While there are not currently any schools in Texas that offer a degree specifically in recording arts, there are several schools that offer programs with courses and training in this field. Texas schools offer recording arts classes within programs such as recording technology, music technology and audio engineering technology. These programs typically include a hands-on curriculum and access to modern technologies and facilities. Students are encouraged to engage with their environment and further their education by spending time in campus studios, recording labs and editing stations.
Profiled below are eight of the largest not-for-profit schools in the state offering recording arts-related degree programs.
Located in Lufkin, Angelina College offers an Associate in Applied Science in Sound Recording Technology program through its fine arts division. Along with courses in audio engineering, music business and music literature, the 63-64 credit program features private lessons for students in their main and secondary areas. Students are also required to complete an internship in recording arts technology, as well as an academic core.
Cedar Valley College
Cedar Valley College is located in Lancaster and is part of the Dallas County Community College District. Among the technical disciplines, students can find an Associate of Applied Science in Commercial Music - Recording Technology. Students have access to four studios and an MIDI lab, as well as up-to-date equipment. Core coursework includes music theory, audio engineering, speech communication and commercial recording techniques. The four-semester program also includes a cooperative education experience in radio and television.
Del Mar College
Corpus Christi-based Del Mar College offers an Associate in Applied Science in Sound Recording Technology through its Department of Music. This program touches on various aspects of the recording industry with courses in audio engineering, live sound, audio for video and legal aspects of the entertainment industry. In addition to an engaging curriculum, the program also offers students access to the music technology lab, which features a teaching and recording station, isolation booth and 12 student stations. The school also offers a sound recording business certificate.
Lee College is located in Baytown and has multiple programs available in the recording arts. Along with an Associate of Applied Science in Audio Engineering Technology program, the college also offers a certificate program. The programs include coursework in audio engineering, MIDI, music fundamentals, audio electronics and applied music, as well as an internship. The Certificate of Completion in Communication (Audio Recording) program is designed to help students understand the installment and features of sound systems and gain the knowledge needed for careers in the industry of live sound through coursework and an internship. The 27-credit music studio production certificate examines music business, audio engineering and commercial music software.
Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches-based Stephen F. Austin State University offers a Bachelor of Music in Sound Recording Technology program through the School of Music. The program is comprised primarily of music-related courses with additional courses in electrical engineering, mathematics and science. Following courses in music recording and production, sound editing techniques and live audio engineering, students are required to complete a sound recording internship. To be considered for the degree program, students must create a portfolio that highlights his or her musical and audio recording abilities.
South Plains College
In Levelland, students can complete an associate degree program in sound technology through the creative arts department at South Plains College. The program examines acoustical environments, audio engineering, equipment operation and studio techniques. In addition to coursework, students gain practical training through an internship in recording arts. Students can also complete an eight-credit enhanced skills certificate in sound technology.
Texas State University - San Marcos
Texas State University - San Marcos' College of Fine Arts & Communication offers a Bachelor of Science in Sound Recording Technology. Along with recording practicum courses and a credited internship, this program features coursework in audio recording techniques, piano techniques, music theory and audio technology. Degree completion is also based on the creation of a senior portfolio and the review of an upper level committee. In order to be considered for admission, students must create a video highlighting their background, experience and goals.
The University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin offers a Bachelor of Arts in Music program with an emphasis in recording technology. Housed under the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music, this program features a curriculum comprised of courses in ear training and sight singing, structure of tonal music, audio recording and digital audio. Students also have the opportunity to develop their skills with workstation courses and an internship experience.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Recording Arts Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Angelina College||Two-year, public; remote town||Associate in Applied Science in Sound Recording Technology|| $2,640 (in-district)
|Cedar Valley College||Two-year, public; rural fringe||Associate of Applied Sciences in Commercial Music - Recording Technology|| $1,770 (in-district)
|Del Mar College||Two-year, public; large city|| Sound Recording Business Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Sound Recording Technology
| $2,729 (in-district)
|Lee College||Two-year, public; small city|| Certificate of Completion in Communication (Audio Recording),
Associate of Applied Science in Audio Engineering Technology
| $2,043 (in-district)
|Stephen F. Austin State University||Four-year, public; rural fringe||Bachelor of Music in Sound Recording Technology|| $8,316 (in-state)
|South Plains College||Two-year, public; distant town|| Enhanced Skills Certificate in Sound Technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Sound Technology
| $2,240 (in-district)
|Texas State University - San Marcos||Four-year, public; small suburb||Bachelor of Science in Sound Recording Technology|| $10,280 (in-state)
|The University of Texas at Austin||Four-year, public; large city||Bachelor of Arts in Music - Recording Technology|| $10,610 (in-state)
Source: *NCES, College Navigator.