The Music Business
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|This lesson is part of the Style & Compositional Techniques category.|
- Students will be familiar with various elements of the the record industry.
- Students will understand the mechanics and politics of music establishments such as Spotify.
- Students will be familiar with the influences business practices and societal pressures have on songwriting.
- Students will be familiar with intellectual property law, including copyright, licensing and royalties.
- The Independent: “The Rembrandts: ‘So no one told me it was going to be this way’”
- Graham, “Justin Timberlake’s Two-Part Complementary Forms”
- Negus, “Authorship and the Popular Song”
Listening or Videos
- Discussion and exploration of the record industry and the various roles played within it
- Case studies of styles and genres of artists who have moved into or away from corporate influence
While this lesson might feel like overreach for a Music Theory class, I think it addresses an important aspect of how music is made, and reinforces the idea that music creation is more than just writing notes.