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What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

The Bachelor of Science, Concentration in Music Production & Audio Recording, requires a minimum of 120 credits and can be completed in four years.

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Spring – November 15 (All concentrations except Conducting)
  • Summer – March 1 (Music Education concentration and non-degree programs only)
  • Fall – June 1 (All concentrations)

Bachelor of Science, Concentration in Music Production & Audio Recording, B.S.

A Georgia State University Bachelor of Science in Music Production & Audio Recording prepares students for artistic, technical and producer/engineer roles in the music and music-related media industries. Through a comprehensive curriculum, students become skilled audio engineers and music technologists with practical training and hands-on experience that prepares them for the multifaceted challenges of the industry.

Graduates emerge from the program well-versed in the technical intricacies of sound recording, mixing and mastering and possess a discerning artistic sensibility that allows them to create captivating and high-quality audio productions.

Program Highlights

Vibrant Location

The downtown location fosters connections with local music artists, venues and labels, including MTM Standard, the student-led music distribution company and sync house operating out of the School of Music at Georgia State University. Alumni, faculty and students actively participate in the thriving music scene, performing in various professional groups within the city.

Guest Artists & Industry Professionals

The music Industry area regularly hosts leading industry professionals for guest lectures and immersive seminars, offering invaluable insights and intensive learning experiences.

Studios & Resources

There are six recording studio labs, designed by Walters-Storyk, fully equipped with state-of-the-art digital audio workstations running Pro Tools and numerous other software programs. High-level monitoring by Genelec, SSL consoles, Universal Audio hardware and software and an extensive microphone collection are complemented by significant analog and digital sound production tools.

College to Career

Our alumni from the program have secured positions with leading independent and major music, management,and media companies such as Streamcut, Blueprint Group, Adella Thomas, Entercom, ASCAP and Warner Music. They are not only successful professionals but also thriving artists, musicians, producers and entrepreneurs across a wide range of genres, including rock, rap and EDM.

MTM Standard

Students oversee all aspects of MTM Standard, from recording to marketing to pitching and licensing. We serve as an incubator for aspiring artists, producers, visual creators, managers and music executives, providing career opportunities alongside higher education. Collaboration is central to our mission and we invite talented GSU students from all campuses to join us as we establish the music standard.

Career Outlook

With a degree in music production and audio recording from Georgia State, graduates can pursue various rewarding careers in the music industry. Some potential career paths include:

  • Music Producer and Audio Engineer: Oversee the entire music production process, working closely with artists to shape their sound and create high-quality recordings. Use technical expertise to record, mix and master music, ensuring optimal sound quality and balance.
  • Audio Professionals: Sound designers create and manipulate sound effects for film, TV, video games and virtual reality experiences. Post-production engineers focus on audio post-production for film and TV, ensuring clear dialogue, seamless sound effects integration and musical scoring. Live sound engineers handle sound reinforcement for concerts and events, ensuring the audience enjoys the best audio experience.

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Program Details

Music students must pass a qualifying examination specific to their concentration during their fourth semester of study. The rising junior jury determines whether the student has made adequate progress to qualify for entry to the 3000-level of applied music study.

To be considered for admission, students applying to the School of Music at Georgia State University are required to complete a separate application through the Acceptd platform.

Prospective students applying for the Bachelor of Science degree in either concentration (Music Management or Music Production & Audio Recording,) must perform a live audition or submit a digital portfolio before beginning first-year coursework in music. Students who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree and have a background in music making are highly encouraged to audition as their method of entrance. Audition requirements, important deadlines and audition dates can be found on our Application and Admission Information page.

The Music Production & Audio Recording concentration at GSU offers a cutting-edge curriculum designed to prepare students for the dynamic field of music production and audio engineering. Students in this program engage in a range of courses that cover areas such as studio recording techniques, music technology, sound design, mixing and mastering. The curriculum combines theoretical knowledge with hands-on experience in state-of-the-art recording studios and production facilities. Students learn to work with industry-standard software and equipment, honing their technical skills and creative abilities. Through collaborative projects and internships, students develop a strong portfolio and gain practical experience in producing music across various genres and platforms. The program emphasizes critical listening, problem-solving and artistic vision to empower graduates with the expertise needed for successful careers in music production, audio engineering and sound design.

For complete degree requirements, visit the catalog.

At Georgia State, we understand that students come to our institution from a range of financial backgrounds. We value the investment our students make in their education, and we aim to provide access to scholarships and aid opportunities that can support students through their academic journey.

Learn more about tuition rates or use Georgia State’s cost calculator to determine the investment required for your course of study.

Fees

There is an applied music fee of $350 per semester for a one-hour (8000 level) lesson and $200 per semester for a half-hour (6000 level) lesson. Additional lab fees for certain courses may apply.

The School of Music provides unparalleled opportunities to study and work among an inspiring community of musicians in one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. Students receive exceptional training, are provided with meaningful opportunities and begin serious careers no matter what type of music drives their passion. The goals and outcomes from an undergraduate degree include the following:

  • Ensuring comprehensive exposure to an array of perspectives as represented by the various faculty approaches to music performance, music history, music theory and teaching styles.
  • Honoring the continuing traditions of music-making and pedagogy while exploring new forms and contemporary issues within the various musical fields.
  • Developing pedagogical skills and strategies through teaching assistantships for undergraduate-level courses.
  • Preparing students for a professional career in music through rigorous performance preparation, exposure to important repertoire and attention to practical business aspects of various musical careers.

Contacts

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Undergraduate Admissions
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