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Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA)

  • Music Industry/Recording Arts
    Associate in Science

    MIRAS-AS

    Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Spring 2018 (540)

    The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2018 (540), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



    Program Leadership Information

    Patrick Hernly, Academic Department Chair, SPG, (727) 341-7984
    Dr. Jonathan Steele, Dean, CL, (727) 791 - 5987

    Program Summary

    Our program helps students develop "real world" skills that artists need to thrive in a diverse and competitive music industry. The program offers a well-rounded, technology-based educational experience to student musicians, composers, producers, DJs, live-sound reinforcement enthusiasts, broadcast audio engineers, and post-production technologists. The program emphasizes creative processes, technical training, business practices and entrepreneurial skills in a collaborative environment.

    The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
    o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
    o suggested course when more than one option exists
    o which semester each course is typically offered
    o if the course has a prerequisite
    o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

    If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

    If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

    Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.


    Admission Rules

    This program is intended for students who have basic proficiency in music theory (e.g., reading and performing basic melodic and rhythmic exercises) and digital audio workstation (DAW) software. Students interested in this program who do not have basic proficiency in these subjects should contact the Fine Arts/Humanities office at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus at 727-341-4360 for advising.

    Graduation Rules

    Minimum grade of C required for all courses.

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Communications - Composition I

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Communications - Speech

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Social and Behavioral Sciences

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Humanities and Fine Arts

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Mathematics

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Ethics

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Computer/Information Literacy Competency

    Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required.

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Enhanced World View

    Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

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    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    Complete 26 credits

    MUM 2707Practical Music Business3
    MUM 2313Legal Issues in Music3
    MUM 2600Music Technology and Recording Techniques I3
    MUM 2601Music Technology and Recording Techniques II3
    MUM 2601LMusic Technology and Recording Techniques II-Lab1
    MUM 2602Music Technology and Recording Techniques III3
    MUM 2602LMusic Technology and Recording Techniques III - Lab1
    MUM 2603Music Technology and Recording Techniques IV3
    MUS 1621Acoustics and Psychoacoustics3
    MUM 2609Critical Listening: Analysis of Contemporary Production Techniques3

    Select ONE of the following Subplans

    SUBPLAN
    Select one Specialist Subplan from below (Complete 20 credits)

    SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
    Subplan: Production (Complete 12 credits)

    MUM 1629Audio Mixing Techniques I3
    MUM 1629LAudio Mixing Techniques I Lab1
    MUM 1662Live Sound Reinforcement Techniques3
    MUM 1942Internship: Sound Engineering I1
    MUM 2612Critical Listening II: Analysis of Contemporary Production Techniques3
    MUM 2945Internship: Sound Engineering II1

    SUBPLAN ELECTIVE COURSES
    Subplan: Production (Select 3 credits)

    MUT 1001Fundamentals Of Music3
    MUT 2341Contemporary Music Theory I3

    SUBPLAN ELECTIVE COURSES
    Subplan: Production (Select 5 credits)

    MUM 2678Audio Mixing Techniques II3
    MUM 2678LAudio Mixing Techniques II Lab1
    Any course prefix starting with MV/MUM/MUT/MUC/MUN/Elective1
    OR
    MUM 2680Audio Engineering Foundations3
    Any course prefix starting with MV/MUM/MUT/MUC/MUN/Elective2
    OR
    MUM 2681Audio for Broadcast Foundation3
    Any course prefix starting with MV/MUM/MUT/MUC/MUN/Elective2
    OR
    MUM 2640Post Production Sound3
    Any course prefix starting with MV/MUM/MUT/MUC/MUN/Elective2

    SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
    Subplan: Artist with Composition Focus (Complete 19 credits)

    MUC 1621Composition in Modern Media2
    MUC 2000Songwriting2
    MUC 2001Songwriting II2
    1MUC 2622Composition in Modern Media 21
    MUC 2631Avid Pro Tools for the Composer3
    MUC 2940Music Composition Internship1
    MUT 2341Contemporary Music Theory I3
    MUT 2341LContemporary Ear Training I1
    MUT 2342Contemporary Music Theory II3
    MUT 2342LContemporary Ear Training II1

    SUBPLAN ELECTIVE COURSES
    Subplan: Artist with Composition Focus (Select 1 credit)

    MVK 1111Class Piano1
    Any one credit applied keyboard course with an MVK or MVJ prefix1

    SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
    Subplan: Artist with Performance Focus (Complete 5 credits)

    MUT 2341Contemporary Music Theory I3
    MUT 2341LContemporary Ear Training I1
    MUN 2940Music Internship Ensemble1

    SUBPLAN ELECTIVE COURSES
    Subplan: Artist with Performance Focus (Select 2 credits)

    Complete 2 levels of secondary instrumental study from courses with MVB, MVJ, MVK, MVP, MVS, or MVV prefixes. (ex: MVK 1111--Classical Piano I and MVK 2121--Classical Piano II)2

    SUBPLAN
    Subplan: Artist with Performance Focus (Select 13 credits)

    Select 5 credits from the Suggested Ensembles Elective Courses.5
    Select 8 credits from the Suggested Applied Lesson Elective Courses.8

    SUBPLAN ELECTIVE COURSES
    Suggested Ensemble Elective Courses

    MUN 1031Rock Ensemble I1
    MUN 1032Rock Ensemble II1
    MUN 1710Jazz Band1
    MUN 1711Jazz Combo1
    MUN 1712Jazz Combo II1
    MUN 1718Rhythm & Blues Ensemble1
    MUN 1810Steel Drum Ensemble1
    MUN 2004Recording Studio Ensemble1
    MUN 2022Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble1
    MUN 2709Rhythm Section Boot Camp1
    MUN 2719Rhythm & Blues Ensemble II1
    MUN 2720Contemporary Vocal Performance Fundamentals1
    MUN 1310College Chorus1
    MUN 1391Gospel Chorus1

    SUBPLAN ELECTIVE COURSES
    Suggested Applied Lesson Elective Courses

    MUM 1034Vocal Coaching For The Recording Studio2
    MUM 2035Vocal Coaching for the Recording Studio II2
    MVB 1317Contemporary Brass Techniques I2
    MVB 2327Contemporary Brass Techniques II2
    MVJ 1010Applied Music Enrichment - Jazz Piano1-2
    MVJ 2020Applied Music Enrichment - Jazz Piano1-2
    MVK 1115Popular Piano Techniques1-2
    MVK 1215Contemporary Keyboard Techniques I2
    MVK 2125Popular Piano Techniques II1-2
    MVK 2225Contemporary Keyboard Techniques II2
    MVP 1317Contemporary Drumkit Technique I2
    MVP 2327Contemporary Drumkit Technique II2
    MVS 1317Electric Bass for Rock, jaxx, Blues & Funk I2
    MVS 1318Contemporary Guitar Techniques I2
    MVS 2327Electric Bass for Rock, Jaxx, Blues & Funk II2
    MVS 2328Cont. Guitar Techniques II2
    MVV 1317Contemporary Vocal Style I1-2
    MVV 2327Contemporary Vocal Style II1-2
    MVW 1317Contemporary Woodwind Techniques I2
    MVW 2327Contemporary Woodwind Techniques II2
    MUM 2670Avid Pro Tools 101/1103
    MUM 2671Avid Pro Tools 201/2103
    MUM 2679Avid Pro Tools 310M ( Expert Certification)3

    1 Course changed from 2 credits to 1 credit, Spring 2018 (0540). Students in requirement terms prior to Spring 2018 (0540) should register for the 2 credit offering. Please contact the MIRAS-AS program office for further information.

    Total Credits64
  • Our Music Technology courses are offered as part of the MIRA Associate in Science degree.
  • Become an arts and entertainment technology expert

    Our certificate and A.S. degree programs help students develop “real world” skills that artists need to thrive in a diverse and competitive music industry. We offer a well-rounded, technology-based educational experience to student musicians, composers, producers, DJs, live-sound reinforcement enthusiasts, broadcast audio engineers, and post-production technologists. Our programs emphasize creative processes, technical training, business practices and entrepreneurial skills in a collaborative environment.

    Industry partners

    MIRA has built a rich array of learning partners in the industry that connect manufacturers to students and faculty to provide:

    • Essential software and hardware
    • Testing ground for new products
    • Internship opportunities
    • Certification plans
    • Cooperative training tracks
  • The MIRA Associate in Science degree offers a well-rounded, technology-based education to student musicians, composers, producers, DJs, live-sound reinforcement enthusiasts, broadcast audio engineers and post-production technologists.

    Our Audio Technology Certificate gives you three options for concentration.

    The A.S. program consists of three key elements:

    1. General Education Requirements
    2. Core Music Technology curriculum
    3. Subplans or Specialty Tracks geared toward the student's career plan objectives

    Each subplan compliments the Core Technology curriculum and is based on three established career paths in the music and entertainment field. These tracks represent the most desired disciplines within the arts & entertainment technology realm and provide students the highest quality educational experience available.

    While these are distinct paths, each subplan track intersects with the others so that all participants interact and cooperate with contrasting specialties. This collaboration will simulate “real-world” situations for artists. Students will gain a working portfolio that can be used to further his or her career.

    Subplans and suggestions for course progression include:

    • Production  
    • Artist with Composition Focus 
    • Artist with Performance Focus 
  • Training entertainment industry professionals for a growing market

    While growth in other industries has slowed, the entertainment industry continues to expand and evolve. Our programs can prepare you for the following careers:

    Employment opportunities exist in: 

    • Music industry
    • Recording studios
    • Touring technology
    • Radio and television broadcasting
    • Concert venues
    • Film industry

    Career Research Links

  • Explore your options

    • SPC's Career Services 
    • My Career Shines - Plan your future with MyCareerShines from the Florida Department of Education
    • SPC Career Pathways - A partnership between SPC and the Pinellas County School Board that gives high school students free college credit for high school and technical programs.

    By the numbers

    • Occupational Outlook Handbook – Job profiles covering hundreds of occupations from the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics
    • Career One Stop - Tools for job seekers, students, businesses, and career professionals from the U.S. Department of Labor
    • What People Are Asking - Florida job and wage data for specific areas from Florida's Labor Market Statistics Center
  • The St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus has fully loaded, multi-faceted audio production suites geared toward the aspiring music professional, no matter what their specialized line of study.

    LabStudio A: Mr. MIRA

    This studio is used primarily for music recording and has the capability to record medium size ensembles.

    Equipment 

    • Avid C|24 control surface with Avid HD|2 DAW – 16 microphone inputs
    • Neumann KH 120 Monitors
    • Apple Mac Pro
    • Pearl Drum kit
    • Complete hand percussion setup
    • Steinway Grand Piano
    • Full compliment of world-class microphones
    • Guitar and bass backline
    • Furman HD Cue System

    Studio B: The Annex

    ProTools

    This studio is used primarily for music mixing, audio for video post-production, and overdubbing.

    Equipment 

    • Avid D-Command control surface with Avid HDx DAW
    • Digidesign 8-channel microphone preamp
    • Neumann KH O410 Monitors
    • 12 Avid Native workstations with Apple Mac Pros, Omni interfaces, and Euphonix Artist Mix control surfaces.
    • Digital link from all workstations to the master station
    • Adjacent overdub/ISO room
    • Baldwin Grand Piano
    • Pearl ePro Drum kit
    • Guitar backline
    • Furman HD Cue System
    • Essential microphone collection with full access to main collection in Studio A
    • Top-end Analog processing gear such as; Crane Song, Buzz Audio, and Foote

    Studio C: SPC Radio Broadcast Center

    This studio is used primarily for broadcast production and programming.

    Equipment 

    • Avid Native workstation with HD Interface and Euphonix Artist Mix control surface
    • Neumann KH 120 Monitors
    • Focusrite Octopre
    • Full complement of broadcast recording microphones
    • Recording room capable of recording at least six on-air personalities at once.
    • Aphex Cue system

    Three Computer Labs

    • 31 Mac Pro or iMac computers
    • 12 PC’s for Finale and film score production with programming keyboards, sound and projection
    • Pro Tools software

    Dedicated Rehearsal Spaces

    MIRA has two large dedicated rehearsal spaces for ensembles to prepare for concerts and learn new material. These spaces have drums, backline, and PA setups strictly for the ensembles to use.

  • For more information about our program, call 727-341-7984.
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