Music & Entertainment Learning Experience

Program Mission

To promote the business and profession of music in Hawaiʻi across the board from song writing and record production to contracts and career management.

Program Description

Music & Entertainment Learning Experience (MELE) utilizes a comprehensive music business and production curriculum meeting the requirements for entry-level training of music industry and production professionals. The curriculum focuses on combining academic experience with real-world applications to prepare students to work in the rapidly evolving global music industry of the 21st century. The program core offers a rounded curriculum grounding students in the basics of the music industry, sound recording and the business of music.

The MELE program offers two distinct degree paths. The Associate of Science (AS) in Music Business & Production and the Associate of Science (AS) in Audio Engineering Technology may be earned during a four-semester sequence:

  • AS in MELE Music Business & Production: This curriculum requires special focus on business related courses, including accounting, business law, and economics, as well as music business courses. Music business courses include a survey of the music business, music publishing, intellectual properties, and others.
  • AS in MELE Audio Engineering Technology: This curriculum focuses on the engineering and production of music recording. Audio engineering courses include studio production, audio engineering, and studio maintenance and electronics.
Program Prerequisites
  • "C" or hgher in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23, OR Placement in ENG 100.
  • "C" or higher in MATH 24, OR Placement in MATH 25.
Degrees That Can Be Earned
  • Associate in Science (AS)
Cost of Textbooks/Supplies
  • Tuition based on total credits taken.
  • Book/supplies approximately $240.

Upon successful completion of the MELE program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical standards in the entertainment and music business. (All MELE majors)
  • Describe the economic, musical and technological developments and new business models of the recording industry. (All MELE majors)
  • Demonstrate the ability to solve technical problems. (All MELE majors)
  • Explain the careers, contracts, law, processes and economics of the music business. (Music Business majors)
  • Prepare public relations programs for entertainment and music business clients. (Music Business majors)
  • Describe various types of intellectual property and copyright laws within the music industry. (Music Business majors)
  • Identify the role of music publishing in the entertainment and music business. (Music Business majors)
  • Describe the importance of appreciating diversity and global perspectives in the entertainment and music business. (Music Business majors)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of music production. (Audio Engineering majors)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the use of recording technology. (Audio Engineering majors)
  • Demonstrate an appropriate mastery of techniques and skills used in operating studio equipment and sound systems. (Audio Engineering majors)

MELE 101 - Survey Of Music Business (3)

  • Prerequisite: "C" or higher in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23, OR Placement in ENG 100; "C" or higher in MATH 24, OR Placement in MATH 25

Attention is given to the practical application, theoretical foundations, in-depth analysis of organizations as well as general overview of the industry. Guest lecturers from the music industry may be utilized. May be taken on a CR/N basis.

3 hrs. lect. per week

MELE 102 - Survey Of Recording Technology (3)

  • Prerequisite: "C" or higher in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23, OR Placement in ENG 100; "C" or higher in MATH 24, OR Placement in MATH 25

A study of the major areas of recording technology as related to the music industry. The student receives an overall view of analog and digital technology with attention to its innovations, history and effect on the industry. May be taken on a CR/N basis.

Upon successful completion of MELE 102, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of the discipline of audio engineering.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging applications of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Demonstrate ability to conduct, analyze and interpret experiments, and apply experimental results to improve processes.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply creativity in the design of audio engineering systems, components or processes appropriate to program objectives.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history and evolution of recording technology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze and solve technical problems.
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively.
  • Demonstrate an ability to understand professional, ethical and social responsibilities.

3 hrs. lect. per week

MELE 201 - History Of The Recording Industry (3)

  • Prerequisite: "C" or higher in MELE 101

A study of the foundations of the recorded music business, which includes the development of recording labels, technology-driven changes, and recordings from 1877 to the present. Also discussed are the formation of the major recording labels and the development of the marketing structure whereby recorded music is exposed and sold to consumers. May be taken on a CR/N basis.

Upon successful completion of MELE 201, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the emergence of different genres of music.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how the recording industry developed in terms of music, business, and technology.
  • Demonstrate a mastery of the history of the recording industry through examinations.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for the breadth and depth of the contemporary recording industry.
  • Demonstrate the ability to describe how popular music reflects the mood, circumstances and cultural influences of society.
  • Demonstrate the ability to describe the marketing structure of music and how it was exposed and how its sold to the consumer.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze how music affected society socially, culturally, economically and politically.

3 hrs. lect. per week

MELE 202 - Public Relations In The Music Industry (3)

  • Prerequisite: "C" or higher in MELE 101

This course deals with press releases, press kits, press parties, artist kits, news for radio and T.V., and other areas related to the printed page as public relations support for the artist, company and product. May be taken on a CR/N basis.

Upon successful completion of MELE 202, students will be able to:

  • Write effective story hooks.
  • Understand artist image and its importance in the public relations field.
  • Be able to write an artist biography.
  • Be able to write a press release.
  • Critique, compare and rate various artist websites.
  • Compile and present the different components of a press kit.
  • Build an electronic press kit for use in an artist website.

3 hrs. lect. per week

MELE 203 - Intellectual Properties (3)

  • Prerequisite: "C" or higher in MELE 204

This course provided a comprehensive study of intellectual property, the rationale for intellectual property protection, current issues involving intellectual property, international intellectual property issues, and the role of intellectual property in the music and entertainment industry. The types of intellectual property covered include copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and patents. Primary emphasis will be on copyright since that is an area of intellectual property most relevant to the entertainment industry. May be taken on a CR/N basis.

Upon successful completion of MELE 203, students will be able to:

  • Identify and distinguish the types of intellectual property (i.e., copyrights, patents, trademarks and trade secrets).
  • Describe how intellectual property law applies to the music & entertainment industry.
  • Debate the philosophical rationales for intellectual property law.
  • List the exclusive rights under copyright law as well as the mail limitations on those rights.
  • Explain how intellectual property rights can be infringed.
  • Describe and apply the fair use test under copyright law.

3 hrs. lect. per week

MELE 204 - Music Publishing (3)

  • Prerequisite: "C" or higher in MELE 201 and in MELE 202
  • Recommended Prep: ENG 22 or ESL 23

A study of music publishing. This course deals with contracts, music licensing, foreign publishing, catalog development, demo sessions and other activities conducted by music publishers. May be taken on a CR/N basis.

Upon successful completion of MELE 204, students will be able to:

  • Define the role of music publishing in the entertainment & music business
  • Perform the administrative tasks of a music publisher
  • Identify the creative tasks of a music publisher
  • Exploit the intellectual property

3 hrs. lect. per week

MELE 211 - Audio Engineering I (4)

  • Prerequisite: "C" or higher in MELE 102, and in ENG 100

MELE majors only. A detailed study of the technical characteristics and performance of each component of the recording studio. Topics include basic studio electronic signal flow, tape machine operations, dynamic processing, basic microphone use, studio acoustics, session procedures and the role of the assistant engineer. Emphasis is placed on developing audio perception skills for recording engineers. May be taken on a CR/N basis.

Upon successful completion of MELE 211, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic electronic audio signal flow in the recording studio.
  • Demonstrate an appropriate mastery of studio mixing techniques.
  • Demonstrate an appropriate mastery of studio outboard equipment including spectral, dynamic, and time processors
  • Demonstrate proper recording session procedures for tracking, overdubbing and mixing sessions a An ability to function effectively in small groups
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify, analyze and solve technical problems a An ability to communicate effectively
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the recording process used in the late 1950's and early 1960's Relationship to other courses.

2 hrs. lect.; 4 hrs. lab. per week

MELE 212 - Digital Audio: Theory and Workstations (3)

  • Prerequisite: "C" or higher in MELE 211

MELE majors only. This course is an introductory study into digital audio and the digital audio workstation (DAW). Topics include, but not limited to, digital audio theory, software and hardware components of a DAW, MIDI, ProTools basics for engineers and industry applications. May be taken on a CR/N basis.

Upon successful completion of MELE 212, students will be able to:

  • Recall significant dates, events and technological advances in digital audio.
  • Identify software and hardware components, file formats, plug-ins, virtual instruments, editing tools and functions of a digital audio workstation.
  • Understand the theory and application of MIDI protocol.
  • Effectively navigate menu systems, system configurations, file structures, main windows , edit tools and modes, time rulers and midi controls of ProTools software,
  • Apply basic concepts and techniques learned, into industry applications in the areas of film, music and game audio.

3 hrs. lect. per week

MELE 213 - Studio Production (3)

  • Prerequisite: "C" or higher in MELE 211

MELE majors only. An in-depth study of the producer and the production of recorded music product. Students will create "demo" and "master" projects under the guidance of the instructor. May be taken on a CR/N basis.

3 hrs. lect. per week

MELE 215 - Sound Reinforcement (4)

  • Prerequisite: "C" or higher in MELE 102, and in ENG 100

MELE majors only. A practicum based study of equipment, systems concepts, design, and acoustical problems involved in sound reinforcement for live performances and touring as related to professional concert situations. Lab hours required. May be taken on a CR/N basis.

Upon successful completion of MELE 215, students will be able to:

  • Design, assemble, trouble-shoot and operate small venue sound systems with a knowledge base of large concert venue sound systems.
  • Identify and analyze live acoustic and audio system technical problems.
  • Apply analog console live signal routing and signal flow charts.

3 hrs. lect. per week

MELE 220 - Audio Engineering I (4)

  • Prerequisite: "C" or higher in MELE 211 and in MELE 212

MELE majors only. A continuation of MELE 211, this course is an advanced study of the technical characteristics and performance of each component of the recording studio. Topics include advanced studio electronics and signal flow, computer-based digital recording and editing, analog and digital tape machine operations, automated console operations, condenser microphones, spatial signal processing, and the role of the audio engineer. The development of audio perception skills for recording engineers is emphasized. Lab hours required.

Upon successful completion of MELE 220, students will be able to:

  • Satisfactorily explain and operate the NEVE consoles as well as analog and digital recording equipment found in the Mike Curb MELE Studios
  • Apply basic audio perception skills required of the recording engineer
  • Organize, execute, document, and participate in recording sessions in the Mike Curb MELE Studios

2 hrs. lect.; 4 hrs. lab. per week

MELE 275 - Practicum (4)

  • Instructor approval required

MELE majors only. Practicum is a capstone course designed to provide students who have successfully completed program course work to intern at selected music and entertainment industry businesses.

Upon successful completion of MELE 275, students will be able to:

  • Obtain practical experience in the music & entertainment industry
  • Acquire marketable skills and make valuable industry connections
  • Apply music business/audio technology theories and principles to specific situations within their practicum experience
  • Observe and reflect on professional behavior in the music industry

300 hours of independent, supervised work to fulfill MELE graduation requirement