Course Title: Music Industry Placement

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Music Industry Placement

Credit Points: 36

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010


City Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006

Course Coordinator: Dr Kipps Horn

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4312

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: Building 36. 4.15

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

completed coursework from years 1 and 2

Course Description

This course aims to provide you with an opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation of:

• the workings of a part of the music industry
• the individual’s contribution to a larger organisation
• organisational and management structures 

Work-integrated learning is central to this course.  The knowledge and skills of the program will be applied with specific emphasis on the interface between the individual and industry. 
It is essentially a negotiation-based course, which is one of the core courses in the BA (Music Industry) program.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the conclusion of the course you should be able to:

• Understand the current and future trends in the music industry
• Relate the course materials to an industry setting
• Be able to work effectively in an industry setting
• Assess the range of communication skills necessary for specific workplaces
• Be able to undertake task specific activities as specified by a supervisor
• Have a clear understanding of the management structure of the organisation
• Possess the knowledge to use these skills in seeking a competitive advantage.

Overall it is the intention to encourage you to work cooperatively in a negotiated work place.

Overview of Learning Activities

Industry based placement (100%)

You will be expected to share your ideas and experiences with others; be actively involved in planning your learning experiences, particularly the nature of your practical experiences in industry based settings; and undertake on-line information searches. You will also be encouraged to contribute to continuous quality improvement through informal discussions with workplace supervisors and academic advisers.

Overview of Learning Resources

Recommended References

Music industry management and promotion Chris Kemp.3rd rev. ed. 2008 780.237 K32
Taking sides. Clashing views in mass media and society / selected, edited, and with introductions by Alison Alexander and Jarice Hanson.
10th ed. 2009 302.23 T136
Sonic synergies : music, technology, community, identity ed. by Gerry Bloustien ...2008
Entertainment industry economics : a guide for financial analysis / Harold L. Vogel.7th ed. 2007 90.681 V878
Everything is miscellaneous : the power of the new digital disorder / David Weinberger.1st ed. 2007
Blake, A. (1993). The Music Business. North Pomfret, Vermont: Trafalgar Square.
Buttwinick, M. (1994). How To Make A Living As A Musician: So You Never Have To Have A Day Job Again!. Glendale, California: Sonata Publishing.
Centre for Professional Development. (1997). Making it Happen: The Cultural and Entertainment Industries Handbook. Kew: Centre for Professional Development.
Clevo, J. (1993). Networking In The Music Industry: Making The Contacts You Need To Succeed In The Music Business. San Diego, California: Rockpress Publishing Co. Fink, Michael 1996,. Inside the music industry : creativity, process, and business / Schirmer Books ; London : Prentice Hall, Langley, S. & Abruzzo, J. (1992). Jobs in arts and media management. New York: ACA Books.
Passman, D. (1994). All You Need To Know About The Music Business, (2nd edition). New York: Simon & Schuster Trade.
Robertson, D. (1992). Rock around the clock: careers in the Australian music industry. South Melbourne: Ausmusic.
Simpson, S., Seeger, C. (1994). Music business. North Sydney: Warner Bros. Music Australia. Simpson, Shane, Music business : a musician’s guide to the Australian music industry / London ; Sydney : Omnibus Press, 2006.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course will consist of successful completion of 300 hours of evidenced music industry placement (100%). Evidence will consist of a report form signed by a workplace supervisor and the submission of the  3000 word report assignment attached to the corequisite course, Perf 2055 Music Industry Seminar.

Due: Completed report postmarked no later than the end of Week 13 of the semester enrolled unless otherwise negotiated with lecturer.

Grades available are Fail (NN) and Pass no higher grade available (PXP).

Pass:the work submitted and /or presented satisfies the requirements published in the Course Guide

A pass grade on the assessment task is required for satisfactory completion of this course.

Submission dates, dates for return of your work and feedback mechanisms
Work will be returned to you within two weeks of the date of submission