Jones College

Music Industry – Recording Arts

Program Length

Four Semesters

Degree(s) Offered

Associate Degree

The Music Industry – Recording Arts Program is intended to provide the opportunity for students to train and/or  perform the latest digital recording techniques on current industry appropriate technology. Students in the Music Industry Recording Arts Program will work with professional recording engineers, live audio engineers, and musicians to allow them to create, write, compile, produce and mix digital audio recordings of professional quality.

Career Opportunities Include

Music Engineer
Music Production
Audio Designer / Editor
Recorder / Producer 



How to Enroll

  • Step 1 - Complete a Jones Admissions Application. Applications can be completed online or mailed to: Jones College, Admissions Office, 900 South Court Street, Ellisville, MS 39437. 
  • Step 2 - Send an official copy of the final high school transcript, previous college transcript, and/or GED scores to the Jones Admissions Office.
  • Step 3 - Submit ACT/SAT scores to the Jones Admissions Office.

Matt McGuffie
Fine Arts Building, Room 135
(601) 477-2256

MUS 1234 Commercial Music Theory
Introduction to concepts and skills of reading music theory for pre-music and non-music majors. Includes study of notation, rhythm, scales, key signatures, intervals
and triads.

MUS 1313 Introduction to Music Industry
This course is an introductory overview of the entertainment industry’s scope, systems and practices.

MUS 1413 Basic Computer Skills for Musicians
This course is designed to introduce students to digital media skills and the Apple Operating System.

MUS 1423 Survey of Popular Music
Advanced listening course, designed to acquaint the Music Industry major with a broad overview of popular musical styles and repertoire from the beginnings of
American Popular Music to the present.

MUS 1433 Recording Arts Fundamentals
Introduction to basic principles of sound theory, audio electronics and terminology, microphone characteristics and applications, mixers and basic equipment, signal routing and processing.

MUS 2413 Computer recording I
Introduction to basic knowledge, theory and application of a native Digital Audio Workstation. Students continue their study of MIDI, arranging, sequencing, software
instruments and recording in a native DAW environment.

MUS 2423 Computer Recording II
A continuation of Computer Recording I utilizing native and proprietary DAW recording systems. Additional topics covered include audio recording, digital effects,
automation, performance tools and nonlinear editing.

MUS 2433 The Craft of Song Writing
Provides the student with basic knowledge of the four approaches to song writing: lyrical, melodic, harmonic and rhythmic.

MUS 2444 Audio Engineering I
Practical techniques and application of session procedures and recording. Includes vocal and instrument characteristics, microphone placement, track assignment, mixing, and console and recorder operation in a native or proprietary DAW environment.