Music, audio and recording technology programs offer courses and concentration areas that may apply to many professional settings, including theater, concert promotion and video production. Students interested in record production may focus their attention on programs that emphasize the music industry.
Schools with Record Production Programs
Here's a list of schools with applicable programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition 2015-2016*|
|Ball State University||Muncie, Indiana||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||In-state $9,498
|Berklee College of Music||Boston, Massachusetts||4-year, Private||Bachelor's||$40,082|
|California Institute of the Arts||Valencia, California||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, master's||Undergraduate: $43,986 Graduate: $43,986|
|Nashville State Community College||Nashville, Tennessee||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state $3,873
|Rochester Community and Technical College||Rochester, Minnesota||2-year, Public||Associate, certificate||$5,638|
|Scottsdale Community College||Scottsdale, Arizona||2-year, Public||Associate, certificate||In-state $2,046
|Stevens Institute of Technology||Hoboken, New Jersey||4-year, Private||Bachelor's||$47,190|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, Michigan||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||In-state $13,856
|Washtenaw Community College||Ann Arbor, Michigan||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-district $1,880
Out-of-state $4,160 (2016-2017)
*Source: National Center for Education Statistics, school websites
School Selection Criteria
Some important points for students to consider:
- A student with aspirations of working in commercial music, music promotion or marketing might choose recording programs with business or music industry emphases; future recording studio owners/managers might choose programs with small business management courses; and vocalists and musicians may choose degree programs offering performance courses in their instrument along with recording courses.
- Program length should be taken into account, as programs are offered at the certificate, diploma, associate's degree and bachelor's degree levels.
- Up-to-date, on-site recording studios with a variety of software/hardware are highly recommended at the school of choice so students may gain hands-on experience working with industry equipment.
- Programs providing internships in recording studios or live performance venues offer students practical experience with real-world scenarios and possible employment opportunities.
Certificate in Recording and Production
Certificate programs in recording and production can typically be completed in 2-3 semesters. The completion of an internship may be required.
Diploma in Music Production
Diploma programs in music production may offer less elective freedom than other levels of education. They commonly focus on equipment operation, mixing, post-production techniques, acoustics and multi-track recording.
Associate's Degree in Audio Recording Technology
Associate's degree programs in audio recording technology commonly include general education courses as well as music electives in history, theory and performance. Students are sometimes required to complete an internship as part of the program.
Bachelor's Degree in Music Technology
Bachelor's degree programs in music technology may be offered within broader music programs. Sometimes a performance audition is required for admission. Artistic and technical emphasis options may be available in bachelor's degree programs. In addition to internships, bachelor's degree programs cover classes like music engineering, copyright law, audio technology and critical listening.
When researching degree programs in music recording, students should ensure that the coursework matches their career aspirations, the facilities have advanced technology and internships are available.