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MSRA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Recording Arts Industry & Employment Outlook:


What exactly is Recording Arts?

The title “Recording Arts” is unfortunately somewhat limiting.  The complete title would be too long to place on your diploma, but it includes studies in Music, Physics, Acoustics, Sound Recording and Reinforcement, Computer Applications to Music and Audio, Music Production, Audio for Film/TV (Music, Dialogue, Sound Effects)... collectively “audio engineering”.

What kind of job could I get with this degree?

The Masters degree is now a common requirement to teach at any U.S. college or university.  With this specialty in Audio Pedagogy, our graduates are sought out for their ability to design, implement or continue courses of study in Recording Arts that are part of the growth discipline in higher education.  Our specialists in Audio Forensics find themselves part of an elite group of audio scientists in their community capable of serving the law enforcement and legal communities.  All of our graduates are prepared to take their place in the broad audio services industry or to advance their own musical career.

What’s the current climate of the industry?

Recent changes in the popular music industry sees the expansion of producer/artist owned studios and a decline of the services only industry.   The expansion of reasonably priced professional audio technology makes the home studio and artist studio the present growth industry.

What other resources can I consult to find out more about this industry?

The allied disciplines related to the audio industry each have an educational mission, an education committee, or helpful publications related to preparation for careers in audio.  Some of them are:

  • Audio Engineering Society (AES)
  • Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE)
  • Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE)
  • National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS)
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)