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New York City Colleges for Music Production with Degree Info

Feb 21, 2019

Research music production degrees in New York City, which currently has several not-for-profit schools within 50 miles offering programs. Read an overview of degree programs, admission info and program requirements for three New York City schools and decide which program is right for you.

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Music Production Schools in New York City

Although there are many schools offering music-related degree programs in and around New York City, only a handful of them offer programs that concentrate on music production. The following resource is designed to provide you with an overview of these programs and includes a comparison table with valuable institutional information. You'll also find a summary of other area schools that provide training in music production.

  • New York University (NYU) offers three degree programs in music technology that incorporate music production. The school is located in Greenwich Village, about a mile from the downtown.
  • CUNY LaGuardia Community College, located approximately seven miles from downtown Manhattan in Long Island City, offers an associate's degree program in music recording technology. The college also boasts a transfer rate to 4-year institutions that is three times the national average.
  • SUNY at Purchase College provides prospective music production students with a single degree option at the bachelor's level. The college is located in the suburban city of Purchase, NY, roughly 34 miles from Manhattan's downtown.

Comparison of Schools

The information in this table is designed to help you decide which school you can afford to attend and how likely you are to receive some form of financial aid. It can also provide you with information about acceptance rates, graduation rates and student enrollment.

New York University CUNY LaGuardia Community College SUNY at Purchase College
School Type 4-year; private not-for-profit* 2-year; public* 4-year; public*
Total Enrollment (2017) 51,123* 19,373* 4,167*
Campus Setting Large city* Large city* Large suburb*
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $50,464* $5,218 in-state; $8,098 out-of-state* $8,498 in-state; $18,148 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017) 54%* 77%* 79%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 28%* Open admissions* 74%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 93% for full-time students; 71% for part-time students* 64% for full-time students; 30% for part-time students* 83% for full-time students; 33% for part-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 84% (students who started in 2011)* 23% (students who started in 2014)* 67% (students who started in 2011)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

New York University

NYU has a main campus located in Greenwich Village, which has historically been a hotspot for artists and musicians in downtown New York City. The university offers three degree programs related to music production through its Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Music technology students have access to NYU's state-of-the-art recording studios.

Bachelor of Music in Music Technology

This 128-credit program is designed to prepare students for careers in a variety of fields within music production and technology, including audio mastering, recording engineering and software development. In addition to taking several courses in recording and electronics technology, students take classes in aural comprehension, music theory and music history. They're also required to complete a music technology internship.

Program applicants must submit an audition package, as well as meet NYU's general admission requirements. This package includes a resume, a description of the student's background in music and music technology and a video recording of three performances.

Master of Music in Music Technology

Master's degree students can choose to specialize in film and multimedia scoring, acoustics and signal processing, game audio production or general music technology. The program consists of 40-45 credits, though many specific course requirements depend on a student's selected specialization area.

All students take core courses in advanced musical acoustics, digital signal theory and audio processing, as well as a cognate elective and a performance course. Upon entering the program, students take exams in music history and theory; before exiting the program, students are required to submit a thesis. In addition to the general university admission requirements, applicants must submit official GRE scores and complete an audition process.

Doctor of Philosophy in Music Technology

This program provides students with the knowledge and skills to work in university music teaching, audio computation or music-related research and development. A total of 48 credits beyond the master's degree are required to complete the program.

Students can choose to focus on digital signal processing, interactive music systems or film and multimedia scoring, among other concentrations. Required courses include computer science, mathematics and research methodology. Additionally, students must work as teaching assistants for at least one semester, pass an oral and written exam and complete a dissertation.

To be admitted to the program, students must hold a relevant master's degree and submit GRE scores, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose and examples of their previous work in music technology.

LaGuardia Community College (CUNY)

Founded in 1971, LaGuardia Community College is part of the City University of New York's (CUNY) large network of institutions of higher learning. The college has received several awards over the last decade, including recognition from Excelencia in Education for the school's role in serving the needs of Latino and nontraditional students. LaGuardia's Humanities Department offers the associate's degree program in music recording technology

Associate in Applied Science in Music Recording Technology

This career-focused, dual-admission and registration program provides students with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in recording technology. In this 60-credit program, students must earn 21 common core credits and 39 program core credits. Some of the topics covered include audio electronics, the business of music and music mixing. Graduates can seek music industry jobs or transfer to 4-year programs.

SUNY at Purchase College

Purchase College was established in 1967 and is a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The college's arts programs have a worldwide reputation, and the college itself has been given several awards for academic excellence and affordability. Music programs at Purchase College are offered through the Conservatory of Music.

Bachelor of Music in Studio Production

This bachelor's degree program is designed to prepare students to work in a variety of musical genres. Students complete hands-on experiences at a recording studio, group study sessions and in-class work. Areas of study include production and composition, studio technology and the business of music. Several production, composition and studio technology courses also are required. Additionally, students produce and perform two original projects prior to graduation.

In addition to the general college admission requirements, prospective students must complete a 2-step audition process, which includes submitting an online recording and performing live on campus.

Other Schools

Queensborough Community College, another CUNY school, offers an associate's degree in music production at its campus in Queens, about 16 miles from downtown NYC. Mercy College, located about 25 miles from Manhattan, offers associate's and bachelor's degree programs in music industry and technology. These programs include coursework in music production.

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