Develop the real world skills you need to thrive in today's diverse and competitive music industry

Our Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA) A.S. Degree offers a well-rounded, technology-based educational experience that will prepare you to make an entrance into creative and professional fields including music production, composition, performance, recording, live sound, audio post-production and sound design and broadcast and podcast audio production.

Our programs emphasize creative processes, technical training, business practices and entrepreneurial skills in a collaborative environment.

Employment opportunities for our graduates exist in the music industry, recording studios, touring technology, radio and television broadcasting, concert venues and the film industry.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Producers and Directors

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2016 Employment

7,170

2026

8,740

Percent Change

22

Projected Job Openings

850

MIRA learning partnersIndustry partners

MIRA has built a rich array of learning partners in the industry that connect manufacturers to students and faculty to provide:

  • Essential software and hardware
  • Testing ground for new products
  • Internship opportunities
  • Certification plans
  • Cooperative training tracks

Music Industry/Recording Arts Associate in Science

MIRAS-AS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Spring 2018 (540)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2018 (540), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



Program Leadership Information

Patrick Hernly
Academic Department Chair, SPG
(727) 341-7984
hernly.patrick@spcollege.edu


Dr. Jonathan Steele
Dean, CL
(727) 791 - 5987
steele.jonathan@spcollege.edu


Program Summary

Our program helps students develop "real world" skills that artists need to thrive in a diverse and competitive music industry. The program offers a well-rounded, technology-based educational experience to student musicians, composers, producers, DJs, live-sound reinforcement enthusiasts, broadcast audio engineers, and post-production technologists. The program emphasizes creative processes, technical training, business practices and entrepreneurial skills in a collaborative environment.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

1650091300:

Federal CIP Code

50.0913: Music Technology.


Admission Rules

This program is intended for students who have basic proficiency in music theory (e.g., reading and performing basic melodic and rhythmic exercises) and digital audio workstation (DAW) software. Students interested in this program who do not have basic proficiency in these subjects should contact the Fine Arts/Humanities office at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus at 727-341-4360 for advising.

Graduation Rules

Minimum grade of C required for all courses.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Composition I

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Speech

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Social and Behavioral Sciences

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities and Fine Arts

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Mathematics

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Ethics

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Computer/Information Literacy Competency

Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Enhanced World View

Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Complete 26 credits

MUM 2707 Practical Music Business 3
MUM 2313 Legal Issues in Music 3
MUM 2600 Music Technology and Recording Techniques I 3
MUM 2601 Music Technology and Recording Techniques II 3
MUM 2601L Music Technology and Recording Techniques II-Lab 1
MUM 2602 Music Technology and Recording Techniques III 3
MUM 2602L Music Technology and Recording Techniques III - Lab 1
MUM 2603 Music Technology and Recording Techniques IV 3
MUS 1621 Acoustics and Psychoacoustics 3
MUM 2609 Critical Listening: Analysis of Contemporary Production Techniques 3

SUBPLAN
Select one Specialist Subplan from below (Complete 20 credits)

SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
Subplan: Production (Complete 12 credits)

MUM 1629 Audio Mixing Techniques I 3
MUM 1629L Audio Mixing Techniques I Lab 1
MUM 1662 Live Sound Reinforcement Techniques 3
MUM 1942 Internship: Sound Engineering I 1
MUM 2612 Critical Listening II: Analysis of Contemporary Production Techniques 3
MUM 2945 Internship: Sound Engineering II 1

SUBPLAN ELECTIVE COURSES
Subplan: Production (Select 3 credits)

MUT 1001 Fundamentals Of Music 3
MUT 2341 Contemporary Music Theory I 3

SUBPLAN ELECTIVE COURSES
Subplan: Production (Select 5 credits)

MUM 2678 Audio Mixing Techniques II 3
MUM 2678L Audio Mixing Techniques II Lab 1
Any course prefix starting with MV/MUM/MUT/MUC/MUN/Elective 1
OR
MUM 2680 Audio Engineering Foundations 3
Any course prefix starting with MV/MUM/MUT/MUC/MUN/Elective 2
OR
MUM 2681 Audio for Broadcast Foundation 3
Any course prefix starting with MV/MUM/MUT/MUC/MUN/Elective 2
OR
MUM 2640 Post Production Sound 3
Any course prefix starting with MV/MUM/MUT/MUC/MUN/Elective 2

SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
Subplan: Artist with Composition Focus (Complete 19 credits)

MUC 1621 Composition in Modern Media 2
MUC 2000 Songwriting 2
MUC 2001 Songwriting II 2
1 MUC 2622 Composition in Modern Media 2 1
MUC 2631 Avid Pro Tools for the Composer 3
MUC 2940 Music Composition Internship 1
MUT 2341 Contemporary Music Theory I 3
MUT 2341L Contemporary Ear Training I 1
MUT 2342 Contemporary Music Theory II 3
MUT 2342L Contemporary Ear Training II 1

SUBPLAN ELECTIVE COURSES
Subplan: Artist with Composition Focus (Select 1 credit)

MVK 1111 Class Piano 1
Any one credit applied keyboard course with an MVK or MVJ prefix 1

SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
Subplan: Artist with Performance Focus (Complete 5 credits)

MUT 2341 Contemporary Music Theory I 3
MUT 2341L Contemporary Ear Training I 1
MUN 2940 Music Internship Ensemble 1

SUBPLAN ELECTIVE COURSES
Subplan: Artist with Performance Focus (Select 2 credits)

Complete 2 levels of secondary instrumental study from courses with MVB, MVJ, MVK, MVP, MVS, or MVV prefixes. (ex: MVK 1111--Classical Piano I and MVK 2121--Classical Piano II) 2

SUBPLAN
Subplan: Artist with Performance Focus (Select 13 credits)

Select 5 credits from the Suggested Ensembles Elective Courses. 5
Select 8 credits from the Suggested Applied Lesson Elective Courses. 8

SUBPLAN ELECTIVE COURSES
Suggested Ensemble Elective Courses

MUN 1031 Rock Ensemble I 1
MUN 1032 Rock Ensemble II 1
MUN 1710 Jazz Band 1
MUN 1711 Jazz Combo 1
MUN 1712 Jazz Combo II 1
MUN 1718 Rhythm & Blues Ensemble 1
MUN 1810 Steel Drum Ensemble 1
MUN 2004 Recording Studio Ensemble 1
MUN 2022 Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble 1
MUN 2709 Rhythm Section Boot Camp 1
MUN 2719 Rhythm & Blues Ensemble II 1
MUN 2720 Contemporary Vocal Performance Fundamentals 1
MUN 1310 College Chorus 1
MUN 1391 Gospel Chorus 1

SUBPLAN ELECTIVE COURSES
Suggested Applied Lesson Elective Courses

MUM 1034 Vocal Coaching For The Recording Studio 2
MUM 2035 Vocal Coaching for the Recording Studio II 2
MVB 1317 Contemporary Brass Techniques I 2
MVB 2327 Contemporary Brass Techniques II 2
MVJ 1010 Applied Music Enrichment - Jazz Piano 1-2
MVJ 2020 Applied Music Enrichment - Jazz Piano 1-2
MVK 1115 Popular Piano Techniques 1-2
MVK 1215 Contemporary Keyboard Techniques I 2
MVK 2125 Popular Piano Techniques II 1-2
MVK 2225 Contemporary Keyboard Techniques II 2
MVP 1317 Contemporary Drumkit Technique I 2
MVP 2327 Contemporary Drumkit Technique II 2
MVS 1317 Electric Bass for Rock, jaxx, Blues & Funk I 2
MVS 1318 Contemporary Guitar Techniques I 2
MVS 2327 Electric Bass for Rock, Jaxx, Blues & Funk II 2
MVS 2328 Cont. Guitar Techniques II 2
MVV 1317 Contemporary Vocal Style I 1-2
MVV 2327 Contemporary Vocal Style II 1-2
MVW 1317 Contemporary Woodwind Techniques I 2
MVW 2327 Contemporary Woodwind Techniques II 2
MUM 2670 Avid Pro Tools 101/110 3
MUM 2671 Avid Pro Tools 201/210 3
MUM 2679 Avid Pro Tools 310M ( Expert Certification) 3

1 Course changed from 2 credits to 1 credit, Spring 2018 (0540). Students in requirement terms prior to Spring 2018 (0540) should register for the 2 credit offering. Please contact the MIRAS-AS program office for further information.

Total Credits 64

Industry Certifications

As part of your coursework, you may be eligible for the following industry certifications:

  • Certified Radio Operator

This program also prepares you for the following industry certifications:

  • ProTools User Certification, 101/110
  • ProTools Operator Certification, 201/210

Facilities

The St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus has fully loaded, multi-faceted audio production suites geared toward the aspiring music professional, no matter what their specialized line of study. All of our facilities are technologically up to date with industry standard equipment and software. Our facilities Include:

  • Recording Studios
  • Mixing Studios
  • Radio Broadcast Center
  • Production Labs
  • Dedicated Rehearsal Spaces

Subplans

The Music Industry Recording Arts A.S. program consists of three key elements:

  1. General Education Requirements
  2. Core Music Technology curriculum
  3. Subplans or Specialty Tracks geared toward the student's career plan objectives

Each subplan compliments the Core Technology curriculum and is based on three established career paths in the music and entertainment field. These tracks represent the most desired disciplines within the arts & entertainment technology realm and provide students the highest quality educational experience available. While these are distinct paths, each subplan track intersects with the others so that all participants interact and cooperate with contrasting specialties. This collaboration will simulate "real-world" situations for artists. Students will gain a working portfolio that can be used to further their careers. Subplans and suggestions for course progression include:

  • Production  
  • Artist with Composition Focus 
  • Artist with Performance Focus