Music and Sound RecordingBachelor of ArtsBachelor of Science

"Having the education and hands-on experience in the studio, helped me take the right steps to where I want to be in my career," said Christopher Marchesseault ‘16, an audio engineer for The Recording Den.

Grasp the Science and Art of Recordings, Media, and Communication

Technology is essential to our relationship with sound. Recording studios, theaters, social media platforms, film and television production, stadiums, and game studios rely on the competencies of sound engineers to function. Contemporary compositions for pop stars, film scores, and orchestras are also facilitated by the expanded capabilities of the latest musical interfaces.

Our Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs in Music and Sound Recording are based on the philosophy that musicians should have technical skills, and sound recordists should know the art form they are recording. To this end, our students take courses in three interrelated areas: 1) music history, theory, and aesthetics; 2) sound recording methodology and technique; 3) musicianship.

Professional Guidance

A degree in Music and Sound Recording focuses on the craft and art of working with sound. Our professors are former and current engineers, producers, and composers with professional expertise that informs our curriculum. In combination with courses from the Tagliatela College of Engineering, students receive foundational skills in the generation and manipulation of sound and apply those skills in various ways.

We also believe that these competencies are best applied with an understanding of how music and sound function in the world. You will have opportunities to enhance your development with courses on the theory and history of music. Our instructors also serve as academic and career advisers, assisting students as they navigate four years of college and prepare for industry opportunities.

Learn by Doing

Music and Sound Recording courses are held in our recording studios and music technology lab. Classes are capped at 16 and feature cutting-edge learning environments where instruction occurs as students engage with technology and make aesthetic decisions. Whether it's using the appropriate microphone or preamp, experimenting with synthesizer parameters, or producing beats, students learn industry standards and develop their aesthetic preferences.

Facilities include:

  • A computer-based studio running the Pro-Tools HD2 Accel system, discrete signal processors from Pendulum and Universal Audio, and the latest plug-ins from McDSP* and UAD.
  • A computer and analog-based recording studio with a Pro-Tools HD and 16-track tape machine.
  • A recording studio for our beginning recording classes and individual projects.
  • An assortment of professional-quality microphones.
  • A music technology lab with 20 iMac stations running the latest versions of several DAWs and synthesizing and sequencing software with AKAI and Native Instruments controllers.

Our program and professors encourage students to be actively ambitious and to engage in real-world practices while learning. Our recording spaces are open 24/7 for students to record bands and singers, mix records for independent artists, or work on your projects. We support a chapter of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) on campus that enables students to be on the frontline of the sound recording industry, and to get live, hands-on sound experience working University events.

The best example of real-world engagement is our Nashville Study Away program that enables students to spend a semester in Nashville, TN, an international hub for music creation and business. The program offers an array of courses and internship experiences that complement our students’ skill sets and knowledge. All classes, from "Studio Mixing," "Music Production," and "Advanced Recording," are held at the world famous Blackbird Studio.

It’s Not Where You’re From, It’s Where You’re At.

The University of New Haven is located on the southern coast of Connecticut. Our location provides our students with multi-directional access to creative and work opportunities in places that fit their personalities and lifestyles. Students travel to New York City and Boston for a variety of work experiences and take advantage of the diverse music institutions and businesses located in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Our Music and Sound Recording students have worked at Blackbird Studio, Sennheiser, Sonalysts Media, Quad Studios, Repercussions Studios, Firehouse 12, Fox Sports NY, ESPN, Gillette Stadium, and other places.

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$20,000 Scholarship Opportunity

The University of New Haven and the Arts Council of Greater New Haven have teamed up to offer a new scholarship for high school students who want to major in the arts at the University of New Haven. The Todd Jokl Visual & Performing Arts Scholarship awards $5,000 per academic year for four consecutive years.

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Spotlights
Envision Your Future

The information below is designed to show the many possible careers you could pursue with your major. The research is provided by Encoura, the leading research and advisory firm focused exclusively on higher education. It includes median national salaries and industry growth projections over the next decade. Click here to view the full report.

$53K

Sound Engineer

13% Growth 2017-2027

$70K

Producer

16% Growth 2017-2027

$42K

Audio Tech

17% Growth 2017-2027

Selected Courses and Programs
  • Sound Synthesis

    A study of the use of synthesizers, drum machines, sound modules and computers in the recording studio. Using a combination of lecture/demonstrations as well as lab hours, students will explore the physics of sound, sound synthesis, instrument control, Musical Instruments Digital Interface (MIDI) and computers. Special emphasis will be placed on current sequencing, notation and printing software.

  • Live Sound

    An introduction to live sound production and its concepts with practical application including sound system design, connectivity, options, digital and analog front of house consoles, monitor consoles, digital snakes, crossover networks, speaker systems, line arrays, setup, teardown, and troubleshooting.

  • Music Production

    A team-taught study of the art of record production including hands-on guidance from both a professional producer and engineer. This course will function as an exploration of the dynamic nexus of aesthetics and technology in music recording as personified and actualized by the engineer and producer and its impact on the art form.

  • Sound System Design and Maintenance

    This course covers the basics of sound system troubleshooting and maintenance. Topics include sound systems, the decibel, reading specs and diagrams, basic electronics, cabling, and test equipment.

  • Full List of Courses for Music and Sound Recording

    The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Music and Sound Recording, check out the Academic Catalog:

    Music and Sound Recording, B.A.

    Music and Sound Recording, B.S.

    Music Technology Minor

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Purebred Records

Purebred Records is an independent record label based out of the University of New Haven.

We are a devoted group of individuals full of passion and creativity. For our student-run team, we use experiential growth, applying our skills and experience in new and innovative ways, and challenging ourselves to work smarter and stronger with every new endeavor we take on.

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Nashville Study Away

Nashville Study Away

The University of New Haven is proud to partner with Blackbird Studio to offer a study-away program designed for students in our music majors. Nashville is the creative center of the American music business and a source for artists, songwriters, producers and engineers across the musical spectrum.

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