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Music Production & Engineering at Arts Academy
Why Study Music Production & Engineering
Take your love of music, technology, and production to the next level. Here, you'll gain a strong technical and artistic foundation to bring you one step closer to a future in music.
What You’ll Learn
As a Music Production & Engineering major, you'll take a combination of production and recording courses, seminars, and labs. You'll collaborate with students across disciplines to create professional-caliber projects. You'll also explore current practices and innovation in music.
Your knowledgeable instructors will serve as mentors, technological experts, and career coaches. They will demonstrate how to master production tools so you can find your own style and voice. They will also help you as you think about your future, providing guidance in the college search or offering other career alternatives.
As a student at our boarding school for music production and engineering, you will:
- Create, produce, and engineer music in a variety of acoustic, electronic, and hybrid styles.
- Mix live ensemble and electronically produced music
- Perform multitrack recording, overdubbing, editing and mixing using digital audio systems
- Lead a creative project from idea inception to final delivery
- Coordinate and supervise a studio recording session
- Evaluate audio material and make technical and aesthetic decisions
- Communicate and time-manage in the context of multidisciplinary productions
- Create a professional portfolio
For information on graduation requirements and academic curriculum, please visit Academy Academics.
- Signal flow and acoustics
- Studio recording
- On-location live recording
- Fluency in Pro Tools
- Extensive experience with analog recording gear
- Weekly project time in The Goop, our world-class student recording studio
- Artistic collaborations with Singer-Songwriter, Film & New Media, Musical Theater, and Dance Divisions
- Music programming with other popular Digital Audio Workstations like Logic and Ableton
- Familiarity with the characteristics of popular music genres
- Earn credits as an assistant engineer on regionally and nationally released professional recordings
- Produce and create content for a regional podcast in conjunction with Interlochen Public Radio
Meet the Faculty
Interlochen Arts Academy students have access to some of the world's leading arts educators. Learn more about our Music Production & Engineering faculty or browse our directory.
Ruby Amanfu, Grammy-nominated songwriter
Sam Ashworth, Grammy-nominated songwriter
Jim Bonney, BAFTA-winning video game music composer
Jeanine Cowen, Berklee College of Music
Laura Karpman, Emmy-nominated film composer and Interlochen alumna
Tim Lauer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer
Makeba Riddick, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter
The Music Center
Our state-of-the-art 60,000 square-foot music facility has two 3,500 square-foot rehearsal halls, two recording studios—which allow for rehearsal and performance recordings in multiple venues on campus—multiple ensemble and practice rooms, and individual faculty teaching studios. Learn more about The Music Center.
Live Music Sessions
While at Interlochen, you will have the opportunity to work with your fellow students to record live music. Test your skills with a variety of recording techniques using top-of-the-line tools and technology.
Recent Interlochen Arts Academy Music Division students have continued their education at the following institutions and beyond.
Berklee College of Music
California Institute of the Arts
Detroit Institute of the Arts
Full Sail University
Institute of Contemporary Performance
Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
Los Angeles College of Music
Loyola University New Orleans
The New School
New York University
University of Colorado
University of Hartford
University of Miami
University of Southern California