If you’re considering music engineering as a career, our faculty has put together a list of top factors to consider when looking at music engineering schools.
1 – Practical Opportunities
Music engineering schools utilize 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 skill set in order to make him or her more employable should be central to the music engineering department’s curriculum and content delivery.
The practical opportunities to consider when looking for a music engineer school is that students get experience day one of their freshman year. This will allow them to be in the labs and in the studios their very first day of school.
It’s the most valuable asset because they will get both live sound and studio time every single week throughout their higher education experience.
Students will have the opportunity to be in recording sessions and run live sound for their schools departments.
Depending what location you attend music engineering school, “music towns” have unlimited opportunities to work in live sound studios. This will mostly depend on the student to take initiative to land gigs to run music production or audio sets.
2 – Breadth and Depth of Learning
Subjects covered in the music engineering schools include:
- studio engineering
- digital audio workstation operation
- live sound engineering
- mixing and mastering engineering
- music production
- audio business administration
- project management
- live stage production
- sound system design
- audio for video
The school should be knowledgeable of all technical skills to make sure they are teaching the technical aspects of the recording industry extremely well.
Soft Skills and Spiritual Growth
There should be hundreds of hours of hands-on experience when students graduate. Furthermore, students should be taught how to work , interact, and communicate with clients by bringing in people to record during internships and paid recording sessions. Basically anything that gets students working with people outside of the school’s nature is important to cover.
Attending a college that you can grow in your faith with Christ throughout the program and leaving stronger after the program is another important factor to consider.
3 – Degree Selection
Passion in Creativity and Technology
Passion is the number one factor in selecting a music engineering school.
Music engineering is a field ripe with opportunities for those who are passionate about the work, but can also be really discouraging to someone lacking that passion. Production is the convergence of creativity and technology, so students interested in music engineering schools should enjoy both of those worlds.
Clear Career Goals
It is also important that students have career goals in mind when selecting a degree.
Having specific outcomes in mind, such as being a producer or audio engineer, record producer, a touring engineer, or a media technician at a church, can help guide the student through the program.
Those career goals may change while a student is in the program, which is great. But knowing the potential career outcomes of the degree is incredibly important in selecting it.
4 – Faculty
Music engineering faculty should have both academic experience and real-life practical music production experience.
Gift of Communication and Teaching
It is important that our faculty have professional experience and are continuing to participate in the industry so that they can communicate current industry trends and expectations with authority. It is also critical that our faculty are effective educators.
Simply being skilled in music production does not guarantee that an instructor can teach students to enter the industry. There are other skills necessary, such as communication, organization, and leadership that are critical to be a successful educator.
5 – Community Mentorship
Community with other like-minded musicians is vital.
Visible knits a strong community but is also built on a system of mentorship, which applies to the relationship between Music Production students and faculty. Students will work hands-on in the studio and live sound arena under the leadership and instruction of Visible faculty from their first semesters.
Faculty members are expected to be available to students to help guide them academically and professionally, as well as helping build the character of the students personally and spiritually.
6 – Scholarship Opportunities
The production process is built on teamwork, so community is a necessary component of the Music Production program.
Students will work together curricularly to complete recording projects and execute live sound events. Students will also work collaboratively across our different Visible communities on projects. Students will be taught by instructors at different locations and interact with students from the global Visible community.
The program also utilizes other community building tools such as extracurricular events and a Facebook group for Music Production students and alumni.
7 – Facilities and Amenities
The live sound courses of Visible focus on engineering for live concerts and events.
These facilities open up great opportunities for learning and growth. Schools are often rated on the quality of facilities and school-sponsored record labels..
Students will be exposed to sound system design, live sound signal flow, digital audio networking, monitoring systems, basic equipment maintenance and repair, etc.
Production courses focus on the creative elements of music production. Students will be exposed to basic music theory, compositional and arranging techniques, personal skills for working with artists, leadership techniques, audio content creation, etc.
These avenues are important to instill in students the professionalism and interpersonal skills that are vital to success in productionthe music industry. Technical skills should be expected from a graduate of a music degree. Talent and skill will get a student a job, but professionalism, work ethic, and interpersonal skills will keep the job.
8 – Philosophy of Apprenticeship
The music industry as a whole, and the production and engineering side of the music industry specifically, has transformed radically starting near the turn of the millennium.
The common route to production industry employment used to be based primarily on apprenticeships. As the industry has democratized more through cheaper and easier access to equipment, as well as the diminishing of large commercial recording facilities, the apprenticeship route has become less common.
Music Production programs are designed to equip audio engineers and producers with professional readiness through a Christian worldview.
The program 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.