Our Bachelor of Music in Music Production & Recording Technology combines the discipline of private study and the aural acuity learned in ensemble participation with hands-on experience in recording, electronics, MIDI systems, Digital Audio Workstations (DAW), composition and live sound reinforcement
Upon completion of Shenandoah’s music production & recording technology program, you’ll have a versatile skill set that will enable you to work professionally with musicians and artists as a producer, coach and leader in the recording studio, helping to guide, capture and develop creative work. Also, you will develop a skill set to work with audio on a film shoot, operate a digital audio workstation (DAW), produce a surround sound mix, troubleshoot sound systems and complete minor repairs.
Our program focuses on the art of music production and recording technology. You’ll gain a deep understanding of music, music theory, arranging, history, performance, the audio recording process, live sound reinforcement, MIDI, DAWs (digital audio workstations), analog and digital recording technology, popular songwriting, and music production. Our state-of-the-art facility features integrated Apple mobile technology in the classroom, and we’ve received the Apple Distinguished Program Award three times from 2012 through 2018!
The redesigned music production & recording technology (MPRT) curriculum retains intensive learning around software and technological skills while providing students with increased experiential and hands-on learning to ensure top level industry preparation.
- New ShenCoSkills sequence for all first- and second-year conservatory students. A first-of-its-kind four-semester program that not only further integrates students into conservatory and campus life, but also provides them with a critical toolset impacting their well-being, academic success and ability to collaborate within the conservatory and their profession
- Standard four-semester theory sequence reimagined to Thinking in Key, blending together written theory, ear training and critical listening skills and encouraging students to explore how their music creates meaning
- Several courses altered to condense content delivery and allow more experiential learning
- Sound Reinforcement Practicum has been changed to a one-credit lab course to reflect the hands-on coursework needed
- Jazz core classes have been strengthened to include improvisation and repertoire
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Minor in Music, Theatre, Dance or Music Composition
Shenandoah Conservatory offers minors in Music, Theatre or Dance for all Shenandoah University students.
Shenandoah also offers a new minor in Music Composition for conservatory students who wish to build composition skills and enhance their creative music-making experience while pursuing other degree programs in the conservatory.
Acceptance into conservatory minors must be approved by the Division/Department Chair, and some minors require an audition.
Declaring A Minor
Shenandoah students work with their Academic Advisor to declare a minor. Academic Advisors will continue to work with students to ensure that they fulfill all of the requirements to complete the minor.
Incoming students should not indicate their intended minor on their Shenandoah application; applications are for intended majors only.
Your practical, real-world experience will continue through internships and work in the community. Design your own internship at a place of your choice including music hubs like New York City, Los Angeles, and Nashville.
The Career & Professional Development 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.
Our graduates typically find employment at recording studios as engineers, producers, musicians, live sound reinforcement engineers, or as composers or performers.
Join our distinguished ranks of alumni who are working or have worked with Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, the U.S. Army Band, Marriott Corporation, Rascal Flatts, Janis Ian, LeAnn Rimes, Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Emerson Drive, Björk, Gordon Mote, Gaither Vocal Band, Philip Glass, Gil Scott Heron and more!
Our graduates include:
- Tom Graham – Scotty McCreery, Greta Van Fleet (Nashville, Tennessee)
- David Angel – U.S. Navy Commodores (Washington, D.C.)
- Brian “Smitty” Smith – Apple (Cupertino, California)
- Michael Brown – Meyer Sound (East Coast)
- Alex Slohm – The Magic Shop (New York City)
- Scott Kidd – Nashville engineer, producer, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Wooten Brothers
- Justin Derrico – Guitarist for Pink
- Nate Zwald – Nashville engineer, producer, Gordon Mote, CCM artists
- Zach Fisher – Nashville session drummer
- Iciho Nishiki – Phillip Glass and Björk
- Dave Dell – ESPN & U.S. Air Force Band
- Lou Kohley – U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West Concert Band
- Andrew Keen– Blue Man Group, sound engineer
- Beth Trez – Trez Music Education Center (Mechanicsville, Pennsylvania)
- John Terrell – Virginia Beach-area engineer, producer
- Dan Shores – Grammy Award winner and managing director, Sono Luminus Studio, Dorian Records
- Dan Mercurio– Grammy Award winner and in-house producer, Sono Luminus (Boyce, Virginia)
Career & Professional Development provides a comprehensive range of services and resources to assist Shenandoah students in their career search. Services offered include resume and cover letter building, mock interviews, and professional dining etiquette workshops.
You’ll learn in small, focused classes, participate in performance ensembles, record groups and performances, and compose and produce projects. This program offers more than great facilities. You’ll spend time in the studio; take private voice/instrument lessons; perform in ensembles; learn from distinguished faculty as well as world-class guest artists and lecturers; record at more than 100 recitals and concerts on- and off-campus, across disciplines and in a host of venues; and design your own internship at a place of your choice (including music hubs like New York City, Los Angeles, and Nashville). Beginning in your freshman year, you’ll gain hands-on experience in the recording studio, working with state of the art equipment and technology.
Classical & Jazz Emphasis
Depending on your instrument you will either complete the Jazz or Classical Applied Emphasis in Music Production & Recording Technology.
Shenandoah Conservatory’s digital and analog recording studio includes all the tools needed by today’s sound pros:
- Solid State Logic (SSL) Duality console
- DIGICO SD9 digital console in the Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre
- Avid S6 M40 work surface
- Dolby Atmos RMU
- A full array of outboard signal processing equipment
- State-of-the-art microphones
- Pro Tools Ultimate
- Digital Performer
- Ableton Live
- Logic Pro Studio
- MIDI and analog synthesizer equipment
Other program facilities include a 9.1.4 immersive mixing suite with an Avid S6-M40 worksurface for surround sound (music and picture), “The Blue Room” mixing and composition studio, a computer lab with audio stations and the “Studio X” experimental lab for beginners.
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 | Music Production and Recording Technology, ’19
Industry Equipment & Spaces
The Blue Room is a cozy workplace for students to learn and practice their craft of editing and mixing. Equipped with an array of software, the room is designed to promote collaborative learning by having students observing each other’s work. The space resembles a home/professional studio that is very common in the industry today. Students are able to use this space anytime during the week in increments of two-hour blocks after passing a hands-on proficiency exam.
Immersive Audio Dolby Atmos Suite
Our Immersive Audio Dolby Atmos Suite is equipped with an Avid S6 control surface. Software applications include the Dolby Atmos Mastering suite, Pro Tools Ultimate and an Avid HDX system featuring the Avid MTRX along with DADman software to control the 9.2.4 monitoring system powered by PMC speakers. Students learn how to create immersive mixes with the full capability of rendering DTS and Dolby Atmos mix files.
Ruebush Control Room
Our main studio features an SSL (Solid State Logic) Duality 48 channel analog console/worksurface. As the heartbeat of the recording studio, the SSL Duality is a control surface for software and also an analog console. The space is equipped with a Pro Tools HDX system, Dante enabled Focusrite RedNet system and various software packages, including Apple Logic, Cubase and Nuendo, along with a state-of-the-art microphone collection.
Performance Opportunities & Ensembles
Music Production & Recording Technology students with great interest in performance are encouraged to audition for the Shenandoah Conservatory Performance Certificate program. The program allows students to study additional repertoire in the applied lessons, perform recitals and receive documentation of advanced performance abilities (without pursuing dual degrees). Moreover, the completion of a performance certificate informs graduate schools and future employers of the student’s advanced performance education and experience. We encourage all students to pursue a Performance Certificate. The Performance Certificate allows you to take lessons during your seventh semester and present a Senior Recital.
Auditions for music theatre and opera productions are open to all students.
Shenandoah Conservatory produces more than 300 performances each year. Enroll in a dynamic curriculum and start preparing for a meaningful career in the arts. You will practice your craft in front of audiences and develop a plan for your professional launch into the industry that focuses on your personal desires and aspirations.
Embrace extensive performance opportunities with top-tier facilities from theatres, concert halls and dance studios. Unite with fellow artists and join an alumni family that takes center stage from Broadway to the concert halls of Europe.
Shenandoah Conservatory is home to more than 30 performing groups — including instrumental, vocal, and dance ensembles — that present numerous performances every year. 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.
Our small, focused program and low faculty-student ratio mean you’ll receive individualized attention from caring faculty who themselves work professionally in the field.
Experience the world-renowned Shenandoah Conservatory. Study with master teachers – more than 100 professionals in music, theatre, dance and arts management.
Shenandoah Conservatory’s prestigious faculty is dynamic, creative, and passionately committed to the highest levels of artistic excellence. A deeply caring community, they mentor students with a wealth of professional expertise, balancing rigorous expectations with compassion and wisdom. At Shenandoah, you will study with, and perform for, award-winning composers, Metropolitan Opera singers, Grammy Award winning conductors and international competition winners. You will learn from leading scholars in music and premiere works created by accomplished dance artists and cutting-edge directors. Shenandoah Conservatory’s faculty embodies the highest levels of professional accomplishment and the deepest commitment to furthering the artistic growth and creative aspirations of students in every discipline.
Director and Associate Professor, Music Production & Recording TechnologyFull Biography
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Application & Audition Information
Shenandoah University works on rolling admissions. Applications are reviewed individually and holistically.
Submit your application, review required admissions materials, and find our admissions standards.
Admission to Shenandoah Conservatory is highly competitive. Not only must students be academically admissible, they must also complete and pass the mandatory audition/portfolio review and interview process. Audition dates are limited and may fill and close well in advance of the audition date.
Acceptable Instruments for This Program
Not all instruments are suitable to fit every major. Below are the acceptable instruments for this program.
Depending on your instrument you will either complete the Jazz or Classical Applied Emphasis in Music Production & Recording Technology.
- Double Bass (classical)
- Euphonium/ Baritone
- French Horn
- Guitar (classical)
- Percussion (classical)
- Double Bass ( jazz)
- Electric Bass (jazz)
- Electric Guitar (jazz)
- Percussion ( jazz)
- Piano (jazz)
- Saxophone ( jazz)
- Trombone (jazz)
- Trumpet ( jazz)
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.
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 and 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.