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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 music recording technology program is designed to provide you the opportunity to learn your craft as both a musician and 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 on to a four-year program or if you are looking to begin your career in music recording immediately after graduation. FLCC's faculty brings real-life experience as musicians and recording technicians to the classroom, and plays an important role in your success.

Facilities: The program is housed in the 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 Pro Tools 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 Pro Tools Software

Honors Courses: If you have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, you will have the opportunity to take honors courses at FLCC that provide enhanced educational experiences. If you are a qualified student in this degree program or are a qualified student from another program, enrollment in honors courses is open to you. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your 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 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
  • 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
  • The Chamber Wind Ensemble

The Graduates

Graduates of this program transfer to four-year colleges and universities* such as:

  • Middle Tennessee University
  • SUNY College at Fredonia
  • Nazareth College

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 FLCC students have transferred. Please consult your advisor or the educational planning and career services office for a complete listing of transfer agreements between Finger Lakes Community College and four-year institutions.

The Scholarships

As a music recording technology major, if you meet specific award criteria, you will be eligible for the following scholarships:

  • The Aldo F. and Anne J. Fioravanti
  • Catherine J. Kamm Memorial
  • Dr. A. John Walker Chorale Music Award

For information on these scholarships, contact a member of the visual and performing arts department or the financial aid office.

The Faculty

Professors and instructors in the music and music recording technology degree programs hold master's and/or doctorate degrees from institutions such as Eastman School of Music, SUNY Buffalo, and Ithaca College. Each faculty member is a practicing musician and in addition is classically trained. Several are working composers and have had their works commissioned. Most of the faculty performs on a regular basis. FLCC's music recording instructors have considerable professional experience in the music industry as audio engineers. They have also worked with numerous professional musicians throughout the country. Furthermore, each adjunct faculty member in these programs is also a current musician.

For more information on the faculty members in the music and music recording technology degree programs, you can visit there biography pages online.