and the path forward to success.

These distinctive classroom experiences combined with top notch faculty give Musicians Institute’s Bachelor students the necessary expertise to be front-runners in an ever-changing musical world.

GRADUATE INDUSTRY-READY

When you graduate with your Bachelor in Music Degree from Musicians Institute you will leave with:

  • EPK (Electronic Press Kit)
  • Recordings of arrangements in multiple instrumentations:
    • Rhythm Section
    • 2 Horns + Rhythm Section
    • 4 Horns + Rhythm Section
    • String Quintet
    • 4 Vocalists, Strings, 5 Horns, Rhythm Section
    • Big Band
  • Pro Tools and Logic Certification
  • 2 High Definition Videos of Sophomore and Senior Jury Performances
  • Full scores demonstrating notation, arranging, and transcription skills

CAREER OPTIONS

In addition to the many general music-related classes and electives offered at MI, the Bachelor of Music Program provides grads with the essential knowledge and skills that lead to such career options as:

PERFORMER
ACCOMPANIST (STUDIO OR LIVE)
ARRANGER
BAND MEMBER
SOUND DESIGNER
FILM/TV COMPOSER

PERFORMER
SONGWRITER
MUSIC DIRECTOR
TRANSCRIBER
ORCHESTRATOR
RECORDING ARTIST


TEACHER
COMPOSER
MULTIMEDIA DEVELOPER
MIXING/MASTERING ENGINEER
PRODUCT REP

BEYOND A BACHELOR DEGREE

Would you like to continue your music education beyond a Bachelors Degree? Musicians Institute has created a new partnership with the renowned McNally Smith College of Music (MSCM) in St. Paul, Minnesota. This mutual academic agreement ensures that graduates of MI’s Bachelor of Music in Performance who are in good standing are eligible to enroll in the Master of Music in Performance degree at MSCM. Contact admissions@mi.edu for further details.

FACILITIES

  • Full production sound stages and recording studios
  • Fully equipped 24/7 practice facilities and computer labs with the latest industry standard equipment
  • Concert Hall access, with full audio/video recording capabilities
  • Multiple performance and recording studios available for student practice
  • Security on campus 24/7

SUCCESS STORIES

JONATHAN MONTES
LATIN KEYBOARDIST

BRIAN ALLEN
ROBBEN FORD BAND, JOHN SCOFIELD

PETER DYER
MARIAH CAREY, ALOE

BLACC JOON LEE
JAZZ SINGER, OWNER OF BLUE WHALE

WHY MI?

New Technology

MI offers a digital-based BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) curriculum, providing a comprehensive music education with exclusive downloadable eBooks available on any mobile platform.

Professional

Instructors are working professionals, touring and recording with top artists, who bring their experiences back to the classroom.

24-7 Access

Over 75 Private practice labs, 12 performance rehearsal rooms and 30 project recording studios are available for all your needs.

Hollywood Campus

MI’s state-of-the-art campus in the heart of the entertainment industry has a Concert Hall, computer labs, classrooms with full backline and a fully-equipped Music Library.

Personalized

Small class sizes, private lessons and Open Counseling sessions mean you get personalized attention and guidance from a variety of instructors.

All Music

500+ courses are offered every academic Quarter, covering a wide variety of core & elective subjects in music and the entertainment industry.

READY TO ROCK?

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QUESTIONS?

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COURSE CATALOG

Program requirements, tuition for individual programs, and course information.