Music industry
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-ACWME0008
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; Cultural Studies;
dr. V. Meelberg
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Contactperson for the course
dr. V. Meelberg
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Academic year2018
PER 1  (01/09/2018 to 02/11/2018)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksAccessible to exchange students.
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
In this course students will develop specific skills to:
  • observe, analyse, and interpret developments within the music industry using qualitative research methods;
  • explore and develop initiatives pertaining to the music industry. 
This course will focus on recent developments in the music industry, such as digitisation, Do It Yourself culture, and copyright issues. These developments may be relevant for many practices within the creative industries, but they resulted in drastic changes in the music industry in particular. As a consequence, an examination of how these developments manifest themselves in the music industry may teach us not only about music and its industry, but about the manners in which the creative industries in general are developing as well.
The course will examine the process from coming up with a musical idea to the distribution and promotion of the final musical product. In addition, the fundamentals of qualitative research will be discussed. With the knowledge gained from both of these explorations students will develop an idea for a music project, which will be based on qualitative research performed by the students themselves.
The course will be presented through online lectures, which will consist of a combination of text, audio and video, including a number of documentaries that address different aspects of the music industry. The “live” sessions will mainly revolve around issues introduced by students themselves, and are intended to help the students prepare their final project. In order to stimulate students to provide input, for each session an assignment needs to be made.
Assumed previous knowledge
A completed Bachelor's degree in a related field. You are required to have a Dutch Bachelor's degree (or equivalent, from a research university) in a field related to Creative Industries: Cultural Studies, Art History or a Bachelor's of Arts with at least 30 EC in Art History, Cultural Studies and
Note for exchange students: you cannot take this course if your English proficiency level is not at least B2 (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC or Cambridge). A statement from your home university won't be accepted.

Required materials
Title:Doing Qualitative Research: The Craft of Naturalistic Inquiry
Author:Beuving, Joost & Vries, Geert de
Publisher:Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. 2015. .
Title:The Music Industry Handbook
Author:Rutter, Paul.
Publisher: London: Routledge.2016

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Attendance MandatoryYes

Test weight100
Test typePortfolio
OpportunitiesBlock PER 1, Block PER 2

Minimum grade