Music Production

Offered as a major (B.A.)

Ever wanted to produce your own recordings? How about compose music for a soundtrack? At Cal Lutheran, you can learn the latest music production techniques using state of the art audio workstations.

The crown jewel of our music technology program is a fully equipped Pro Tools HD2 Accel recording workstation housed in the Spies-Bornemann TV Studio. With this workstation, you can record, edit, and mix your projects with the highest level of professionalism.

The Curriculum
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Our location just outside of Los Angeles and Hollywood offers you an immersive experience into the music industry. With an emphasis on small class sizes and hands-on learning, you'll learn by doing.

From courses taught by Grammy winning audio engineers to the latest in analog and digital technologies, you have an opportunity to learn from the very best.

Work in state-of-the-art facilities
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In partnership with I-58 Studios, Cal Lutheran is able to offer students a unique opportunity to study audio recording and mixing in a state-of-the-art commercial studio located in Thousand Oaks. Using a best-of-both-worlds analog and digital experience, students learn to harness the power of new digital tools and vintage analog gear.

SBET 128 Studio

A hybrid television and audio studio for recording, mixing, and post-production sound. This studio features an Avid C24 digital control surface with Pro Tools HD Accel-2, and analog outboard gear.

I-202 Music Lab

A center for music production and collaboration, the music lab gives students access to the latest hardware and software tools. Beginning students gain immediate access to the music lab, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SBET 138 Mac Lab

The Spies-Bornemann 138 Mac Lab houses 24 iMac workstations equipped with Logic X, Pro Tools, and a large sound FX library.

The Experience
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Benny Faccone, a 15-time Grammy-winning engineer, is hands-down my favorite teacher. He has a ton of experience and knowledge, and he makes the work that we do applicable in the real world, which is a must-have in music production.

Austin Linkous '16

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Just being able to go to school in Southern California opened up numerous opportunities for me. I was able to get hired for a few internships in the music industry, which gave me a good grasp of the different sides of the business, allowing me to try new things and figure out what I want to do.

Johnathan Luu '16
Your Future

A degree in the recording arts can open doors to careers inside and outside the music industry. Recording arts professionals work in studios as sound engineers, mixers and editors. Occasionally, they may perform on a recording, depending on their skills.

You might also work in a record label's artists and repertoire department, commonly known as A&R, discovering new talent and helping recording artists shape their albums. They may serve as producers, who lead recording projects, and hire musicians, schedule recording studio time and oversee album cover design.

Taking Digital Music with Mark Spraggins in my second semester at Cal Lutheran was the moment where it all came together for me. I dove in head-first to the technology of sound recording and editing, and then just lived in the studio.

Brett Leonard ’06

Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Music Technology
University of Nebraska at Omaha

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