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Music Recording Technology Program

If you are an aspiring producer, recording technician or sound engineer, NOVA’s Music Recording Technology program could be your first step toward a rewarding career in the music industry.

Our Music Recording Technology program will teach you sequencing and recording principles and how to use professional hardware and software. You will also master setup of both professional and home studios and gain a comprehensive understanding of the music recording industry.

This 38-credit certificate program provides a solid foundation at a fraction of the cost of many other sound engineering courses. You will combine current engineering technology and creativity to record, manipulate, mix and reproduce music and sound for:

  • music projects
  • new media
  • games
  • radio
  • television
  • film

The program consists of two semesters of coursework and a subsequent internship. The hands-on nature of the program gives you an opportunity to develop concrete skills and produce actual examples of your work. You take an active role in all aspects of the recording studio and are encouraged to participate in recording sessions with a variety of artists, genres, scenarios and schedules.

This evolving and dynamic field favors learning experience. Classes meet in person and are held in a studio setting on the Loudoun Campus. The Music Recording Technology Certificate Curriculum is three semesters long. Classes are offered every Spring and Fall.

Learn From an Industry Pro

Sanjay MishraProgram head Sanjay Mishra, a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and a veteran of the industry, has released several CDs of his own and has recorded with Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead and other notable musicians. Professor Mishra has also composed music for film. His score for the French film 'Port Djema' received the Lifetime Vision Award at the Steven Spielberg-chaired Hamptons International Film Festival.