2020-2021 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 16, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sound Recording Technology, BMus


James Abbott, Coordinator, Sound Recording Technology
406 Crouse College, 315-443-4107, jsabbott@syr.edu


James Abbott, William DiCosimo, Kevin Muldoon


The sound recording technology program provides technologically inclined musicians with the practical and theoretical background needed for success in today’s music production industry. The program provides a multidisciplinary four-year Bachelor of Music degree with coursework in music, acoustics, sound production, new media design, computer science, and mathematics. Particular emphasis is placed on audio engineering as a technical-artistic field, recognizing that audio professionals often serve as the interface connecting the technical and artistic personnel in the music industry.

The program provides extensive project experience in state-of-the art studios where students record, produce, mix, and master sound recordings. Students also develop technical and managerial skills that are essential to the profession. A high level of cross-disciplinary collaboration is encouraged, with exposure to production techniques for many musical styles and media deliverables. Students graduate with a portfolio of work that includes classical, world, popular, and jazz styles delivered on traditional formats alongside new industry standards such as web-based media and video games.

Possible careers include work as a recording engineer, producer, programmer, musician, and technical engineer. The program also provides a foundation for graduate work in engineering and computer science.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate skills for functional and artistic self-expression at the appropriate level and demonstrate the ability to perform a cross-section of repertoire.

2. Demonstrate functional keyboard skills to support musicianship at the appropriate level.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the common elements and organizational patterns of music and their aural and verbal analysis and a functional understanding of musical forms, processes, and structures.

4. Demonstrate the ability to complete aural dictation at the appropriate level.

5. Demonstrate growth in artistry and technical skills in an ensemble setting and collaborative competency and knowledge of ensemble repertoire.

6. Demonstrate a functional knowledge of music history and repertoire through the present time, including the study and experience of musical languages and cultures.

7. Demonstrate knowledge and skills sufficient to work as a leader, and in collaboration, on matters of musical interpretation.

8. Demonstrate ability to solve technical and artistic problems while preparing recorded products for various purposes/settings and fundamental knowledge of recording equipment and their proper use in applicable recording situations.

9. Demonstrate the application of acoustical knowledge, the related scientific aspects of sound, and electrical manipulation of sounds in applicable recording situations and acquired aural skills while making accurate and viable decisions associated with the proper application and use of recording equipment in applicable situations.

10. Demonstrate ability to solve technical and artistic problems while preparing recorded products for various purposes/settings.

11. Demonstrate the ability to develop professional-quality recordings from concept, to technical production and artistic process, to finished product.

Program Requirements

Large Ensembles: 7 credits

  • One Large Ensemble Required for Each Semester in Residence.  The Eighth-Semester Requirements May be Taken for Zero Credit.

Small Ensembles: 1 credit

Weekly Student Convocations: 0 credits

  • Required for Each Semester in Residence

Music Electives: 3 credits

Transmedia Elective: 3 credits

Free Electives: 3 credits

Total Credits Required: 121

Degree Awarded: BMus in Sound Recording Technology