Music Production Master's Degree Programs

Master degree programs in music production have both technical and artistic areas of concentration. Learn about educational prerequisites, courses of study and salary information for related education and recording careers. Schools offering Music Production degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Music Production Degrees are Available at the Master's Degree Level?

Master's degree programs for music production come with several titles, but include similar information. Whether you're in line for a Master of Music or a Master of Arts or Master of Fine Arts in Music Production, you are often tasked with choosing a concentration, such as production, technical or acoustical studies. Other potential options include education or composition. You may also be able to choose from thesis or non-thesis tracks.

What Classes Can I Take?

General courses cover the study of music structure and style as well as the analysis of recordings. In a music production track, you learn how to use mixing boards, microphones and other equipment in and outside of recording sessions. In an acoustical studies track, you learn about noise control as well as audiovisual and architectural design for best acoustics. The technical concentration discusses various approaches to recording, such as the use of MIDI. It also addresses historical and current technology and performance specifications.

In addition to classes, you may be asked to participate in a school-sponsored ensemble. You may be required to complete several terms gaining experience in a recording studio, using specific programs, software and hardware. Because of these experiential components, these degree programs are not typically offered online--although some schools do offer certain classes online.

What Are the Prerequisites?

You must have a bachelor's degree to enter a master's degree program for music production, but that degree does not have to be in music. You must have some background in music and submit a sample recording as part of your application. Universities and colleges may require that you complete an entrance exam for admission to the school of music in addition to general admissions requirements.

What Can I Do With This Degree?

Some programs state that they prepare students to teach in the field of recording technology. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that to teach in a 2-year college setting, you must have a master's degree; however, many 4-year colleges require a doctoral degree. Payscale.com notes that postsecondary teachers with a Master of Music earned $24,202-$59,495 as of 2009, while those working as an assistant professor in a college setting earned anywhere from $38,325-$66,619 as of 2009.

The BLS states that to obtain employment as a recording engineer, the minimum education required is an associate degree (www.bls.gov). But it also states that an advanced degree may help you to better your chances for employment. O*Net Online reports that recording engineers, also called sound technicians, earned $22.29 per hour or $46,370 annually (www.online.onetcenter.org).

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