Individuals interested in pursuing a career in the recording arts and recording technology can seek certificate, diploma, or degree programs to prepare; degree programs lead to an associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree. Coursework in such a program often includes classes in audio recording, sound editing, production, and technology. Undergraduate degree programs require general education classes, as well.
Students in Massachusetts have six schools available that offer these programs, but only four of them are public or private non-profit institutions. Profiled below are these four schools, as well as a table comparing individual school offerings and tuition info.
Berklee College of Music
Berklee College of Music is a private school located on Boylston Street in Boston. This boutique college is devoted to music and the recording business. Students can prepare for a recording career through one of Berklee's degree or diploma programs. The school offers a 120-credit degree program and a 96-credit diploma program in music production and engineering. These programs combine music-related coursework with a liberal arts education. Liberal arts subjects include English, social sciences, and art history. Core music classes cover the basics of music application and theory, harmony, and ear training. Professional coursework includes audio technology, production skills, and advanced recording techniques.
Graduate students can earn a Master of Music in Music Technology Innovation. This 3-semester program provides students the opportunity to take advantage of the latest technological advances to produce, perform, and compose music.
Northern Essex Community College
Northern Essex Community College is located in the town of Haverhill. The school has an enrollment of more than 7,000 students. Those interested in recording can explore the school's Music Technology Certificate program. This program provides students with the knowledge and skills to design and implement their own small recording studios. The program offers courses in music theory, music technology, and audio recording.
Springfield Technical College
Springfield Technical College is located in the city of Springfield. Nearly 7,000 students attend this degree- and certificate-granting institution. The school offers a digital audio production program as part of its Associate in Science in Teleproduction and Multimedia. In addition to audio production courses, this 62-credit program includes classes in multimedia and video production. Coursework also covers digital sound and video design and digital audio broadcasting. This program can be completed in four semesters.
University of Massachusetts - Lowell
Situated in Lowell, this public university enrolls nearly 15,500 students and is one of five UMass campuses. The school's sound recording technology program is one of the school's signature offerings, and, according to the school's website, it is one of only a handful of programs in the country that offers extensive training in the theoretical and practical aspects of audio recording, including coverage of the latest recording technologies. In addition to music classes, students take courses in physics, math, computer science, and electrical engineering. They also have the opportunity to utilize the program's eight studio labs and to participate in an internship in sound recording technology.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Recording Degree Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Berklee College of Music||4-year, private, not-for-profit; large city|| Music Production and Engineering Diploma,
Bachelor of Music in Music Production and Engineering,
Master of Music in Music Technology Innovation
|Northern Essex Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Music Technology Certificate||$5,136 in-state; $10,920 out-of-state*|
|Springfield Technical Community College||2-year, public; midsized city||Associate in Science in Teleproduction and Multimedia - digital audio production program||$5,088 in-state; $10,296 out-of-state*|
|University of Massachusetts - Lowell||4-year, public; large suburb||Bachelor of Music in Sound Recording Technology||$15,180 in-state; $32,827 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.