Is a Degree Required?
No, a degree is not required for a career in music production and related digital audio careers.
Many professional producers and engineers either don’t have a degree at all or have a degree in a different field. However, there has been a shift in the past several years as music engineering degrees have become more common at music engineering schools.
Different careers within music production will have different expectations on degrees. Many full-time, salaried positions, such as at churches or AV installation companies, will require a degree or equivalent work experience.
However, if you are working as a freelance producer or engineer, it is unlikely that a client will ever require a degree, though having one can bolster your resume and may result in more work.
The value in pursuing a music production degree is the practical experience that you will receive. Getting to work in a controlled environment with professional equipment will set you up for success in the industry. Having a degree will also give you flexibility in pursuing other career opportunities outside of music production.
- Demonstrates to employers and clients that you have formal training
- Demonstrates the ability to complete a collegiate degree
- Gives you experience necessary to succeed in the industry
Types of Degrees
Visible’s Music Production degree is purposely broad, giving students an overview of a lot of the industry and preparing them for many types of jobs.
However, students also have the ability to specialize in recording or live sound.
Other common degree paths are more specialized, such as:
- – Recording Arts
- – Music Technology
- – Music Industry Studies
- – Electronic Music Production
- – Live Sound Production
- – Digital Audio Production
- – Acoustics and Electroacoustics
- – Audio Postproduction
Read about more aspects of a music engineering degree to get a better overview.
Music Engineering Subjects
There are a few broad subjects that you can expect in most music engineering education.
Covers recording different instruments, including the most common equipment used and different techniques for miking, processing, etc.
Digital Audio Workstations
Covers the software used in music production, such as Avid Pro Tools, Apple Logic Studio, Ableton Live, Steinburg Cubase, etc. Visible teaches Pro Tools and Logic primarily.
Covers live sound reinforcement systems and production, including how to design sound systems for different event sizes and how to mix for front-of-house and monitors.
Covers the creative side of music production, including arrangement, instrumentation, grooves and beats, and interpersonal skills.
If you want to learn more, you can also get an insider look into music engineering classes at the certificate, bachelor’s and masters level.