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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

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Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Hours to complete

Approx. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Recording & Record Labels, Part 1

Part 1 of this module will cover the basics of audio recording. You’ll learn about the pros and cons of home vs. studio recording, hear perspectives from both home and professional studio owners, and learn about different jobs and roles in recording environments. Finally, you will watch the evolution of the theme song for our course, starting with a rough demo sung into a phone recording app, and following through to the end of the recording session with professional musicians in Nashville....
Reading
9 videos (Total 147 min), 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Home Recording3m
Interview: Dave Coleman43m
Professional Studio Recording2m
Interview: John McBride55m
A Walk Through Blackbird Studio12m
Studio Jobs & Roles3m
Home vs Studio4m
Evolution of a Song Recording19m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 1, Part 1 Quiz16m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Recording & Record Labels, Part 2

Week 2 of the Recording & Record Labels module considers questions about education and the music business (and includes an interview with a music school dean), reviews the history of audio formats with an on-location visit to a popular music archive, and outlines the differences between major and independent record labels. At the end of this module, you will be asked to think about the current state of the recording industry, and consider questions about the value of recorded music in a rapidly shifting environment. What is a recording worth?...
Reading
9 videos (Total 60 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Interview: Mark Wait9m
A History of Audio Formats6m
Hands On with Audio Formats21m
A Performance & Cylinder Recording: Greg Reish4m
Major Record Labels3m
Independent Record Labels3m
Current State of the Recording Industry4m
Conclusion: What's a Recording Worth?3m
Reading1 reading
Module 1 Recommended Reading10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 1, Part 2 Quiz18m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Copyright & Publishing

In this module, learners will wade into the complicated world of music copyright and publishing. Interviews with an executive from a performing rights organization and another music school dean with a background in publishing and intellectual property rights will help to decipher the world of publishing- and sound recording-related royalties and the question of public domain. The question of fair payment to songwriters is one of the most hotly contested issues in the music industry today, and you will think critically about how value is assigned to compositions in different media environments. What is a song worth?...
Reading
13 videos (Total 114 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video13 videos
Basic Principles of Copyright1m
PROs2m
Interview: Alison Smith34m
International Royalties1m
Publishing Royalties1m
Sound Recording Rights2m
Music Composition Rights1m
Public Domain1m
Elvis, The Songwriter2m
Interview: Doug Howard53m
Changes on the Horizon: New US Copyright Recommendations2m
Conclusion: What's a Song Worth?4m
Reading1 reading
Module 2: Recommended Reading10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz10m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Media

The subjects in this segment – PR, publicity, marketing, social media, radio, and streaming services – could all come under the heading “Getting The Word Out”, or “Cutting Through The Noise.” You will learn how innovations in technology are changing the means by which audiences connect with music, and you will consider the ways that innovation causes controversy within the music industry, as old boundaries are challenged. You will hear about jobs and roles related to media and music. Interviews with a radio station owner and a communications school dean will highlight the important issues and shifts happening in this field....
Reading
8 videos (Total 98 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
PR & Publicists2m
Social Media3m
Terrestrial Radio7m
Interview: Tony Richards47m
Streaming & Internet Radio7m
Interview: Ken Paulson25m
Conclusion: Cutting Through the Noise2m
Reading1 reading
Module 3: Recommended Reading10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz16m

Instructor

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Jen Gunderman

Assistant Professor of Musicology
Blair School of Music

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tenn., is a private research university and medical center offering a full-range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees....

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