Pursue your passion for music recording and sound reinforcement.
The Bachelor of Arts in Recording & Audio Arts curriculum is designed for students who wish to combine a passion for creative expression with interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary study.
Students identify an area of emphasis which may include:
- augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR)
- film studies
- music recording (concert recording and studio work)
- sound reinforcement (live sound for soloists, ensembles, bands and theatre)
- other areas of individual interest
Bachelor of Arts in Recording & Audio Arts students will develop professional skills for their chosen emphasis through intense career preparation that celebrates creative performance, expression and discovery.
Become A Music Producer With The Help Of Shenandoah University
Students completing the Bachelor of Arts in Recording & Audio Arts will be able to:
- Design, develop and complete collaborative projects appropriate to their discipline and career goals
- Apply technologies to projects of personal interest
- Reflect on the ideas and work of self and others in a way that furthers the collaborative and creative process
Learning support services are available to all students in every course at Shenandoah. Free peer tutoring with a student who has previously succeeded in the course is available for any course across the university. The Writing Center is available for every stage of the writing process from thesis development to proofreading and bibliography assistance. The Math Enrichment Center is available for math and science assistance. Professors and Academic Advisors across the university also have office hours and open door policies to ensure Shenandoah students succeed academically.
Having a student tutor absolutely solidified my grasp on certain tricky concepts from class! Not only did having another perspective help, but also, especially, learning from someone who remembered not knowing and how best to explain based on what clicked for them.”
Talen Hartman ’19
Fast-Track to Arts Management
Accelerated PALM Program
The Master of Science in Performing Arts Leadership and Management is designed to provide future performing arts executives and artistic leaders with the industry skills required in the 21st century. The accelerated program in Performing Arts Leadership and Management is available for current Shenandoah Conservatory undergraduates who, upon completion of their undergraduate degree, wish to obtain a Master of Science in Performing Arts Leadership & Management in just one year. Students who are accepted into the accelerated program will begin to take arts leadership and management courses during their undergraduate studies and register for internship during the summer between senior year and their final year of graduate study.
Performance Opportunities & Ensembles
With more than 300 performances each year, Shenandoah Conservatory offers students in the Bachelor of Arts in Recording & Audio Arts a dynamic environment in which to practice their craft and develop a plan for their professional launch into the industry.
Shenandoah Conservatory is home to more than 30 performing groups — including instrumental, vocal, and dance ensembles — that present numerous performances every year. Auditions for ensembles and productions are open to all students and Bachelor of Arts in Recording & Audio Arts students are welcome to participate. These performances take place throughout Shenandoah University’s vibrant campus on its various stages, including a concert hall, recital hall, proscenium stage, black box studio, outdoor amphitheater and more, to venues and performance spaces in the Northern Shenandoah Valley and around the world. Ensembles constantly engage with Shenandoah’s dynamic faculty and an array of distinguished guest artists through residencies, workshops and unique performance opportunities.
Make studying abroad the highlight of your college experience! Whether you go for a year, a semester, or just a few weeks, you will never forget learning in another culture! The Center for International Programs is here to help you plan your study abroad experience. Start your planning early to ensure the courses you complete abroad count toward your degree and you graduate on time.
Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program
The Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program offers Shenandoah students a short-term, faculty-led, study-abroad experience for academic credit. These short-term, credit-bearing, faculty-led programs are offered winter break, spring break, and during the summer. If a course is not within your major, it might be used as an elective.
Shenandoah University is a member of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), a global network of 300 universities. This partnership allows students to study for a full semester or year at other member campuses abroad. By working closely with their academic advisors and the study abroad advisor, students can take classes taught in English abroad while receiving Shenandoah credit.
Shenandoah University also maintains direct partnerships with several universities around the world. These relationships allow students from SU to study abroad as exchange students and students from these universities to study at SU. All partner universities offer courses taught in English.
The Career Services staff helps Shenandoah students search and apply for internships related to their major and career goals. Internships differentiate you as an applicant in your future job searches, provide hands on experience in your field, allow you to sample different career paths for your major, and help you find a specific position that fits your passion before graduation.
Students interested in this program should also look into these other majors, graduate degrees, minors and certificates.
These minors complement this program well:
- Arts, Entertainment & Media Management
- Business Administration
- Computer Science
- Esports Management
- Film Studies
- Global Studies
- Professional & Popular Writing
- Public Relations
- Virtual Reality Design
Students in this program may choose to continue their education by earning a graduate degree. The following degrees/certificates may be of interest to graduates from the Bachelor of Arts in Recording & Audio Arts program:
Application & Portfolio Information
No audition is required for the Bachelor of Arts in Recording & Audio Arts; however, students must submit a portfolio and attend an on-campus interview.
Prospective recording & audio arts majors will complete an interview. The purpose of the interview is to assess the applicant’s oral communication skill, current work, and other elements that may contribute to success in the profession.
Applicants to the program must upload the follow items to the online audition form at least two weeks before the audition date:
- Artistic résumé (including any involvement in technology-related hobbies or student organizations and other experiences that have informed your interest in the arts and creative technologies)
- Career goals statement (a statement of approximately 250 words to give our faculty a true sense of who you are and share your interests with us)
- TIPS: Think about why the recording & audio arts program at Shenandoah University is a good fit for you. Provide a few examples that are important to you and focus in on those, while connecting your responses to your long-term career goals.
- One-minute video
- All applicants must submit a one‐minute video of you being yourself. There are no rules beyond this — just a one-minute video of you being you!
- • Recording & audio arts portfolio (i.e., a portfolio of your creative work)
- Your portfolio can include film/video files, an audio recording you created of a live music performance, an audio or video recording of a song you wrote (any genre, must have lyrics), a sample of work you created/produced using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) such as Pro Tools, Logic, Garage Band, FL Studio, etc.
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