The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the sound recording industry will grow 6 percent by 2018. To succeed in this competitive industry, you must have a thorough understanding of sound technology. Enrolling in an audio or music tech program often serves as the first step in gaining this knowledge, but you must decide whether an arts-focused or science-focused course of study best suits your needs.
The University of Texas at Austin offers a Bachelor of Music in recording technology. With an enrollment size of more than 38,000 students, it’s one of the largest schools offering such a degree. Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, offers a Bachelor of Science in sound recording technology. This exclusive program only accepts about 15 students a year. Indiana University at Bloomington's Bachelor of Science in recording arts requires an evaluation before students may advance to upper level courses in their fifth semester.
American University in Washington, D.C., offers an audio technology discipline with the option of pursuing either a Bachelor of Arts in audio production or a Bachelor of Science in audio technology. Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, has a Bachelor of Arts in recording arts, focusing not only on music, but also on recording sound for film and TV. Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, has a Bachelor of Arts in recording industry studies. In addition to recording, this program also covers media law, publishing and promotion. At Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, the Bachelor of Arts in audio production requires students to pass a portfolio review and complete an internship to graduate.
Five Towns College -- a for-profit liberal arts college in Dix Hills, New York -- offers both a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Professional Studies in audio recording technology that emphasizes business in addition to music. Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, another for-profit school, has a Bachelor of Science in recording arts. This program places an emphasis on hands-on learning in the school’s recording facilities. Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, offers a Bachelor of Music in music production and engineering. Admittance into this degree program is performance-based and not guaranteed, and interested students apply to it after their first or second semester at Berklee.
Full Sail University teaches students how to use technology to create original music in its Bachelor of Science in music production program. This degree also places specific focus on the areas of music theory, composition, engineering and marketing. Berklee College of Music doesn't have an online bachelor’s degree, but does offer a Master Certificate in music production and technology. This three-year program focuses on practical lessons and weekly production projects. It also places an emphasis on working with Berklee faculty and collaborating with other musicians and producers.
- Berklee College of Music: Music Production and Engineering Degree
- Five Towns College: Degrees
- Full Sail University: Recording Arts
- Indiana University at Bloomington: Bachelor of Science in Recording Arts
- Butler University: Major in Recording Industry Studies
- Full Sail University: Music Production
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians
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