Sound Recording and Music Technology

 Students in this program will have an opportunity to work on projects for the Spring Garden Records label.

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Combining Music with State-of-the-Art Technology

Use the latest technology in creating and recording music. You will learn to use sophisticated equipment, work with professional software, create music for multimedia and film, use a mixing board and learn various microphone techniques, run and record live sessions, and print your own music for publication. The College’s program also offers you internship opportunities at local recording studios, individual computer stations with extensive technology for recording and composing, an introduction to the music industry as a business, and training on the same equipment that music industry professionals use. This program is ideal for anyone who wants to pursue a career in music production and studio recording, musicians who want to be able to record and publish their own music, and music teachers.

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Music Composer and Arranger – est. salary $43,203
Sound Engineering Technician – est. salary $53,125

 

EMSI Data, 2017; Philadelphia Metropolitan Statistical Area; *these jobs may require a bachelor's degree or higher.



Transfer Opportunities

Jefferson University

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Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Sound Recording and Music Technology degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
MUS 100 - Music Reading 3 credits

After successful completion of MUS 100 or arranging with the department head to take the course through Credit by Exam, students may change their major to Sound Recording and Music Technology by submitting a major change form signed by the department head.

Prerequisite for MUS 111, MUS 114 and MUS 107

Major Course
MUS 101 - Piano I 1 credit Prerequisite for MUS 102 Major Course
MUS 115 - Introduction to Music Technology 3 credit Students must take MUS 115 to keep on the Music Tech Course Sequence.
Prerequisite for MUS 215 and MUS 107
Major Course
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra 3 credits   Mathematics
ENGL 101 - English Composition I 3 credit ENGL 101 must be passed with a “C” or better to move onto ENGL 102. ENGL 101
MUS 196B - Brass Ensemble I or
MUS 196C - Chamber Music Ensemble I or
MUS 196E - Electronic Ensemble I  or
MUS 196G - Jazz Guitar Ensemble I or
MUS 196J - Jazz Ensemble I or
MUS 196P - Pop & Rock Ensemble I or
MUS 196SA - Soprano/Alto Ensemble I or
MUS 196TB - Tenor/Bass Ensemble I
1 credit Students can register for any ensemble at the 196 level.
All students must complete at least one semester of Men’s/Women’s Vocal Ensemble as part of the curriculum.  This can be at the MUS 196, 197, 296 or 297 course level.
Major Course
  • This program is designed to provide students with the option of entering the workforce or transferring to a bachelor's degree program after earning their associate's degree
  • Follow this course schedule each semester and you’ll earn your associate’s degree in two years
  • Make sure you discuss your first semester schedule and your educational plan with an advisor or counselor when you register.

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
MUS 180 - Music Business 3 credits Registration in MUS 180 allows students to participate with Spring Garden Records, the College’s record label. Prerequisite for MUS 290 Humanities 
MUS 116 - Theory I
4 credits Prerequisite: MUS 100 Major Course
MUS 215 - Advanced Music Technology and Multimedia 3 credit Prerequisite: MUS 115 
Prerequisite for MUS 260
Major Course
MUS 102 - Piano II 1 credits Prerequisite: MUS 101 Major Course
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper 3 credit Prerequisite: ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better ENGL 102, Info Lit
MUS 197B - Brass Ensemble II or
MUS 197C - Chamber Music Ensemble II or
MUS 197E - Electronic Ensemble II or
MUS 197G - Jazz Guitar Ensemble II or
MUS 197J - Jazz Ensemble II or
MUS 197P - Pop & Rock Ensemble II or
MUS 197SA - Soprano/Alto Ensemble II or
MUS 197TB - Tenor/Bass Ensemble II
1 credit Students can register for any ensemble at the 197 level.
All students must complete at least one semester of Men’s/Women’s Vocal Ensemble as part of the curriculum.  This can be at the MUS 196, 197, 296 or 297 course level. 
Major Course

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
MUS 118 - Theory II   Prerequisite: MUS 116 Major Course
MUS 220 - ProTools - Digital Audio Editing 3 credits Prerequisite: MUS 215 
MUS 220 is typically only offered in the Fall semester.
Major Course
MUS 103 - Introduction to Music 3 credits   Major Course
MUS 280 - Music Entrepreneurship, Licensing and Marketing 3 credits Prerequisite: MUS 180

Fulfills Tech Competency

MUS 296B - Brass Ensemble III or
MUS 296C - Chamber Music Ensemble III or
MUS 296E - Electronic Ensemble III or
MUS 296G - Jazz Guitar Ensemble III or
MUS 296J - Jazz Ensemble III or
MUS 296P - Pop & Rock Ensemble III or
MUS 296SA - Soprano/Alto Ensemble III or
MUS 296TB - Tenor/Bass Ensemble III
1 credit Students can register for any ensemble at the 296 level.
All students must complete at least one semester of Men’s/Women’s Vocal Ensemble as part of the curriculum.  This can be at the MUS 196, 197, 296 or 297 course level
 

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
MUS 260 - Sound Reinforcement and Recording Session 3 credits Prerequisite: MUS 215 
Only offered in the Spring.
Prerequisite for MUS 290
Major Course
MUS 290 - Music Internship 2 credits Prerequisites: MUS 180, MUS 260 which may be taken concurrently
Only offered in the Spring.
Requires 10 hours of Internship experience per week in the field + 1 hour lecture course per week.
Major Course
PHYS 125 - Musical Acoustics 3 credits Only offered in the Spring. Natural Science
ACCT 101 - Financial Accounting 4 credits   Major Course
ADC 176 / HIST 176 - Philadelphia History: Architecture and Planning or
ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology or
GEOG 103 - Introduction to Human Geography or
HIST 101 - United States History: Colonial America through the Revolutionary Era or
HIST 102 - United States History: The 19th Century or
HIST 103 - United States History: The 20th Century or
HIST 103H - United States and Pennsylvania History: The 20th Century (Honors) or

HIST 121 - Global History I HIST 122 - Global History II or
HIST 142 - Food History or
HIST 146 - Latino American History or
HIST 150 - History of American Health Care or

SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology or
SOC 115 – Gender and Society
3 credits SOC 101 recommended due to the fact that it fulfills many Gen Ed requirements and is transferrable if pursuing a 4-year degree. Social Sciences American/Global Diversity Interpretive Studies Writing Intensive
MUS 297B - Brass Ensemble IV or
MUS 297C - Chamber Music Ensemble IV or
MUS 297E - Electronic Ensemble IV or
MUS 297G - Jazz Guitar Ensemble IV or
MUS 297J - Jazz Ensemble IV or
MUS 297P - Pop & Rock Ensemble IV or
MUS 297SA - Soprano/Alto Ensemble IV or 

MUS 297TB - Tenor/Bass Ensemble IV
1 credit Students can register for any ensemble at the 297 level.
All students must complete at least one semester of Men’s/Women’s Vocal Ensemble as part of the curriculum.  This can be at the MUS 196, 197, 296 or 297 course level .
Major Course
  • Congratulations, this is your final semester! Don’t forget to complete your graduation application.
  • Meet with an advisor when registering for your classes
  • Finalize your transfer plans:
  • Take advantage of our scholarship opportunities for transferring students and apply for a scholarship
  • Visit Career Connections to learn about internships and your future career possibilities

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

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