The sound recording technology program provides technologically inclined musicians with the practical and theoretical background needed for success in today’s music production industry. The program provides a multidisciplinary bachelor of music (B.M.) degree with coursework in music, acoustics, sound production, new media design, computer science, and mathematics.

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Particular emphasis is placed on audio engineering as a technical-artistic field, recognizing that audio professionals often serve as the interface connecting the technical and artistic personnel in the music industry.

The program provides extensive project experience in state-of-the art studios where you will record, produce, mix, and master sound recordings. You also develop technical and managerial skills that are essential to the profession. A high level of cross-disciplinary collaboration is encouraged, with exposure to production techniques for many musical styles and media deliverables. You graduate with a portfolio of work that includes classical, world, popular, and jazz styles delivered on traditional formats alongside such new industry standards as web-based media and video games.

While studying in the sound recording technology program, students may choose a course of primary applied study on their instrument or voice in either the classical or jazz/commercial music tradition.

Possible careers include work as a recording engineer, producer, programmer, musician, and technical engineer. The program also provides a foundation for graduate work in engineering and computer science.

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Audio Engineering Society

Syracuse University has its own student chapter of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) that meets monthly and creates opportunities for education and advancement in the field of audio engineering. The chapter hosts many activities, including lectures by prominent guest speakers, industry-related tours and experiences, and annual trips to the AES convention held in Los Angeles and New York City. To join AES@SU, contact James S. Abbott, SU student chapter faculty advisor.

Performance Honors

The performance honors program is intended for Setnor School of Music students in the B.S. music and B.M. composition, music education, music industry and sound recording technologydegree programs who wish to maintain a level of performance at or near that required of students in one of the performance majors. The program’s purpose is to give tangible curricular and moral support to those students who see themselves as performing musicians first and foremost.

Students are eligible to apply for the program at the end of their sophomore year. Students accepted into the program take an hour of applied instrumental or vocal instruction per week and give both a junior and senior recital commensurate with the requirements for degree recitals in the performance majors. Official recognition of program participation and completion appears on student transcripts but does not appear on the diploma.