Music AAS – Recording Technology Program

Code: AAS.MUSC.REC.TECH

The Recording Technology program is recommended for students who wish to pursue a variety of careers utilizing audio production skills.  Unlike the AFA in Music Technology, this program does not require the musicianship or general education coursework recommended for transfer to a bachelor’s degree in music, but rather focuses specifically on audio production for the music and film/video industries with opportunities to explore radio and TV production through courses in the college’s Broadcasting program.  All AAS Recording Technology students engage in industry internships as part of their coursework.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Use microphones, outboard gear, consoles and software effectively to conduct studio recording sessions featuring live instruments and vocals.
  • Apply critical listening skills and the concepts of audio theory to creating broadcast quality audio productions.
  • Incorporate MIDI sequences with recorded audio.
  • Employ signal processors and other tools of recording technology to effectively mix and edit music and broadcast productions.
  • Explain and apply the concepts of mastering to recorded music and broadcast productions.
  • Use the knowledge of audio signal flow to setup, use, and troubleshoot studio equipment.

Career Pathways

Sound Engineering Technician  Sound Engineer: Broadcast or Live
Corporate Audio Content Developer
Music Producer  Music Director
Composer

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

MUS-101Introduction to Music

3

MUS-103Fundamentals of Music

3

MUS-119Songwriting Workshop

3

MUS-131Class Piano I

1

MUS-151Music Production Technology

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Second Semester

MUS  Music Elective**
 
  or  
COM  Mass Communication Elective***  
MUS-150Introduction to MIDI Sequencing and Synthesis

3

MUS-163Careers in Music

3

MUS-231Class Piano II

1

MUS-251Studio Record Techniques

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

-or

WRT-202Technical Writing

3

Total Credit Hours:17

Third Semester

MUS  Music Elective**  3
  or  
COM  Mass Communication Elective***  
  Humanities Elective* 3
  Social Science Elective* 3

MUS-261Advanced Recording Techniques

3

PHY-185Introduction to Physics

4

Total Credit Hours:16

MUS-261: Offered only in fall semesters.

Fourth Semester

  Music Elective** 3
  or  
  Mass Communication Elective***  
  Math/Computer Science/Natural Science/Technology Elective* 3-4
  General Education Elective* 3
  or  
  Free Elective  

MUS-262Concert Promotion and Production

3

MUS-293Co-Op Work Experience [Music]

3

-or

MUS-294Co-Op Work Experience [Music]

4

Total Credit Hours:15-17

General Education Requirements

Communication

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

-or

WRT-202Technical Writing

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities and Social Sciences*

Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN); Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT).

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Science, and Technology

  Math/Computer Science/Natural Science/Technology Elective*  3-4

PHY-185Introduction to Physics

4

Total Credit Hours:7-8

Additional General Education Elective

If needed to reach the Foundation minimum of 20-22 credits, take one course from the BCC general education course list. If an additional course is not needed for that purpose, then the student must take a 3-credit free elective.

Total Credit Hours:0-3

Total Credit Hours: 20-22

Program Requirements

MUS  Music Electives**  
  or  
COM  Mass Communication Electives***  
MUS-101Introduction to Music

3

MUS-103Fundamentals of Music

3

MUS-119Songwriting Workshop

3

MUS-131Class Piano I

1

MUS-150Introduction to MIDI Sequencing and Synthesis

3

MUS-151Music Production Technology

3

MUS-163Careers in Music

3

MUS-231Class Piano II

1

MUS-251Studio Record Techniques

3

MUS-261Advanced Recording Techniques

3

MUS-262Concert Promotion and Production

3

MUS-293Co-Op Work Experience [Music]

3

-or

MUS-294Co-Op Work Experience [Music]

4

MUS-261: Offered only in fall semesters.

Free Elective

Total Credit Hours:0-3

Total Credit Hours: 42-43

Total Credit Hours: 64-66

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s).

**Music Electives: any Music [MUS] courses.

***Mass Communication electives: COM-105, COM-106, COM-111, COM-140, COM-205, COM-207.

Students enrolled in this program ARE REQUIRED to successfully complete a course in basic algebra if indicated by the Basic Skills Placement Test.