Cleveland State to Offer Recording Industry Management

Cleveland State to Offer Recording Industry Management

Holly Vincent
Monday, April 1, 2019 12:00 AM

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - Cleveland State Community College will be offering a new class this fall, RIM 2000 History of the Recording Industry. As the title suggests, students will study the recording industry from its beginning in the late 19th century to the modern day.

The class will be taught by Stephen Brannen who has his degree in Recording Industry from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), where this class is designed to transfer. Other recording industry classes will be offered at CSCC in future semesters—Survey of the Recording Industry, which is already in session, and Audio Fundamentals. All will be three-hour courses.

Brannen stated, “I started teaching at Cleveland State in 2015, but even prior to that, the administration in the Humanities Department had been looking into the possibility of offering some recording technology, audio engineering or audio technology classes. They eventually decided to provide a transfer pathway into MTSU’s renowned Recording Industry Program. Once I heard that, I took it and ran with it since that is what my degree is. I wanted to make sure we had some of the courses that have to be taken in the first two years to achieve what is known as candidacy into the program.”

“I’m really excited that Cleveland State is offering these classes,” stated Brannen. “I don’t think there has ever been another Tennessee Transfer Pathways into this program. The classes are going to be modeled after MTSU’s. I’m going to use the same textbooks and give them what they would have gotten if they were taking the classes at MTSU…it just made sense to offer these classes here, so that students will be able to take advantage of the Tennessee Promise.”

According to Brannen, students will now be able to take their core general education classes at CSCC, as well as these recommended individual classes that are necessary for candidacy into MTSU’s program. Then, they can transfer to MTSU as a junior and focus on the recommended classes for the next two years.

For more information on the History of the Recording Industry and other Recording Industry classes, call (423) 472-7141, ext. 230 or email Brannen at


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