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Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music in Recording Arts and Sciences program is designed to train musicians as audio producers and engineers to possess both technical expertise and a sophisticated knowledge in music. A five-year double-degree program, 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 G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering on the Homewood campus of The Johns Hopkins University. Additional coursework may be added in the last year to complete a Master of Arts in Audio Sciences, Acoustics Concentration.

The Recording Arts curriculum includes extensive practical experience, ranging from jazz, rock, and pop styles to chamber music, grand 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 are expected to work in the Recording Studios throughout the course of their enrollment as part of the College Work Study program. In the fifth year, students complete an internship with local radio, television, and recording companies. The place of internship must be approved in advance by the Recording Arts coordinator, with a minimum of 320 hours required.

Majors that can be combined with the Recording curriculum to form the Bachelor’s Degree in Recording Arts and Sciences

Master of Arts in Audio Sciences

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 and/or acoustics. The program is intended both for current audio professionals wishing to obtain a post-baccalaureate credential and for individuals with a background in science, technology, and/or music seeking additional training in order to gain employment in the audio industry.

Program Requirements

The curriculum is designed as a two-year or three-year full time residency program.

Admission Requirements

Students entering the program are expected to have a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Audio Technology, or Music. Undergraduate course work must include one year of Physics, one year of Calculus, one year of audio fundamentals (the equivalent of Basic Recording I), and basic audio engineering knowledge (the equivalent of Basic Recording II). A background in music which includes courses in Music History, Sightsinging or Solfeggio (movable or fixed Do), and skills sufficient to enter Music Theory I is also required.

Students choose one of two tracks: a concentration in Recording and Production or an emphasis on Acoustical Studies. Core course work will include Musical Acoustics, Electroacoustics, Psychoacoustics, Physical Acoustics, and Music Theory. The remaining course work in each track will consist of courses specific to the concentration chosen by the student in accordance with his or her background and professional goals.

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.