University programs in music production, audio engineering, and music business attract students who are musicians and aficionados of music, who love the [mostly] digital technology involved in recording and editing. These programs open doors to jobs in the music industry: in recording studios, concert venues, a record label’s artist and repertoire department, talent agencies, sound departments in film studios, in music marketing and sales organizations. Music technology programs exist in liberal arts colleges, public universities, art schools, and community colleges. Nearly all college programs in music tech provide students with state of the art facilities so that students are ready to operate the most sophisticated equipment when they enter the job market. Here are five programs that award bachelor’s degrees in a music production:
·The Audio Engineering Technology program at Belmont is designed to prepare graduates to seek careers in the application, installation, manufacturing, operation, and maintenance of audio and music recording, reproduction, processing, and reinforcement systems.
·Majors in Recording Arts at LMU enjoy a premium location near the entertainment capital of the world while taking classes in sound design, studio recording, live recording, multi-track recording, and music business.
·Recording Arts students have access to fully loaded ProTools studios for both music and film post-production with plug-ins for recording and editing, a music studio with a vintage Trident 80B mixing console, microphones and outboard gear, and a live PA with a DIGICO digital console and DYNACORD speaker system for live engineering and recording.
·By the numbers: 54% acceptance rate. SAT Mid-ranges: CR 540-640, M 550-650; ACT Mid-range: 25-29.
·The Bachelor of Arts in Music Technology students will follow a four-year plan toward graduation that includes classes in Music Theory, Applied Music, Music History, the Science of Sound, Recording Intro, Acoustic Composition, Audio Production, and required concert attendance.
·The Montana State Transmedia and Electroacoustic Realization (MONSTER) Studios are home to most music tech majors, along with MSU’s Recital Hall, Black Box Theatre and Peach Street Studios in downtown Bozeman.
·By the numbers: 85% overall acceptance rate. SAT Mid-ranges: CR 500-630, M 510-630; ACT Mid-range 21-27.
·The Bachelor of Music in Recording Arts and Sciences is a double major degree program that combines the courses and performance requirements of Peabody’s Bachelor of Music Program with relevant courses in electrical engineering, math, science and computer science at the Whting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins.
·Peabody students enjoy four state of the art studios, some of which were designed by Recording Arts and Sciences students, providing real world experience in recording and post-production methods.
·By the numbers: 48% overall acceptance rate. SAT Mid-ranges: CR 530-660, M 510-680.
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