Course Descriptions & Student Learning Outcomes

MELE 201 - History Of The Recording Industry

  • Prerequisite: "C" or higher in MELE 101

A study of the foundations of the recorded music business, which includes the development of recording labels, technology-driven changes, and recordings from 1877 to the present. Also discussed are the formation of the major recording labels and the development of the marketing structure whereby recorded music is exposed and sold to consumers. May be taken on a CR/N basis.

3 hrs. lect. per week

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of MELE 201, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the emergence of different genres of music.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how the recording industry developed in terms of music, business, and technology.
  • Demonstrate a mastery of the history of the recording industry through examinations.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for the breadth and depth of the contemporary recording industry.
  • Demonstrate the ability to describe how popular music reflects the mood, circumstances and cultural influences of society.
  • Demonstrate the ability to describe the marketing structure of music and how it was exposed and how its sold to the consumer.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze how music affected society socially, culturally, economically and politically.

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