Millersville University has announced that the Music Business Technology degree program will be renamed the “Clair Brothers Music Business Technology Program,” in honor of Roy Clair ‘67.

The program, which began in 2015, prepares students for careers in the music industry.  It became a degree in 2017.

“The Music Business Technology program was created to address the needs of the industry and we worked closely with Roy Clair and his employees to create a program that will train our students for careers in the field,” said Dr. John Anderson, president of Millersville University. “We’re delighted to name the program after our alum, our partner, our friend, Roy Clair.”

Students take courses in computer applications for music production, audio recording, artist management, record company operations, music marketing, audio for video, live audio and have the opportunity to perform in popular music and/or traditional music groups and ensembles.

“It’s gratifying to see a program, that engages our students who have a passion in the field, gain the approval from industry leader, Roy Clair,” said Dr. Vilas Prabhu, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Our faculty developed this new curriculum to provide students with a solid foundation in music technology, music business, and music performance, with the depth to be competitive in the industry.”

Through a partnership with Clair Global, MBT students at Millersville have the opportunity to study live audio at Clair Global’s headquarters with industry professionals.  Students also have the opportunity to promote a concert for major national artists on campus; promote a showcase at the South by South West music festival in Austin, Texas; perform with national recording artists; and learn about the music industry during one of many study abroad opportunities.

The Music Business Technology faculty have professional backgrounds in audio recording, sound production, sound design, artist management, professional music performance, music licensing, concert promotion, entertainment law, music publishing, marketing, and songwriting.

Roy Clair and his late brother, Gene, founded the company “Clair Brothers Audio” which has evolved into two separate companies – “Clair Companies” and “Clair Global” in addition to a partnership with Rock Lititz.  The name “Clair” is now internationally recognized as a world leader in the industry.

With successful completion of their Clair Brothers MBT degree, students will be very familiar with structural, electrical and operational safety of equipment; be able to supervise and/or work with diverse local and road production crews representing the various trades; be able to integrate video and lighting technology with sound and much more. Students will have a strong foundation to adapt as technology changes rapidly.

For more information, please visit http://www.millersville.edu/music/degree-programs/music-business-technology.php

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