Music Recording Technology

music recording studio and equipment

The Degree

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Outlook

The music recording industry is highly competitive. It takes skills in technology and a musical background to gain a foot up on the competition. FLCC's Music Recording Technology program is designed to give you that advantage through hands-on experience with cutting-edge recording technology.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of broadcast and sound engineering technicians is expected to grow through 2026, with growth likely stemming from businesses, schools, and radio and television stations. With your FLCC education, you'll be prepared for these types of career opportunities, as well as transfer to a four-year college or university.

The Program

Extensive hands-on training is the hallmark of this program. You'll learn and practice modern techniques in five state-of-the-art recording, tracking, and editing studios.

Coursework is carefully designed by faculty who bring real-life experiences from the stage and studio to the classroom. 

Facilities:

Facilities on par with FLCC's are uncommon at the community college level. Our John Storyk designed recording facilities feature an API Vision, an SSL Duality SE, and two API 1608 consoles, each with Pro Tools Ultimate 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 world-class microphone collection with mics by Neumann, Telefunken, Audio Technica, BLUE, Royer, AKG, Sennheiser, Beyer, Schoeps, and Shure.

Equipment Needs:

Required
  • Portable Hard Drive: 250Gig or more, 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

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will:

  • Evaluate the quality of individual sounds and finished recording with respect to genre.
  • Communicate in a professional manner through oral and written means with musicians, engineers, and industry professionals.
  • Create and/or perform musical pieces in order to have a shared experience with the musicians with whom they interact.
  • Apply industry standards of hardware, software, and technical skills to enhance the creative process.

The Experience

This well-rounded education focuses on musical competence, allowing students to learn and appreciate all facets of the music and recording industries. Strong connections with fellow students, faculty, and technicians foster a community of creative collaboration. Faculty members are flexible, versatile, and available to their students. As a student, you'll work closely with faculty and classmates, and music majors frequently perform on Music Recording Technology studio projects. These types of relationships create solid foundations for ongoing professional networking.

Music Recording Technology coursework includes:

  • Music Theory
  • Audio Recording
  • Music Business/Career Strategies
  • Live Sound Reinforcement
  • Applied Music
  • Music Ensemble

To broaden the scope of your education, you can perform in groups such as:

  • The College Singers
  • Vocal Jazz Ensemble
  • Finger Lakes Chorale
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Finger Lakes Camerata

The Graduates

With a degree in Music Recording Technology, you'll be ready to explore entry-level careers or transfer to a four-year program. Graduates have transferred to Middle Tennessee State University, SUNY College at Fredonia, Nazareth College, Ithaca College, Eastman School of Music, Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, and SUNY Oneonta, among others. Some graduates have combined their FLCC education with an entrepreneurial spirit to launch their own businesses.

The Scholarships

As a Music Recording Technology student, you may be eligible to apply for program-specific scholarships, such as the Aldo F. and Anne J. Fioravanti Scholarship or the Dr. A. John Walker Chorale Music Award. For details on these scholarships, contact the FLCC Foundation.

The Faculty

Music Recording Technology is part of the Visual and Performing Arts department. Teaching faculty bring a wide range of talent and real-world experience and hold master's and doctorate degrees from institutions such as Eastman School of Music, SUNY Buffalo, and Ithaca College.

Faculty members are classically trained and practicing musicians, and several are working composers who have had their works commissioned. Most have considerable experience in the industry as audio engineers, while also having worked with professional musicians throughout the country.

Faculty Biographies

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Gain practical experience in music and sound throughout your Music Recording Technology education.

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Students describe this unique program as a combination of hands-on experience and real-world business perspective, readying them for employment in this exciting field!

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