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Sound Recording Technology

Focus on audio engineering to sharpen your skills in both the technical and artistic aspects of your field. Learn and practice in some of the industry’s most contemporary, well-equipped spaces.

Your degree program will be a multidisciplinary venture incorporating music, acoustics, sound production, new media design, computer science, and mathematics. Your college experience will culminate in a bachelor of music (B.M.) degree that reflects creative, technical, and managerial expertise in both traditional and new industry standards.

About VPA

Home to the visual and performing arts at Syracuse, VPA supports the creative process and professional development. The College is divided into seven areas: the School of Art; the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies; the School of Design; the Department of Drama; the Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music; the Department of Film and Media Arts; and the Department of Creative Arts Therapy.


Sample courses for sound recording technology majors include:

  • Music Industry and the Media
  • Live Sound and Concert Recording
  • Music Industry Law and Ethics
  • Social Media for the Music Business
  • Basic Conducting
  • European and American Music Since 1914

View official major requirements .

Practical Experience

Sound recording technology students learn how to record, produce, mix, and master sound recordings in Syracuse University’s state-of-the-art Belfer Laboratory and Studio. This is a Live End/Dead End recording studio that has earned a reputation as an incubator for the artists, audio engineers, and businesspeople who shape the music industry.

You’ll gain valuable professional work experience under the supervision of a professional recording engineer as part of Setnor School’s Recording Services. Work in a live production environment providing audio engineering services for more than 200 events each year.

You’ll have countless opportunities to interface with renowned national and international resident and visiting artists and industry professionals as they lead workshops, teach master classes, and deliver lectures.

Study Abroad

Today’s musicians must prepare for careers on a global level. Setnor School has designed study abroad programs that align with your curriculum in Brazil, London, and France. There is also an optional semester in Los Angeles, which is considered the entertainment capital of the world.

Music majors enjoy a weeklong immersion program in New York City called the Gilbert Week. You’ll gain insight into music careers, meet with alumni and arts professionals, and visit some leading arts organizations and institutions.

Syracuse Abroad also offers more than 100 programs in 60 countries.

Life After Syracuse University

As a College of Visual and Performing Arts graduate with a major in sound recording technology, you can explore such careers as:

  • Recording engineer
  • Producer
  • Programmer
  • Musician
  • Technical engineer
  • Recording studio manager