Bachelor of Science Music Production and Recording Arts 120 Credits | School of Liberal Arts | Dobbs Ferry
Music Production and Recording Arts Overview
The Bachelor’s of Science program is designed to prepare students for careers in Music Production and Recording Arts, with transferable audio skills applicable to Film, Television, Radio, Gaming, Theatre and Multi-Media professions.
The program is is housed in a dedicated multi-studio complex on our Dobbs Ferry campus.
Students are able to specialize in topics including: music recording and production; music mixing & mastering; sound for gaming and animation; remote recording and more.
Students will learn from a faculty of industry professionals bringing "real world" experience to the classroom. Through a "hands-on" curriculum and project based learning, students develop practical skills while acquiring the critical theoretical knowledge needed to adapt to future technologies.
Representative career opportunities include:
- Recording engineer for Music
- Mix engineer and sound editor for Radio/Film/Television
- Concert sound mixer
- Location recording engineer
- Sound design for theater
- Sound system design and installation
- Sound engineer/editor for gaming and animation
- Mastering & manufacturing engineer
- Audio and music retail sales
- Equipment and software manufacturing companies
- Audio/Music trade magazines
- Music software and systems engineer
- Corporate teleconferencing and AV support
- MIDI & Synthesis programmer and technician
- Record company executive
- Concert promoter
- Personal manager
- Multimedia development
Gain hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art recording facilities
Recording Studio with large control room with 5.1 Surround-Sound, performance space live room, drum booth and vocal both. Digidesign “Icon D Command” control surface, Avid Pro Tools HD, Apple Logic, Propellerhead Reason, Ableton Live recording systems with Waves Mercury, Sound Toys, Native Instruments, iZotope, Slate Digital, Melodyne, Antares plugins.
A state of the art assortment of boutique analog and digital processors by Avalon, API, Dangerous Music, A Designs, Chandler LTD, Alesis, Hear Technologies, Vintech, Universal Audio, Focusrite, Dynaudio, JBL and more! Pearl Drums Zildjian Cymbals. Roland Keyboards. Ampeg, SWR, Eden, Marshall and Peavey instrument amplifiers and a large selection of microphones by Neumann, Shure, Royer, Sennheiser, AKG, Audio-Technica, Electro Voice and Rode.
Mixing & overdub Studio with large 12’x14’ isolation booth. Avid C24 control surface. Avid Pro Tools HD, Apple Logic, Propellerhead Reason, Ableton Live recording systems with Waves Mercury, Sound Toys, Native Instruments, iZotope, Slate Digital, Melodyne, Antares plugins.
A state of the art assortment of boutique analog and digital processors by Avalon, API, Dangerous Music, A Designs, Chandler LTD, Alesis, Hear Technologies, Vintech, Universal Audio, Focusrite, Dynaudio and more! Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals. Yamaha 88-key synthesizer, Roland V-drums and assorted synthesis sound modules.
Mixing & overdub Studio.
Avid Artist Mix control surface. Avid Pro Tools HD, Apple Logic, Propellerhead Reason, Ableton Live recording systems with Waves Mercury, Sound Toys, Native Instruments, iZotope, Slate Digital, Melodyne, Antares plugins.
A state of the art assortment of boutique analog and digital processors by Avalon, Hear Technologies, TLAudio, Dynaudio, M-Audio and Presonus.
Electronic Music & Audio Production Labs (3 labs)
Three labs, each with multiple networked Apple Macintosh computers each with M-Audio controllers, Avid M-box (3rd Gen) audio interfaces, and an array of production software including Avid Pro Tools, Apple Logic, Propellerhead Reason and Ableton Live. Plugins by Native Instruments, Slate Digital.
Live Sound and Location Recording
Multiple Analog and Digital Live Sound Reinforcement Mixers from Mackie and Behringer (X32). Mobile Avid Pro Tools HD Native with A state of the art assortment of boutique analog and digital processors by Hear Technologies, Vintech, Focusrite, Presonus, Lexicon, JBL, Alesis, Crown, and more!
Center for Digital Arts
The Center for Digital Arts serves both Mercy College students and the community by hosting performances, lectures, multi-media screenings, and musical performances
Frequently Asked Questions
Do students have access to studios for personal projects?
Students have access to all labs and studios for personal projects assuming the student has appropriate skills and is self-sufficient in a particular facility. Students are assigned their own personal studio time in conjunction with a particular course and may also reserve the studios for additional projects using an online booking procedure. Outside guests are welcome accompanied by the student.
How long does the program take to complete?
The Bachelor's program has 60 credits (20 courses) in a sequence spread over four years in conjunction with Liberal Arts requirements. It is recommended that students complete 9 credits (three courses) in the major per semester beginning the freshman year. A transfer student that already has completed most liberal arts requirements can generally complete the program in five semesters (2 & 1/2 years).
Do I need to play an instrument?
Applicants should have some experience with an instrument or singing and/or music production. Students with limited instrumental ability must have evidence of substantial experience with production and technology. All musical styles are welcomed. Applicants may be required to proved a recording as evidence of musical skills.
Does the program provide career services?
The program houses a database of career related resources. A dedicated member of the program faculty provides assistance to students with preparing resumes, cover letters, portfolios and personal web sites used for pursuing employment. Career related topics and preparation for entering the industry are discussed in the Music Business courses.
Do you teach music performance & composition?
Students study basic piano technique and composition in the four required music courses. Students also develop their compositional skills in the Electronic Music and Film Scoring courses.
Can I begin taking major courses immediately?
Depending on placement exam results, students may enroll in three major courses their first fall semester (Audio Production I, Electronic Music I, Music Theory).
Program Details & Curriculum
General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements: 60 Credits
Major Concentration: 60 Credits
Total: 120 Credits
- Students must demonstrate a fundamental understanding of music notation, or complete MUSI 101 Elements of Music before enrolling in the required MUSI 103 Theory & Musicianship I.
- Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 in all attempted and completed major courses. If the GPA in the major is less than 2.5, the student will be subject to a formal assessment of his/ her aptitude for the subject matter and standing in the program may be dismissed from the major.
- Students may be required to repeat or take additional courses to achieve the required GPA.
- Students must pass a final comprehensive department proficiency exam, and complete an approved portfolio to be eligible for graduation.
- There is a 24-credit residency requirement for the concentration in Music Production + Recording Arts.
- Students should enroll in MUSI 101, MTEC 101 & MTEC 110, their first fall semester.
How to Apply
In addition to the Mercy College application students interested in the Music Production & Recording Arts major must complete a separate application for formal acceptance to the program.
The application should include a portfolio of three items:
- A short cellphone video (1-minute long is ideal) showing the applicant making music—such as playing an instrument, deejaying, singing, or writing music at the computer. All styles and skill levels welcome!
- An MP3 of a finished song (or other recording) that demonstrates the applicant's musical and/or production abilities using whatever software or hardware tools they have.
- A detailed written description of the specific tools and techniques the applicant used in creating that song or recording
Please note: These portfolio items are not audition materials. The program accepts students with all levels of musical skill and interests. The materials are used to demonstrate that prospective students in the program will be comfortable using software and hardware tools to create recordings and have a basic level of musicianship so they can apply what they learn about music theory and production to their own projects.
Please contact Admissions at 1.877.MERCY.GO or email@example.com for more information about applying to the program and uploading portfolio materials.
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By the end of this program, students should be able to:
- Apply knowledge of theoretical concepts in the discipline
- Analyze music and sound recordings and present sophisticated judgments orally
- Demonstrate their technical proficiency with production tools (equipment & software) and associated techniques by completing culminating projects
- Present professional quality music, audio recordings and other projects related to the discipline
- Conduct self-directed learning by completing research projects pertaining to Music Production + Recording Arts and present their observations and conclusions