Few academic institutions in New York have degree programs specifically in audio, but several music technology and sound engineering programs are available and may be of interest to students seeking a career using audio equipment. Students in the state may choose to earn a degree ranging from associate's to doctoral in the field, though major titles vary. Programs include traditional instruction in a classroom setting as well as training time on audio equipment; some schools allow for internship opportunities. The development of a portfolio may be encouraged and enhanced by a final project.
Read here about 7 not-for-profit schools in New York with audio programs.
CUNY City College
CUNY City College (CCNY) is part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system and is located in the Upper Manhattan area of New York City. The Sonic Arts Center at CCNY offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in music with a concentration in audio technology, where students learn through hands-on experience in a professionally run audio facility. The high-tech audio facilities at the Sonic Arts Center include sound stages, production rooms, a sound lab, an isolation booth and a control center.
Some of the courses required in this program include audio technologies, mixing and mastering, musicianship, sound design, digital audio, production techniques and audio for moving images. Program participants must also complete 2 music and audio industry internships.
Located in central New York is Ithaca, home to Ithaca College, which has a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree program in sound recording technology. Students in this program must select an emphasis in instrumental or vocal audio recording. Some program requirements include recording and editing, critical listening, electroacoustic music, sound production and theatre sound technology. Since this is a professional music program, students spend considerable time learning about musical styles and how to play various instruments.
Program participants earn money recording performances and lectures at the school's state-of-the-art recording facilities during a required sound engineering work-study program. In the final year, students complete an internship and a senior project. This project involves producing, recording, mixing and mastering recordings, and also serves as a portfolio of work after graduation.
Mercy College is in Dobbs Ferry and has associate's and bachelor's degree programs in music industry and technology. The 60-credit Associate of Science (A.S.) degree program is offered at the White Plains campus, roughly 10 miles from Dobbs Ferry. Some of the courses may include audio engineering, music business and music production, which are learned through hands-on experience in the White Plains recording studio. Students in the A.S. degree program needing to take music and ensemble classes can do so at the Music Conservatory of Westchester, which is within walking distance from the White Plains campus.
Students in the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program in music industry and technology take courses at Mercy College's multi-recording Center for Digital Arts studio complex in Dobbs Ferry. This program trains participants in audio technology skills that can be used in theatre, film, television, gaming and radio. Students may take classes in recording engineering, music business, electronic music and music theory.
New York University
The Steinhardt School at New York University (NYU), located in the heart of Manhattan in New York City, offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in music technology. The programs prepare graduates to work in audio mastering, post-production, recording engineering and film scoring.
The B.M. degree program includes some requirements in concert recording, audio for video, recording technology and a music technology internship. In the Master of Music degree program at NYU, students are encouraged to pursue a specialized area of interest, such as acoustics and signal processing, scoring for film/multimedia or game audio.
Students interested in music technology academics, research or development may be interested in the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program. This Ph.D. program offers concentrations in film scoring and multimedia, digital signal processing and interactive music systems.
SUNY at Fredonia
SUNY at Fredonia, near the shores of Lake Erie, is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Fredonia offers a competitive B.S. degree program in sound recording technology that combines musical talent with engineering skills. The school facilities include performance halls, recital halls and 2 music technology labs, as well as 8-track and 24-track recording studios, where students produce half an album during the final year.
Students study music theory, aural skills and piano, as well as other applied music classes. Additionally, recording techniques, recording industry practices, Visual BASIC and acoustics may be among the required coursework.
Touro College offers a 30-credit certificate program in digital media arts at its campus in New York City. This certificate program is provided through the New York School of Career and Applied Studies, takes about 1 year to complete and prepares graduates to work in audio production, audio engineering and the music business. Many of the classes are held in the school's state-of-the-art facilities, which include a recording studio and 4 control labs.
Some of the courses in the program include acoustics and sound, audio electronics, digital audio mixing and post-production. Students also complete a recording studio workshop, where bands are brought in for the purpose of applying what's been learned to real-life recording and mixing sessions.
University of Rochester
The city of Rochester is home to the University of Rochester, which offers a B.S. degree program in audio and music engineering. This interdisciplinary, technology-focused program trains students in audio, sonic engineering and music. Students take courses from 5 focus areas, which include recording arts and sound design, audio electronics, acoustics, software design and signal processing. Students also complete a senior design project, which results in a portfolio of work.
Some specific classes in the program involve audio and music engineering, critical listening for audio production, applied sound design, audio electronics, audio digital signal processing and audio software design. While not required, students are encouraged to complete an internship prior to graduation.
- Programs Offered: Bachelor of Science in Audio and Music Engineering
- Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $43,666*
- School Type & Setting: 4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Audio Degree Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|CUNY City College||4-year, public; large city||Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music (Audio Technology)|| $7,140 in-state
|Ithaca College||4-year, private not-for-profit; small suburb||Bachelor of Music in Sound Recording Technology||$43,978|
|Mercy College||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Associate of Science in Music Industry and Technology,
Bachelor of Science in Music Industry and Technology
|New York University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| Bachelor of Music in Music Technology,
Master of Music in Music Technology,
Doctor of Philosophy in Music Technology
| Undergraduate: $51,828
|SUNY at Fredonia||4-year, public; distant town||Bachelor of Science in Sound Recording Technology|| $8,488 in-state
|Touro College||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Certificate in Digital Media Arts||$19,870|
|University of Rochester||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city||Bachelor of Science in Audio and Music Engineering||$53,909|
Source: *NCES College Navigator