AEC Southern Ohio College
Cincinnati, OH; www.socaec.com. 2-year Associates degree in A/V production covers all-digital A/V production techniques and hands-on training from concept to the final master. Digital music recording studio with Mac-based Pro Tools and Alesis HD24. Location sound techniques and sound for video and film.
Oklahoma, OK; [email protected]. 1 to 8-week mini courses on studio and live sound. Digital audio and video editing. Courses in Pro Tools and Final Cut Pro.
Alexander Magazine Corp
Warren, MI; www.alexandermagazine.com. Online certification program with lessons, reference materials, audio demonstrations and interactive quizzes. Free CD-ROM for high-speed study (U.S. only). Study for Recording Institute of Detroit and other recording programs.
Audio Enginearing Institute
San Antonio, TX; www.audio-eng.com. 10-week basic and advanced engineering classes taught by Gold and Platinum record-winner Marius Perron III. Basic class covers theory, mics, consoles, recorders, live recording and mixing. Advanced class covers signal processors, hard disk recording, MIDI, synths and samplers, drum machines and sequencers, audio for video, real-time analysis and equipment maintenance. The advanced course is structured with apprentices working as second engineers at studios in San Antonio.
Ball State University
Muncie, IN; www.bsu.edu/musictech. Music technology undergraduate degree focused on four main areas: theoretical and historical aspects of sound and music; computer music; recording; and composition. The 11 studios encompass nearly 9,800 square feet.
Indianapolis, IN; http://www.butler.edu/mediaarts. B.A. program in recording industry studies provides students with first-rate classroom instruction, hands-on technology experience, exposure to industry professionals and internships. On-campus studios and control rooms feature Pro Tools|HD1, Pro Tools LE, Waves Platinum plug-ins, 16 mBox systems, MIDI keyboards, mics and outboard. We also have an active MEISA chapter and a record label.
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH; http://music.case.edu. B.A. in audio recording and a 5-year double-major with electrical engineering. State-of-the-art facilities, frequent opportunities for hands-on-studio time and Case’s national reputation in electrical engineering contribute to this program’s appeal.
Central Missouri State University
Warrensburg, MO; www.cmsu.edu/music/musictech/mutechindex.htm. 4-year B.M. in music technology emphasizes audio engineering and musicianship, with hands-on learning with multitrack recording/editing studios, Pro Tools|HD2 and HD3 systems, sound reinforcement equipment, MIDI/synthesis studios and a 12-station computer lab. Internships required. Class sizes between 15 and 20 students.
The Cleveland Institute of Music
Cleveland, OH; www.cim.edu. B.M. in audio recording or double major with instrument or composition major in five years. Courses cover classical and popular music studio techniques, mic use, surround sound, audio for video, acoustics and studio maintenance. Faculty features multiple-Grammy-winners Jack Renner and Michael Bishop, Dr. Peter D’Antonio, Bruce Egre (Azica Records) and Alan Bise.
Collin County Community College
Plano, TX; www.ccccd.edu. 2-year A.A.S. in commercial music and a 1-year certificate in audio engineering. Professional studio featuring Pro Tools 24 MIXPlus, Control 24 worksurface, Genelec 1030A monitors, a wide array of mics and six Mac G4s with Digi 001s. The MIDI/synth studio has 16 Mac G4 workstations.
Columbia College Chicago
Columbia College Chicago
www.colum.edu. Programs in recording, sound reinforcement, acoustics, sound-for-picture and sound contracting. 4-year B.A. major in audio arts & acoustics includes courses in electronics, acoustics, math and audio systems theory, with electives in music, film/video and interactive multimedia. Facilities include three audio studios, digital audio and sound-for-picture suites and labs for sound contracting and acoustics.
Cuyahoga Community College
Cleveland, OH; www.tri-c.edu/rat. 2-year A.A.S. in recording arts and technology. Certified Pro Tools training center. Students train under engineer/producer/faculty members and deliver finished audio products (recordings for regional music groups, cable TV programs, RAT Records student-run label and concert sound production). Semester-length internship at local and national facilities.
Dallas Sound Lab
Irving, TX; www.dallassoundlab.com. Diplomas offered in audio engineering and studio techniques. Courses provide hands-on training on SSL, API, Neve, Focusrite, Yamaha and Mackie consoles. Lab sessions are held in the school’s 12,000-square-foot multi-studio facility. Instructors are industry pros. Seminars include music business administration, audio engineering for film/television and music theory.
dB Pro Audio Tool Box
Cincinnati, OH; www.dbsounddesign.com. Individual novice to advanced Pro Tools training, with elements of MIDI and recording techniques in our studio, dB Recording & Sound Design.
Del Mar College/Radio & Television
Corpus Christi, TX; www.delmar.edu/comm/rtv/RTVHome1.html. Radio & Television, 2-year A.A. degree. Three-camera television studio with permanent interview and news sets. Control room includes switcher and audio board. Students learn linear editing and advanced students do nonlinear projects.
Chicago, IL; http://depaul.edu. Contained in the School of Music. B.S. in music with elective studies in an Electrical Engineering degree. DePaul SRT students are admitted with the same standard as all undergraduate programs in music and take the full musicianship sequence, applied music, large ensemble, conducting and music electives. Students take classes in analog and digital microelectronics, computer science and calculus.
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI; www.emich.edu. Department of Communication. 4-year B.S. in Electronic Media and Film, and Broadcasting.
Elmhurst, IL; www.elmhurst.edu. In addition to classwork in music, business and business of music, students get hands-on experience through internships, industry speakers and course tours leading to a Bachelor’s degree. State-of-the-art 24-track digital studio. Courses range from music theory to MIDI.
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI; www.gvsu.edu. Electrical Engineering with music minor program. This program can help launch a career that can span the entire audio and music industries, from hardware design and manufacturing to performance.
Houston Community College
Houston, TX; http://nwc.hccs.edu/av. A.A.S and certificates in audio engineering and film producton, and certificates in MIDI Production, with unlimited hands-on experience with eight fully equipped studios (SSL, Pro Tools, Alesis consoles, Mac G4s, Final Cut Pro, Avid). Studio II: video post & scoring. Studio VIII: 3,000-square-foot soundstage.
Indiana University, School of Music
Bloomington, IN; www.music.indiana.edu/som/audio. A.S. or B.S. students record performances of the IU School of Music and complete more than 200 hours of project time in the multitrack studio. Four performance hall recording studios, two DAW suites, a multitrack recording studio, two maintenance labs and a computing instruction classroom.
Institute of Production & Recording
Minneapolis, MN; www.iprschool.com. 6-quarter A.A.S. degrees in audio production and engineering and in entertainment business; 4-quarter diploma programs in audio engineering/production and Pro Tools programs offering Operator and Expert certification. 40,000-plus-square-foot facilities include two SSL consoles, Pro Tools|HD Accel, 50 Digi 002 Mac workstations and 13 Digidesign ICON integrated consoles.
Kansas City Kansas Community College
International College of Broadcasting
Dayton, OH; www.icbproductions.com. Associate degrees in communication arts and video production. Diploma programs in audio engineering and broadcasting. This small, private college offers enrollment invitations based on prospective students touring the facility and demonstrating desire to be part of the broadcasting and recording fields. Small class sizes.
Kansas City Kansas Community College
www.kckcc.edu/music. Associate degree classes cover computing, MIDI, synthesis, audio recording (4-semester sequence), audio editing/sound design, sound reinforcement, digital video production and Web design. Classes limited to 12 students. Gear includes Amek Media 51, Pro Tools|HD2, Alesis HD24XR, 5.1 Genelec studio. Soundcraft Ghost, Pro Tools LE, Alesis HD24XR studio. Soundcraft MH3 and an 8.2 SR system.
Labette Community College
Parsons, KS; www.labette.edu. 2-year A.A.S. program gives students hands-on experience, learning through recording sessions, classroom lectures and research assignments. Students learn MIDI production and digital audio recording using Digital Performer and Pro Tools. Freshmen use the Mackie 32×8 and 24×8 mixing consoles to record to ADAT and to the SDR24. Sophomores use the Tascam D8B to record to Pro Tools and Digital Performer. Internships available at area studios.
Lakeland Community College
Kirtland, OH; www.Lakelandcc.edu. Degrees and 2-year certificates in audio engineering/production, video and broadcast, radio engineering, interactive media technology, animation/cartoon arts. B.A. in communication with Notre Dame College. Lakeland provides hands-on education taught by industry pros. Facilities include digital/analog studio/soundstages. Consoles by Otari, Sony, Mackie, SSL. Mac/PC media production labs.
Madison Media Institute
Madison, WI; www.madisonmedia.com. A.A. degrees in recording/music technology and multimedia technolog. New education facility with more than 19,000 square feet of state-of-the-art classrooms, computer labs and studio space. Low student/teacher ratios. Hands-on and classroom experience. Accredited. Placement service.
Irving, TX; www.mediatechinstitute.com. See Dallas Sound Lab.
Decatur, IL; www.millikin.edu/music.
Minneapolis Community & Technical College
www.minneapolis.edu. 2-year A.S. in Sound Arts program is focused on the nature and control of sound with analog and digital tools. The craft of engineering plays a large part in the course, but the program focuses on skills and liberal arts curriculum. Courses include the full range of engineering and production topics, project studio design, history of electronic music and music theory.
Minnesota State University, Moorhead
www.mnstate.edu/music. B.M. in music industry (4-year), M.M. in new media. The program features a MIDI lab, recording studio, digital audio studio, film/video scoring studio; Dragon Tracks CD project; and MEISA student organization.
Mount Royal College
Calgary, Alberta; www.mtroyal.ca/communicationstudies/broadcasting.sh. 2-year diploma in broadcasting. Students report, write and anchor news and sports programs; create, write and produce commercials; and record, edit and direct programs. Studios equipped with current digital technology.
Saint Paul, MN; www.musictech.edu. 2-year A.A.S., 1-year diploma programs and 4-year Bachelor’s degrees through a direct-transfer agreement with Augsburg College. Musictech College has developed one of the most advanced recording and production programs in the country alongside a respected school for professional musicians. Our facility features extensive Pro Tools training and 10 studios, including three 5.1 rooms and Trident, Sony and SSL consoles.
Cedar Rapids, IA; www.nsca.org. National Systems Contractors Association) offers a 4-year online and classroom apprenticeship program for Electronic Systems Technicians (EST). Three levels of certification for those who install and integrate multiple systems: C-SI (Certified Systems Installer), C-EST (Certified Electronic Systems Technician) and R-ESI (Registered Electronic Systems Integrator). Regional and online review courses also offered.
North Central University
Minneapolis, MN; www.northcentral.edu. 4-year B.A./B.S., 2-year A.A. degrees and 1-year certificate programs. Students experience sound engineering and recording production at McPherson Recording Studios on-campus. The Brad Yost–designed facility houses state-of-the-art equipment and have been employed by professional Christian artists to record and produce their latest albums.
Northeast Community College
Norfolk, NE; www.northeastaudio.org. 2-year A.A.S audio/recording technology program combines academics and hands-on training in live and studio environments. Facilities include two control rooms, recording studio, concert stage and isolation rooms.
Northern Michigan University
Marquette, MI; www.nmu.edu. 4-year B.S. degree program where students use professionally equipped studios to learn and practice production. The studios include professional audio and video technology, using Pro Tools, Final Cut Pro and Trinity software.
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Oberlin, OH; www.timara.oberlin.edu. Based at one of the nation’s top-ranked conservatories, the TIMARA Department has excellent facilities for computer music, performance technology and new media. There are seven studios, including a recording studio (16-track digital tape, 16-track Pro Tools), two computer music studios, a Media 100 system and a computer music lab with multiple Mac-based workstation/samplers. The 4-year degree program admits fewer than 10 students per year.
Ohio Northern University
Freed Center, OH; www.onu.edu/a+s/comm_arts. 4-year B.S. programs in broadcasting and electronic media and uses the facilities of WONB, 94.9 FM and ONU Cable 3. Special courses offered in audio and video editing.
Athens, OH; www.tcomschool.ohio.edu. The audio production sequence (B.S. in communications) offers three tracks in audio production: music recording, media production or audio post-production. Newly renovated recording complex includes an Amek BIG 28×24 console, Tascam MX-2424 digital recorder, Pro Tools|HD with Control 24 mixing surface, mics and processing gear. The school has a 16-station Mac G4 digital media lab and Sonic Solutions DVD authoring system.
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK; http://music.okstate.edu. Courses in music technology and recording techniques are designed to offer undergraduate training in the fundamentals of music technology, sound recording and audio post-production. Our 24-track studio is built around a Tascam MX-2424 and a Mac G5 Digi 002 running Pro Tools.
Champaign, IL; www.parkland.edu. Learn recording essentials through Parkland College’s recording studio classes at Pogo Studio in Champaign. Instructor/producer/engineer/musician Mark Rubel gives skilled guidance and overview in a real-world, well-equipped environment. Pogo Studio features digital and analog recording and a wealth of instruments.
Pro Tools Training Center
Pro Tools Training Center Dallas/Houston/San Antonio
www.protoolstraining.com. ProMedia Training offers audio and multimedia training for individuals and corporations. Courses are delivered at high-end studio facilities. Our staff comprises pro engineers with decades of experience and hundreds of Gold/Platinum albums and 12 Grammy Awards. The Pro Tools certificate program is 25 hours; the Digidesign operator certificate for music or post is 75-plus course hours and Digidesign expert certificate for music or post is 100-plus course hours.
North Canton, OH; M[email protected]. The Audio technician certification program emphasizes business and sound engineering. Course work includes audio production, business law, management and technical courses in acoustics. The program also includes analog and digital audio production techniques in the recording studios on campus.
Recording Institute Of Detroit
Eastpointe, MI; www.recordinginstitute.com. 39-week recording engineer certificate, 26-week music producer certificate, 8-week associate recording engineer/producer certificate. Three major studios, dedicated student control room and student workstations. SSL, Yamaha 02R, Pro Tools and Paris DAWs; PCs and Macs; and 48-track digital and analog recorders. Small classes (eight to 10). See Alexander Magazine entry for online training.
The Recording Workshop
The Recording Workshop
Chillicothe, OH; www.recordingworkshop.com. 2-month music recording & production certificate and a 4-year B.M. degree/music technology in partnership with Capital University. We’re the smart choice for people needing training in music tracking, mixing and production. Private, 8-studio campus for the powerful learning experience found in our accelerated educational programs.
Hutchinson, MN; www.ridgewater.mnscu.edu. 2-year A.A.S. and diploma programs in audio technology (studio recording, live sound, system design and installation). Students achieve a strong electronics and computer applications background. Pro Tools|HD, Renkus-Heinz EASE and Ears, SIA Smaart Pro, BSS Soundweb, B&K acoustical test equipment and many other specializations.
Rose State College
Midwest City, OK; www.rose.edu/faculty/cwhite/. Associates degrees in liberal studies with a music recording option. Classes include recording, computers and music, pop music and lyric writing.
Sincaglian School of the Arts
Chicago, IL; www.sincaglianschool.com. 2-year audio engineering certificate.
Columbus, OH; www.soundendeavors.com. Instruction includes music composition, aural training with applications in sound synthesis, MIDI and Mac-based computer music. Apprenticeships and internships available.
South Plains College
Levelland, TX; www.southplainscollege.edu/creativearts/soundtechnology. 2-year A.A.S. in sound technology. Two 24-track studios with Sony, Mackie digital consoles, Mackie HDR24/96 digital recorders. One 24/16-track digital/analog studio with Sony MXP-3036 console, MCI 2-inch analog, Mackie SDR24/96 digital. Labs include 15-station Pro Tools lab, 12-station MOTU Performer lab, two Digital Performer DAWs, MIDI lab.
Texas State University
San Marcos, TX; www.txstate.edu/music/srt. 4-year B.M. in sound recording technology. Program applicants should have significant musical abilities, well-developed aural skills and ability to complete calculus and other technical courses. The curriculum emphasizes recording, music, digital media, math/science and an internship. TSU owns and operates the Fire Station‚ a recording facility where students participate in commercial recording sessions.
Synergetic Audio Concepts Inc.
Greenville, IN; www.synaudcon.com. Syn-Aud-Con offers a variety of seminars, each taught using a multimedia approach. The fundamental principles are taught in a practical way, which allows you to use them immediately. The seminars are approved for continuing education units.
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH; www.uc.edu. B.F.A. and M.F.A. coursework includes sound technology and production, theater aesthetics, critical listening, music, digital audio, recording, sound reinforcement and sound design. We offer a diverse season of shows, including large musicals, operas, dance and dramas. Facilities include three theaters, a sound design studio and extensive reinforcement equipment.
University of the Incarnate Word
San Antonio, TX; www.uiw.edu/music/musicdegrees.html. 4-year B.A. in music with an emphasis in music industry studies program. Students take music theory, ear training, business and accounting.
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI; www.music.umich.edu. Our four undergraduate degrees let students study a music core curriculum while specializing in separate areas in music technology, ranging from music performance along with technology to the emphasis on electrical and computer engineering, along with music technology found in the B.S. in sound engineering. The M.A. degree integrates engineering, music and art.
University of Missouri
Kansas City, MO; www.umkc.edu. 3-year M.F.A. in theater sound design teaches students to create sound scores for the theater through design, technical skills, history, production and entrepreneurship.
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE; www.unl.edu. The College of Journalism and Mass Communications houses the broadcasting department with extensive audio and video production facilities and the University’s FM radio station, KRNU. Courses in the 4-year Bachelor’s of Journalism degree in broadcasting are devoted to audio and studio production for broadcast/cable operations and A/V production careers.
University of Texas at Austin
http://rtf.utexas.edu. Undergraduate and graduate audio courses. Undergraduate classes include production and post-production sound-for-picture and audio production in radio production classes. M.F.A. thesis films are mixed by staff mixer in in-house theater. Editing stations with Pro Tools HD and LE systems; second small mix theater.
University of Texas at San Antonio
http://music.utsa.edu/technology. Music Technology certificate program is a 16-credit block of courses in music production, recording technology, synthesis and multimedia. The program is open to any UTSA student of any major; however, full acceptance is given only after exemplary completion of the first two courses, Computer Applications in Music and Introduction to Digital Audio.
University of Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin
Vincennes, IN; www.vinu.edu. 2-year Associate’s degrees in broadcasting and music recording. Students use Cool Edit Pro, Final Cut Pro, two low-power radio stations that also broadcast on the Net, 50kw contemporary music radio stations and a public TV station.
Wayne State University Music
Detroit, MI; www.music.wayne.edu. Recording techniques and concepts for music majors, including sound design creation for video and performance. A surround recording/mixing studio with Pro Tools|HD, Neumann and DPA microphones. An electronic music lab with five Pro Tools workstations. A 165-seat recital hall, two music computer labs, 60 rehearsal spaces with pianos and larger spaces for ensembles.
St. Louis, MO; www.webster.edu. Students in the 4-year B.A. audio production program work in music recording, film sound, audio for video, radio, electronic sound synthesis, theatrical sound design, sound reinforcement, audio for computers, equipment maintenance and audio facility management.