Recording Arts Technology Majors

There are a large array of majors available to those interested in music recording arts and production, with various concentrations from music technology to music business. Read on to learn about possible degree programs,course topics, online availabilty, career options and salary potential. Schools offering Music Production degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Where Can I Find Recording Arts Programs?

You can find degree programs in several different kinds of college departments. Most programs can be found in a music department, but you can also find programs in engineering schools or even in video game design programs within a school's information technology and visual media department.

Programs for this type of work appear with different names as well. Some schools call it a degree in recording arts or recording arts technology. Another school might call it music technology. Some schools incorporate this training as part of a business-type degree program on the music industry at large.

You might find the courses under a listing of digital or interactive sound or media. Sometimes the degree can be a straightforward Bachelor of Arts in Music that has a concentration in music technology. Other programs are listed simply as a Bachelor of Science in Sound Recording Technology.

Degree Fields Music with a music technology concentration, sound recording technology, recording arts or recording arts technology
Common Courses Music and multimedia design, music technology, musical acoustics, aural learning
Online Availability Fully available (though, not suggested)
Possible Careers Recording engineer, audio technician, video game sound design, sound engineering technician
Median Salary (2014) $41,350 (sound engineering technicians)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Kind of Classes Do I Take?

Most programs include training in specific technical skills and equipment, as well as incorporating extensive computer skills. You can take classes on:

  • Music and multimedia design
  • Music technology
  • Aural learning
  • Musical acoustics
  • Electronic music
  • Music and business
  • Electroacoustics

Some programs include classes in music composition and a survey of music history. Others include classes in computer modeling and acoustical architecture. Your curriculum depends on the type of program you choose.

Can I Get This Degree Online?

Online programs in this field are available, although they are somewhat rare and generally available through for-profit schools. Since the training involves the extensive use of expensive technical equipment, you may be better off with a campus-based program. It is difficult to get the needed hands-on experience in an online environment.

What Kind of Jobs Can I Get?

With this major, you can work as a recording engineer for a musician or work on film productions as an audio technician, or you could even work on video game sound design.

You can also become a music producer or produce sound effects for a variety of media. You could also work as a mixing engineer, taking recordings and adjusts them so that they're both pleasing to the ear and commercially viable.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a sound engineering technician had a median annual wage of $41,350 in 2014. BLS also states that job competition for this kind of work can be fierce. You also need to know that this kind of work is usually done on a freelance basis, at odd hours and on holidays and weekends.

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