About the Music/Recording Industry Program

The Music/Recording Industry certificate is under review and is not admitting new students at this time. Please contact the College of Extended Learning for further information.

Music/Recording Industry Certificate

The Music/Recording Industry certificate offers a comprehensive education in all aspects of the music business. Students begin with a foundation in music business and recording arts, and then choose from a wider range of courses within a specific emphasis, either music business or audio engineering. In addition, students can select from a number of electives and seminars for the most comprehensive music industry education in the San Francisco Bay Area. All certificate students are required to complete a professional internship as well as a portfolio of projects such as audio engineering demos or music business and marketing plans.

Music/Recording Industry Classes

Students interested in learning specific skills can take one-off courses without applying to the program. Our school offers a variety of music business and recording industry classes, open to everyone. Take industry-certified training classes in Avid's Pro Tools digital audio software or Apple's Logic platform. Train with some of the Bay Area's top engineers and producers in some of the region's best recording studios. Learn how to become a record producer, artist manager or publicist. Select any class that interests you, or consider pursuing our Music/Recording Industry certificate after you’ve begun taking courses.

The San Francisco Music Industry

The San Francisco music and recording community has made a lasting impression on the music world over the past 50 years. The Bay Area has produced some of the biggest artists in popular music, as well as nurtured a dynamic and expanding music business community. Because the MRI program draws on the talent and resources of Bay Area music industry professionals, students are taught by successful, working professionals in the music business. The MRI program offers a unique mix of technical, production, aesthetic and business classes to give the student or professional a comprehensive education.

Professional Opportunities in the Music Business & Recording Industry

The Music/Recording Industry academic certificate program is designed both for the student who wants an overall basic education in the business of music/recording and for the professional who is seeking to broaden an area of expertise. Coursework in the program may be applied toward the certificate, or individual classes may be taken to learn or update skills. Students may choose to pursue a technical audio engineering or a business emphasis.

Job categories include:

  • artist management
  • professional songwriter
  • record producer
  • audio production
  • music publicist
  • music journalist
  • talent producer
  • record promotion
  • record distribution
  • music publishing
  • concert promotion, booking
  • record company management

Technology Partners

The Music/Recording Industry program gratefully acknowledges the support of our current technology partners, including:

  • Apple
  • Avid
  • M-Audio/Avid