Music Production and Engineering

Music Production and Engineering at Berklee; photo by Kelly Davidson

As a student majoring in music production and engineering (MP&E) at Berklee, you 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. Your 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, you will:

  • develop an informed and critical aesthetic vision;
  • learn to define quality using both musical and technical criteria and to apply those criteria your work and to the work of others;
  • 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; and
  • gain knowledge of the principles and creative practices of engineering and production techniques.

With this knowledge, you will be prepared to enter the contemporary music production field as an effective professional in a number of roles, and to adapt quickly and effectively to rapid changes in technology and stylistic genres in the discipline over the years.

It should be noted that admission to the music production and engineering major is competitive and is 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, you will:

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

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