Based on your city, the final examination may be 35-70 minutes in length. It is based on the Music Regents Examination, a little known and less understood version of the more commonly taken English or Mathematics Exam, with elements from Earth Science, Chemistry, Foreign Language, and Physics. Of course, the Music Examination is unique in itself, and requires special preparation. Unless your name is Prince, you may want to study a little. Both Stevie Wonder and Ludwig von Beethoven would have trouble with this one, so keep your eyes and ears open…
All materials for the exam will be provided. No outside materials will be allowed during the exam. All school policies must be observed during the exam. No talking will be permitted. Students with questions must raise their hands, and wait for the instructor to come to them. Taking the exam without interuption will be encouraged; Bathroom passes will only be given in an emergency. No makeups will be allowed. Attendence is mandatory.
Oh yeah, if you have concerns, you must TELL THE TEACHER!! If you don’t do that, to paraphrase Whitney Houston, how will they know?
Did you know that a new artist is usually an unknown that has been working in the industry for an average of six years before their big break? You would if you took the class when we discuss the Music Business.
This course gives student a superficial look at the Music Business. Students are encouraged to see what hurculean lengths are needed in order to succeed in the music business, the complexity involved, and the many different avenues that exist. Some of the particulars lie below.
- BILLBOARD – Know how to interpret the charts, estimate record sales, identify
- CAREERS – Know about the many profession directly associated with the music industry, and how to describe them. Review your career profile, and name at five indespensible careers.
- What is A&R, and why is it important?
- What does a producer do?
- COPYRIGHTS – A conoisseur of the industry would know without any guesswork why copyrights are so important to the music business, and how to process them properly.
- Why are royalties split 50/50 between songwriters and publishers?
- Where was Tin Pan Alley?
- What is Copyright Infringement?
- What is different between sampling and interpolation?
- CONCERTS – What does it take to create the perfect concert? Click on the All for You tour for extra details.
- ARTISTRY – Consider the following: Elitism, divaism, hierarchy, marketing, politics, controversy, martyrdom
SENSAZIONE – The Continual Refinement of the Senses, Especially Sight, as the Means to Enliven Experience.This section serves as a reminder to student to pay attention to the details. Please read instruction and questions carefully, and examine diagrams, charts, guides and tables with intensity and total concentration. This is important in order to do well in anything, especially examinations.
In addition to being the conduits of pleasure and pain, your senses are the midwives of intelligence. Sharp is a synonym for smart and dull is another word for dumb; both refer to sensory acuity. But in a world of traffic, cubicles, beepers, concrete, ringing telephones, artificial ingredients, jackhammers and Beavis and Butt-Head, it becomes all too easy, as Leonardo said, “to look without seeing.”
So, when you can, practise with your senses. Focus your vision and your hearing. Try blocking out sounds, or comparing similar colors. Attuning yoursenses in this way will make the testing experience less stressful.