Top Music Recording and Engineering Schools and Programs

Learn about three 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.

Students interested in pursuing a degree in music recording and engineering can find programs available at several top institutions in the nation. Learn more about a few of these top schools and the unique programs that they offer.

Schools Overviews

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

Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA

School Highlight: Students at 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.

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.

Columbia College Chicago in Chicago, IL

School Highlight: The college is home to the Audio Arts & Acoustics department.

The Audio Arts & Acoustics department in the college specializes in sound design, engineering and more. Students can earn a Bachelor of Arts in audio design and production or live and installed sound, or a Bachelor of Science in acoustics or music technology. The department also offers a unique course in January called Music Industry Immersion that allows students to earn credit while working with faculty and guest artists/producers to create, record and perform original music.

Top Music Recording and Engineering Programs

Here we discuss a few other top music recording and engineering programs.

  • CUNY LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, NY, has associate's degree students complete a year of study at the Institute of Audio Research, in addition to their studies at LaGuardia.
  • Indiana University in Bloomington is home to the Department of Recording Arts that operates a record label, IU Music.
  • Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, allows bachelor's degree students to earn a double degree in applied music performance and recording technology. This program requires five years to complete, including a 320-hour internship in the final year.
  • Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA, has students learn recording arts skills for the television, film and gaming industries, as well as those for the music industry.
  • The Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia has a sound design program that offers three degrees (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts) as well as a minor.
  • Texas State University in San Marcos holds classes at the Fire Station, a commercial recording studio used by industry professionals.

Undergraduate and graduate degree programs in music recording and engineering are available from several top institutions in the country, including the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. These distinct programs vary in the degrees, unique learning experiences and facilities that they offer.

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