University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas

music business


The Music Industry Studies major at the University of the Incarnate Word is a unique program that prepares the student for a career in the music business. The program includes two internships, study of music theory, ear training, studio arranging, record production, web design, industry business practices, copyright law and all things related to the music business.Intro to Music Industry Studies and Music Industry Studies II, taken during the first year of study, cover all the careers available in the industry and how to get started in each of them.

Enrollment in the program has been growing rapidly and the internships offered during the senior year are no longer limited to San Antonio facilities. One senior did a dual internship at Virgin Records and Interscope Records in Los Angeles. Relationships are currently being established with other major companies for future internships. Latest developments will be posted here as they happen.

Internship News!

Burgundywoods Rodriguez was our first Music Industry Studies major to do an internship outside of San Antonio. Her dual internship at Virgin and Interscope Records led to full-time employment in the copyright department at Virging Records immediately after grduation. In 3 short months, Burgundy was promoted to Coodinator of the Film and Television Department of EMI Music Publishing Company. EMI is the parent company of Virgin Records. After realizing a successful career in the music industry, she has recently made a career change and become a fashion designer. We wish her luck in her new endeavor and have no doubt she will be successful in that as well. One of the skills she learned at UIW is web design which she is now using to promote her new career.

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Another successful UIW Music Industry Studies graduate is Carlos Alvarez who was recently nominated for a Grammy Award for a record he produced. Besides being a member of one of the premier mariachi ensembles in the U.S, Mariachi Campanas de America, and a record promoter for A.R.C. Discos, he is now an Adjunct Instructor at San Antonio College for their two-year Music Business Program. Congratulations Carlos!

Devin Munoz completed a successful internship at The in New York and graduated from UIW in December, 2010. The Orchard handles online retailing for several major labels and a large number of independents

Ryan Paradez completed his internship at the Los Angeles offices of ASCAP during the summer of 2010 and graduated from UIW and is planning on getting his MFA in Recording Arts and Technologies at Middle Tennessee State University

Devin Bedford did a successful internship at Warner Bros/Word Records in Nashville during the summer of 2007 and is now in her third year of Law School at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She plans on practicing Entertainment Law.

Fabian Vela completed his internship at the Texas Music Office in Austin and is now working on his MBA at UIW

Ruben Lira completed his internship at Sarathan Records in Seattle, Washington during the summer of 2010.

Jesus Davila did his senior internship in the music department of the Jimmy Kimmel Live show in Los Angeles during the summer of 2007 and graduated from UIW in December, 2007.

Music Industry Studies I & II is taken the freshman year and presents a broad overview of all the careers available in the music industry including: record producer, manager, music attorney, agent, publisher, recording artist, recording engineer, etc... with the first semester focusing on the recording business and the second semester covering all other aspects of the business.

Music Industries Introductory Internship is done during the second, third or fourth semester at a related business such as: a recording studio, radio station, record company, or management company. It's 60 hours and is worth two credit hours towards the degree.

Studio Arranging is a required course for the major and covers modern arranging techniques using state of the art MIDI software and hardware. The lab has two Macintosh G5 workstations with MOTU's Digital Performer hard disc digital audio recorder integrated with MIDI and a large sample library. Students will learn to create arrangements in several styles using MIDI sequencing and sampling/synthesizer modules including MOTU's MachFive and the Garritan Personal Orchestra.

New courses available now include: Intro to Music Technology, Film Scoring, Record Production, Web Design for Music Applications and offered for the first time in the Spring 2011 semester will be Entertainment Law taught be practicing Entertainment Attorney, Gerald Schoelzel.

Download the Music Industry Studies @ UIW Brochure
Required Courses for Completion of the Music Industries Major
Interested students with questions can call or email Jim Waller at his UIW office 210-445-0412
Jim Waller's UIW faculty web page

Link to Notes and Powerpoints for Intro to Music Industry Studies - Fall 2011

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