Arts Academy Boarding High School: Music Production and Engineering Major

Music Production and Engineering students work directly and collaboratively with artists, composers, songwriters, musicians, and other engineers, designers, and producers to create high-quality recording and technology projects in a professional production environment.  

Music Production and Engineering students explore current practices and innovations in music technology, electronic musicianship, and music production, and learn key aspects of recording and production—from recording session set-up and microphone placement to signal flow, mix-down, mastering, and professional studio protocol.

Through this program, students will develop critical listening skills, as well as the aesthetic, communication, and organizational skills that are vital to successful producers and engineers. This pre-professional education prepares students to study music production and technology at the college level and to secure entry-level roles in the music production field.

Upon program completion, students will be able to:

  • Engineer and produce music
  • Multitrack record, overdub, edit, and mix both live ensemble and electronically produced sources
  • Multitrack record, overdub, edit, and mix using digital audio systems
  • Apply musical and technical quality standards
  • Apply an informed and critical aesthetic vision
  • Lead a creative project from idea inception to final delivery
  • Develop business plans
  • Adapt to diverse and changing technology environments

Required Technology and Software

The following items are required technology and software for the Music Production and Engineering program. All prices are estimates and subject to change:

  • Pro Tools DAW subscription ($9/month)
  • Logic DAW ($200) 
  • Avid complete plug in bundle ($50/year) 
  • 2 channel audio interface (Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is a good entry level interface - $140) 
  • Microphone with XLR connection (suggested: Shure SM57 - $90) 
  • Closed back, flat response headphones (suggested: Sennheiser HD200 Pro or similar, $200) 
  • External USB drive to be used as a backup (minimum 500 GB - $50)