Music & Entertainment Learning Experience

Sound board in the MELE studio

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 & Entertainment Business and the Associate of Science (AS) in Audio Engineering Technology which may be earned during a four-semester sequence:

  • AS in MELE Music & Entertainment Business: 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

  • 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:

  • Industry Ethics and Standards - understand business, technology, policy and practices in music and entertainment.
  • Music and Entertainment Business - identify and compare traditional and modern record label, publishing, marketing, advertising, production, public relations and event company business models.
  • Problem Solving - effectively demonstrate technical, business, and production troubleshooting skills to solve problems.
  • Career Pathways and Income Streams - understand and identify primary income streams of intellectual property, jobs, projects, entrepreneurial opportunities and partnerships.
  • Operation and Procedures - extensive knowledge in operations of music business, recording studios, and live events.
  • Production and Planning - conceptualize and apply skills in the area of live events, artist development, public realtions and recording studio productions.
  • Music Fundamentals - understand and apply modern theory techniques in music, song writing, sequencing, beat creation and traditional methods.
  • Recording Technology - proficiently produce, record, edit, mix and master audio for music and entertainment.
  • Etiquette and Communication - demonstrate industry professional vocabulary, terminology, articulation, dress and hygiene.
  • Science and Technology - thorough understanding of human hearing, sound properties, acoustics, electronics, physics, and audio systems.