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Recording Arts and Production BA

The BA in Recording Arts and Production will prepare students for careers in the ever-changing fields of audio recording, music production, sound for film and television, live sound, and a host of other career paths.

What You Will Study

Students will take classes in Music Recording, Digital Audio Production, Songwriting, Music Technology, Sound Design for Film and Television, and much more. Additionally, students can choose to participate in a variety of music ensembles that focus on popular music, electronic music, and other styles.

Recording Arts and Production (B.A.)

What Our Students Create

This program helps all students to develop a professional portfolio of work — a key to future career opportunities. Faculty working in the Recording Arts and Production degree program will work with students throughout their time at Montclair State University to develop a digital portfolio of work that includes examples of music creation, music recording, collaborative projects, written papers from periodic assessments, and examples of sound design for various media. This portfolio will be curated collaboratively between the student and faculty as part of the capstone experience, so that students have high quality examples of their work to show potential employers.


Students in the BA in Recording Arts and Production will have access to a variety of high-quality internship opportunities. Past placements in the audio field include world class recording studios (Sound on Sound), smaller music production studios (The Den, Architekt Music, Audio Pilot Studio), music and media businesses (The Music Playground, Connoisseur Media, The Missing Piece Group, Audible), and audio post-production facilities (Warner Bros. NY).


The Recording Arts and Production degree program prepares students for robust careers across a wide range of fields in music recording, live sound, sound reinforcement, and sound design/production audio/mixing for film and television. This program will prepare students for careers as studio recording engineers, live audio engineers, sound designers, system technicians, broadcast technicians, field audio recordists, backline technicians, film mixers, Foley and ADR engineers, among many others.

Our Facilities

The BA in Recording Arts and Production is a unique interdisciplinary collaboration between the John J. Cali School of Music (JJCSoM) and The School of Communication and Media (SCM), both housed in the College of the Arts. Courses will make use of exceptional facilities, including three television studios and control rooms, a film sound stage, a live audio recording studio, a Foley studio, several computer labs complete with video and audio editing software (including industry standard audio tools), state-of-the-art performance venues, and several technology-equipped classrooms.

Our Faculty

The BA in Recording Arts and Production is coordinated by two full-time faculty members.

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David Sanders

Professor, School of Communication and Media

Morehead Hall, 129
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Bryan Powell

Assistant Professor, Cali School of Music

Chapin Hall, 348

Adjunct audio faculty in both the School of Communication and Media and the John. J. Cali School of Music also teach courses in this program. They are all working professionals with a vast amount of experience in their respective areas of audio and production. They provide invaluable connections to the industry, current and emerging professional practices, and technical resources for our students.

Phil Clifford

Production Manager, Cali School of Music