Top Music Recording and Engineering Schools and Programs

Learn about two of the top schools in the nation to offer degree programs in music recording and engineering. Read on for program details, college rankings, and curriculum requirements for these schools.

Schools Overviews

Berklee College of Music and the University of Hartford are some of the best educational institutions to offer professional diplomas and bachelor's degrees in music recording and engineering. Both programs provide a concentrated education in the recording arts, including music performance. Read on to learn more about the stand-out music recording and engineering programs at these schools.

1. Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA

School Highlight: Students are this school will be working with artists, musicians, writers, producers and engineers as they complete their studies with modern-day recording technologies.

The Berklee College of Music offers bachelor's degree programs and professional diplomas in 12 concentrations, including music production and engineering. The music production and engineering concentration places emphasis on working with contemporary music recordings. In addition to ear training and music theory, students are introduced to composition, conducting and music technologies.

2. University of Hartford in Hartford, CT

School Highlight: This school is fully active in the performance arts, with over 400 performances per year in the form of recitals, plays, vocal and instrumental performances, dance performances and musical theatre productions.

Within the university's Hartt School, students can pursue a Bachelor of Music in Music Production and Technology. Students study ear training, electronics fundamentals, music theory, and arts management and production. Additionally, students are expected to complete instrumental or vocal studies coursework.

Top Music Recording and Engineering Programs

College/University Distinction Location
Columbia College Chicago Audio Arts & Acoustics department Chicago, IL
CUNY LaGuardia Community College Associate's degree students complete a year of study at the Institute of Audio Research, in addition to their studies at LaGuardia Long Island City, NY
Indiana University-Bloomington University's Department of Recording Arts operates a record label, IU Music Bloomington, IN
Johns Hopkins University Bachelor's degree students earn a double degree in applied music performance and recording technology; program requires five years to complete, including a 320-hour internship in the final year Baltimore, MD
Loyola Marymount University Students learn recording arts skills for the television, film and gaming industries, as well as those for the music industry Los Angeles, CA
Savannah College of Art and Design Sound design program offers three degrees (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts) as well as a minor Savannah, GA
Texas State University-San Marcos Classes are held at the Fire Station, a commercial recording studio used by industry professionals San Marcos, TX

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