Music Recording Technology
Associate in Science (A.S.)
Showcase your creativity in a field that relies on musical talent as much as it does on tech skills. Learn professional sound editing techniques directly from experts and producers in the field. Build your professional network and prepare for a career in the music industry.
Career Outlook: Broadcast, Sound, and Studio Technicians
The media and entertainment industry offers a wide range of exciting career opportunities for those with musical talent and technical skills. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the demand for broadcast, sound, and video technicians to grow 10% by 2030, which is faster than the overall job growth rate. The median annual wage for technical music careers was $48,790 in 2021. Music recording professionals may find work in live performance centers, studios, film and video game development, or on tour with bands.
A.S. Program Overview
Build confidence as both a musician and technician with our immersive, hands-on program. You'll hone your musical skills — ear training, notation, and music theory — while mastering modern sound recording technology. Spend time in the studio working on projects that matter to you. By the end of the program, you'll mix and master an album according to industry specifications, and understand how music is both an artform and a business.
A Holistic, Hands-On Music Education
Personalized, one-on-one guidance is a central feature of this program. In addition to private music lessons with faculty, you'll work closely with classmates on projects of all sounds and styles. Collaborate on recording projects that show you how to manage sound dynamics, normalize audio levels, and develop quality control strategies — so you can prepare tracks for commercial release.
You'll also perform with one of our many music ensembles:
- The College Singers
- Finger Lakes Camerata
- Finger Lakes Chorale
- Guitar Ensemble
- Jazz Ensemble
- Percussion Ensemble
- Vocal Jazz Ensemble
World-Class Recording Studios
Practice modern recording techniques in our five state-of-the-art recording studios designed by the award-winning architect and acoustician John Storyk. Our studios feature world-class soundboards and all the equipment regularly used in the music industry.
Studio sizes range from small to large — so you can find the right acoustic fit for any project from a solo performance to an entire orchestra.
Equipment and Technology Available at FLCC
|Equipment||Brands and Models|
|API Vision 48-channel console with automation, two API 1608 32-channel console with automation, Duality Delta SE 48-channel console, Avid 24-channel digital console|
|Speakers and monitors||Dynaudio BM15A studio monitors, Avantone Pro CLA10, Avantone Mix Cubes, Aviom Pro 16 Headphone system|
Preamps and compressors
|Avalon, Neve, Universal Audio, A Designs, and Groove Tubes|
|Amplifiers||Fender Deluxe guitar amplifier, Ampeg BA 210 bass amplifier|
|Microphones||Telefunken, Neumann, Earthworks, Royer, Sennheiser, Electro Voice, Shure, Audio Technica, Beyer, AKG, BLUE, sE Electronics, Audix, Crown, and Schoeps|
|Percussion and drum sets||Yamaha Stage Custom drum kit with Zildjian cymbals|
|Pianos and keyboards||Yamaha C7 Grand Piano, Fender Rhodes 73 Suitcase Piano|
Apple Mac Studio computers running Avid Pro Tools Ultimate
Required Student Equipment
- Portable Hard Drive: 250 GB or more, 7200 rpm (formatted for Mac)
- Headphones: Audio Technica ATHM50, Sony MDR 7506, or AKG K240MKII
Recommended Student Equipment
- Computer: Mac Pro or Mac Book Pro
- Pro Tools Software: Any hardware with the latest version of Pro Tools Software
As you enter the program, you'll take a music theory placement exam that helps us determine your best course mix for the first semester. There is no audition required to enter the program.
Prepare for the Music Theory Placement Exam
Study for your music theory placement exam with our sample questions. You'll be tested on your ability to read sheet music, identify major and minor keys, and interpret time signatures — among other essential music skills.
"The recording studios at FLCC are some of the best that you can get in a learning environment. After I toured and saw all of their professional-grade soundboards and equipment, I was like: 'I have to be here.' And now that I've learned that advanced sound equipment, I feel like I can work anywhere. For the capstone, we had to record, mix, and master an entire album to the industry standards that all music platforms require — Spotify, Apple Music, etc. It was an excellent learning experience to send us off as audio engineers into the real world."
— Maria Hubbel, '22
Join Audio Engineering Society
Be part of an active community of musicians and technicians. Audio Engineering Society is an international organization that unites audio engineers, artists, scientists, and students worldwide. The organization promotes the music and broadcast industry through professional development opportunities and supporting new research. FLCC's local chapter connects students, so they can share ideas, study, and work on recording projects together.
A.S. Program Outcomes
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this degree program, students will:
- Evaluate the quality of individual sounds and finished recording with respect to genre.
- Communicate in a professional manner through oral and written means with musicians, engineers, and industry professionals.
- Create and/or perform musical pieces in order to have a shared experience with the musicians with whom they interact.
- Apply industry standards of hardware, software, and technical skills to enhance the creative process.
After graduating, you'll be ready for entry-level careers in music and sound recording — or launch your own business. Our program helps you build a professional network and increase your job opportunities. Graduates of our program work at live event venues and recording studios in Rochester, Ithaca, Syracuse, Buffalo, and beyond. Others relocate to work in a specific music scene, such as Nashville.
You'll find careers at recording studios, concert halls, media and entertainment companies, and venues of all sizes. Some job titles include:
- Audio Recording Engineer
- Concert Technician
- Live Sound Engineer
- Music Producer
- Music Technology Specialist
- Recording Studio Manager
Seamless Transfer Opportunities
Our A.S. degree program is an excellent first step toward earning a four-year degree in music production and recording arts. Choosing a four-year school in the region where you plan to enter the music industry can help establish contacts and build your professional network.
Previous graduates have continued their music recording education at a variety of colleges and universities, including:
- Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam
- Eastman School of Music
- Ithaca College
- Middle Tennessee State University
- Nazareth College
- SUNY Fredonia
- SUNY Oneonta
Low-Cost Tuition and Scholarship Opportunities
Earn a quality education at an affordable rate. With our low cost-per-credit and general scholarship opportunities, you can maximize your potential with minimal debt. Over 75% of FLCC students receive financial awards that reduce the cost of college — or cover it completely!
As a Music Recording Technology student, you may also be eligible to apply for program specific scholarships, including:
- Aldo F. and Anne J. Fioravanti Scholarship
- Dr. A. John Walker Chorale Music Award
For details on these scholarships, contact the FLCC Foundation.
Our Music Recording Technology faculty bring a wide range of talent and real-world experience. They hold master's and doctorate degrees from institutions such as Eastman School of Music, SUNY Buffalo, and Ithaca College.
Faculty members are classically trained and practicing musicians. Many are working composers with a portfolio of commissioned work. Others have professional experience as audio engineers and working with musicians across the country.
Watch Now: Student Experience
Students describe this unique program as a combination of hands-on experience and real-world business perspective, readying them for employment in this exciting field!
Video produced by New Media students.