Music & Entertainment Learning Experience

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Program Mission

To promote the business and profession of music in Hawaiʻi across the board from song writing and record production to contracts and career management.

Program Description

Music & Entertainment Learning Experience (MELE) utilizes a comprehensive music business and production curriculum meeting the requirements for entry-level training of music industry and production professionals. The curriculum focuses on combining academic experience with real-world applications to prepare students to work in the rapidly evolving global music industry of the 21st century. The program core offers a rounded curriculum grounding students in the basics of the music industry, sound recording and the business of music.

The MELE program offers two distinct degree paths. The Associate of Science (AS) in Music Business & Production and the Associate of Science (AS) in Audio Engineering Technology may be earned during a four-semester sequence:

  • AS in MELE Music Business & Production: This curriculum requires special focus on business related courses, including accounting, business law, and economics, as well as music business courses. Music business courses include a survey of the music business, music publishing, intellectual properties, and others.
  • AS in MELE Audio Engineering Technology: This curriculum focuses on the engineering and production of music recording. Audio engineering courses include studio production, audio engineering, and studio maintenance and electronics.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the MELE program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical standards in the entertainment and music business. (All MELE majors)
  • Describe the economic, musical and technological developments and new business models of the recording industry. (All MELE majors)
  • Demonstrate the ability to solve technical problems. (All MELE majors)
  • Explain the careers, contracts, law, processes and economics of the music business. (Music Business majors)
  • Prepare public relations programs for entertainment and music business clients. (Music Business majors)
  • Describe various types of intellectual property and copyright laws within the music industry. (Music Business majors)
  • Identify the role of music publishing in the entertainment and music business. (Music Business majors)
  • Describe the importance of appreciating diversity and global perspectives in the entertainment and music business. (Music Business majors)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of music production. (Audio Engineering majors)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the use of recording technology. (Audio Engineering majors)
  • Demonstrate an appropriate mastery of techniques and skills used in operating studio equipment and sound systems. (Audio Engineering majors)

Program Prerequisites

  • "C" or higher in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23, OR Placement in ENG 100
  • "C" or higher in MATH 24, OR Placement in MATH 25

Degrees That Can Be Earned

Associate in Science (AS)

Cost of Textbooks/Supplies

The cost for textbooks is approximately $240.

Faculty & Staff

  • Eric Lagrimas, Instructor (Music Business), Email, 844-2344
  • Jon Ross, Educational Specialist (Audio Engineering), Email, 844-2344
  • John Vierra, Instructor (Audio Engineering), Program, Liaison Coordinator, Email, 844-2344