MURFREESBORO — MTSU's Department of Recording Industry is on an international list of acclaimed schools touted by The Hollywood Reporter that includes Juilliard, Berklee, Yale and even London's Royal College of Music.
The department’s music business program is part of the magazine's "Top 25 Music Schools 2014," which was published online and in the Nov. 14 edition of The Hollywood Reporter.
The international list, which refers to MTSU's “music business school,” was compiled by the publication's editors and "dozens of industry and academic insiders" who "assessed each school's reputation," according to the report. The schools then ranked each other anonymously.
"We are thrilled that the national recognition continues for the Department of Recording Industry, which was recently named by Billboard as one of its Top 5 schools to study music internationally,” said Beverly Keel, department chair.
“Our faculty is dedicated to providing students with a foundation of communication and critical thinking skills that will prepare them for careers in the ever-changing music business. Our alumni have become award-winning artists, songwriters and producers, as well as managers, publishers, booking agents, publicists and label executives, and we are so proud of all they have accomplished."
Recording industry undergrad majors in the College of Mass Communication at MTSU can focus on audio production, commercial songwriting or music business. A Master of Fine Arts degree in recording arts and technologies prepares MTSU graduate students for advanced work in audio production, recording and integrated electronic media.
The recording industry department, which is regularly included in top-program listings around the world, also collaborates with MTSU’s School of Music on a "music industry" minor concentration that allows students to minor in music-industry entrepreneurship or recording industry.
The Hollywood Reporter listing noted that MTSU's "music business school grads run the Nashville outposts of Sony Music and Universal Music (Group) as well as New York's Electric Lady Studios. Chris Young and Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott went there, too."
The mention also quoted longtime music journalist Alanna Nash as saying that MTSU has "an incredible music business school." Like the other schools, the MTSU item included a pair of notable alumni — Sony Music Nashville Chairman and CEO Gary Overton and multi-Grammy-winning producer Blake Chancey.
More than a dozen MTSU alumni or former students and faculty from around the university have been nominated for Grammy Awards in the last four years. Seven have won Grammys, including a couple of repeat recipients, in categories from classical to gospel to bluegrass. Former students, including Young, Scott, Eric Paslay and Brett Eldridge, have found themselves on the Billboard Country Airplay chart simultaneously.
"The list of UMG Nashville staffers and artists who have attended MTSU is too long to put in print," said Mike Dungan, president and CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville. "There is no doubt why this university has always been at the top for music industry study.”
Universal Music Group includes the Nashville branches of the renowned Capitol Records, EMI, MCA and Mercury labels.
On the THR music school list, The Juilliard School in New York City took top honors, followed by Boston's Berklee College of Music, the University of Southern California at Los Angeles, UCLA's Herb Alpert School of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio.
MTSU was No. 23 on the list, just ahead of fellow music-business player Belmont University’s Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.
You can learn more about MTSU’s recording industry program at http://recordingindustry.mtsu.edu.