Music Production and Engineering

Music Production and Engineering at Berklee; photo by Kelly Davidson

The student majoring in music production and engineering (MP&E) will learn about the creation and production of recordings of music and how to successfully complete recording projects that are typical of those found in contemporary professional recording and production environments. The student's mastery of the discipline will be shown through the completion of recording and production projects of professional quality.

Through classroom emphasis on artistic and professional excellence and exposure to resident and visiting professionals, the student will develop an informed and critical aesthetic vision. He or she will learn to define quality using both musical and technical criteria and to apply those criteria to his/her own work and to that of others. The student will learn to work effectively with others in the wide range of circumstances typically found in the recording and production professions through participation as engineer and producer on various projects, and by interacting effectively with musicians on these projects. The student will acquire sufficient knowledge of the principles and practices of engineering methodology and creative production techniques to permit him/her to adapt quickly and effectively to the rapidly changing technology and stylistic genres in the discipline over the years.

The music production and engineering graduate will be prepared to enter the contemporary music production field as an effective professional in a number of roles. It should be noted that admission to the music production and engineering major is competitive and based on musicianship, prior academic record, and aptitude. Students apply for acceptance to this major after their first or second semester at Berklee. Applications are accepted online at the beginning of fall and spring semesters; please see answers to frequently asked questions about applying to the MP&E major here. Prospective students indicating preference for this major will be sent detailed information by the Office of Admissions.

Entrance Requirements

By application: written application submitted online; 20 minute interview with chair or full-time faculty; MP&E Selections Committee decision. Pre-requisite to apply: one semester of Berklee grades or minimum 12 transfer credits. Pre-requisite for major: LMSC208 or LMSC209.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a major in music production and engineering, students will:

  • multitrack record, overdub, edit, and mix both live ensemble and electronically produced sources;
  • multitrack record, overdub, edit, and mix using complex analog and digital audio systems;
  • lead a creative project from idea inception to final delivery;
  • develop business plans;
  • adapt to diverse and changing technology environments;
  • apply knowledge of complex analog and digital audio systems; and
  • evaluate audio program material and make technical and aesthetic decisions based upon those observations.
Read more about this program

30 credits for the major: MP-211: Principles of Audio Technology 1 MP-214: Critical Listening Lab MP-215: Production Analysis Lab MP-225: MIDI Systems for Music Technology MP-212: Principles of Audio Technology 2 MP-241: Mix Techniques Lab MP-247: Business of Music Production MP-318: Creative Production Skills MP-340: Multi-track Recording MP-341: Mix Techniques 2 MP-320: Music Production for Records MP-385: Advanced Production Techniques MP-421: Music Production for Visual Media MP-431: Vocal Production MP-461: Advanced Production Projects 4 credits Approved Specified Elective 

Assessment Evidence

Students demonstrate their learning through the following types of projects:

1. Hands-on technical proficiency tests in a recording studio

2. Written examinations

3. Ongoing project-based evaluation

4. Recording live ensemble and electronically produced sources

5. Mixing, overdubbing, and editing live ensemble and electronically produced sources

6. Leading creative projects