The Bachelor of Music in Recording Arts and Sciences program is designed to meet the expanding need for skilled audio technicians, producers, and engineers who possess both technical expertise and a sophisticated knowledge of music. A five-year dual-degree program, the Bachelor of Music in Recording Arts combines an applied performance major with a technical education in recording technology. Relevant studies in electrical engineering, math, science, and computer science are taken at the Whiting School of Engineering of the Johns Hopkins University on the Homewood campus.
The Recording Arts curriculum includes extensive practical experience, ranging from jazz, rock, and pop music to opera and major choral and orchestral works. In addition to regular laboratory sessions with live musical groups of all styles, students participate in recording a wide variety of Peabody events, many of which are open to the public. All recording majors, with the exception of first-semester freshmen, are expected to work in the Recording Studios throughout the course of their enrollment as part of the College Work Study program. In their fifth year, students complete an internship with local radio, television, and recording companies. The place of internship requires prior approval from the Recording Arts coordinator.
The degree recital should be performed in the fourth year of the program. If all requirements have been met, students may then receive the performance diploma in May of their fourth year prior to completing the recording internship. Students who also wish to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Whiting School of Engineering may apply to the Peabody/Homewood double degree program in their fourth year. Students must fulfill requirements for the performance degree at Peabody before entering the double degree program. Simultaneous enrollment in three majors is not permitted. Due to credit and scheduling conflicts, it is not possible to combine the Recording Arts major with the Music Education major or any double degree program in electrical engineering or arts and sciences at the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University.