A Complete Overview of a Music Engineering Degree​

Audio is a vital component of modern communication and entertainment. This is why the popularity of a music engineering degree and similar professions to music engineering are growing (U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics).


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.


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.

Is A Music Engineering Degree The Same As Music Production?

Music/Audio Engineering

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

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.


music producer degree

Practical Responsibilities

Below are lists of practical responsibilities typically shared by worship leaders across evangelical contexts. This helps paint a down to earth picture of what a normal week could look like.


Primary roles of worship leader:
    • Putting together a worship team, composed of  3-10 musicians
    • Organizing rehearsals
    • Putting together worship sets by church schedules
    • Creating schedules for the team members
    • Sending out music ahead of time with planning software
    • Attending church staff meetings 
    • Following up with team and members of the church for improving church services
    • Developing new musicians and teams as people are interested in worship leading.


Common auxiliary roles:
    • Putting spiritual formation for team members. Example:  bible study, check-ins, and devotionals.
    • Helping oversee other departments in the church that have worship components. Example: Children’s Ministry 
    • Responsibilities at retreats or conferences
    • Audio, Video, and Lighting Departments
    • Depends on the size of the church may determine other auxiliary roles

How Music Engineering Fits Into The Music Industry

Collaboration with Artist and Producers

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.


End Product for Consumers

Engineers shape the sonic experience for the consumer. 


Recording engineers capture the music in a recording studio. Mixing engineers balance and process the recorded tracks to be sonically enjoyable and fit the artist’s style. Mastering engineers add the final polish to mixes and prepare them for distribution. Live sound engineers mix audio for live events such as concerts and worship services.


Skills To Succeed in the Music Industry


Critical Listening

Music producers and engineers need to have critical listening skills in order to make the best decisions when working on productions.


Understanding of Music Theory

Music producers need basic music theory understanding in order to communicate musical goals with artists. Musically proficiency, such as the ability to play an instrument, is all helpful.


Technical Skills

Audio engineers need technical skills, including basic electrical engineering, audio software proficiency, and specialized training for audio equipment such as recording and live sound consoles.

Music Engineering Degree Breakdown

Structure and plan

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.



Subjects covered in the Music Production program include:

  1. studio engineering
  2. digital audio workstation operation
  3. live sound engineering
  4. mixing and mastering engineering
  5. music production, audio business administration
  6. project management
  7. live stage production
  8. sound system design
  9. audio for video.


Internship program

Internships are a critical part of obtaining practical skills


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.

Music Engineering Career Preparation

Possible careers:

  1. Recording Engineer
  2. Mixing Engineer
  3. Mastering Engineer
  4. Live Sound Engineer
  5. Music Producer
  6. Arranger
  7. Film or Television Production Mixer
  8. Sound Designer
  9. Post-production Sound Editor or Mixer
  10. Sound System Designer and Installer
  11. Broadcast Engineer
  12. Studio Owner or Manager
  13. Audio Entrepreneur
  14. Audio Educator


Related Career Routes

Related career paths include:

  • software development
  • video production
  • acoustic design. 

Music engineering graduate programs prepare students for higher level career positions, research positions, and teaching positions.

Visible Music College's Program Philosophy

Christian Worldview

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. 


Technical Expertise

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. 


Professional Development

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.


Individual Development

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.



Program Outcome Goals

Upon graduation, every student will:

  • be able to find gainful employment in studios, live sound venues, post­-production facilities, production companies, broadcast media, or entrepreneurial endeavors.
  • be able to oversee and execute studio and live sound responsibilities with competence, professionalism, and humility.
  • have a thorough understanding of how the mechanics of sound and audio apply to modern recording techniques and live sound reinforcement.

Learn more about Visible’s certificate and bachelor’s program that incorporates both music production and engineering courses.

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