Music Recording Technology, AAS

Room: C-Building, C-745

Phone: (718) 482-5690


The Music Recording Technology curriculum crosses multi-job descriptions in Music Recording, Television and Film Post-Production, Live (Concerts, Theatre, Clubs and Arenas) to assemble and operate equipment to record, synchronize, mix, edit, or reproduce sound, including music, voices, or sound effects, for theater, video, film, television, podcasts, sporting events, and other productions.

Are You Interested In...

  • Music and analyzing the parts of songs?
  • Thinking about the technical aspects of how music is recorded?
  • Technology?

Skills You Will Learn

  • Recording, Editing and Mixing Audio
  • Analog and Digital Audio
  • Computer-based composition and production techniques
  • Post Sync ADR (Film & Television)
  • Music Business Law and Contracts

What makes this major unique?

If you listen to radio or streaming music, watch TV or movies or go to a live concert or the theatre, you are exposed to the world of Music Recording Technology. This is a major for students who love music and sound and are fascinated by the nuts and bolts of how it comes together.

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Career Possibilities

Job titles and tasks vary. For example, audio and video equipment technicians use microphones, sound speakers, and soundboards to control the volume and quality of the music. Broadcast technicians use equipment such as transmitters and computer software to air radio and television programs. And sound engineering technicians use computer software to record, edit, and mix music.

Educational requirements for audio and video, lighting, and sound engineering technicians vary from a high school diploma to a college degree, depending on the position. Although not always required, a bachelor’s degree in fine and performing arts or a related field, such as communications technology can be helpful to increase skills and exposure.

  • Recording, Editing and Mixing Audio
  • Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technician
  • Audio Instructor, Private Institutions Certificate Programs
  • Music Production/Producer
  • Junior Production Manager
  • Audio Instructor, College and Private Institutions
  • (FOH) Live Sound Concert
  • Theatre Engineer
  • Events and Program
  • Game Sound Designer

Transfer Possibilities

  • City College – Bachelor of Music in Sonic Arts
  • SUNY Purchase – Bachelor of Music in Studio Production
  • SUNY Fredonia – Bachelor of Science in Sound Recording Technology
  • Mercy College – Bachelor of Science in Music Production & Recording Arts
  • Berklee College of Music – Bachelor of Music in Music Production & Engineering
  • Full Sail University – Bachelor of Audio or Music Production or Recording Arts

Degree Requirements

A. REQUIRED CORE: 12 credits

English: 6 credits

  • ENG101 English Composition I – 3
  • (or ENA101 depending on placement)
  • ENG102 Writing through Literature – 3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits

Select one of the following courses:

  • MAT107 Mathematics and the Modern World
  • MAT123 Modern Problem Solving (Depending on placement)
  • MAT115 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MAT117 Algebra and Trigonometry (depending on placement)
  • MAT119 Statistics with Elementary Algebra (depending on placement)
  • MAT120 Elementary Statistics

Life & Physical Sciences: 3 credits

Select one of the following courses:

  • SCB101 Topics in Biological Sciences
  • SCB206 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • SCC101 Topics in Chemistry
  • SCC105 Chemistry of Photography
  • SCP101 Topics in Physics
  • SCP105 Life in the Universe
  • SCP140 Topics in Astronomy


Select three courses from the flexible core categories below. Note: Only one course may be selected from a category and select courses from three different disciplines.

  • World Cultures and Global Issues
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Creative Expression
  • Individual and Society
  • Scientific World


Additional Common Core courses will be required when transferring to a CUNY College. To complete the degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select courses from the recommended course selections listed on the program website.

Students are advised to select one urban studies course from the flexible core to complete college graduation requirements.

Courses Credits
Humanities: 12 Credits
MRF101 First Year Seminar for Music Recording Technology 2
HUM140 Music Theory I 3
HUM146 Music Audio Recording 3
HUM147 Music Audio Recording 2 3
HUM180 Piano 1 1
Technology: 27 Credits
HUX102 Basics of Digital Audio 3
HUX103 Ear Training and Acoustics 3
HUX104 The Business of Music 3
HUX106 Digital Music Production 3
HUX107 Analog Equipment and Microphones 3
HUX108 Mixing Music I 3
HUX110 Recording Workshop 3
HUX112 Post-Production Audio 3
HUX114 Audio Career Applications 3

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