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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 Whiting School of Engineering on the Homewood campus of The Johns Hopkins University. Additional coursework may be added in the fifth year to also complete the 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 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. Following the third year, students complete an internship with a company that specializes in the type of work that matches their career interests.

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

MA Recording and Production
MA Acoustical Studies

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.

Program Requirements

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

Admission Requirements

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.