Music Editing Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Dec 13, 2019

Music editors work closely with composers and musicians to create the right music to accompany a film. Those with a passion for music editing may enroll in music, music technology or audio engineering programs offered at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

Schools with Music Technology Programs

Many schools offer music technology programs or music programs with music technology courses. The following are eight 4-year schools suitable for music technology students:

College/University Location Institution type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2018-2019)*
Princeton University Princeton, NJ 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $50,340
Harvard University Cambridge, MA 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Doctoral $50,420
Berklee College of Music Boston, MA 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $44,140
Cornell University Ithaca, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $55,188
Juilliard School New York, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $45,110
University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's $53,391
University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $14,184 in-state, $43,176 out-of-state
Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN 4-year, Private Bachelor's $49,816

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

When selecting a music editing school, keep the following considerations in mind:

  • Programs may require students to be exposed to a variety of musical genres and take courses in instrument performance.
  • Aspiring music editors may prefer schools that offer hands-on training in laboratories with the latest recording equipment and software.
  • Programs with small classes can offer individualized instruction to students and ensure that they have access to equipment.
  • Students may look for schools that focus on professional development through professional organizations, internships and software certification.

Music Technology and Audio Engineering Certificate Program

Certificate programs in music technology and audio engineering may require 24-45 credit hours. Students are introduced to the music industry through the history and legal aspects. Some programs include internship opportunities and may be ideal for the professional looking to update his or her skill set.

Associate's Degree in Audio Engineering

Those enrolled in an associate's degree program are introduced to music theory, music appreciation and recording techniques in a variety of settings. In some cases, students may transfer classes to a 4-year institution to earn a bachelor's degree.

Bachelor's Degree in Audio Engineering

Through 4-year degree programs, audio engineering may be offered as a minor, though some schools offer a degree in the audio arts. Students looking to enter the film and television field may gain specialized training through elective courses such as aesthetics of the motion picture soundtrack.

Master's Degree in Audio Engineering

Master's degree programs in audio engineering are offered as either a Master of Arts or a Master of Science degree. Those with a background in music will likely prefer Master of Arts in Audio Sciences degree programs, while Master of Science in Music Engineering Technology programs generally require applicants to have previous training in engineering or computer science. Graduate students may have the opportunity to be involved in recording live events or CDs.

Students interested in becoming music editors have a wide choice of degree programs offered at many schools across the country. After graduating, students may work in areas such as live recording, studio recording and sound mixing for film and television.

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