Ohio 2- and 4-year schools offer associate's and bachelor's degree programs that prepare students for careers in the recording arts or music industry. Students are typically required to complete internships and capstone projects and might need to audition to be accepted at some schools. The majority of these programs require students to create portfolios, and many schools offer hands-on training through on-campus production facilities and studios. Following are brief overviews of the nine Ohio schools offering recording arts degree programs.
Capital University is located in Columbus 's Bexley neighborhood and offers a Bachelor of Music in Music Technology degree program and also a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies in Music Technology. Featuring an audition requirement, the Bachelor of Music program provides students with five semesters of private instrument lessons. In contrast, the Bachelor of Arts program only requires an audition if students want private music lessons. Both programs feature courses in music business practices and law, music for media, electronic composition and maintaining a recording studio. They also require a music technology internship.
Cuyahoga Community College
Cuyahoga Community College is located in Cleveland and has an Associate of Applied Science in Recording Arts and Technology degree program. This program features coursework in sound design and recording, creating independent recordings, recording studio operations, promoting concerts and technical production for concerts. Through lab courses, students spend time in a professional studio where they can record, edit and mix music to produce audio tracks for video. Along with internship experience, this program includes a capstone course, in which students demonstrate their skills through the development of a recording project.
Nelsonville-based Hocking College offers an Associate of Applied Business in Music Management program with an emphasis in production. In this specialization, students record and produce audio tracks for several musical genres. Courses include operating a record label, new media and music production, as well an internship experience and a capstone course. Students have access to various on-campus production facilities, including two multi-track recording studios and multiple isolation areas.
Malone University is located in Canton and has a Bachelor of Arts in Music Production program. In addition to courses in music technology and music production, this program requires an internship and participation in an electroacoustic music ensemble. An audio portfolio course helps students organize their work to present to potential employers. Students also have the option to earn course credit by studying at Nashville's Contemporary Music Center.
Located in Athens, Ohio University offers a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies degree with a major in media arts and studies. In addition to faculty who possess industry experience, this program offers production facilities, including a recording studio and audio and video editing equipment. Students choose from six areas of study, one of which focuses on music production and the recording industry. Coursework in this area covers such topics as the creative process and media, new media communication technologies and audio, video and digital media production. Students also can earn credit by working for the college's student-run media production company, AVW Productions.
Owens Community College
Located in Perrysburg, Owens Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science program in music business technology. Emphasizing music production as well as business practices, this program includes coursework such as audio recording, music technology, music business, marketing for entrepreneurs and modern business. Students select a specialization in the music business or recording and complete a portfolio in their chosen area. An internship is also required. The college also offers a Music Business Technology Certificate, which is comprised of 21 credit hours.
Stark State College
North Canton-based Stark State College has an Associate of Applied Science in Music Production and Engineering degree program. This 63-hour program features courses that introduce students to music notation and editing software, which can help them develop musical composition editing abilities. Music theory and composition courses cover composing songs for various forms of media, while a course in live sound teaches students about the operation of sound systems. Other coursework includes digital audio and video recording and editing, film scoring and audio, applied music technology and music synthesis.
Terra State Community College
Terra State Community College is located in Fremont and offers a Music Technology and Recording Arts Degree program. Students work with recording software to capture and edit sound in both live and studio environments. Required courses include music business and technology, music theory, MIDI sequencing, aural skills and two semesters of applied music. Students have access to various recording facilities, including the college's music labs, which house modern recording systems, mixers, synthesizers and music software programs.
University of Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati is located in Cincinnati and has a Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music Production degree program. Housed under the College-Conservatory of Music, this program features coursework that emphasizes recording techniques, media technologies, and music production. A minor in business and entrepreneurship is included within the degree program to develop students' knowledge of industry practices. As part of the application process, students record an audition that includes two prepared works from acceptable musical genres.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Recording Arts Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Capital University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Bachelor of Music in Music Technology,
Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies in Music Technology
|Cuyahoga Community College||2-year, public; large city||Associate of Applied Science in Recording Arts and Technology||$3,436 in-district; $4,322 in-state; $8,136 out-of-state*|
|Hocking College||2-year, public; distant town||Associate of Applied Business in Music Management||$4,540 in-state; $9,080 out-of-state*|
|Malone University||4-year, private not-for-profit; small city||Bachelor of Arts in Music Production||$30,860*|
|Ohio University||4-year, public; distant town||Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies||$12,192 in-state; $21,656 out-of-state|
|Owens Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Music Business Technology Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Music Business Technology
|$5,150 in-state; $9,062 out-of-state*|
|Stark State College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Music Production and Engineering||$4,070 in-state; $7,166 out-of-state*|
|Terra State Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Associate of Applied Science in Music Technology and Recording Arts||$4,652 in-state; $8,936 out-of-state*|
|University of Cincinnati||4-year, public; large city||Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music Production||$11,000 in-state; $27,334 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.