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Music Recording Technology

The Degree

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Outlook

The music recording industry is fast-paced and competitive. Those who have skills in technology, along with a music background, will be preferred for positions. The A.S. Music Recording Technology degree program at Finger Lakes Community College can give you the edge for success by providing a musical background as well as experience using new, state-of-the-art recording technology.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of broadcast and sound engineering technicians is expected to grow 9 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is expected to stem from businesses, schools, and radio and television stations seeking new equipment to improve their audio and video capabilities.

The Program

The Associate in Science in Music Recording Technology degree program is designed to provide you the opportunity to learn your craft, both as a musician and a recording technician. You will receive the extensive hands-on training that is needed to achieve a thorough understanding of modern recording. The coursework is appropriate if you are interested in preparing to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program or beginning a career in music recording immediately after graduation. Our faculty bring real-life experience as musicians and recording technicians and play an important part in your success.

Facilities: The program is housed in John Storyk designed state-of-the-art recording facilities. These include an API Vision, an SSL Duality SE, two Avid C|24's and a Toft ATB32, each with ProTools HDX systems. An extensive array of outboard gear includes preamps and compressors by Avalon, Neve, Universal Audio, A Designs and Groove Tubes as well as a sizable world class microphone collection with mics by Neumann, Telefunken, BLUE, Royer, AKG, Sennheiser, Beyer, Schoeps and Shure.

Equipment Needs:

  • Portable Hard Drive: 250Gig or more USB or Firewire Drive, 7200rpm (Must be formatted for Mac only)
  • Headphones: Audio Technica ATHM50, Sony MDR 7506, or AKG K240MKII
Recommended (but not required)
  • Computer: Mac Pro or MacBook Pro
  • Pro Tools Interface and Software: Any hardware with the latest version of ProTools Software.

Honors Courses: The College offers honors courses that provide enhanced educational experiences for students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. Enrollment in honors courses is open to qualified students in this degree program, as well as all other qualified FLCC students. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase student transfer options to four-year institutions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will:

  • be prepared to successfully transfer to four-year institutions in pursuit of their baccalaureate degree.
  • possess and apply the unique skills required both as musicians and recording technicians in the field of music recording.
  • demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in oral, written and musical forms.
  • be able to distinguish aesthetic interpretations of a variety of musical forms.

The Experience

The A.S. Music Recording Technology degree program includes coursework in music theory, audio recording, commercial music, applied music, and music ensemble. You will have the opportunity to broaden the scope of your classroom education by participating in performance groups such as the College Singers, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Finger Lakes Chorale, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Finger Lakes Camerata, and The Chamber Wind Ensemble.

The Graduates

Graduates from this degree program may transfer to four-year colleges and universities such as Middle Tennessee University, SUNY College at Fredonia, and Nazareth College of Rochester* to earn baccalaureate degrees and become recording engineers at studios locally and in New York City.

Salary: According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual wage for broadcast and sound engineering technicians was $41,200 in May 2012.

* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which our students have transferred. Please consult your advisor or the Educational Planning and Career Services office for a complete listing of transfer agreements between FLCC and four-year institutions.

The Faculty

Professors and instructors in the Music and Music Recording Technology programs hold master's and/or doctorate degrees from such institutions as The Eastman School of Music, SUNY Buffalo and Ithaca College. They are all classically trained and practicing musicians. Several are working composers and have had works commissioned. Most of the faculty perform on a regular basis. The Music Recording instructors have much professional experience in the music industry as audio engineers. They have also worked with many professional musicians throughout the country. The adjunct faculty are many, and are all musicians.