Students can study electronic music production across several majors and levels of study at both 2- and 4-year educational institutions. Programs vary in the technology they use, the amount of time spent on teaching basic musical skills and theory, length and type of facilities.
10 Schools With Music Production Programs
Music production programs, such as music technology, music business, sound technology and music production, are offered at a number of institutions, including those listed here.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered|| Tuition
|Broward College||Fort Lauderdale, FL||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Associate's||$2,830 (In-state undergraduate); $8,952 (Out-of-state Undergraduate)|
|Mesa Community College||Mesa, AZ||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,070 (In-state undergraduate); $7,854 (Out-of-state Undergraduate)|
|Miami Dade College||Miami, FL||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Associate's||$2,838 (In-state undergraduate); $9,661 (Out-of-state Undergraduate)|
|New York University||New York, NY||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$51,828 (Undergraduate); $42,888 (Graduate)|
|St. Petersburg College||Clearwater, FL||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Associate's||$2,682 (In-state undergraduate); $9,286(Out-of-state Undergraduate)|
|The University of Texas at Austin||Austin, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$10,610 (In-state undergraduate); $37,580 (Out-of-state Undergraduate)|
|University of Michigan-Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, MI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$15,262 (In-state undergraduate); $49,350 (Out-of-state Undergraduate)|
|University of Oregon||Eugene, OR||4-year, Public||Master's||$11,898 (In-state Graduate); $35,478 (Out-of-state Graduate)|
|Utah Valley University||Orem, UT||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$5,726 (In-state undergraduate); $16,296 (Out-of-state Undergraduate)|
|Valencia College||Orlando, FL||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Associate's||$2,474 (In-state undergraduate); $9,383 (Out-of-state Undergraduate)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
School Selection Criteria
There are a number of considerations for students planning to enter this field.
- Students interested in receiving a well-rounded musical education may wish to enroll in a bachelor's degree program in music that offers electronic music courses in addition to theory, composition, performance and instrument training.
- Those who want to focus more on production and electronic music might prefer a shorter program, such as an associate's degree or even a certificate, that focuses on that area.
- Students should consider programs with small class sizes that ensure more individual attention and facilities that allow adequate hands-on studio time.
- Music schools typically hold student performances, and some feature student-led labels that give student electronic producers the ability to bring a creative work from conception to reality.
Certificate in Music Production
In anywhere from six weeks to a year, students can earn a certificate and become acquainted with basic music production and recording while they receive an introduction to the music industry. Job opportunities for students with certificates may include audio technician, audio specialist and music producer.
Associate of Science in Music Technology
Earning an associate's degree in music technology prepares students to enter the field of music and audio production or transfer to a bachelor's degree program. Students receive training on audio equipment and often begin building a portfolio. Closely related majors include sound technology, audio production and music business, all of which may be offered as an Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science degree.
Bachelor of Science in Music Production
Students in bachelor's degree programs develop technical proficiency in composition, engineering and recording through coursework and internships. Many programs have hardware and software requirements and involve auditions or portfolio submissions for admission. Electronic music production components are also included in the Bachelor of Music degree.
Master's Degree in Music Production
A master's degree program in electronic music production includes much of the same curriculum as undergraduate programs; however, courses are at a more advanced level. A master's degree program provides students with more opportunities to build their portfolios. Students are usually required to hold a bachelor's degree in a related area in order to gain admission. Graduates can go on to work in the music industry or participate in doctoral programs.
Electronic music production can be learned by studying music production, music technology, audio production, or similar disciplines. A number of public and private institutions offer programs, and students can choose between certificate, associate's degree or bachelor's degree studies; graduate programs are also available.