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High-Tech Music Recording Studio with First-Rate Instruction

NOVA student at work at NOVA Loudoun recording studio.

The Higher Education Center at NOVA’s Loudoun Campus includes a state-of-the-art recording studio for NOVA’s Music Recording Technology program.

The new studio contains the industry standard SSL console that records in high definition to software-based recorders. Classic studio microphones used in conjunction with state-of-the-art outboard equipment give students hands-on experience with the type of equipment they are likely to see in the world of music recording.

The Music Recording Technology program, which can be completed in three semesters, emphasizes recording, editing and final production methods to produce commercial recordings. The curriculum is designed for people who want to set up their own studios or seek employment as music recording technicians.

Courses include “Overview of the Recording Industry,” “Sound Studio Design,” “Recording Studio Electronics,” “Editing and Mixdown Technology” and “Advanced Recording Technology.”

Graduates of the 38-credit certificate program are prepared to begin careers in recording and broadcast studios. This is a top-notch education offered at a fraction of the cost of four-year universities or vocational institutes.

The head of the program is Sanjay Mishra, who has taught at NOVA since 2010. He is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music who has released several CDs of his own music. He has also recorded with Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead and other notable musicians. In addition, Professor Mishra has composed music for films. His score for the French film Port Djema received the Lifetime Vision Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival chaired by Steven Spielberg.

“NOVA’s technologically-advanced studio strikes an aesthetic balance between a highly-creative atmosphere and balanced sound, making it a very inviting place to learn,” Mishra said. “To learn the craft of recording in a professionally-equipped studio with the affordable price that NOVA offers is hard to beat.”

NOVA’s Music Recording Technology program is a great place to get started in this exciting, high-tech profession.

Learn more about NOVA’s Music Recording Technology Program.

By:  Carlene Mackereth

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.