Master of Music in

Music Producing & Recording

The Master of Music degree in Music Producing and Recording is a practice-oriented degree designed to focus on the development of professional competence for students who intend to pursue a career in music as artists and educators.

The degree, including its curricular structure, requirements for admission, continuation and graduation, are guided by the mission statement and purposes objectives of the Los Angeles of Music graduate degree program.

Mission Statement
The Los Angeles College of Music master’s program provides a rich environment where students develop a competitive career path through artistic endeavor, rigorous training, scholarship and unparalleled exposure to the music industry to become influential creative artists, educators, and entrepreneurs.

Purposes/Objectives
Directed by the guiding principle to develop students as successful artistic entrepreneurs, the purposes and objectives, structure and content of the Master of Music and Master of Arts programs focus on in-depth knowledge and competence in a major field of specialization and a breadth of competence through practice and scholarship.

The institution maintains a rigorous admissions policy that aligns with the objectives and goals of the Master of Music programs. The Graduate Studies Committee evaluates applicants for academic accomplishment, musicianship, talent, artistry, and level of commitment.

  • All Master of Music and Master of Arts applicants are required to hold a Bachelor of Music (BM) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music from an accredited institution. Degrees from international institutions are considered with a US equivalency evaluation report from a certified credential evaluator.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 from the applicant’s baccalaureate degree is required for admission.
  • Applicants must submit and essay on their goals in pursuing a career in music and what they expect to gain and contribute to the master’s program.
  • Applicants must pass an entrance audition and demonstrate advanced proficiency in their major field of specialization.
  • Applicants must pass entrance exams that demonstrate competency at the baccalaureate level in Musicianship, Music History, Music Technology and Music Business.
Entrance Exam Overview
  1. Minimum of five (5) audio tracks that you have recorded, as producer/engineer (you may be the artist also). Tracks must be between 2:00 – 5:00 in length.
  2. Detailed explanation of your involvement with each track, the tools used, the challenges you faced and the musician credit lists.
  3. A resume that lists experience, credits and computer skills.

Applicants are required to have the following proficiencies in Music Technology:

  1. Prerequisite in ProTools 210M. Transcript and/or certification required. Applicants without this prerequisite may take the ProTools courses offered in the baccalaureate program prior to entering the graduate study.
  2. Baccalaureate level proficiency in the use of microphone technology, signal processing, mixing and mastering – entrance exam to demonstrate knowledge and proficiency.
  3. User proficiency with MIDI production techniques – general functions of MIDI control, recording and editing.

Course Highlights

Classic Synthesizers 1 (2 credits)

Focus on classic synthesis techniques through virtual instrument synthesizers (i.e Serum, Synthmaster, Omnisphere, etc). This class consists of a weekly one-hour lecture and two-hour lab.

Contemporary Ensemble Recording (2 credits)

Production students are assigned to specific Performance programs classes/events – acoustic and electric instrumentation. This class aligns with Performance Ensemble in the Performance program. This class consists of a weekly one-hour lecture and two-hour lab.

Branding, Partnerships and Promotion Concepts (1.5 credits)

This course will dive deeper into the varied industry partnership opportunities, methods of branding, marketing and promotion. Students will implement into their marketing strategy. This class consists of a weekly 90-minute lecture.

Entrepreneurship and Marketing for the Professional Musician (1.5 credits)

Entrepreneurial and business strategies will be presented, along with advanced marketing and promotion strategies. Culminates in initial individualized business plan with marketing assets developed. This class consists of a weekly 90-minute lecture.

Surround Sound (2 credit)

This course introduces the concepts and technologies at the core of modern surround sound, all the way to Dolby Atmos. This course consists of a weekly, one-hour lecture, and one two-hour lab.

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