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Master of Arts in Music Industry


Master of Arts in Music Industry

Earn a degree from the top-ranked University of Miami Frost School of Music. Prepare to succeed in the ever-evolving music industry.

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Faculty Overview

The online Master of Arts in Music Industry program offers a real-world understanding of the complexities of the music business and is taught by extensively field-experienced faculty. The faculty are the same University of Miami Frost School of Music faculty who teach the campus-based program and are dedicated to delivering a broad range of relevant knowledge and skills to help students amplify their careers.

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    Serona Elton has extensive experience as a music industry professional and educator. She is currently an associate professor, Director of the Music Business & Entertainment Industries Program, and Associate Dean of Administration at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

    Her music industry career began while she was still in college when she held positions in music journalism and music video/radio promotion. She earned her Master of Music in Music Media and Industry from the Frost School of Music, and while pursuing her degree, she helped found one of the earliest student-run record labels, 'Cane Records. She then went to work for EMI Recorded Music, North America, where she held several positions involving managing content and contractual information and royalty processing. In her last position at EMI, as Vice President, Mechanical Licensing and Repertoire Data Services, she played a key role in preparing EMI's recordings for inclusion in the iTunes store. She was also very active in a number of industry initiatives focused on information standards, representing EMI on committees regarding the International Standard Recording Code (ISRC), Sound Recording Database (SRBD) and Music Industry Integrated Identifier Project (MI3P), the latter of which lead to the forming of Digital Data Exchange (DDEX), a leading force today in the digital distribution of music. While at EMI, Ms. Elton also earned a law degree at Brooklyn Law School. She is a licensed attorney in Florida and New York.

    Since leaving EMI, Ms. Elton has become the quintessential pracademic. Ever since joining the faculty at Frost, she has been very active as an educator, a scholar, and a practitioner in the music industry. She has implemented numerous curricular advancements, overseen many 'Cane Records projects, and spearheaded a new J.D./M.M. joint degree between the Frost School of Music and the UM School of Law. Ms. Elton is also a published author whose articles have appeared in the Journal of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association, the Florida Bar Journal, and Billboard Magazine, among others. She has served as President of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA), and on the Recording Academy, Florida Chapter, Board of Governors. She is a former Trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., and the Chair of the Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Executive Section.

    Ms. Elton has worked closely with major music companies, such as Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group, and most recently, with Warner Music Group, focused on practices involving rights management, licensing, royalty processing, and information management. She is frequently asked to speak about music industry education, music licensing, and music copyright law at music industry and law conferences around the US and abroad.


    Scott Flavin is a lecturer in violin performance and chamber music and Resident Conductor for The Henry Mancini Institute at The Frost School of Music.

    In addition to his extensive teaching, he has an incredibly versatile musical career. He is a highly sought-after concertmaster, having served from 2002 to 2019 as concertmaster of Florida Grand Opera. He has appeared in that role with major conductors and performers, including such diverse artists as Luciano Pavarotti, Lena Horne, and Itzhak Perlman. Equally active in chamber music, Flavin is the first violinist of the internationally-acclaimed Bergonzi String Quartet and violinist of PULSE Trio. They regularly perform across the country and around the world, premiering new works and periodically receiving glowing reviews by publications such as the New York Times and Washington Post.

    Flavin holds several important positions as a conductor, including Resident Conductor with The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and Music Director of the Miami Mozarteum Orchestra. He has appeared on the podium with artists including Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, and Joseph Silverstein and has conducted for various festivals and the nationally-broadcasted “Jazz and the Philharmonic” for PBS television.

    Flavin is also an active arranger, composer, and writer. He has written four plays that have been presented in productions across the country and writes articles regularly for various publications. His string quartet arrangements are popular, having been heard often on the radio (Performance Today) and around the country in concert, as well as recorded by the Bergonzi String Quartet. His composition Fragment was premiered in 2017 at the Mainly Mozart Festival, and other works have been performed on radio and in concert.

    As a recording artist, he is constantly in demand. His recordings include chamber music on the Naxos, M&W, and Centaur labels, and commercial recordings on Sony, EMI, and Warner Brothers, including appearances on over a dozen Grammy Award-winning albums, with such stars such as Placido Domingo, Michael Jackson, and Shakira. He has also performed on television several times for MTV Unplugged and the Video Music Awards.

    Scott Flavin grew up in Boston, where he received his early musical training, and then attended the Eastman School of Music. He was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for seven years, and concertmaster of Miami City Ballet for six years.


    Brian Lynch is the Studio Instructor of Jazz Trumpet at the Frost School of Music Department of Studio Music And Jazz, and the Director of the Brian Lynch Artist Ensemble. Professor Lynch also directs other ensembles in the Studio Music And Jazz program, including the Art Blakey and Horace Silver ensembles.

    Professor Lynch is a Grammy© Award recipient, and he brings an unparalleled depth and breadth of experience to his teaching and music. An honored graduate of two of the jazz world’s most distinguished academies, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and the Horace Silver Quintet, he received wide acclaim during his long tenures with Latin Jazz legend, Eddie Palmieri, and jazz master, Phil Woods. Professor Lynch has been a valued collaborator with jazz artists such as Benny Golson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Charles McPherson, as well as Latin music icons as diverse as Hector LaVoe and Lila Downs, and pop luminaries such as Prince. As a bandleader and recording artist, he has released over 20 critically acclaimed CDs featuring his distinctive composing and arranging. He continues to tour the world with various ensembles, a reflection of the wide sweep of his music.

    Voted Trumpeter Of The Year and recipient of the Record Of The Year Award by the Jazz Journalists Association in 2017, Professor Lynch’s talents have also been recognized with top placements in the Downbeat Critics and Readers Polls (#3 Trumpet, Critics Poll), as well as feature stories and highly rated reviews for his work in the New York Times, Jazz Times, and Downbeat. He has received multiple Grammy Award nominations, the latest in 2016 for his Madera Latino project, and garnered a Grammy win in 2006 for Best Latin Jazz Album. He is also the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and Meet The Composer.

    Professor Lynch’s independent record label, Hollistic MusicWorks, has released a series of critically acclaimed recordings under his name since its inception in 2010, including Madera Latino (2016), Questioned Answer (2014), and the Unsung Heroes series (2011-13). The Unsung Heroes series were awarded a five-star “masterpiece” rating by Downbeat magazine. Professor Lynch also released seventeen albums as a leader between 1987 and 2010 on the Criss Cross, Ken, Sharp Nine, Cellar Live, Nagel Heyer, EWE, Zoo’t Jazz, Artist Share, and Venus recording labels. Professor Lynch’s discography as a featured artist and sideman includes over 200 recordings, including nine albums with Eddie Palmieri, thirteen albums as part of the Phil Woods Quintet, and three albums with Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers. All of these recordings feature his contributions as arranger, composer, and featured soloist. Other notable recordings include albums with Prince, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Issac Delgado, Donald Harrison, George Russell, Tito Puente, and many other artists representing diverse genres of Jazz, Latin, and popular music. Professor Lynch has also arranged and produced numerous artists, including Lila Downs, Conrad Herwig (the Latin Side series of albums), Mondo Grosso, and Yerba Buena.

    Professor Lynch has conducted clinics, workshops, and residencies worldwide, including at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, Harvard University, Dartmouth University, Michigan State University, Senzoku University (Japan), Yamaha Artist Services (Taipei and Moscow), and the Rotterdam Codarts University. He has been Artist In Residence for the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music’s Jazz Institute (2010-present) and Artistic Director of Ensamble Tonica (Guadalajara, Mexico). Before joining the faculty at the Frost School of Music, Professor Lynch was on the faculty of New York University from 2003 to 2011. He has also taught at the Prinz Claus Conservatorium (Netherlands) as Visiting Professor (2002-07), Long Island University, and The New School.

    Professor Lynch’s degrees include a Masters of Music from New York University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.


    Gonzalo Mejia is a filmmaker with an extensive list of credits, including documentaries, films, and web content. He is also an entrepreneur, having founded his production company, Bananas Films, in 2004, with which he has produced media content for top brands around the world.

    Gonzalo serves as Director of Media of Production Services for the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.


    Raina Murnak serves as the Director of the Frost Summer Institute of Contemporary Songwriting. She has been an active vocalist and performer for over 20 years and has been a university educator for the last 16 years. Murnak has created innovative programs, such as the Contemporary Music Theory program, the Solfege/Sight Singing program within Frost's renowned Experiential Music Curriculum, and the advanced theory, theater, and songwriting programs at the Frost Young Musician's Summer Camp.

    As a multi-talented artist well-versed in music, dance, and visual arts, Professor Murnak has created hundreds of songwriting and theater productions directed for her students while garnering close to 100,000 video views. As a performer, she has starred on stage and screen as a lead vocalist, background vocalist, and musical director for numerous artists.

    After pursuing a musical path as an avant-garde classical vocalist, Professor Murnak is now widely regarded as a contemporary vocalist and songwriter. She has an impressive command of multiple vocal techniques and styles. She also oversees a large private studio where she teaches students who use singing as therapy, as well as those who tour and compete in televised music competitions.

    Professor Murnak holds a bachelor's and master's degree in vocal performance and composition from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a doctorate in music theory and composition and vocal pedagogy from the University of Miami.


    Christopher Palmer is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami. He previously served as Associate Professor and Program Director for the Arts Presenting and Live Entertainment Management graduate program at the Frost School of Music and the director of Music Business at Murray State University in Kentucky.

    Professor Palmer worked with Warner Bros. Records for over 20 years, based in both the company's Nashville and Burbank offices. As Vice President of Warner's Progressive Music label from 1990 to 2000, he was responsible for introducing and marketing such artists as Mark O'Connor, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Take 6, and Jeff Foxworthy.

    Later, as General Manager and Senior Vice President of Marketing for Warner Nashville, he was responsible for overseeing the release of Breathe by Faith Hill, which went to sell over eight million units. He also helped introduce such new artists as Blake Shelton, Trick Pony, and Big & Rich. Following his tenure with Warner Bros., he served for seven years as the managing partner for Take 6, a jazz/gospel a cappella group, overseeing the group's worldwide recording and touring affairs.

    Professor Parker is a Leadership Music alum, a member of NARAS, MEIEA, and boasts years of membership activity in the CMA, GMA, and AMA. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Country Music and Mobile Big Band Society.


    John Redmond is Assistant Professor of Practice in the Music Business and Entertainment Industries program at the Frost School of Music. He is a 30-year veteran of the international music industry and has taught various music business courses at Frost for over a decade. He also serves as faculty advisor to two University of Miami student-run enterprises, the Independent Music Award-winning ‘Cane Records and Cat 5 Music.

    Professor Redmond has held executive positions in several multinational music companies during his music business career, including Vice President, Universal Music Publishing, Vice President, PolyGram Music Publishing, and Managing Director, Rondor Music International. With those positions came a number of responsibilities, including the creative and administrative activities of the Canadian divisions of each of those companies. His creative role included the discovery and fostering of successful songwriters and the development and promotion of these songwriters for the international arena. The Canadian songwriters he worked with during his tenure with those companies included Alanis Morissette, Avril Lavigne, Bryan Adams, Finger 11, Jann Arden, k.d. lang, and Shania Twain. His administrative functions included contract negotiations, copyright supervision, royalty management, song licensing, budgeting, and monitoring financial performance.

    In addition, Professor Redmond was responsible for the Canadian activities of many song catalogs, including those of ABBA, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Beastie Boys, Bob Marley, Coldplay, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, Prince, and U2. As a result of his companies’ successes, he has been the recipient of multiple gold and platinum sales awards, as well as performance awards from BMI, ASCAP, and SOCAN (Canada).

    Professor Redmond has served on multiple boards of various important music trade organizations and associations. These board directorships and his executive music publishing positions have cemented many important personal and working relationships with international music organizations.

    As a former recording artist signed to London Records/Universal Music as well as a songwriter signed with Acuff-Rose Opryland/SONY-ATV Music Publishing, Professor Redmond has toured internationally and recorded extensively. He has numerous albums and singles to his credit, including a critically acclaimed self-titled album. Consequently, he has an affinity with songwriters, musicians, and recording artists. He has coupled this creative affinity with the skills, expertise, and experience of the music business to form his Miami-based company, Publish This Inc. Among other services, this company specializes in music publishing, royalty recovery, and copyright management issues. His clients have included Universal Music, Sony Music Entertainment, producer/songwriter LRoc (Janet Jackson, Usher), producer/songwriter Brian Howes (Hinder, Nickelback), classical guitarist Liona Boyd, and platinum-selling singer/songwriter Jann Arden, among many others.

    Professor Redmond’s advice and expertise have been widely sought and valued by some of the world's best-known songwriters, recording artists, producers, and managers. He has advised the Canadian Federal Government on copyright and music publishing issues, been published in various international trade magazines, and has been a featured speaker at music trade organizations, universities, and colleges.


    An educator, scholar, producer, songwriter, and guitarist, Rey is also the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation and a Professor of Music Business and Entertainment Industries at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. This multi-faceted educator and musician is Director of the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program and has been responsible for expanding the educational opportunities offered by the Frost School of Music overall.

    An accomplished multi-tasker, he also serves as Director of the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program, an innovative performing and songwriting program curriculum developed with Frost School alumnus Bruce Hornsby to incorporate both American roots music and contemporary composition. The program has become one of the school’s fastest-growing areas of study. It also offers those interested in electronic music performance an opportunity to become full music majors, a first for a major music school in the U.S.

    He was instrumental in establishing the first-of-a-kind joint JD/MM and MA degrees in Music Business and Entertainment Industries and Arts Presenting and Live Entertainment Management in cooperation with the University of Miami School of Law.

    Dean Sanchez not only brings that enthusiasm and exuberance to the classroom, but to every project he undertakes. He has worked with numerous international artists, including Latin superstar Chayanne, for whom he has served as his longtime musical director. His lengthy career has found him associated with such distinguished organizations as EMI Music Publishing, Sony Music, Universal Music, and Columbia Pictures Publications, among others. In addition, his band Yerba Blue released its debut album Americaña in 2010, a fusion of Bluegrass, Americana, and Latin music.

    The author of numerous educational guitar books published by FJH Music Publishing, Dean Sanchez is a voting member of the Recording Academy, a former President of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educator’s Association (MEIEA), and a current and founding member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Popular Music Education (APME). A specialist in international music copyright, he wrote an article, “Unfair? The Unique Status of Sound Recordings under U.S. Copyright Law and its Impact on the Progress of Sample-Based Music,” which was published in the 2012 edition of the Journal of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association.

    Dean Sanchez holds a Master of Music in Writing and Production from the University of Miami.


    Gary Alan Wood has been the Director, Arts Presenting and Live Entertainment, and Professor of Practice in the Department of Music Media and Industry at the University of Miami Frost School of Music since 2014. During his tenure at the school, Mr. Wood has been responsible for creating a comprehensive cognate opportunity for students, including two new courses (MMI 735 – World of the Working Musician, and MMI 632 – Arts Leadership). His personal mission is to help musicians and artists discover their artistic voice while envisioning a successful career path.

    A native of Anoka, Minnesota, Mr. Wood has been active in arts education, arts administration, and the world of the symphony for over 30 years. His career has included public school music and theatre arts education, symphony orchestra education and community programs, a stint as Executive Director of one of America's most unique chamber music and jazz presenting organizations, Camera of Houston, and Director of a multi-dimensional complex of visual and performing arts activities, the Regina A. Quick Center of the Arts of Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut.

    After designing programs in education and community collaborations for the Minnesota Orchestra from 1996 to 1999, Mr. Wood moved to Philadelphia to lead the expanding programs and initiatives of The Philadelphia Orchestra. His department received national attention for numerous innovative initiatives to bring classical music to classrooms and in-depth community involvement projects to neighborhoods throughout the city. The much-heralded Neighborhood Concert initiative brought the Philadelphia Orchestra concert experience to ordinary citizens by providing performances in local venues. A project commissioned in collaboration with the Minnesota Orchestra entitled We Are Met at Gettysburg offered both specific children and public concerts in Philadelphia and Minneapolis, along with specially created comprehensive classroom materials and numerous hands-on workshops.

    From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Wood served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Riverfront, one of the country's most prominent arts conservatories. He oversaw the campus's immediate recovery after Hurricane Katrina, leading the school back to full educational operation.

    Mr. Wood is also a frequent speaker guest lecturer and clarinetist in schools, education symposiums, and arts conferences.

    Mr. Wood holds two degrees from the University of Minnesota -- a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and a Master of Music degree in Woodwind Performance, with a focus on the clarinet. He also attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music of The Johns Hopkins University as a graduate assistant and became involved with numerous music education and performance-related courses. He has several writings to his credit, including two articles for Scholastic, Inc., 2004 New Book of Knowledge, along with several music activity booklets, including "The Planets: An Out-of-this-world View of Classical Music" and "Imagination: Music & Art."