Music Industry Studies


The University of Texas at Arlington offers a Bachelor of Music degree with emphases in both Audio Production and Music Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Industry Studies. These programs are designed to give students the skills necessary to succeed in music industry careers. They combine long-established principles of musicianship with analog and emerging digital technologies used in the current music industry. Students in the MIS program are taught by an award-winning faculty, given access a major recording facility featuring state-of-the-art technology, and get hands-on experience running the UTA Student Records recording label.

Audio Production

The Bachelor of Music in Audio Production is designed for musicians wanting to pursue a career in audio production. Students take classes in Digital Music Technology, three semesters of Recording Techniques, Business of Music, and Introduction to Musical Acoustics. Students can also take Sound and Post-Production, Theater Sound Design, and Music in Film, among others. Critical listening, audio recording techniques, combining MIDI and audio, editing, and multitracking are just a few of the skills students learn at UTA. Using Studio 301 and Irons Hall, students learn how to record diverse genres of music, such as classical music, jazz, and pop/rock. We believe the best audio engineers combine the ears of a musician with the technical capabilities of an engineer.

Music Business

Interdisciplinary in nature, Bachelor of Music students in the Music Business program at UTA take courses both from the Music Department and from the College of Business. The program is designed to prepare musicians to work in management, public relations, entertainment law, representation, publishing, marketing, accounting, and other areas of the music industry. Students take courses in the music business, digital music technology, and basic audio recording, as well as various courses from the Business Department.

Bachelor of Arts in Music Industry Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Music Industry Studies degree is a liberal arts degree for musicians seeking a broad education in music, music production, and the music business. The program combines musicianship courses, recording technology, and business courses with various electives for students interested in pursuing career paths in the music industry that include music producer, audio engineer, film composer, sound designer, A&R representative, music marketing specialist, live event producer, and other music business careers. The program also focuses on entrepreneurship and developing emerging artists and music producers for the commercial music market


As of Spring 2009, the Music Department has a new recording studio. Studio 301 utilizes the latest in engineering technology and is able to record a wide range of music in an isolated and professional environment.

Studio 301 Technology

Pro Tools HD3 Accel System

Pro Tools Digi Interface 192 I/O—32 channels

Solid State Logic AWS 924 Mixing Console

Mytek 8x192 with firewire and PT HD cards

Adam S3A Studio Monitors

Glyph Hard Drives

AEA R84—matched pair

AKG 414B XLS-ST—pair

AKG 451—pair

Beyerdynamic M 201—pair

Beyerdynamic M 88—four

Coles 4038s—matched pair

Neumann KM184—pair

Neumann U87—matched pair

Peluso 2247LE—U47 clone

Peluso P12—C12 clone

Schoeps MK2H—pair

Sennheiser 421—two

Sennheiser 602

Sennheiser MKH20—pair

Sennheiser MKH800—pair

Shure SM57—six

Pair of Empirical Distressor EL-ESX

Universal Audio LA2A

API 3124+ 4-Channel Preamplifier

Vintech model X73i preamp/eq—(two)

a) Vintech Power Supply (for x73i)

Bricasti M7 Reverb unit

Millennia Preamplifier HV3D 8-channel

Mac Pro 8-core; two 3.0 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon, 4GB RAM, 30Ó Apple Cinema Display

Pro Tools 8 HD

Peak 6 Pro

Audioease Altiverb 6

Drumagog Pro

Flux Mastering Suite

Logic Studio 8

McDSP Emerald

Melodyne Autotune

Reason 4.0

Sonalksis ÒThe EssentialsÓ bundle

Sonnox Oxford Inflator

Toast Titanium 9

Waves Studio Classics


Dr. William Townsley, D.M.A, Saxophone Performance, Texas Christian University

Department of Music

Assistant Professor, Music Industry Studies Area Coordinator

Area: Music Industry Studies

Will Townsley


Office: FA 305

Bio: Songwriter/Film Composer/Musician Dr. Will Townsley has been an active composer, performer, and music educator for 20 years. Will has composed and arranged music for various ensembles of all levels. His music for film includes scores for four documentaries for Bro N Stine productions (Las Vegas, Nevada) -- Boys of Summer (and sequels), You Should Know Jack, Share the Road, and Redemption of the Fall. As a former Nashville songwriter, Will wrote several songs featured in the Curb Publishing catalog. His song How Long (co-written with Billy Decker) is published with Al Jolson/Black and White Music (Nashville, Tennessee). His songs have been recorded by Jason Ashley, Colt Prather, and others. His composition Blues for Addie was recorded and performed by the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra on their CD release Caravan of Cool. Will has performed with artists that include Sammy Kershaw, Joe Nichols, Bob Mintzer, and Tom Dumont (No Doubt). He has opened for Jake Owen, Brett Young, Chris Jansen, Richie McDonald (Lodestar), Larry Stewart (Restless Heart), Tim Rushlow (Little Texas), and Blues Traveler. He has performed for major organizations including the Dallas Cowboys and was invited to perform at a songwriter showcase at the world-famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee. As a music educator, Will is currently the Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Industry Studies at the University of Texas–Arlington where he teaches courses in recording techniques, songwriting, film scoring, and music business. He has also served as an adjunct saxophone instructor at the University of Texas–Arlington and graduate teaching assistant at Texas Christian University and UT Arlington. Will holds a doctoral degree in saxophone performance from Texas Christian University where he studied classical and jazz saxophone with Joe Eckert. He has also studied saxophone with Tim Ishii (University of Texas-Arlington) and Don Aliquo Jr. (Middle Tennessee State University) as well as jazz composition with Dan Cavanagh and Rick Stitzel. He is affiliated as a songwriter and publisher (Tee Four Music) with BMI.

Aleyna Brown, M.M. Flute Performance - Contemporary Music; M.A. Composition - Computer Music - University of North Texas.

Department of Music

Adjunct Professor

Area: Music Industry Studies

Aleyna Brown

Bio: Aleyna Brown is a contemporary American composer, multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer, and educator based in Dallas, TX. As a versatile musician and entrepreneur, with a complement of five music degrees, Aleyna’s work serves to both celebrate and recontextualize semiotics of the feminine to include empowerment, ownership, strength, and resilience, achieved through research and collaboration with artists of diverse backgrounds, identities, and artistic disciplines. As a composer, Aleyna writes and codes electroacoustic and mixed-media solo and chamber music. Much of her work in creative coding and computer music serves another layer of activism showcasing femininity in traditionally male-dominated spaces, providing a role model for young women interested in music technology. Aleyna is also an active contemporary music flutist specializing in electroacoustic performance. She enjoys performing works with contemporary extended techniques, improvisation, and electronics. In addition to her performance, composition, and teaching career, Aleyna works as a professional recording, mixing, and mastering engineer in Dallas recording studios. She is also a professional recording artist, with her own debut independent album released worldwide in 2019. She is also a frequent collaborator with national artists, producers, and bands across a variety of genres. Aleyna earned her two masters degrees from the University of North Texas and her three bachelors degrees from the Florida State University College of Music.

Jamar Jones, M.B.A. Ashford University

Department of Music

Assistant Professor

Area: Music Industry Studies

Jamar Jones


Office: FA 305

Bio: A Philadelphia native, Jamar Jones, according to Jonathon Sprinkles, "is a guy that has been a part of all of our lives in some way without us realizing it." Since 1996, Jamar has been trusted to work with and for some of the music industry's most respected brands as a producer, composer, arranger, and musician to an impressive list of artists that includes Boyz II Men, Musiq Soulchild, Jill Scott, Jamie Foxx, Mary Mary, Usher, and the legendary Ms. Patti Labelle. Recognized as a child prodigy, Jamar started playing the piano at the age of 4 years old when his mother purchased a piano for the home following the death of his father in 1981. The piano that was purchased from the Cunningham Piano Company in Philadelphia "became the tool through which I would express all my emotion" states Jones. After attending initial study at the West Oak Lane School of Music, Jamar quickly progressed to being recognized as a young gifted performer through winning the best soloist awards at several stage band competitions in junior high. Eventually, the recognition for Jamar Jones as a dominating young performer would lead to an invitation to be a part of the City of Philadelphia's premier high school jazz students' Philadelphia All-city Jazz Band. It was his participation in the All-city Band that led to his induction to the Grammy All-American High School Jazz Band in 1994 and 1995. While a freshman at Temple University, Jamar co-wrote and co-produced the song, Dear God, for the Grammy nominated Boyz ll Men album Evolution. Jamar continued to work for several years as a producer with many artists but one major highlight of this tenure was producing the theme song for the movie, Hurricane, which starred Denzel Washington and was performed by Boyz II Men with The Philadelphia Orchestra. He has served as a musical director for both stage artists and a diverse range of theater and film projects over the previous 20 years. Jamar has lent his talents as a producer, arranger, composer, and musician to: Mary Mary, Kindred, Myron Butler, Tamela Mann, Kanye West, Janet Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Deitrick Haddon, Crystal Aiken, Vickie Winans, T.D. Jakes, Usher, Fantasia, Mario, Claudette Ortiz, Floetry, Bruce Parham, Vivian Green, Voices of Theory, Jill Scott, Fred Hammond, Richard Smallwood, Syleena Johnson, The Rickey Minor Band, Patti LaBelle, Denise Rich, Al Kasha, Rihanna, Eminem, P. Diddy, Kim Burell, Steven Ford, Warryn Campbell, Adam Blackstone and others.

Brian Mulholland, M.M. University of North Texas

Department of Music


Area: Jazz and Music Industry Studies, Bass

Brian Mulholland

Bio: Brian Mulholland is an adjunct instructor of jazz bass and music business at the University of Texas at Arlington. Since 2007, he has served UTA variously – from lecturing in jazz history and music appreciation to directing instrumental and vocal jazz combos. As a bassist, he toured with the late jazz artist Maynard Ferguson. During his tenure with the band, Mr. Mulholland's debut album, Deco (2005), was featured in the Maynard Ferguson Presents Series. His recorded performance highlights include Ferguson's Grammy®-nominated* studio album,The One and Only (2007), and the Maynard Ferguson Tribute memorial concert DVD (2007). He has held bass clinics in the U.S. and Canada, judged for jazz ensemble festivals, and performed at International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) and International Society of Bassists (ISB) conferences. During his final year at the University of North Texas (UNT), he taught electric bass lessons as a graduate teaching assistant of jazz bass. Mr. Mulholland holds degrees from the University of South Carolina (B.M., magna cum laude) and the University of North Texas (M.M.) in jazz studies. * 2007, Best Instrumental Arrangement: “Besame Mucho,” arranged by Steve Wiest. GRAMMY is a registered trademark of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Inc.

Tom Burchill, M.M. Jazz Education, University of North Texas

Department of Music

Adjunct Professor

Area: Music Industry Studies, Jazz and Commercial Guitar

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Bio: Tom lives in Fort Worth, Texas and he is originally from Brookings, South Dakota. His website address is: Tom Burchill is a professional guitarist, teacher and award-winning jazz band director, gifted arranger and composer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. An active freelance guitarist, he performs frequently throughout the metroplex and has impacted many lives through his teaching and his music. Tom teaches private guitar at the University of Texas at Arlington. Tom held the position of jazz band director at Weatherford College for 13 years. He is a highly sought-after clinician and private instructor and teaches at jazz education camps each summer. During his tenure as a jazz educator he has had the privilege of performing with a variety of jazz artists including Clark Terry, Peanuts Hucko, Joey Defrancesco, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskione, Marcel Ivory, David Fathead Newman, James Clay, Marvin Stamm, John Fedchock, Bill Watrous and Phil Woods among others. An excellent, motivational teacher, Tom is proud of the students he has had the privilege to teach. Altogether, his former students have won more than 20 Grammy awards and have gone on to play with such artists as Snarky Puppy, Count Basie Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, The Lincoln Center Band, Leon Bridges, Little Big Town, Tori Kelly, Miranda Lambert, Kirk Franklin, Toby Keith, Erika Badu, Prince, Snoop Dogg, Frank Foster, Mumford and Sons, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Sheryl Crow. Tom has performed with a number of revered artists and was honored to accompany the late, great Luciano Pavarotti in February of 2002 at his performance at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. He plays regularly with the Fort Worth Symphony where he has performed with artists such as Willie Nelson, Bernadette Peters, Michael Feinstein, Monica Mancini, and Art Garfunkel. Tom is also a member of the local group, Brasuka which plays original Brazilian jazz in a style reminiscent of Sergio Mendez. Their first project of all original compositions is to be released in the fall of 2021. They performed at the JEN conference in Dallas (2018), the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival (2019), and play frequently at The Kitchen in Dallas as well as other venues around the Dallas and Fort Worth area. Burchill earned a Bachelor’s degree in Guitar Performance from the University of South Dakota and a Master’s degree in Jazz Education at the University of North Texas where he was a part of the jazz bands, jazz small groups, guitar ensembles and jazz singers.