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. This unique program based on the “Tonmeister” model of educating students towards competencies in the theoretical and practical applications of music engineering through coursework at The Peabody Conservatory as well as JHU’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Whiting School of Engineering.
Since 1983, Peabody has offered a five-year Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Recording Arts and Sciences and performance or composition (including computer music). Through changes to the curriculum leading up to 2021, Peabody is now able to offer Recording Arts and Sciences as a five-year double-degree BM-MA. During the fifth year, students pursue a capstone portfolio project that is evaluated by faculty and outside professionals and supporting coursework to complete the Master’s portion of the degree. Students who prefer a four-year experience may opt for pursuing the BM-only double major.
The Recording Arts curriculum includes extensive practical experience in styles ranging from jazz, rock, and popular music to classical opera, chamber, choral and orchestral. In addition to regular laboratory sessions with live musical groups of all styles, students serve as recording engineers for all Peabody performances, some of which include providing an audio for livestreaming. All recording majors are expected to work in the recording studios throughout the course of their enrollment as part of the College Work Study program. Following their third year, students complete an internship with a company or individual specializing in the area of the industry in which they intend to pursue a career following graduation.
Due to credit and scheduling conflicts, it is not possible to combine the undergraduate Recording Arts major with the Music Education.or the double degree program at the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University. However, there are classes available to non-majors, and after graduating with their BM, students can apply for one of the Master of Arts majors: Recording Arts and Sciences, or Acoustics. Qualified students pursuing the Music for New Media major have the option of adding the MA in Recording Arts and Sciences in their third-year of study and and complete the combined BM-MA in five years (see details below).
BMRA/MA in Recording Arts and Sciences offers students the opportunity to complete a Bachelors and Masters degree in five years. During the third year of study, students have the option of interviewing for consideration to substituting the MA in Recording Arts and Sciences with an MA in Acoustics, thus replacing their fifth-year studies with coursework and capstone project required of that degree.
Students who prefer a four-year degree now have an option to pursue the BM double-major in Recording Arts and Sciences with their performance (vocal or instrumental, classical or jazz), composition or computer music major. Note that the BMRA exists only as a double major coupled with a performance or composition area
The Master of Arts program in Audio Sciences was developed in conjunction with members of the professional audio community to provide the technical knowledge and musical skills necessary to work at an advanced level in the field of audio engineering and/or acoustics. At the core of the curriculum are courses in Architectural Acoustics, Electroacoustics, Psychoacoustics, and Musical Acoustics. Outside of the core, the two concentrations diverge into Recording and Production (designed for students wishing to pursue a career in audio engineering) and Acoustical Studies (for students wishing to pursue a career in acoustical engineering and consulting). There are opportunities for students in Recording and Production to take courses in Acoustical Studies, and vice versa. For further details, please follow the links below.
The curriculum is designed as a two-year full time residency program.
Concentration in Recording and Production: Upload the following to the Peabody application: examples of your recording work (including several kinds of recorded music), annotated with a written description and sketch of the session and/or concerts, a list of microphones used— along with your rationale for using them. Please use .WAV format for all recordings.
Concentration in Acoustical Studies: Expand your essay and upload to the Peabody application. Make it a one or two-page paper describing your background. Include: applicable coursework, research, professional and/or other related experience in audio and acoustics. Describe what you wish to learn from the program with special emphasis on a specific area of interest within the discipline. Include a statement about how this program fits in with your plans for the future.