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The Absolutely Essential List of Music Production Schools


Music production schools are getting more and more popular every second. My generation seems to be more interested in getting an education in something they are absolutely fanatical about instead of getting a throw-away degree in something like sociology(sorry sociology majors. I like Marx too!)

Some schools offer a full-fledged Bachelor’s degree in audio production, giving you the opportunity to continue your education in a master’s program of some sort. But some schools only offer certificates, diplomas or stand-alone “direct-employment” education that teaches you all the practicalities of sound engineering and production.

Music production schools teaching audio engineering and sound recording have been around for a long time, but I get the feeling their numbers are increasing exponentially. What follows is an extensive list of audio production schools around the world.

University Degrees in the United States

International Academy of Design and Technology

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Audio Production

Texas State University – San Marcos

  • Bachelor of Science in Sound Recording

Full Sail University

  • Bachelor of Science in Recording Arts

Berklee School of Music

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Music Production and Engineering

McNally Smith College of Music

  • Bachelor of Science in Music(Music Producer)

Indiana University Bloomington

  • Bachelor of Science in Recording Arts

University of Hartford

  • Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Production and Technology

University of New Haven

  • B.A. and B.S Degrees in Music and Sound Recording

American University

  • Degrees in Music Production and Audio Technology

Diploma Certificates

Conservatory of Recording Arts

  • CRAS Master Recording Program

The Recording Connection

  • Internship based Music Production Program

Institute of Audio Research

  • Diploma in Audio Recording and Production

Musician’s Institute

  • Certificate in Audio Engineering
  • Diplomas in Music Production
  • Audio Engineering
  • Recording Engineer Course

San Diego Mesa College

  • Music Technology Certificate

The Los Angeles Recording School

  • Various Diplomas and Certificates

Music Production Schools Offering Associate Degrees

IPR Institute Minnesota

  • Associate of Applied Science in Media Arts

Full Sail University

  • Recording Engineering program

McNally College of Music

  • Associate of Applied Science in Music Production and Recording Technology

Long Beach City College

  • Associate Degrees in Record Producing or Recording Engineering

Los Angeles Film School

  • Associate of Science in Recording Arts

The Art Institute of Seattle

  • Associate of Media in Audio Production

Music Production Schools in Canada

Recording Arts Canada

  • Vocational Degree in Sound and Music Recording

Trebas Institute

  • Vocational Degree in Studio Recording and Live Sound

Musictechnic

  • AEC in Audio Production Techniques

McGill University

  • Graduate Degree in Sound Recording

University Degrees in the UK & Europe

SAE Institute

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Audio Engineering
  • Degrees available in various locations such as Madrid, London and Oxford.

School of Sound Recording

  • Bachelor of Science in Sound Engineering and Design

FutureWorks School of Media

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music Production

Point Blank

  • Diploma in Sound Engineering

Alchemea

  • Studio Assistant Certificate
  • Diploma in Studio & Live Sound Engineering

The Recording Workshop

  • Sound Engineering & Music Production Diplomas

London School of Sound

  • Diploma in Music Production

University of Salford

  • Degree Programs in Acoustics & Audio Technology

Manchester Midi School

  • Course program in Music Construction, Production & Commercial Sound Engineering.

University of London – Queen Mary

  • Undergraduate Program in Audio Systems Engineering

Thames Valley University

  • BA(Hons) Music Technology and Applied Audio Engineering

Southampton Solent University

  • BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering

University of Derby

  • BSc (Hons) Sound, Light and Live Event Technology

University of Wolverhampton

  • BA (Hons) Music Technology

University of Surrey

  • Music and Sound Recording (B Course) – J931 Tonmeister leading to BMus (Hons)

University of Portsmouth

  • Music And Sound Technology – BSc (Hons)

University of Hertfordshire

  • Music and Sound Technology (Audio Engineering) MSc

Music Production Schools in Australia

VanderSound Audio Engineering School

  • One on One – Self Paced – Audio Engineering Program

Australian Institute of Music

  • BMus
  • Dip Mus
  • GRaduate Studies

JMC Academy

  • Diploma, Associate’s and Bachelor’s in Audio Engineering

SAE Institute

  • Diploma
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Music Production



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  • deathpunch

    Thanks for the list, but it would’ve been nice if you’d listed the city and state for each entry so we could use both as search criteria.

    • Björgvin Benediktsson

      That’s a good point. I’m hoping to update the list periodically so I will probably create better sections at some point.

      Thanks for the comment.

  • deathpunch

    Thanks for the list, but it would’ve been nice if you’d listed the city and state for each entry so we could use both as search criteria.

    • Björgvin Benediktsson

      That’s a good point. I’m hoping to update the list periodically so I will probably create better sections at some point.

      Thanks for the comment.

  • Saihminga

    Thanks for the list… i am applying for Audio Engineering Techniques & Technology in Manchester SSR. It says that it have been accredited by the NCFE at Level 5; equivalent to an ordinary bachelors degree.So, do you have any idea whether this accreditation is accepted by employers or internationally?

    • Björgvin Benediktsson

      I don’t know how the accreditation is accepted. Even though you go to a school you must prove that you know something when you go out in the real world, so even though you have a Bachelor’s studios might only want you as an intern or as a low level employee in order to gauge your skills. I had a lot of students in my class when I was at SAE that I would never have hired on, and then there were others that I would have hired in a heartbeat. So it’s like any other school, what your diploma says is only a part of it.

      • Saihminga

        thanx

  • Saihminga

    Thanks for the list… i am applying for Audio Engineering Techniques & Technology in Manchester SSR. It says that it have been accredited by the NCFE at Level 5; equivalent to an ordinary bachelors degree.So, do you have any idea whether this accreditation is accepted by employers or internationally?

    • Björgvin Benediktsson

      I don’t know how the accreditation is accepted. Even though you go to a school you must prove that you know something when you go out in the real world, so even though you have a Bachelor’s studios might only want you as an intern or as a low level employee in order to gauge your skills. I had a lot of students in my class when I was at SAE that I would never have hired on, and then there were others that I would have hired in a heartbeat. So it’s like any other school, what your diploma says is only a part of it.

      • Saihminga

        thanx

  • Moose

    You can also get a Certificate in Recording at Fullerton College, in Orange County, CA

  • Moose

    You can also get a Certificate in Recording at Fullerton College, in Orange County, CA

  • I really want to know about audio engineering and sound recording schools. This post is very useful to know all details regarding that thank you.

  • I really want to know about audio engineering and sound recording schools. This post is very useful to know all details regarding that thank you.

  • QUIN

    Hey just read your article in the year of 2013 and it helped a great deal in understanding the certifications and learning that there are alot more Music Schools in the world. Just found out that Point Blank Music College is now offering an equivalent to an American Associates Degree called The “DipHE (Diploma of Higher Education) Music Production Course” online. I’m from the Bahamas and went to Point Blank back in 2006, and it was a great experience for me. They didnt offer this when I was there at the time, but its great that its happening now. You can check it out here
    http://www.pointblankonline.net/blog/associates-degree-music-production/
    Great article again.

  • QUIN

    Hey just read your article in the year of 2013 and it helped a great deal in understanding the certifications and learning that there are alot more Music Schools in the world. Just found out that Point Blank Music College is now offering an equivalent to an American Associates Degree called The “DipHE (Diploma of Higher Education) Music Production Course” online. I’m from the Bahamas and went to Point Blank back in 2006, and it was a great experience for me. They didnt offer this when I was there at the time, but its great that its happening now. You can check it out here
    http://www.pointblankonline.net/blog/associates-degree-music-production/
    Great article again.

  • Garion Masterson

    I wanted to let you know that there are many programs which are simply titled differently. I’d like to add something to your list. Emporia State University has a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Digital Audio Production emphasis. Though, currently it’s being threatened and is likely to be disbanded.

  • Garion Masterson

    I wanted to let you know that there are many programs which are simply titled differently. I’d like to add something to your list. Emporia State University has a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Digital Audio Production emphasis. Though, currently it’s being threatened and is likely to be disbanded.

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  • Arash

    Thanks for the list , I’ll add some too :
    dBs Music (Berlin) ,
    Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering (Austria, Graz) ,
    Sound Design (Denmark, Haderslev)

    I’ve applied for the last one and I’m sure this field will make much more sound in future !

  • Arash

    Thanks for the list , I’ll add some too :
    dBs Music (Berlin) ,
    Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering (Austria, Graz) ,
    Sound Design (Denmark, Haderslev)

    I’ve applied for the last one and I’m sure this field will make much more sound in future !

  • Hey Bjorgvin, everytime I’m researching topics for my site I find yours lol. Would you be interested in guest posting for 2infamouz?

    • Björgvin Benediktsson

      Hi, thanks for your consideration but I’m not doing extra writing right now because I’m simply too busy. Thanks.

  • Hey Bjorgvin, everytime I’m researching topics for my site I find yours lol. Would you be interested in guest posting for 2infamouz?

    • Björgvin Benediktsson

      Hi, thanks for your consideration but I’m not doing extra writing right now because I’m simply too busy. Thanks.

  • Mehboob Hamza

    Hi

    Is there a ‘Harvard’ among the list of institutions? Which are the top three you consider in the US and UK?

    Regards
    Mehboob Hamza

    • Björgvin Benediktsson

      Harvard as in “prestige”? Or Harvard as in “expensive”

      Or Harvard as in the “best”

      If the third then I don’t really know and don’t have the experience with every single school to be able to accurately rank them. I mean, the SAE’s are recognized but they’re just big not necessarily the best

      • brenda

        Hi I live in bklyn ny. My son is super intetested in making music the audio aspect.Where do you think is wise for him, being he is starting from scratch? He is getting confused and discouraged because he feels like there isnt too many options.

        • Björgvin Benediktsson

          There are a lot of options if you don’t want to go to school for it. He might want to seek out some local studios and ask if they have internships or can help guide him in the right direction. There are a ton of resources online for learning to record and mix so he shouldn’t feel discouraged.

  • Mehboob Hamza

    Hi

    Is there a ‘Harvard’ among the list of institutions? Which are the top three you consider in the US and UK?

    Regards
    Mehboob Hamza

    • Björgvin Benediktsson

      Harvard as in “prestige”? Or Harvard as in “expensive”

      Or Harvard as in the “best”

      If the third then I don’t really know and don’t have the experience with every single school to be able to accurately rank them. I mean, the SAE’s are recognized but they’re just big not necessarily the best

      • brenda

        Hi I live in bklyn ny. My son is super intetested in making music the audio aspect.Where do you think is wise for him, being he is starting from scratch? He is getting confused and discouraged because he feels like there isnt too many options.

        • Björgvin Benediktsson

          There are a lot of options if you don’t want to go to school for it. He might want to seek out some local studios and ask if they have internships or can help guide him in the right direction. There are a ton of resources online for learning to record and mix so he shouldn’t feel discouraged.

  • Ethan Michael Foss

    There is also Mesa Community College in Mesa, Az. They offer associate in applied science & certificate of completion in audio production technology as well the same in Music Business & a certificate in sound design

  • Ethan Michael Foss

    There is also Mesa Community College in Mesa, Az. They offer associate in applied science & certificate of completion in audio production technology as well the same in Music Business & a certificate in sound design

  • Thanks for listing Alchemea College as one of the essential music production schools – if possible could the link be re pointed to http://www.alchemea.com ? At the moment if goes to our realy old web address which is no longer valid. Thanks in advance!

    • Björgvin Benediktsson

      Will do!

  • Thanks for listing Alchemea College as one of the essential music production schools – if possible could the link be re pointed to http://www.alchemea.com ? At the moment if goes to our realy old web address which is no longer valid. Thanks in advance!

    • Björgvin Benediktsson

      Will do!

  • iacobus

    NotListed:

    DBs in Berlin / English / British University

    Diploms and Bachelors in Sound Engineering / Electronic Music Production & Performance

  • iacobus

    NotListed:

    DBs in Berlin / English / British University

    Diploms and Bachelors in Sound Engineering / Electronic Music Production & Performance

  • kaiela

    I’m from toronto canada and looked into trebas. Aparently its garbage. Can you please explain to me why you think its good. I’m trying to find a school for mysf as well as husband. Myself for music production him for post film production. We are only willing to relocate anywhere in canada. Any suggestions. ?? Thanks !

    • Hi, no I’m sorry I’m not intimately familiar with that school. The list is not an endorsement for any one school so I recommend you do your own research. However, hearing you mention that something is “garbage” makes me think that you might have just heard that from someone that was disgruntled with the school and is not a complete review of the school.

      • kaiela

        No no. We toured it did extentive research and spoke with pleanty graduates. We are just tryig to find the right school for both of us to attend and further our future in our dreams.

        • Hmmm…well that’s good I suppose. I’m sorry you came to that conclusion but I don’t have much knowledge of the schools in Canada except for the ones listed. Granted, the post is a little and could be updated as well so I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some new ones floating around that could fit your requirements.

  • kaiela

    I’m from toronto canada and looked into trebas. Aparently its garbage. Can you please explain to me why you think its good. I’m trying to find a school for mysf as well as husband. Myself for music production him for post film production. We are only willing to relocate anywhere in canada. Any suggestions. ?? Thanks !

    • Hi, no I’m sorry I’m not intimately familiar with that school. The list is not an endorsement for any one school so I recommend you do your own research. However, hearing you mention that something is “garbage” makes me think that you might have just heard that from someone that was disgruntled with the school and is not a complete review of the school.

      • kaiela

        No no. We toured it did extentive research and spoke with pleanty graduates. We are just tryig to find the right school for both of us to attend and further our future in our dreams.

        • Hmmm…well that’s good I suppose. I’m sorry you came to that conclusion but I don’t have much knowledge of the schools in Canada except for the ones listed. Granted, the post is a little and could be updated as well so I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some new ones floating around that could fit your requirements.

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  • Naren Garapati

    Hello, I just graduated from high school and want to pursue a career in music production. I was looking through a list of universities to go to and SAE looks like a really good place to learn audio production. However, I am a little unsure about the career options in the future and was wondering if you can give me some insight. Thanks!

  • Naren Garapati

    Hello, I just graduated from high school and want to pursue a career in music production. I was looking through a list of universities to go to and SAE looks like a really good place to learn audio production. However, I am a little unsure about the career options in the future and was wondering if you can give me some insight. Thanks!

  • Claus Sohn Andersen

    Norwegian University of Science and Technology (in Trondheim, Norway) offers both bachelors and masters degree in Music Technology. Occasionally also doctorates are available.

    Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology (Westerdals Oslo ACT, in Oslo, Norway)) offers a bachelors degree in Music Production.

  • Claus Sohn Andersen

    Norwegian University of Science and Technology (in Trondheim, Norway) offers both bachelors and masters degree in Music Technology. Occasionally also doctorates are available.

    Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology (Westerdals Oslo ACT, in Oslo, Norway)) offers a bachelors degree in Music Production.

  • Dina Taher

    Hello,
    I’m looking for the best universities offering Master Degree in music production in Europe. Specially in Film Music. Thanks

  • Dina Taher

    Hello,
    I’m looking for the best universities offering Master Degree in music production in Europe. Specially in Film Music. Thanks