Music Business

Music Business

About the Program

Students learn to be music businessmen and women, music arrangers, songwriters, producers and performers.

AWARD TYPES: Associate of Applied Science, Certificate Level 1, Certificate Level 2

AREA OF STUDY: Art & Design

Degrees and Certificates

Learn more about the Degrees and Certificates offered by this program by visiting the HCC Catalog.

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Program Outcomes



List the 6 “bundle of rights” that are the foundation of U.S. copyright law and the key to music property rights. List 8 basic clauses common to many music industry contracts.


Describe “The Music Business System” and list 8 of its subsystems which work together to produce income. Gain college freshmen level skills in Music Performance, Theory, Ear Training, Piano/Keyboard and audio and video technologies.


Develop core competencies to the college sophmore level through readings and lectures, writing reports and exams, learning music, accounting and researching and presenting oral reports utilizing computer skills. Successfully apply knowledge and skills learned in this program by satisfactorily completing the capstone music industry internship, based on employer satisfaction.

Program Information

General Requirements

The Music Business Program provides students with knowledge and experience to gain employment in the many exciting fields of the music entertainment industry. In addition to the Workforce and Academic core, the student will become familiar with the wide scope of the music business and gain industry experience in an approved internship.

To accommodate the skills and knowledge needed for varied student career objectives , AAS Degrees and Certificates are offered in both Music Business Administration and in Music Business Songwriting and Production specializations.

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.



There are 170 Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to remain the same over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 5 jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $24.12 hourly, $50,000 annually


Hybrid Programs Restrictions

Hybrid programs allow students to take a mix of online and face-to-face courses. Hybrid programs offer 50% to 85% of their courses online and the remainder of the curriculum is taken in-person on one of HCC’s campuses. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.

Language Option Restrictions

Some hybrid programs require students to participate in foreign language courses as part of the program’s required curriculum. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements and available language options. If you would like to take courses in a language that is not offered online, you would have to do so on campus.

Elective Course Restrictions

Some hybrid programs may have a limited number of elective options available, based on which of the designated electives are currently offered online.  Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.

Required Course Restrictions

Hybrid programs require students to participate in campus-based courses as part of a given program’s required curriculum. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements. 

Potential Course Restrictions

Some online courses may have face-to-face requirements for exams, laboratory sessions, and other activities. Please review your course syllabus to determine if your online course has an on-campus laboratory or examination requirement.


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Marketable Skills

Learn more about the marketable skills—skills valued by employers that can be applied in variety of work settings—so you can communicate these to potential employers. Click on the relevant award title below to see descriptions of marketable skills for that area.

Music Business, C1

Music Business - Administration Specialization, C2

Music Business - Administration Specialization, A.A.S.

Music Business - Songwriting / Production Specialization, A.A.S.

Music Business - Songwriting / Production Specialization, C2

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Melvin Mays

Music Business

Hours of Operation: Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm