Music Production Schools and Universities Overview

Music production students can choose an associate's, bachelor's or master's degree program. Students in any of these programs learn about the engineering and production processes of recording music through a combination of classroom learning and hands-on labs and internships.

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Music production programs can be found at a range of different institutions from community and technical colleges to art and design schools to 4-year colleges and universities. Suitable programs for those who want to study music production may be called recording arts, music technology, audio production or sound design programs.

Schools with Music Production Programs

These schools, located all across the country, offer programs relevant to students interested in studying music production:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*
Berklee College of Music Boston, MA 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Undergraduate Certificate $40,082 (undergrad), $44,560 (graduate)
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $47,750 (undergrad), $40,984 (graduate)
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's $13,856 in-state, $43,476 out-of-state
Indiana University Bloomington, IN 4-year, Public Bachelor's $10,388 in-state, $33,741 out-of-state
California Institute of the Arts Valencia, CA 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's $43,986 (undergrad), $43,986 (graduate)
Columbia College Chicago Chicago, IL 4-year, Private Bachelor's $24,344 (undergrad)
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's $48,710 (undergrad), $50,510 (graduate)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Students interested in music production schools may want to keep the following considerations in mind when selecting their program:

  • Some schools emphasize music performance while others highlight production, potential students should investigate each program's focus and ensure they meet the criteria for enrollment.
  • Consider the quality of the recording studios and sound equipment that a university or college offers. Individuals are better prepared for the real world when they graduate with plenty of studio time spent in a well-equipped space using the latest technology.
  • Aspiring students can also consider if a music production school offers an internship to gain real-world experience, which may contribute to securing a full-time position.

Music Production Program Overviews

Associate of Science in Music Production

An associate's degree program in music production usually amounts to about 60 credits and can be completed in two years of full time study. The program provides students with a foundation in the music recording process through internships and final projects.

Bachelor of Science in Music Production

A bachelor's degree program in music production takes about four years to complete. Classes often focus on music production for visual media such as games, film and television. Students also learn multi-track recording techniques and radio engineering skills, as well as participate in internships and complete projects.

Master of Fine Arts in Music Production

These advanced programs prepare graduates to be strong contenders for leadership positions in the music industry. The curriculum focuses on technology and business skills and lasts about three years. Programs may also include an internship, master's project or thesis. Students are often able to tailor studies to meet their specific interests by taking specialized classes such as music and sound for visual arts and multimedia.

There are a number of different programs available to students interested in studying music technology, with qualifications giving graduates an edge when looking for careers within the industry. Many private and public schools offer this program with a broad range of tuition and fee rates, although not all schools offer both graduate and undergraduate programs in the field.

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