Sound Recording Technology Colleges and Degree Programs

Read about your education options in sound recording technology, and the coursework and audition prerequisites for degree programs. Explore the diverse careers available in audio recording, along with their salaries and job forecasts. Schools offering Music Production degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Sound recording technology is a field that focuses on creating, mixing and editing live and recorded instrumental music and singing performances. As a professional in the field, you will use digital and electronic recording equipment to produce musical broadcasts, CDs or movie soundtracks.

Degrees Associate's Degree Programs in Audio Engineering, Recording Technology, Sound Recording Technology and Music Technology, Bachelor's Degree Programs in Sound Recording Technology, Audio Production and Music Production, Master's Degree Programs in Sound Recording Technology and Recording Arts and Technologies, Ph.D. in Music Technology
Certificates Certificate in Audio Recording Technology or Music Production and Audio Recording Technology
Courses Digital audio workstation editing, sound design for music production, mix lab, record lab, MIDI and music synthesis, multitrack recording, digital audio studio

What Degrees Are Available?

At the 2-year undergraduate level, you can earn an Associate of Applied Science in Sound Recording Technology, Sound Recording and Music Technology or Recording Technology. A 4-year program might lead to a Bachelor of Science in Sound Recording Technology or a Bachelor of Music in Sound Recording Technology. At the graduate level, you can earn a Master of Music in Sound Recording Technology, a Master of Fine Arts in Recording Arts and Technologies, a Master of Music Technology or a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Technology or Computer-Based Music Theory and Acoustics.

Most of these programs are only available on campus. However, a few bachelor's degree programs may be available entirely online. Certain related courses, such as music business, are more commonly found online and may be credited toward your overall degree.

What Topics Will I Study?

In an associate's degree program, you will learn music recording, acoustics, studio management and audio for video. You may also complete internships at recording studios and performing arts venues. In a bachelor's degree program, you learn ensemble, recording production, multi-track recording and music history. You may also attend concerts, record performances in the school's studios and complete internships as well as a capstone project.

Most undergraduate programs require applicants to play an instrument or sing. Additionally, unless you already play the instrument, you are usually required to complete extensive instruction in piano playing.

In a master's degree program, you complete two years of coursework and a thesis or, in lieu of a thesis, record a performance. Master's degree classes teach music structure, context and style, music synthesis, film scoring, legal aspects of recorded works and digital audio processing. Doctoral degree programs teach music theory, composition, digital signal processing and music cognition. In these programs, you may teach undergraduate students, complete internships and write a dissertation.

What Can I Do With My Degree?

A degree in sound recording technology can lead to a job as a sound recording technologist, music production staffer or sound broadcast technician. Sound recording technologists, sometimes called sound engineering technicians, and music production staffers operate the machinery in sound booths, recording studios, theaters and live music venues that records, amplifies and mixes music. Sound broadcast technicians run and maintain audio equipment in radio stations and television studios that manages signal strength and audio amplification.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that jobs in the field are quite competitive, and that during the 2012-2012 decade, the sector will experience a 9% job growth. As of 2014, sound engineering technicians earned a median wage of $49,870 per year, according to the BLS (www.bls.gov).

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