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Music Industry Studies

Program Overview

Do you have a passion for music and want to break into the music industry? The Music Industry Studies program can prepare you for a range of career paths in areas such as music management, audio production, and disc jockey techniques.

If working in the music industry is music to your ears, this program can offer a broad background in music management, production, and entrepreneurship activities and provide you a strategic understanding of commercial music — as both an art and a profession. If your goal is to work in audio production, the program will give you hands-on experience in audio engineering and teach you how to apply the music and sound concepts involved in recording, live sound reinforcement, and sound design. It can also train you in disc jockey techniques to give you the technical skills to begin working as a live performance DJ.

Whichever path in the music industry you choose to follow, the Music Industry Studies program can make it happen, so start your journey today.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Why Phoenix College?

Phoenix College's Audio Production Technologies program is designed for those with an ear for music ranging from musicians interested in music production and recording their own albums to students looking for a career behind the mixing board in commercial music. Audio production students cover studio recording to live sound management, music theory to electronic music composing, all while training on industry-standard equipment in professional studio environments — all overseen by experienced instructors from the music business. Phoenix College’s Music Business program offers classes spanning from content creation and music copyright to music genres and styles, music industry entrepreneurship, and self-promotion for music. There's also an opportunity for a music business internship — where students gain 10 weeks of actual work experience in the music industry.

PC offers both a Certificate of Completion (CCL) and an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Audio Production Technologies, as well as an Academic Certificate (AC) in Electronic Music. 

PC offers an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Music Industries: Music Business and a Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Music Business II. Graduates can go on to work in the world of music copyrighting, digital audio recording and editing, and the music industry, as well as radio and concert promotion, band management, and talent accounting.

Next Steps

Future producers and sound designers may contact the Audio Production Technologies program director, Jamison Weddle, Coordinator of Commercial Music Studies, for more information. Discuss your course load with an academic advisor inside the Hannelly Enrollment Center (HC) at our historic, centrally located campus.