Music and Sound Recording

Bachelor of Arts

“Having the education and hands-on experience in the studio, helped me take the right steps to where I want to be in my career,” said Christopher Marchesseault ‘16, an audio engineer for The Recording Den.

Help create the next big hit

Love music but prefer to work behind the scenes? As a music and sound recording major at the University, you will be able to discover exactly why musicians say the real magic happens in the studio.

Our B.A. and B.S. in Music and Sounding Recording programs are built on the belief that musicians should have a working knowledge of how music is recorded and then heard, and that sound recording artists should understand the art form they are recording.

Depending on your specific interests, you can choose to pursue either the B.A. or the B.S.

In the Bachelor of Arts program, your studies will focus on:
  • Music history, theory, and aesthetics
  • Musicianship
  • Sound recording methodology and technique

In the Bachelor of Science program, your studies will include elements of the B.A. program, but will provide more emphasis on science and technology through courses in calculus, physics, and electrical engineering.

Regardless of the path you pursue, you will:
  • Learn by working on professional-grade, state-of-the-art equipment
  • Develop an appreciation of the worldwide cultural impact of music
  • Have the opportunity to pursue private instruction on an instrument or in voice
  • Benefit from a campus that provides easy access to the New York City music scene
  • Have the opportunity to apply for the study away program at Blackbird Studio in Nashville
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What You'll Study

  • Sound Synthesis

    A study of the use of synthesizers, drum machines, sound modules and computers in the recording studio. Using a combination of lecture/demonstrations as well as lab hours, students will explore the physics of sound, sound synthesis, instrument control, Musical Instruments Digital Interface (MIDI) and computers. Special emphasis will be placed on current sequencing, notation and printing software.

  • Live Sound

    An introduction to live sound production and its concepts with practical application including sound system design, connectivity, options, digital and analog front of house consoles, monitor consoles, digital snakes, crossover networks, speaker systems, line arrays, setup, teardown, and troubleshooting.

  • Music Production

    A team-taught study of the art of record production including hands-on guidance from both a professional producer and engineer. This course will function as an exploration of the dynamic nexus of aesthetics and technology in music recording as personified and actualized by the engineer and producer and its impact on the art form.

  • Sound System Design and Maintenance

    This course covers the basics of sound system troubleshooting and maintenance. Topics include sound systems, the decibel, reading specs and diagrams, basic electronics, cabling, and test equipment.

  • Full List of Courses for Music and Sound Recording

    The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Music and Sound Recording, check out the Academic Catalog:

    Music and Sound Recording, B.A.

    Music and Sound Recording, B.S.

Learn from professors who are dedicated to your success.

Our faculty are leaders and innovators in their fields, bringing both deep professional experience and academic rigor to the classroom.

Next Steps

  • Admission Requirements

    Whether you're still in high school or are transferring from another college, we offer full- and part-time opportunities for undergraduates from inside the U.S. and abroad. The admission process can begin as early as the end of your high school junior year.

    The Application Process

  • Financial Aid Opportunities

    We offer a comprehensive financial aid program, with students receiving assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, student loans, and part-time employment. Funds are available from federal and state governments, private sponsors, and from university resources. More than 85 percent of the University's full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance.

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Unique Opportunities

Purebred Records

Purebred Records is an independent record label based out of the University of New Haven.

We are a devoted group of individuals full of passion and creativity. For our student-run team, we use experiential growth, applying our skills and experience in new and innovative ways, and challenging ourselves to work smarter and stronger with every new endeavor we take on.

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Nashville Study Away

Nashville Study Away

The University of New Haven is proud to partner with Blackbird Studio to offer a study-away program designed for students in our music majors. Nashville is the creative center of the American music business and a source for artists, songwriters, producers and engineers across the musical spectrum.

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