The Institute for Research in Music and Music Industry Studies

Whether you are already working in the Music Industry, or planning to pursue a path as an artist, producer, manager, agent, industry executive, music publisher, music supervisor, entrepreneur, recording engineer or any other career in professional music, our program is designed with you in mind. Our faculty is comprised of experienced professionals who are committed to guiding you to successful careers.


Darryl Tookes, Director


Our History

The Florida A&M University Institute of Music Research and Music Industries Studies was created to assess the current and future state of popular music in America through the development of innovative student-centered programming and research.

The Institute's research and academic arm focuses on popular music in its historical, cultural, and aesthetic domains and its linkages to other artistic forms of representation.  While the institute promotes scholarly inquiry in all world music, its core research centers on Black popular music of the Americas.

The Institute's programmatic and strategic objectives seek to:

  1. Promote interdisciplinary perspectives related to popular music research;
  2. Develop a network of professionals, university faculty and students committed to archiving and disseminating new and emerging multicultural artistic forms of representation;
  3. Identify partnerships and collaborations with outside agencies to promote entrepreneurship and economic development in the Arts.




Our Mission is to honor the longstanding traditions, and further the legacy of Rattler Pride in FAMU Music.


Global Vision

To passionately continue and reinvigorate all areas of FAMU Music with renewed FAMU Spirit, resources and support;

To educate and prepare our students for successful, sustainable careers in the fast-paced ever evolving Music Industries of today and the future;

To curate and incubate projects in the FAMU Department of Music in collaboration with other FAMU Arts Initiatives which will foster experiential learning and provide opportunities for professional development and relationships for FAMU Students;

To reach out globally for intersectionality for The FAMU Institute with other colleges and universities, academies and conservatories worldwide, and build an international professional network for our students.



Our Future

Upon successful completion of the requirements for graduation, FAMU Institute of Music Research and Music Industries Studies students emerge with the following qualities:

  • Proper training in Music
  • Appropriate level Applied Music Studies
  • Solid demonstrable understanding of professional music practices
  • A firm knowledge base of multifaceted Music Industries
  • The experience of creating and recording Project of their own
  • Developing a Business Marketing Plan for the Project
  • Presentation of their Project to potential investors and executives
  • Opportunities for industry internships

Students will grow stretch, learn, share, rigorously challenge themselves and be challenged to become leaders who are influencers, arbiters of musical culture, producers, managers, agents, songwriters, recording artists and performers, promotors and impresarios.  Bring your love of music to the Music Institute to cultivate your raw talent, ignite your imagination, focus your commitment in honest and open of embrace of our rich history on the beautiful campus of Florida A&M University - an HBCU setting where you will be engaged with our dedicated faculty with passion, incomparable virtuosity, and dynamic enthusiasm.

You are the future, and the future is now.


Pathways to Success

Choices include courses in the recording arts with an emphasis on production, composition, business management and marketing.


Exceptional facility, preternatural vocal range, and expression make American singer, pianist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator Darryl Tookes one of the few artists of his stature in the world today. In a career spanning more than three decades, Mr. Tookes has worked with Quincy Jones, Leonard Bernstein, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Roberta Flack, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, George Benson, Luther Vandross, Nile Rogers, Al Jarreau, Natalie Cole, Carly Simon, Stevie Wonder, Steve Tyrell, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Ramsey Lewis, Laurie Anderson, Ray Charles, Carmen McRae, Nancy Wilson, Grover Washington, Jr., Carmen McRae, Bobby McFerrin, Todd Rundgren, Lionel Ritchie, Christina Aguilera, Patti Austin, Laurie Anderson and many other music figures.

One of the first African-Americans to chart in the Adult Contemporary category of Billboard magazine, Darryl Tookes experienced pop success on his own terms as a songwriter, artist and producer in his formal introduction to the music industry with the debut of his self-penned classic Lifeguard reaching #3 on the Billboard Charts. He sees being recently named Director of the Institute for Music Research and Music Industries Studies at Florida A&M University as a continuation of this legacy. Darryl Tookes’ voice has often been described as angelic. Broadway Orchestrator Joseph Joubert whose credits include The Color Purple, Motown The Musical, Billy Elliot and Carmen Jones puts it this way, among colleagues “We all see Darryl as an artist of unequaled stature.” Perhaps the words of Blue Note Records Chairman Emeritus, the legendary Bruce Lundvall say it best, “Darryl Tookes a signature artist.”

In addition to his assignment to helm the FAMU Music Institute, Mr. Tookes is a highly sought-after clinician and pedagogue who has taught Voice at New York University in the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, and Tisch School of the Arts. He has been a Lecturer in Music at The State University of New York at Purchase College, on the Voice Faculty of Fairfield University, and offered a position at Berklee College of Music. Mr. Tookes was founding Musical Director of Black to Broadway, presenting the talents of an array of leading African-American performers including Tony winners Melba Moore, Jennifer Holiday, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Billy Porter. A number of today’s Broadway stars are former students of Mr. Tookes.

A distinguished composer, producer, concert artist, Mr. Tookes has performed at Carnegie Hall, the White House for Presidents Clinton and Obama, in New York at The Apollo Theater, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, Café Carlyle, Blue Note Jazz Clubs in New York and Japan, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Oslo Concert Hall, among venues worldwide. He has appeared on Saturday Night Live, Oprah, Late Night with Letterman, and many national television shows, and has performed for dignitaries Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, The Most Reverend Michael Curry, Muhammed Ali, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Maya Angelou, and Sidney Poitier. Mr. Tookes has served as member of the Board of Governors of the Recording Academy, Board of the Society of Singers, Chairman of the New York Singers Collective, NY City Parks Foundation Arts Board.

  • MUM 3701 Business of Music
  • ECO 2013 Principles of Economics I
  • ECO 2023 Principles of Economics II
  • ACG 2021 Financial Accounting Principles 
  • ACG 2071 Managerial Accounting Principles 
  • MUM 3613 Basic Audio and Recording Tech
  • MUM 3614 Audio and Recording Techniques II
  • MUM 3615 Audio and Recording Techniques III
  • MAN 3025 Principles of Management
  • MAR 3023 Principles of Marketing
  • MUS 4947 Practicum of Music Management
  • BUL 4130 Legal Environment of Business

Mr. Scott Reinfeld


Dr. Rebecca Sager



Contact Info:

206 Foster-Tanner Music Bldg.
Tallahassee, FL  32307-4400
Phone: 850-599-3024
Fax: 850-561-2176