The music production and engineering (MP&E) experience at Berklee prepares you to enter the current music production field as an effective professional in any number of roles within a landscape of rapidly evolving tools and techniques. Your experience will prepare you to appropriately adapt to the changing demands of the recording industry.
Through in-studio classroom experience, hands-on project work, and exposure to resident and visiting industry professionals, you will:
- develop an informed and critical aesthetic vision;
- gain a thorough knowledge and understanding of complex technical systems;
- learn to collaborate effectively with others in numerous musical settings through participation as an engineer and producer;
- learn to define quality using both musical and technical criteria, and to apply those criteria to your work and to the work of others; and
- refine your communication and time-management skills in the context of multidisciplinary productions.
Please review these frequently asked questions to learn more about applying to the MP&E major. Prospective students indicating preference for this major will be sent detailed information by the Office of Admissions.
Real World Studios Recording Session
Music Production and Engineering students visit Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Wiltshire, England, and assist in a recording session with the artist Robert Vincent.
The student engineers are Wadhams Production Scholars and have the opportunity to record in world-class studios with some of the industry's top producers and engineers.
Program at a Glance
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.
Due to the rigor and popularity of the program, admission to the MP&E major is by application only. Acceptance is competitive, and decisions are based on musicianship, prior academic record, and demonstrated passion for the craft.
Applications are accepted online at the beginning of fall and spring semesters, and students typically apply after their first or second semester.
The application is a two-step process that includes:
- Submission of an online application; and
- Taking part in a twenty-minute interview with the department chair or full-time faculty.
Following the completion of this process, a decision will be reached by the MP&E selections committee.
Prior to applying, potential applicants must hold one semester of Berklee grades or a minimum of 12 transfer credits.
For detailed information on the application process, please see the answers to frequently asked questions.
There are 30 credits required for this major. To view the full program of study, which includes core music, liberal arts, and general electives, see the sample curriculum for the bachelor's degree.
30 credits specific to the major:
- MP-211: Audio Technology 1 (2 credits)
- MP-214: Critical Listening Lab (1 credit)
- MP-215: Production Analysis Lab (1 credit)
- MP-225: Audio and MIDI Systems for Music Production (2 credits)
- MP-226: Hybrid Recording and Mixing (2 credits)
- MP-212: Audio Technology 2 (2 credits)
- MP-241: Mix Techniques Lab (2 credits)
- MP-318: Creative Production Skills (2 credits)
- MP-340: Multitrack Recording Techniques (2 credits)
- MP-341: Mix Techniques 2 (2 credits)
- MP-320: Music Production for Records (2 credits)
- MP-385: Advanced Production Techniques (2 credits)
- MP-247: The Business of Music Production (2 credits)
- MP-461: Advanced Production Projects (2 credits)
- Major electives: 4 credits (see grids for more information; select any MP elective level 200 or above or MTEC elective level 300 or above)
Updated for catalogue year fall 2020
Use the interactive major grids to help you select courses each semester as well as track your progress toward graduation.