Music Engineering Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Music engineering explores concepts in acoustics, sound engineering, music informatics and audio equipment design. Music engineering programs are available at recording schools, community colleges and universities.

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Students looking for training in music engineering can choose from undergraduate and graduate programs. Important considerations for choosing the right program may include tuition and program length, among others.

10 Schools with Music Engineering Programs

Below are ten schools that offer training in music engineering.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $12,204 (in-state)
American University Washington, DC 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's $43,103
Institute of Production and Recording Minneapolis, MN 2-year, Private Associate's $16,560
Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN 4-year, Public Bachelor's $8,080 (in-state)
Indiana University Bloomington, IN 4-year, Public Associate's, Bachelor's $10,388 (in-state)
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's $48,710
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's $13,856 (in-state)
Lawrence Technological University Southfield, MI 4-year, Private Bachelor's $30,300
Kansas City Community College Kansas City, KS 2-year, Public Associate's $3,240 (in-state)
San Jacinto College Pasadena, TX 2-year, Public Associate's $1,408 (in-district), $2,416 (in-state)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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School Selection Criteria

Music engineering or audio engineering programs are available at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Consider the following when looking for music engineering schools:

  • When choosing a music engineering program, students may want to take into account the level of education they are seeking. Associate's programs cover basic recording skills, while bachelor's programs go into more depth and may offer more recording opportunities. Master's programs are the most advanced.
  • Students may want to consider schools that offer labs that utilize modern, industry-standard equipment, such as MIDI labs and mixing studios.
  • In addition to studios, learners may want to seek programs that offer professional experience through internships at local studios, radio stations or live events.

Associate's Degree in Music Engineering

Students in these programs learn the basics of audio mixing and concepts related to acoustics, digital recording and electronic processing of sound. Associate's programs include general education requirements such as math and science, English and the humanities. A 2-year program may include an audio engineering capstone project.

Bachelor's Degree Program in Music Engineering

Bachelor's degree programs in music or audio engineering are typically available as a Bachelor of Science. These programs explore principles in digital technology, frequency, musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) and transmission.

In addition to completing general education and music history courses, students experiment with sound mixing, digital recording, oscilloscopes and frequency counters in recording studios and electronic labs. A senior project may be required.

Master's Degree in Recording Technologies or Audio Sciences

Graduate programs provide working professionals with additional audio engineering knowledge and allow them to concentrate in a specific area of sound. Concentrations may include musical informatics, acoustical studies, recording and production. In acoustics, students learn how to design spaces and equipment for particular acoustic characteristics. Recording engineering students practice in the studio and learn to produce recordings at a professional level by working with experienced professionals. Master's holders may be prepared to teach at the postsecondary level. Some programs give students the ability to choose between thesis and project tracks, while others require a capstone experience for all students.

Students who want to learn about the principles and applications of music engineering may find associate's, bachelor's and master's programs at many schools around the country. Depending on the desired career and training, they may look for programs that offer extensive hands-on opportunities or access to state-of-the-art recording equipment.

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