The music industry has significantly evolved in recent years, largely due to the growth of newer forms of technology, such as distribution platforms and music production tools. With technological changes, academic institutions must understand the need to alter their curricula to better prepare students for the growing field of commercial music. Traditional music education programs emphasized classical music, music theory, and instrumental and vocal skills; however, students wanting to enter the world of commercial music need a broader range of knowledge, including business, marketing, copyright law, self-publishing, and music licensing as well as skills in operating various kinds of hardware and software.

A commercial music degree can help students achieve their career goals by addressing new opportunities and challenges and building a curriculum that can adapt to the changing music industry. Understanding differences between music production and commercial music curricula is a key to developing strategies for exploring how to transform an existing music production into a commercial music degree.



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