Music Recording Technology

Students and instructors in a recording studio

Make Music and Launch Your Recording Career

Learn how to record, edit and produce your own music and prepare to set up your own studio by earning a certificate in music recording technology at NOVA.


Music Recording Technology Certificate

Gain the skills you need to set up your own studio or pursue employment in the music industry with NOVA’s music recording technology certificate. You’ll learn recording techniques, sound studio design, editing and mixdown techniques, recording studio electronics and small business management.

One Year
Curriculum Details

Why Study Music Recording Technology at NOVA?

Accomplished Music Faculty

You’ll learn from music faculty who are experienced professional musicians, sound designers and recording engineers. They’re also committed to your academic and career success.

Hands-On Music Recording Courses

You’ll take classes that feature leading music recording technologies and gain real-world experience in your courses and internships.

Affordable Music Recording Program

You’ll receive an affordable music recording education. You may even qualify for NOVA scholarships to help offset the cost of your tuition.


Northern Virginia Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the music recording technology certificate.

Music Recording Technology Program Career Outcomes

By studying music recording technology at NOVA, you’ll develop the technical and creative skills you need to start your own studio or stand out for music industry jobs such as audio technician, broadcast technician or sound engineering technician.

Credits and
Transfer Info

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for prior learning (CPL) generally refers to the process of granting college credit for learning gained in nontraditional ways, including but not limited to: certifications, AP or IB exams, military training, or life experience.


Learn more about possible transfer opportunities associated with this program of study. Students interested in transferring should contact an advisor or counselor to further discuss their plans.

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