Music Recording Technology Program

Liberal Arts Based...Professionally Oriented
There are lots of different types of recording programs around the country, so why consider LVC? We offer a curriculum that combines three primary areas of study: general education, music, and recording technology. What makes this work so well? Because in spite of your interest in becoming a recording engineer, you really don't know what you'll end up doing in 5, 10, even 20 years down the road. An investment in a broad-based education that is grounded in real life will do more for you than other technically oriented programs.

Real World Audio Education
As a freshman, you’ll start learning the ropes as an assistant engineer, then move up to begin developing as a recording engineer during your sophomore year. Junior year puts you first in the mastering engineer’s chair, then unleashes your creative instincts as a composer and designer using MIDI, synthesis, and software to produce audio for such applications as live performance, composition, and posting to video. Find out what’s involved in designing, installing, and troubleshooting audio systems for recording studios and live reinforcement systems. Ever want to design your own studio? You will, learning how an architectural acoustician approaches the design of a new facility or improvement of an existing room. Assume the role as producer and engineer as you develop a capstone project working with an off-campus “client.” Finally, step into the real world as you intern for a company you choose, gaining invaluable experience and networking contacts. Along the way you’ll learn more about the industry and see different options you might be interested in pursuing after graduation. 

What Exactly Will I Study?
The degree is a bachelor of music with emphasis in music recording technology. In addition to the College's general education program, you will primarily study traditional music courses which include theory, history, private lessons, and performance. On top of all this is a comprehensive range of courses in various aspects of recording and music technology. You'll learn the fundamentals of analog and digital audio recording systems with extensive hands-on experiences in our three major studios. Our two student professional organizations, focusing on audio engineering (AES) and business (MISA), provide lots of additional opportunities to learn about and participate in the industry. Vale Records, part of Vale Music Group, is the College's record label and also includes publishing and live events, including our annual Vale Music Industry Conference featuring professionals from all over the industry.

Can I do anything else I'm interested in?
Many students add a second concentration in jazz, composition, or performance, and they also take lots of electives such as video, digital graphics, writing, art, or whatever floats their boat. Branch out, try lots of stuff - you never know what may set your course in life.

How Do I Get In?
Our program is a professional degree in music, so you must be a trained musician and successfully pass a performance and ear training audition. Your music teacher or private lessons instructor should know how to guide you to prepare for this. Yes, you must be able to read music, sightread, and know basic theory. If you don't have this background, you have two options: find a teacher to help you learn or look at other schools. If you decide to audition, understand that there are two components for acceptance: by the College and by the Department of Music.

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Printable PDF: Complete degree requirements
Printable PDF: 4-year outline

Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Music: emphasis in music recording technology

Music Recording Technology students must complete the Core Music Major classes plus:

Core courses:

*MSC 099 Recital Attendance
MSC 115 Music Theory I
MSC 116 Music Theory II
MSC 117 Aural Theory I
MSC 118 Aural Theory II
MSC 215 Music Theory III
MSC 216 Music Theory IV
MSC 217 Aural Theory III
MSC 241 History & Lit. of Music I
MSC 242 Hist. & Lit. of Music II
MSC 246 Principles of Conducting
*MSC 530 Individual Instruction

*Taken each semester.

Majors will exhibit proficiency at the piano and in voice. To achieve these proficiencies, students must take the following:

MSC 510 Class Piano Instruction I
MSC 511 Class Piano Instruction II
MSC 512 Class Piano Instruction III
MSC 513 Class Piano Instruction IV
MSC 520 Class Voice Instruction

One major ensemble taken each semester:

MSC 601 Marching Band
MSC 602 Symphonic Band
MSC 603 Symphony Orchestra
MSC 604 Concert Choir
MSC 606 College Choir

Required music recording technology courses:

MBS 371 Intro. to the Music Business
MRT 177
MRT 277 Recording Engineering I
MRT 278 Recording Engineering II
MRT 373 Electronic Music
MRT 374 Digital Audio
MRT 377 Mastering Audio
MRT 379 Tonmeister Recording
MRT 400 Internship
MRT 473 Architectural Acoustics
MRT 474 Music Production Seminar
PHY 101
PHY 102
PHY 212 Introduction to Electronics
PHY 350 Audio Electronics

One of:

MAS 102 Pre-Calculus
MAS 161 Calculus I