Music - Recording and Production Concentration

Department Chair: Christopher Redfearn,, (701) 845-7377
Faculty Contact: Christopher Redfearn,, (701) 845-7377
Department Office: 113 Foss Hall, (701) 845-7272
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Music Major

The BA/BS in Music: Recording and Production Concentration gives students a traditional, liberal arts education in music combined with studies in 21st century skills in recording, editing, and mastering musical recordings. In addition to the core classes required of all music majors, students will complete a series of classes in analog and digital recording techniques, and electronic music production. Students in this course of study will complete a comprehensive recording project as their capstone experience. Recording and Production students can prepare themselves for an avocation or career in the music industry, prepare themselves for additional study, or use the degree as an effective pre-professional degree, serving as a gateway to graduate studies, law school, or medical school.

Practical Experience

Students will use cutting-edge technology in our recently renovated and updated recording/production studio suite. In both their own personal projects as well as in their course projects, students will access to some of the best hardware and software in the industry. The skills learned here can be used across the music curriculum.


General Education Requirements 

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
College Physics I
College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Cognition and Brain Science
Technology, Engineering, and Design
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
World Music
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39

Major Requirement

Application required for entry into program: application form, audition, program plan. The student must achieve a grade of C or better in each of the specified courses.
Core Courses
MUS 109Music Theory I3
MUS 110Music Theory II3
MUS 121Aural Skills I1
MUS 122Aural Skills II1
MUS 200Music Convocation 10
MUS 201Music Theory III3
MUS 202Music Theory IV3
MUS 203Aural Skills III1
MUS 204Aural Skills IV1
MUS 205Basic Conducting2
MUS 301Scoring and Arranging2
MUS 331Music History & Literature I3
MUS 332Music History & Literature II3
Music Ensembles
Select 4 credits from the following:4
Concert Choir
University Singers
Opera Ensemble
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Jazz Ensemble
Garage Band
Percussion Ensemble
Brass Ensemble
Woodwind Ensemble
100 Level Applied Music (2 semesters) 24
200 Level Applied Music (2 semesters) 24
MUS 111Class Piano I 31
MUS 112Class Piano II 31
Total Credits40

 Recording and Production Concentration Requirements

MUS 120Composition1
MUS 209Introduction to the Modern Recording Studio3
MUS 307Recording and Mixing Techniques3
MUS 309The Business of Music3
MUS 312Electronic Music Production3
MUS 411Advanced Production in the Studio3
Total Credits16

Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 40 Hrs
Total Concentration Requirement 16 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.

Plan of Study

First Year
Applied Music2Applied Music2
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3ENGL 120 (Gen Ed)3
MUS 1093MUS 1103
MUS 1111MUS 1121
MUS 1211MUS 1221
Technology (Gen Ed)3Speech Communication (Gen Ed)3
UNIV 1501 
 15 14
Second Year
Applied Music2Applied Music2
MUS 2013Ensemble1
MUS 2031HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2
MUS 2052MUS 2023
MUS 2093MUS 2041
MUS 3313MUS 3123
 MUS 3323
 15 17
Third Year
Literacies (Gen Ed)3Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
Mathematics (Gen Ed)3MUS 3012
MUS 3073MUS 4113
 16 16
Fourth Year
Electives3Art and Music (Gen Ed)3
Ensemble (Gen Ed)1Electives7
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4Ensemble1
MUS 3093Social Science (Gen Ed)3
Social Science (Gen Ed)3 
 14 14
Total Credits 121

Music Learning Outcomes

VCSU Music Majors will:

  1. Demonstrate competence in basic musicianship skills. (Musicianship)
  2. Develop requisite performance skills as a soloist and ensemble member, consistent with the objectives of their degree plan. (Performance)
  3. Interpret and analyze music from a variety of cultures and time periods. (Analysis)
  4. Demonstrate teaching skills consistent with the objectives of their degree plan. (Pedagogy)