Paper 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

Doug Bielmeier
Assistant Professor/Graduate Faculty in Audio Production, Department of Recording Industry
Middle Tennessee State University

Ian Z. Anderson
Assistant Professor, Creative Media & Entertainment
Butler University

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

Joe Miglio
Associate Professor, Music Business/Management
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.