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Music Production

Ever wanted to produce your own music? How about collaborate on an album or soundtrack?

Studying music production will help you learn the latest tools and techniques — so that your creative works leave a lasting impact with your audience.

Overview
Learn to use professional audio workstations

Our music production program gets you working with professional analog and digital equipment while you are a student. With our recording studio on campus, you’ll be set up for success as a future music producer, songwriter, musician, or engineer.

Study in an ideal location

Cal Lutheran’s location just outside of Hollywood in Los Angeles offers you an immersive experience into the world of music. With an emphasis on small class sizes and hands-on learning, you’ll be able to confidently manage the many roles of a music producer and navigate the industry.

Learn from esteemed faculty in industry

You’ll gain insights from the very best faculty members who have years of industry experience, including Benny Faccone, a 15-time Grammy-winning audio engineer.

Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Scholarship
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Do you have superior skills in the areas of art, music, music production or theatre arts? Incoming first-year and transfer applicants for the fall semester can apply and audition for a scholarship that offers up to full tuition. Learn more


At a Glance

Degree Type

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Music

School/College

College of Arts and Sciences

Next Steps

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The Curriculum

With challenging and relevant courses, outstanding faculty, small class sizes, and an emphasis on hands-on learning, the music production program will position you to succeed in your chosen career.

Program Details

Find out what it takes to earn a degree in music production and explore the courses.


Highlighted Courses

Get familiar with some of the courses you might take in this major.

MULT 450: Mixing & Signal Processing

This is a practical course in audio mixing techniques with an emphasis on software-based signal processors and hardware-based tools. The course will utilize Avid Pro Tools software, featuring signal-processing plugins by Avid and other popular software vendors. Students will be introduced to advanced mixing concepts utilizing a large format recording console.

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MUS 305: Song Writing Lab

This is a lab course designed to develop a toolset for the creation of songs through applied practice. Students will work to combine lyrics with harmony or other musical elements and learn to notate songs through the creation of lead sheets.

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MUS 333: History and Survey of Film Music

This is a survey of film music from the advent of film sound to the 21st Century. The course will focus on dramatic scoring in primarily American feature films, including a significant examination of historically underrepresented groups in film music production, such as African-American and female composers.

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MUS 360: Studio Recording

Students will learn advanced recording techniques utilizing Music department's large-format API Vision recording console. Topics include signal flow, outboard signal processors, patchbay routing, audio monitoring technology, stereo recording techniques, and microphone placement for wind, brass, percussion, and other commonly recorded instruments. Course includes an integrated lab component for hands-on instruction.

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MUS 460: Analog Console Mixing

This course is a continuation of audio mixing with an emphasis on advanced mixing techniques utilizing a large-format recording console. The integration of external compressors, reverbs, and modulation effects will be creatively utilized to produce professional-level song mixes.

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MUS 470: Music Publishing & Distribution

his is an advanced course exploring the role, business model, and legal framework of music publishing and distribution in the current music industry. This course will provide practical information for content creators, entrepreneurs, or others aspiring to understand the modern system for monetizing music. Emphasis will be placed on topics relating to intellectual property, royalties and income streams in the music industry.

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Recommended Minors

Want to add even more value to your degree? Consider one of these minors to gain a unique combination of skills and perspectives.


Learning Spaces

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The Experience

We offer hands-on opportunities that give you the freedom to explore your passion through real-world work and prepare for a fulfilling career.

  • Valuable Internships

    Our proximity to Los Angeles and Hollywood allows you to pursue music industry internships, networking, and career opportunities. Companies where students have interned include:

    • Atlantic Records
    • Mirrorball Entertainment
    • Whirly-Girl Productions
    • mVibe
    • Revolver Recording
    • Chris Hardin Entertainment
  • State-of-the-art Facilities

    Our campus facilities are optimized to give students hands-on access, with an emphasis on collaborative music-making. Our four primary production studios range from a single-workstation film scoring lab to a 2,000 square-ft recording studio.

  • Studio Tours

    You’ll get to tour local studios throughout the Los Angeles area to see how working professionals work with artists and apply the same recording techniques you will learn in your courses.

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It’s important to learn a combination of theory and application. When students graduate, they should be ready to develop their own sounds, their own musical tastes, and be creative in their own way. I teach them what I know and then they take it to the next level.

Benny Faccone
Adjunct Faculty

Career Paths

A degree in music production can open doors to careers inside and outside the music industry. Recording arts professionals work in studios as sound engineers, mixers and editors. Musicians on the creative side enjoy careers as songwriters, touring musicians and entrepreneurs. You might also work in one of the many music-industry careers that support creative artists, such as A&R, music supervision, music management, recording services and many others.


Potential Careers

Talent Directors

Audition and interview performers to select most appropriate talent for parts in stage, television, radio, or motion picture productions.

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Media Technical Directors/Managers

Coordinate activities of technical departments, such as taping, editing, engineering, and maintenance, to produce radio or television programs.

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Music Directors and Composers

Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical artists or groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs; or create original works of music.

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Musicians and Singers

Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.

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Audio and Video Technicians

Set up, maintain, and dismantle audio and video equipment, such as microphones, sound speakers, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, video cameras, video monitors and servers, and related electronic equipment for live or recorded events, such as concerts, meetings, conventions, presentations, podcasts, news conferences, and sporting events.

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Broadcast Technicians

Set up, operate, and maintain the electronic equipment used to acquire, edit, and transmit audio and video for radio or television programs. Control and adjust incoming and outgoing broadcast signals to regulate sound volume, signal strength, and signal clarity. Operate satellite, microwave, or other transmitter equipment to broadcast radio or television programs.

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Sound Engineering Technicians

Assemble and operate equipment to record, synchronize, mix, edit, or reproduce sound, including music, voices, or sound effects, for theater, video, film, television, podcasts, sporting events, and other productions.

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Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes

Represent and promote artists, performers, and athletes in dealings with current or prospective employers. May handle contract negotiation and other business matters for clients.

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Looking for more career paths? Search these related areas to discover more options.

Employers

Graduates from this major have gone to work at:

  • Capitol Records
  • Conway Recording
  • Creative Audiovisual Production + Integration Company
  • East-West Studios
  • Momentum Audio
  • mVibe Music Licensing Services
  • NRG Recording Studios
  • United Recording

Graduate Schools

Our alumni have pursued advanced degrees at:

  • University of Southern California
  • Stanford University
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Berklee School of Music
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of New Mexico
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
Music Production Major
Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Music Technology, University of Nebraska at Omaha

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. Some occupations listed above may require a related graduate degree.

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After you graduate from Cal Lutheran, you receive free access to Career Services for life, as a valued member of our alumni family.

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