K T S U Recording Studio

Our graduates prepare for careers in music and entertainment management by working with some of Houston’s top recording industry experts.

The Entertainment and Recording Industry Management (ERM) program offers students a bachelor’s degree in one of most exciting, dynamic and constantly evolving careers: the management of entertainment and recording companies. Participants will learn how to successfully manage events and activities in various entertainment and recording business platforms. Faculty with real-world experience teach students the evolving technical trends of licensing, branding, sponsorship, finance, and digital capture and the changing face of distribution. This program is essential to anyone going to work in the entertainment and recording field in a management capacity. There is an exceptionally high demand from companies who are seeking job applicants with formal training in the entertainment and recording business.

The Entertainment and Recording Industry Management major requires a minor in one of the following areas: music; business administration; accounting; finance; human performance; radio, television, and film; social sciences, or another minor approved by the academic advisor.

Qualified transfer students may transfer up to thirty (30) credit hours from a degree program from a community college or an accredited institution in any technical area related to Entertainment and the Recording Industry in lieu of declaring a minor.

ERM 130

Introduction to the Recording Industry

Examines the development, current policies and issues, organizational structure, function and Economics, domestic and global institutions of the recording industry.

Prerequisite(s): None

Number of Credit Hours: 3

    ERM 205

    Introduction to Entertainment Business and Financing

    The fundamental understanding of personal finances management and business methods for entertainment practitioners.

    Prerequisite(s): None

    Number of Credit Hours: 3

      ERM 210

      Introduction to Entertainment Production Tools

      A hands-on course to the state of the art audio and music production tools and techniques used in a professional recording studio. The process and method s of audio engineering and recording arts in production and postproduction stages for all sorts of media production.

      Prerequisite(s): None

      Number of Credit Hours: 4

        ERM 305

        Ethnic Entertainment

        Examines legal foundations of African Americans and other ethnic entertainment in the New World. Examines the contribution of African, Caribbean, Latin American, as well as other cultures.

        Prerequisite(s): None

        Number of Credit Hours: 3

          ERM 310

          Publishing and Media Policy

          Examines legal foundations to intellectual property rights, copyright, current policies, industry structure, processes, corporations, administrative associations, marketplaces, and new issues.

          Prerequisite(s): ERM 200

          Number of Credit Hours: 3

            ERM 320

            Artist Management

            Covers all aspects of managing the careers of music and entertainment artists, from business to publishing and from public relations to contract negotiations.

            Prerequisite(s): ERM 200, ERM 205

            Number of Credit Hours: 3

              ERM 330

              Business Development and Portfolio

              Covers the essentials of developing a professional business plan. Students will learn how to research, evaluate, strategize, and launch a business.

              Prerequisite(s): ERM 200, ERM 205, ERM 310, ERM 320

              Number of Credit Hours: 3

                ERM 410

                Advanced Entertainment Production Techniques: Practice and Theory

                The course will cover the current methods utilized in the recording industry. Students will be responsible for producing professional quality sound using the techniques acquired in the introductory course (ERM 210). Students, under the supervision of instructors create, engineer and record music and audio track for various media.

                Prerequisite(s): ERM 210

                Number of Credit Hours: 4

                  ERM 420

                  Merchandizing and Branding

                  Covers promotional and branding techniques used in music and entertainment business. A comprehensive course with emphasis on the retail strategies used in music and entertainment product promotion from designing and packaging to promoting and distribution.

                  Prerequisite(s): ERM 200, ERM 205, ERM 310, ERM 320, ERM 330

                  Number of Credit Hours: 3

                    ERM 450

                    Entertainment Management

                    The course explores in-depth legal and ethical areas of entertainment management including individual artists, venues, sports, music, and related organizations. Topics may vary.

                    Prerequisite(s): ERM 200, ERM 205, ERM 310, ERM 320, ERM 330

                    Number of Credit Hours: 3

                      ERM 499

                      Master Projects

                      A capstone and exit exam course for ERM majors. Students will be responsible for creating and designing a comprehensive proposal demonstrating their mastery of skills acquired throughout the program. Each student will be responsible for designing and researching a music or entertainment venture and producing a business plan.

                      Prerequisite(s): None

                      Number of Credit Hours: 4

                        For detailed information about curricula and degree plans, see University Catalog