Tarleton offers jumpstart on new music business minor with audio technology class

STEPHENVILLE (January 10, 2018) — Get a jumpstart on Tarleton State University’s new minor in music business by registering this semester for an intro course in audio technology.

Offered through Tarleton’s College of Liberal and Fine Arts (COLFA), the 18-hour minor program is set to begin this fall and is designed for students passionate about music and business and want careers that combine the two. Students do not have to be music or business majors to enroll.

This semester’s three-hour intro course will acquaint students with the basics of sound and include an opportunity to add voice-over to old silent films in the public domain. Deadline to register for the class is Thursday, Jan. 18.

“From capturing audio in a recording studio to setting up stages for live events or managing artists and bands, the music industry needs creative professionals with a business acumen,” said COLFA Dean Kelli Styron, J.D. “A minor in music business opens the door for students to channel their passion into successful careers.”

As part of the minor program, students will have the chance to:
• Develop a portfolio to showcase skills and talents;
• Bring finished projects to the music market through collaborative works with fellow student producers, songwriters and composers; and
• Perform in a variety of musical ensembles, including jazz, percussion and contemporary Latin groups; and
• Participate in a student-led recording label.

Tarleton State University’s College of Liberal and Fine Arts will begin offering a new minor in music business beginning in fall 2018.

“The music business minor emphasizes a hands-on educational approach and covers everything from recording and marketing to copywriting and media/internet commerce,” explained Dr. Doug Tejada, an Emmy-nominated musician and professor in COLFA’s Department of Fine Arts. “With a degree in music business, career opportunities in the entertainment industry are endless.”

Before joining Tarleton and creating the minor in music business, Tejada worked with a number of well-known performers, including Lee Ann Womack, Amy Grant, Kid Rock, Kelly Clarkson and Brad Paisley.

“After 20 years as a performer, I look forward to showing others how to make a career in the music industry,” he said. “I want students to find their own voice as an artist and tell the stories that are important to them.”

For more information on the music business minor, call Tejada at 254-968-1701 or email him at tejada@tarleton.edu. To learn more about Tarleton’s College of Liberal and Fine Arts, go to www.tarleton.edu/colfa.

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