Ms. BB Extends Back to School…as a Music Business Significant!
I promise!) though I LOVED studying English in college (it’s useful—, I’m a little curious about every one of the other majors online. What if I had chosen to study something entirely different? Would time and area be irrevocably altered?! not likely, but at the minimum I would have experienced a completely different university experience. I decided the way that is only know would be to ‘go back’ to school…this time being a Music Industry major!
Quinn and me personally: I feel just like our option in glasses accurately mirror our choice in majors…
I’ve known Quinn Kurzner since I worked at his high school several years ago. Maybe it’s because he is a really nice person; whatever the reason, Quinn graciously allowed me to shadow him a couple of weeks ago so I could see what it would have been like if I had gone to USC as a Music Industry major because we go way back, maybe it’s because this blog is so highly regarded, or maybe it’s. Wearing a USC top and flip-flops (a.k.a. pupil incognito), I sat in on one of his classes, MUIN 475—Advanced Concert Management. That’s right…it ended up being straight towards the leagues that are big! Professor Mike Garcia’s class had been a whole brand new world for me. The day’s focus was ticket product sales as well as the negotiations between concert promoters, artists, and venues. It was a lot to cover for somebody who has only visited one concert that is realBruuuuuuuuuce!), but the Professor tied in so a variety of ideas it was easy to pick a lens that allowed me to see the material obviously.
If you’ve gone to a USC admission presentation, you’ve most likely heard us boast about our interdisciplinary approach to learning. I happened to be able to get a taste of this in just one class! Once the teacher and students went back and forth with their tips, they touched on everything from Ohm’s law to pricing that is dynamic to Anderson .Paak. I was very impressed by Professor Garcia’s expertise, but also by the knowledge that is professional pupils had. As they received on examples from their own internships, jobs, and concert-going experiences, I could see the way L.A.’s music scene played a key role inside their Thornton training. We at USC always talk about how the town is our classroom, and I really could note that hand that is first.
I could literally go on about Advanced Concert Management…but I don’t away want to give any trade secrets, and there’s more to being a music industry major than simply one class! So what else do music industry majors do? I asked Quinn…
- They jam on instruments: One of the popular’s requirements is six units of theory/instrument study. Quinn took two semesters of piano and it is guitar that is currently learning. He was a percussionist in high school, so he’s appreciating the opportunity to learn about musical finally notes!
- They do their homework: Quinn’s study team had just wrapped up a project preparing a 20 town tour for the band. They researched anything from which markets were popular towards the price of hotels to labor regulations for bus drivers! In last year’s Live Music Production and advertising course, Quinn’s team produced a live show that was also a pool party! It’s very obvious that the projects are engaging, effective, and informative for the students.
- They take Pop Forum: This class—a two semester requirement for all Popular Music, Music Industry, and Music Production majors—is a venue for students to study on guest speakers. Most recently, Quinn attended a lecture by a guitar maker and had access to a screening that is advanced of new Beatles documentary, 8 Days a Week.
- They have internships: After the Palladium’s production manager provided to one of his classes, Quinn accompanied up and (long story short) interned this summer time. Though many people start in the songs industry without any formal study, Quinn believes his USC education sets him apart. While an internship is a learning experience, Quinn claims, ‘I’m perhaps not there simply to be taught. I’m there to contribute.’
- They do most of the things that are normal students do: Though associated with music through his coursework, internships, and role on the Concert Committee’s executive board, Quinn also makes enough time to be taking part in their fraternity and hopes to get abroad this spring.
Having known Quinn as a school that is high, it absolutely was reassuring to observe that his passion for music has not wavered. He is without question driven and concentrated, additionally the Music Industry major in Thornton is so obviously the perfect fit for him. The general business/entrepreneurial skills he has acquired, along with the industry specific knowledge he has gained, will support him as he follows a career in the field of live music though he’s not exactly sure what he wants to do after graduating. Rock up on, Quinn!
So what had been my take aways?
- The music industry major probably is not the right fit for me (i am still not certain who this Anderson .Paak is), but it is a truly amazing course for entrepreneurial students with a passion for music.
- All of those points we admission counselors highlight (interdisciplinary research, engaging professors, urban learning, etc.) are actually present in the everyday lives of our students! Whenever you are writing your short solution how you want to pursue your major at USC, these are really good points to touch on.
- I genuinely wish to visit a concert that’s also a pool party!