Audio is a vital component of modern communication and entertainment.
Fields such as music, film, video games, broadcasting, telecommunications, concert production, and church all rely on high-quality audio production.
As such, the need for competent professionals who can produce high-quality audio and systems for audio reproduction is essential and always growing.
Visible’s Music Production degree focuses on the skills necessary to produce music both in the recording studio and in live sound venues.
While both recording and live sound are accessible to those without a degree, formal education is almost always necessary to operate at a professional level that results in full-time employment or consistent gig work.
Audio engineering is the technical process of recording and/or mixing audio utilizing tools and techniques such as balance, panning, and frequency, dynamics and spatial processing. Audio engineering includes the operation of audio hardware and software.
Music production is the process of overseeing and guiding the technical and creative aspects of a recording or live production of music, including technical setup and sonic direction, musical considerations such as arrangement and instrumentation, and management of schedules, personnel and budgets.
A music engineering degree might use the terms interchangeably, but strictly speaking, engineering is just technical, while production is technical, creative, and involves more leadership skills.
Even within the larger subjects of music engineering and production, there are sub-disciplines in the field of audio engineering that can be explored as well.
Producers and engineers are the (often) behind the scenes people that help execute an artist’s musical ideas. Producers can be a part of the production process as early as songwriting, or they can get involved during pre-production.
Producers oversee the production personnel, which includes recording, mixing, and mastering engineers, as well as hired musicians.
Engineers shape the sonic experience for the consumer.
Music producers and engineers need to have critical listening skills in order to make the best decisions when working on productions.
Music producers need basic music theory understanding in order to communicate musical goals with artists.
Musical proficiency, such as the ability to play an instrument, is all helpful.
Audio engineers need technical skills, including:
A music engineering degree is designed to equip students with a diversity of production skills. The curriculum focuses on practical, hands-on training.
Students start with fundamental skills important for all aspects of music production in their first year. The second and third years of the program allow students to specialize in recording or live production.
The subjects covered in the Music Production program include:
Internships are a critical component of obtaining practical skills when considering audio engineering programs.
Visible Music College's Music Engineering degree requires students to complete two internships. Students choose internships that are related to skills they want to improve or that they are passionate about. Internships are a great first step to employment after graduation.
Related career paths include:
Music engineering graduate programs prepare students for higher level career positions, research positions, and teaching positions.
Our program is designed to equip audio engineers and producers with professional readiness through a Christian worldview.
While there are many larger colleges and universities that offer a music engineering degree, Visible is dedicated to both music and faith.
It is designed to introduce the student to the tools and techniques used to produce music in modern recording studios, production facilities, and live sound environments while nurturing the student’s passion to serve the church and/or music industry with Christian character.
The student will gain an in-depth understanding of current technology, recording and live sound techniques, and music production skills.
Students will be responsible for engineering student recordings and live sound needs of Visible Music College. Skills and knowledge acquired in the program equip the student to work as producers and engineers, and/or start their own business.
The program focuses on using industry standard DAWs Logic Pro and Pro Tools.
Visible's program utilizes extensive hands-on training alongside classroom-based lectures and discussions to prepare students for gainful employment in a variety of music production jobs.
Diversifying the student’s skillset in order to make him or her more employable is central to the Music Production department’s curriculum and content delivery.
Our students come to the program with individual interests.
Some are more technically minded while others are more geared toward musical creativity. Some will embrace gear and software while others want to work with people.
The program’s size allows both broad instructions of all topics under the music production umbrella while encouraging students to pursue their specific passions in the context of the course work and extracurricular projects.
Upon graduation, every student will:
The Music Engineering Program will prepare you for a career in music/audio production and or engineering. Request more information about Music Engineering at Visible.