MMP Newsletter - March 4, 2016

Added on by Robert Willey.

The Song is Coming to Town

About 50 contestants and production crew will be arriving in Muncie next Wednesday to participate in THE SONG. Mike Stuckey is bringing a mobile truck and will be in charge of the live sound and recording for the performances in Pruis Hall, to be assisted by MMP and TCOM students. Allison Swingley, Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Brinkworth, Mike Tabor, Alexis Sanford, Adam Jefferies, and David Rohrer will be helping engineer Jerry Lane and Dr. Thompson during the arranger's rehearsals of the two finalists and recording versions of their songs. Kaitlyn DelleDonne has been recruited to play keyboards in the stage band.

"You've seen singing contest shows like the voice, and American Idol. But a new type of television music contest is coming soon, and its being filmed right here in Muncie. And the challenge? Songwriting."

Two new guests on the show have been announced: Shelly Peiken and Lisa Loeb.

Shelly Peiken is a multi-platinum Grammy nominated songwriter who is best known for her #1 hits  "What a Girl Wants" and "Come On Over Baby" for Christina Aguileira. She earned a Grammy nomination for the song "Bitch" recorded by Meredith Brooks, and has had hundreds of songs placed on albums, and in TV and film.

Music video for LIsa Loeb's first hit "Stay (I Missed You)", the song that launched her career when it was featured in the movie "Reality Bites".

The winner of the competition will open for Tryon, Daya, and Ryan Star on March 12. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. and may sell out, so if you're interested in attending get your ticket from the Emens Auditorium box office or through Ticketmaster.

Sign up for Summer Classes

Registration will be opening soon for these MMP summer classes:

  • MMP 100 (Introduction to Music Industry) - 3 hours - online
  • MUST 121 (Introduction to Computer Music) - 3 units - online
  • MMP 235 (Recording Techniques I) - 3 hours - on campus
  • MMP 201 & 202 (Pro Tools shortcuts) - 1 hour each, 2 hours total - online. Best taken concurrently with MMP 235
  • MMP 430 (Production Workshop) - 3 hours - on campus
  • MMP 492 (Music Retail Products) - 2 hours - online. A new class to help prepare students interested in careers in the manufacture and sale of music products. The textbook will be the Sweetwater product catalog. Check with your advisor if you want to apply this class to guided specialization credit. [ Syllabus ]
  • MMP 494 (Internship) - 1–3 hours - online. You must get approval with Dan Porter to take the class, beginning with a proposal form turned in by April 18th.

Jingle Contest

March is the month to team up to create a video jingle for a Delaware county company or agency. The contest is open to all Ball State students, those who live on campus are eligible to win a $125 or $50 prize from Sweetwater or Amazon. Just compose some music and sync it up with a video by the April 12th deadline. If you can't make a video, just submit the music. 

The goal of the contest is to stoke your entrepreneurial spirit and to increase your ability to discover and identify opportunities instead of just doing what you've seen everyone else do in the past. A few companies and organizations have already expressed interest in being subjects for the project. Here are a handful to start your imaginations running and show the range of possibilities, but you can do one for any local business or organization. 

Muncie Bicyle-Pedestrian Committee (yes, they have footage from GoPro cameras!)

Muncie Visitors Bureau. Numerous people, businesses, and organizations have been using the same jingle for 20 years are they're ready for an update.

Damage Doctors helps commercial and residential property owners recover from damage from natural disasters, fire, and water.

BSU cribs. They have about 200 houses on Ball State campus that they lease. The houses vary in size from 1 to 7 bedrooms. Approximately 95% of their tenants are Ball State students.

Contact Dr. Willey if you have questions or would like contacts for any of these groups.

Immersive Learning class visits Conn-Selmer headquarters in Elkhart

Dylan Humburg conducting an interview

Dylan Humburg conducting an interview

The MUSC299X-2 class, comprised of Daniel Bedell, Dustin Burks, Ethan Hardwick, Zach Higdon, Dylan Humburg, and Dara Metcalfe traveled to Conn-Selmer headquarters in Elkhart to interview their staff for the educational videos they are making for the company's website, and got a tour of the Bach factory there that makes their pro brass lines. The VP of Marketing, Markus Theinart played in the Berliner Philharmoniker.