The Music Production + Recording Arts program is housed in a dedicated multi-studio complex in Dobbs Ferry, New York, twenty-miles from midtown Manhattan.
The Bachelor of Science program is designed to prepare students for careers in Music Production + Recording Arts, with transferable audio skills applicable to Film, Television, Radio, Gaming, Theatre and Multi-Media professions.
After completing foundation courses (42 credits) in Music Theory, Recording Engineering, Electronic Music & Music Business, students select advanced specialized courses (15 credits) with a guided focus (See topics below).
All instructors are working industry professionals bringing “real world” experience into the classroom. Through a “hands-on” curriculum and project-based learning, students develop practical skills while acquiring the critical theoretical knowledge needed to adapt to future technologies.
Student projects are presented each year at a showcase open to the public. Other department activities include student ensembles, guest lectures, a student-managed record label, and professional recording services for the local music community.
Topics of Study
Music Recording and Production
Music Editing & Processing
Music Mixing & Mastering
Acoustics and Hearing
Sound for Film and Television
Sound for Gaming and Animation
Electronic Music & Synthesis
Concert Sound Reinforcement
Audio System Design & Installation
Studio Electronics & Maintenance
Music Theory and Composition
Techniques of Underscoring
Music Marketing and Advertising
Music Promotion & Merchandising
Music Contracts & Legal Affairs
Music Production and Recording Arts Fast Facts
Active, hands-on and project-based learning
High tech music facilities
Studio A: Large Recording Studio
Studio B: Mixing, live recording & overdub studio
Studio C: Smaller mixing studio
Three Electronic Music & Audio Production Labs
The Center for Digital Arts serves both Mercy College students and the community by hosting performances, lectures, multi-media screenings, and musical performances
Music Production and Recording Arts (formerly Music Industry and Technology) B.S. Curriculum
Students must complete the following:
MUSI 103 Theory & Musicianship I (or waiver exam)
MUSI 104 Theory & Musicianship II (or waiver exam)
MUSI 201 Theory & Musicianship III
Music Production + Recording Arts
MTEC 100 Music Business I
MTEC 200 Music Business II
MTEC 101 Audio Production I
MTEC 201 Audio Production II
MTEC 301 Audio Production III
MTEC 302 Audio Production IV
MTEC 220 Recording Studio Workshop I
MTEC 110 Electronic Music Production I
MTEC 210 Electronic Music Production II
MTEC 310 Electronic Music Production III
MTEC 335 Survey Music Production Styles
MTEC 401 Senior Project
15 credits. Choose five courses from below. Courses in related disciplines may be substituted under advisement by the program.
MUSI 203 Theory & Musicianship IV
MUSI 295 Topics in Music
MTEC 225 Sound Reinforcement
MTEC 230 Audio System Design & Install
MTEC 295 Topics in Music Technology
MTEC 315 Electronic Music Production IV
MTEC 318 Electronic Music Performance
MTEC 320 Recording Studio Workshop II
MTEC 325 Audio for Video
MTEC 330 Record Studio Production Techniques
MTEC 340 Techniques of Underscoring
MTEC 350 Advanced Mixing & Editing
MTEC 397 Independent Study
MTEC 399 Internship Music Technology
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By the end of this program, students should be able to:
Apply knowledge of theoretical concepts in the discipline
Analyze music and sound recordings and present sophisticated judgments orally
Demonstrate their technical proficiency with production tools (equipment & software) and associated techniques by completing culminating projects
Present professional quality music, audio recordings and other projects related to the discipline
Conduct self-directed learning by completing research projects pertaining to Music Production + Recording Arts and present their observations and conclusions
Students must demonstrate a fundamental understanding of music notation, or complete MUSI 101 Elements of Music before enrolling in the required MUSI 103 Theory & Musicianship I.
Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 in all attempted and completed major courses. If the GPA in the major is less than 2.5, the student will be subject to a formal assessment of his/ her aptitude for the subject matter and standing in the program may be dismissed from the major.
Students may be required to repeat or take additional courses to achieve the required GPA.
Students must pass a final comprehensive department proficiency exam, and complete an approved portfolio to be eligible for graduation.
There is a 24-credit residency requirement for the concentration in Music Production + Recording Arts.
Students should enroll in MUSI 101, MTEC 101 & MTEC 110, their first fall semester.
Representative career opportunities include:
Recording engineer for Music
Mix engineer and sound editor for Radio/Film/Television
Concert sound mixer
Location recording engineer
Sound design for theater
Sound system design and installation
Sound engineer/editor for gaming and animation
Mastering & manufacturing engineer
Audio and music retail sales
Equipment and software manufacturing companies
Audio/Music trade magazines
Music software and systems engineer
Corporate teleconferencing and AV support
MIDI & Synthesis programmer and technician
Record company executive