Top Music Recording Schools

Find out the characteristics that top music recording schools share. Learn what three of the best music recording schools in the U.S. are, and what individual degree programs each provides. Schools offering Music Production degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look for in a Music Recording School?

A premier recording arts program should offer a wide range of courses in the musical arts, allowing you to develop multiple skills and explore different potential career fields. It will also provide hands-on experience in production, audio engineering, live music recording and others areas of expertise. Top schools should have their own studio spaces for you to use.

Classes taught by industry professionals will likely be beneficial to you, as will programs that provide internships or job placement opportunities. These benefits can prepare you to find work inside an actual recording studio. You should also consider how long a program has been up and running and what types of jobs recent graduates have landed in the recording industry.

What are Three Music Recording Schools?

Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA

Founded in 1945, Berklee College of Music has an enrollment of more than 6,000 students, making it the nation's largest independent college for modern music. Its alumni can boast of nearly 300 Grammy Awards. With on-campus recording studios, venues for live music, and other electronic production labs, as well as internship opportunities in London, New York and Los Angeles, Berklee offers plenty of hands-on experience to its students. Its degree programs include:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music Production and Engineering
  • Bachelor of Arts in Electronic Production and Design

Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA

Loyola Marymount University's Recording Arts Department allows students to emphasize on both music production and film/television sound. Graduates of the school have gone on to become music recording engineers, dialogue editors, sound mixers, creative directors, music producers, sound editors and composers. The degree available in the recording arts is:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Recording Arts

University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI

Students enrolled in programs through the University of Michigan's Department of Performing Arts Technology have access to professional-quality studios, a multimedia lab, a music technology lab, an audio studio and a video studio. They can also access multimedia classrooms and an electronic library at the nearby Duderstadt Center. The school also offers a Performing Arts Technology Institute for students who are interested in gaining access to audio recording studios. Available degrees include:

  • Bachelor of Music in Music & Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Sound Engineering
  • Master of Fine Arts in Media Arts

Ten Schools that Offer Music Recording Programs

College/UniversityTypeLocationEstimated Undergrad In-State Tuition*
Belmont University 4-year, Private not for profit Nashville, TN$34,000
Academy of Art University 4-year, Private for profitSan Franciso, CA$22,000
Allan Hancock College 2-year, Public Santa Maria, CA$1,000
Boston University 4-year, Private not for profitBoston, MA$54,000
Johns Hopkins University 4-year, Private not for profitBaltimore, MD$54,000
Marietta College 4-year, PrivateMarietta, OH$36,000
Middle Tennessee State University 4-year, Public Murfreesboro, TN$9,000
Musicians Institute 4-year, Private for profitHollywood, CA$24,000
Oberlin College 4-year, Private not for profitOberlin, OH$55,000
Texas State University 4-year, Public San Marcos, TX$10,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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