CIM offers a four-year program of study in audio recording that is intended for a musician who wants to pursue a career as a recording engineer. Students majoring solely in audio recording, while being musicians, are not required to develop performance skills to the level of performance majors; however, the music theory curriculum is the same as that for CIM performance majors, with the aim of cultivating the aural acuity and musical knowledge necessary for the profession. Courses emphasize hands-on work in recording, editing, electronic music, acoustics, and mixing techniques in multiple musical styles. As an Avid Learning Partner, CIM recording majors receive intensive training and certification in the Pro Tools music production software, which has been an industry standard for music production and music for video for many years. Other requirements include independent recording projects and an internship in a professional music production facility. Sufficient studio time is guaranteed for the completion of all class assignments and individual projects in the CIM recording facilities. Students in the program also have additional opportunities to practice their recording skills through required participation in the CIM Recording Services. Recording majors are trained to record the recitals and ensembles of their fellow students. A position that requires attention to detail, working within deadlines, high quality work, and the responsibility that comes with a real world job.
The skills and experience gained in the audio program are invaluable, not only for the aspiring recording engineer, but also for the increasing number of professional musicians who choose to pursue careers closely allied with or dependent upon electronic media. Undergraduate students majoring in performance, composition, and eurhythmics, may also add studies leading to a double major in audio recording. Normally requiring five years of study, this undergraduate program provides a concentrated, skills-oriented approach to training for professional audio careers. The double-major structure allows extensive work in audio courses without weakening the performance program.
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Statement of Purpose
Bachelor of Music in Audio Recording
This Bachelor of Music in Audio Recording is a four-year program of study intended for talented musicians wishing to pursue studies in the art of audio recording technology within a conservatory environment. The program develops professional level competence in sound recording, and prepares students for entry-level positions in the recording industry. In addition to professional knowledge gained in the sequence of audio recording courses, students receive a thorough musical education in CIM's core curriculum of music theory, history and literature, eurhythmics and basic music skills, supporting musical knowledge needed for the profession. Students gain significant practical experience in their time at CIM and through professional internships. This approach resonates with CIM's vision of training the complete musician.
The program is designed to give students a thorough training in audio engineering and production with an emphasis on classical music recording techniques, with an intensive aurally-based education in the art of sound recording. This program offers immediate hands-on experience in recording techniques, using both hardware and software. Students gain practical experience assisting CIM's Recording Arts and Services Department in recording and documenting CIM's concert series, and are trained to record the recitals and ensembles of their peers. Students attain Pro Tools certification prior to graduation, as evidence of knowledge standards in music production and music for video. The program emphasizes skills in listening and aural acuity, recording, editing, electronic music, acoustics, microphone choice and placement, signal routing and processing, mastering, multi-track mixing techniques, and related topics such as acoustics and sound reinforcement.
Undergraduate students majoring in performance, composition or eurhythmics may add studies leading to a double major in audio recording. Normally requiring 9 or 10 semesters of study, the double major provides a concentrated, skills-oriented approach to training for a professional audio career that incorporates high-level study in the additional area.
Through the auspices of the Joint Music Program, this program has historically had a shared learning environment with students from Case Western Reserve University who pursue an audio recording concentration within CWRU's B.A. Degree. The diversity of students in the shared learning environment, and joint access for both sets of students to the resources of both institutions has been an added strength.