Colleges for Music Production in the U.S.

Music producers work with recording artists, managers, marketers and sound engineers to oversee the completion of an album. Audio or music production degree programs offer students a chance to learn technical and musical skills, in addition to learning about the business side of the music industry.

Music production programs may be found at recording schools, art schools, community colleges and universities. They are typically offered at the undergraduate level, incorporating technical and business curricula.

10 Schools with Music Production Programs

The following schools have undergraduate and/or graduate programs for music or audio production.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*
Spokane Falls Community College Spokane, WA 2-year, Public Associate's, Certificate $3,388 (in-state)
$8,726 (out-of-state)
The Art Institute of Austin Austin, TX 4-year, Private for-profit Bachelor's $17,664
American University Washington, D.C. 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Graduate Certificate $43,103 (undergrad)
Scottsdale Community College Scottsdale, AZ 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,046 (in-state)
$7,830 (out-of-state)
SAE Institute of Technology-Atlanta Atlanta, GA 2-year, Private Diploma, Associate's $22,400
Academy of Art University San Francisco, CA 4-year, Private for-profit Associate, Bachelor's, Master's $20,340 (undergrad)
IPR College of Creative Arts Minneapolis, MN 4-year, Private Associate $16,560
Daytona State College Daytona Beach, FL 4-year, Public Associate $3,282 (in-state)
$12,352 (out-of-state)
Washtenaw Community College Ann Arbor, MI 2-year, Public Certificate $3,816 (in-state)
$5,016 (out-of-state)
Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park, MN 2-year, Public Diploma, Associate $5,159

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

College Selection Criteria

Consider the following factors when deciding on a music production program that suits you.

  • Individuals may want to seek recording arts programs that include courses in sound engineering, as well as business and communications.
  • Prospective students must choose a program based on their career goals, as different degrees of study are available. Bachelor's degree programs may offer more coursework geared towards those interested in managerial positions than associate's-level programs.
  • Aspiring music producers want to look for schools that provide access to the newest audio equipment and computer software, in addition to internship opportunities.

Associate's Degree in Music Production

Coursework in associate's degree programs focuses on the technical skills involved in audio production. Classes in business management and copyright law are typically included. Students complete general education requirements as well. Some programs allow students to earn credit from internships, and programs may culminate in the student creating a portfolio. It takes two years to complete most associate's degree programs, but some programs are offered on an accelerated schedule that allows full-time students to finish in one year. Core courses could include audio production for visual media, music production techniques, and music theory.

Bachelor's Degree in Music Production

Bachelor's degree programs offer many of the same technical courses that associate's degree programs do, but usually offer more opportunities to develop a specialty or to take advanced production courses. Prospective music producers may complete an internship and capstone project. A 4-year degree program explores concepts in sound synthesis, studio techniques, studio management, harmony, and form and analysis.

Certificates, diplomas, associate degrees, and bachelor's degrees in audio/music production are offered by colleges all around the county, and some even have master's programs, so whichever you choose should depend on how far you want to take your education. Schools that also provide business classes and internships would be best.


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