Music Recording, Associate of Applied Science
If you have an ear for perfection, San Jacinto College can help you get started down the road to a career as a recording or sound reinforcement engineer. Musicians, singers, actors, announcers, and public speakers spend their entire careers trying to sound their best, and audio engineers are their most important allies in accomplishing this goal. San Jacinto College gives you hands-on training in recording, mixing, and special effects processing, along with a curriculum of music instruction. Master your skills here, and you’ll go far!
The San Jacinto College audio engineering curriculum:
- Is designed for students seeking careers as sound recording or sound reinforcement engineers;
- Emphasizes the theory and hands-on application of recording, mixing, and effects-processing equipment; and
- Requires musical proficiency and an understanding of business and music business systems.
San Jacinto College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Music Recording or Live Sound Reinforcement, a Certificate of Technology in Techniques of Audio Engineering, and an Occupational Certificate in Sound Recording.
Graduates of this program have become professionals working in:
- Recording studios,
- Television and radio stations,
- Convention centers and event venues,
- Hotels, and
Broadcast Technician Median Salary: $36,9901
Sound Engineering Technician Median Salary: $39,1201
Source: texaswages.com, Gulf Coast region, 2017
For more information contact Lynne Brandt, Department Chair, 281-476-1831.
The audio engineering curriculum is designed for students seeking careers as sound recording or sound reinforcement engineers. Employment opportunities exist in recording studios, television and radio stations, convention centers, hotels, churches, and other private entities. The training places a heavy emphasis on the theory and hands-on application of recording, mixing, and effects-processing equipment. Also required are musical proficiency and an understanding of business and music business systems.
Plan of Study
|MUSI 1303||Fundamentals of Music 1||3|
|MUSI 1181||Piano Class I 2||1|
|Select one of the following:||1|
Private Music Lesson
|MUSC 1327||Audio Engineering I||3|
|ENGL 1301||Composition I||3|
|MUSC 2427||Audio Engineering II||4|
or ENGL 1302
|Technical and Business Writing
or Composition II
|MUSC 1331||Musical Instrument Digital Interface||3|
or MUSI 1310
or American Music
|Summer Year One Term|
or MATH 1314
|Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning) (or higher)
or College Algebra
|MUSC 2101||Audio Engineering Practices||1|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences or Government/Political Science or American History||3|
||Live Sound I
or Musical Instrument Digital Interface II and Audio Engineering Practices
|MUSI 1311||Music Theory I||3|
|MUSI 1116||Sight Singing and Ear Training I||1|
|MUSB 1305||Survey of Music Business||3|
|MUSC 1323||Audio Electronics Troubleshooting||3|
|MUEN: Ensemble or Private Lesson||1|
|MUSC 2386||Internship-Recording Arts Technology/Technician||3|
or MUSC 2403
|Audio Engineering III
or Live Sound II
Capstone Experience: MUSC 2386 Internship-Recording Arts Technology/Technician
Verification of workplace competencies.
Subject to placement testing, a student placing out of MUSI 1303 Fundamentals of Music may take MUSI 1311 Music Theory I and MUSI 1116 Sight Singing and Ear Training I during the first year and substitute a three-hour elective for MUSI 1303 Fundamentals of Music.
Students may substitute private piano for class piano. A student whose major instrument is piano should substitute another secondary instrument.
Students planning to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program in music may substitute MUSI 1307 Music Literature for MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation.