Bachelor of Professional Studies in Music Production
Gain an expert level education on how to create and produce music directly from Berklee's accomplished music production faculty. Create a portfolio of professional-sounding productions, and gain the analytical and professional skills needed to succeed in the music production career.
Professional Studies of Music Production students will gain an extensive background in the world's most popular software programs and learn the associated best practices for creating, producing, and mastering recorded music in any style. Students will learn the most current techniques for successfully completing recording projects that are typical of those found in contemporary professional recording and production environments.
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Through hands-on instruction from Berklee College of Music's award winning music production faculty and industry professionals, as well as collaboration with other musicians and music producers from around the world, students who successfully complete this degree will be able to hit the ground running in any professional music production and audio environment.
By the end, graduates of this program will:
- Learn to analyze, evaluate, and define quality using both musical and technical criteria and to apply those criteria to his/her own work and to that of others.
- Synthesize acquired knowledge into an intellectual frame of reference to be applied to all aspects of music production.
- Apply their knowledge by creating a portfolio of professional-sounding recorded productions and audio.
- Comprehend the principles and practices of music production that will transcend technological advances and emerging styles.
- Students will graduate from the program with a portfolio of professional-sounding productions and the analytical and professional skills needed to practice and advance in the music production and professional audio career.
Required Courses (30 credits)
- Creative Music Production Skills
- Music Production Analysis
- Critical Listening 1
- Audio Basics for Recording
- Pro Tools 101
- Pro Tools 110
- Microphone Techniques for Recording Engineers
- Mixing and Mastering with Pro Tools
- Art of Mixing
- Creative Music Production Skills
- Capstone Course/Directed Study
Choose Five Specified Elective Courses (15 Credits)
- Audio Mastering Techniques
- Audio Post Production for Film and TV
- MIDI Sequencing Intermediate
- Advanced Audio Ear Training for Mix Engineers
- Live Sound: Mixing and Recording
- Producing Music with Logic
- Programming and Producing Drum Beats
- Sound Design for the Electronic Musician
- Hip-Hop Writing and Production
- Introduction to Game Audio
- Advanced Mixing and Mastering with Pro Tools
- Recording and Producing in the Home Studio
- Producing Music with Ableton Live
Six Specialization Courses in Your Area of Interest (18 Credits)
Six courses in a given student's area of interest and professional development: music business, songwriting, arranging, orchestration, etc.
Five Core Music Studies Based on Placement (15 Credits)
Based on placement, these five choices must include at least one theory course, one harmony course, one ear training course, and the keyboard course. Proper sequencing is indicated by the order below.
- Music Theory 101
- Berklee Keyboard Method
- Basic Ear Training 1
- Getting Inside Harmony 1
- Music Theory 201: Harmony and Function
- Harmonic Ear Training
- Getting Inside Harmony 2
- Music Theory 301: Advanced Melody, Harmony, Rhythm
- Arranging 1: Rhythm Section
General Education Courses (42 Credits)
- Artistry, Creativity and Inquiry Seminar
- Any one History course
- Any one Composition/Writing course
- Any three Arts/Humanities courses not already taken
- Any four Social Science courses
- Any three Mathematics and the Natural and Physical Science courses