Top Music Engineering Schools

Find out about top schools offering music engineering degree programs and the types of degrees they offer. Get information about coursework and facilities available at these schools. Schools offering Technical Communication degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are Some Characteristics of Top Music Engineering Schools?

Many of the programs offered by music engineering schools are designed for musicians with an interest in recording technology. Top schools usually have state-of-the art facilities, including libraries, sound labs, recording studios, rehearsal rooms and electronic music labs. They might have audio recording facilities for school-sponsored record labels. Internships, hands-on recording opportunities and study abroad programs may be available as well.

What Are Three Top Music Engineering Schools?

New York University (NYU)

NYU was 31st in the 2010 Academic Ranking of World Universities (www.arwu.org). The school was 33rd among U.S. News & World Report's 2011 national universities (www.usnews.com). According to The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2007, NYU faculty scholarly productivity was third for performing and visual arts disciplines (www.chronicle.com).

The Manhattan location of NYU could help you land an internship with a leading industry firm. The 7,500 square foot James L. Dolan Music Recording Studio was completed in 2009. Its facilities join ten other computer music and live audio recording studios, research labs and listening rooms at NYU.

Undergraduates may study music abroad in Prague or Florence. Graduate students may study global music management in London. NYU's Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media holds more than 82,000 audio recordings and could aid advanced research. These degrees are available:

  • Bachelor of Music in Music Technology
  • Master of Music in Music Technology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Music Technology

University of Miami (UM) in Coral Gables, FL

UM was 47th in U.S. News & World Report's 2010 national university rankings. The school was also in the 2010 Academic Ranking of World Universities' 101-150 range. The 22,500 square foot Marta and Austin Frost Weeks Music Library is the largest and newest facility in UM's library system.

Frost offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate major in music engineering technology. You could take courses in music theory as well as advanced audio recording techniques. The 2-year graduate curriculum requires the equivalent of an electrical or computer engineering background for coursework in digital audio, psychoacoustics and electrical engineering.

Equipment in the L. Austin Weeks Recording Studio was installed by music engineering students. These facilities include a sound chamber, isolation rooms and laboratories. The Victor Clarke Recital Hall was designed with variable acoustics for optimal recording of diverse styles of music. The university's student-run recording label, 'Cane Records, and U-Tunes - a partnership with the university's TV station - provide music engineering opportunities. Available degrees include:

  • Bachelor of Music in Music Engineering Technology
  • Master of Science in Music Engineering Technology

University of Michigan (U-M) in Ann Arbor

U-M was ranked 22nd in the Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2010. The school tied for 29th in the U.S. News & World Report national universities category in 2011. U-M faculty were reported seventh in scholarly productivity for music specialties by The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2007.

You could learn about audio equipment design and sound recording in an undergraduate sound engineering program. Early admission to a graduate program in media arts that incorporates music, art and engineering disciplines could allow you to complete both a bachelor's and master's degree in 5.5 years. You could also pursue a dual bachelor's degree in music and engineering concurrently, choosing a music-related engineering specialty like electrical or electronic engineering. In this case, your music degree might be in music and technology or performing arts technology.

The Duderstadt Center features audio, video and electronic music studios as well as multimedia and music technology laboratories. This center also supports audio-related Internet publication of U-M arts activities. The school's music library offers streaming audio access to classical, independent label, American and world traditional music as well as the complete Naxos catalog. You could earn one of the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Sound Engineering
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performing Arts Technology
  • B.S. in Sound Engineering/Master of Arts (M.A.) in Media Arts
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.)/Bachelor of Music in Music & Technology
  • M.A. in Media Arts

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