Commercial Record Production Minor

Available to music production and engineering majors, the commercial record production minor immerses the student in the most current innovations in record production, recording, and mixing, using in-depth analyses of emerging creative, technical, and entrepreneurial processes as they become present in contemporary popular music. This expansion of the music production and engineering curriculum is designed to address new media approaches in record production and to provide historical insight into the background surrounding these new media approaches. This minor will focus on adaptive critical music thinking as it prepares the student for a career in the record industry of the near present and moving into the future.

Learning Outcomes: 

Upon completion of a minor in commercial record production, students will:

  • gain a historical perspective and understanding of the popular music recording industry and the technological innovations used by popular music record producers, engineers, and programmers, from 1979 to the present;
  • facilitate both analog and digital forms of emerging creative musical expression via recording techniques, mixing processes, and distribution methods;
  • apply adaptive critical music thinking to emerging music styles, languages, techniques, and processes;
  • understand innovation as a process inherent in modern popular music and music distribution; and
  • articulate and apply the intellectual potential and creative possibilities of popular music record production.

Required Courses

  • MP-226 Hybrid Recording and Mixing (2 credits)
  • MP-P432 Vocal Technologies for Record Production (2 credits)
  • MP-471 Remixing for the Commercial Marketplace (2 credits) or MTEC-455 Hip-Hop Production for Records (2 credits)

Elective Courses (choose two of the following)

  • MP-431 Vocal Production (2 credits)
  • MP-441 Advanced Mix Lab (2 credits)
  • MP-471 Remixing for the Commercial Marketplace (2 credits) if not taken as a required course
  • MTEC-455 Hip-Hop Production for Records (2 credits) if not taken as a required course

Five courses are required for completion of minor.

For more information, contact:

Music Production and Engineering
1126 Boylston Street, 2nd floor
617 747-2400
Chair: Rob Jaczko
Program associate: Barbara Thomas