Session 4 (Friday 3:15-4:15) Salon B
Moderator: Kristel Kemmerer
Songs You Should Know: Essential Audio
Recordings for Students as Identified by Industry Experts
Assistant Professor/Graduate Faculty
in Audio Production, Department of Recording Industry
Middle Tennessee State University
Ian Z. Anderson
Assistant Professor, Creative Media
In the sea of independent and commercial releases of the past several
decades, it has become quite a task discerning which recordings or
albums educators should expect their students to know and study.
Students need recordings that will provide them with a reference for
their future technical, creative, and business/marketing careers in the
audio industry. A necessity for a list of essential recordings prompted
the creation of The Essential Audio Recordings for Students (EARS)
database. The EARS database contains the names of sound recordings
identified by expert recording engineers who deemed them essential for
students and aspiring engineers. The qualified experts were chosen
based on their achievements in the audio and sound recording industry.
The experts identified and justified their selection for inclusion in
this database. The experts’ entries were analyzed for frequency and by
five categories of significance relating to cultural impact, technical
achievement and performance. The EARS Database should provide
universities and music libraries with a base catalogue of essential
recordings. Eventually, this database will be accessible via a
web-based interface for public consumption.
“Name It, Claim It; Tag It; Bag It” :
Towards a Model of Competency Based Music Industry Education
Associate Professor, Music
Berklee College of Music
The purpose of this session is to investigate a model for collaboration
among MEIEA colleges and universities, to address common challenges in
designing and delivering a competency based common body of knowledge,
including competency based degree options and related business models.
The ultimate outcome could be a ‘startup/entrepreneurial’ initiative
for our place and space within higher education; one that represents a
more robust, interdependent, and multimodal system to better meet the
learning needs of greater numbers of students from all backgrounds,
while ensuring quality and program rigor.