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Music and Sound Recording

A little over a century ago, if you wanted to listen to music, you had to be in the same room as the musician.  Now you can be anywhere at all.  The science of how we experience the art of music has revolutionized people’s lives — a revolution that shifted into warp speed when sound recording went from analog to digital.   With our bachelor’s programs in music and sound recording, you can be an integral part of that revolution.

Understand both the art and the science.

Our unique 4-year bachelor’s programs are based on a simple premise:  If you’re a musician, you should have a working knowledge of the media through which your art is heard.  And if you’re a sound recordist, you should have a working knowledge of the art form you are recording.  This breadth of knowledge will give you an edge over other music professionals who focus only on their own area.

In the Bachelor of Arts program, you’ll study three interrelated areas:

  • Music history, theory, and aesthetics
  • Musicianship
  • Sound recording methodology and technique

In the Bachelor of Science program, your studies will be similar to those in the B.A. program, but you’ll get a stronger grounding in the science and technology of recording through classes in calculus, physics, and electrical engineering.

Learn from professionals.

Your instructors will bring the exciting outside world of music and sound recording right into the classroom.  All of them work, or have worked, in the field and have professional expertise in the specific area they teach.  They can tell you what the music and recording world is really like — not the media version of it — and give you tips on how to be successful.  You’ll graduate knowing some of the ropes before you even land your first job.

Like all UNH faculty, our music and sound recording instructors are deeply committed to their students.  They’ll know you by name, develop a keen sense of where your strengths lie, and take the time both in and out of class to guide and support you.

Use the cutting-edge equipment the pros use.

There’s something else that brings the real world right into your classes, and that’s our equipment.  It’s absolutely state-of-the-art, professional grade.  Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • A new computer-based studio running the Pro-Tools HD2 Accel system, discrete signal processors from Pendulum and Universal Audio, and the latest plug-ins from McDSP* and UAD, along with professional-quality microphone.
  • A second recording studio with both tape-based analog and Pro-Tools HD digital recording gear
  • A third recording studio for our beginning recording classes
  • Individual and ensemble practice rooms

Music has existed for as long as humankind has.  In the Western European tradition, music expresses emotion.  But in other traditions, the sound of music often plays a different role.  Our bachelor’s program is unique in that it takes you beyond the Western European art tradition to the appreciation of music as a worldwide phenomenon — a creation of all cultures and civilizations on both the folk and art levels.

Focus on performance or musicology.

Does the stage beckon?  Or do you envision yourself more as a scholar on the subject?  Our program is flexible, so you can channel your natural aptitude in the direction you want it to go.  Whichever direction you choose, you’ll be part of a dynamic program that lives within a liberal arts curriculum.

Possible career roles for you in the future?  Think about:  performer, composer, music publisher, music critic or journalist, teacher, curator, and librarian.  A degree in music has a definite practical side.

Choose your instrument.

If performance is your calling, we’ll urge you to take private instruction on an instrument or in voice — you’ll be glad you did when it’s time for your senior year recital!  We’ve all heard the old anecdote:  A man on a busy New York street asks the legendary violinist, “Could you tell me how to get to Carnegie Hall?”  “Practice,” is the maestro’s immediate reply.  He wasn’t kidding.

Learn from industry professionals.

Your instructors are more than teachers.  They are proven performers in the music field, so you’ll get both theory and first-hand insights into what actually goes on out there.

Like all UNH faculty, our music instructors bond with their students.  Yours will take time, both in and out of the classroom, to get to know you and to provide guidance and support.  

Take advantage of our proximity to New York City.

New York has been a center for the American music industry for over a hundred years.  Jazz, rock, and the blues call it home.  Hip hop, disco, punk rock, Latin freestyle, Salsa, Irish-American, and Jewish klezmer were born there.  For our music students, it is a mecca that they return to again and again.  And it’s an easy car- or train-ride away.

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