Sound production

Minor in sound production and engineering

As new technology and software trends emerge every year, the ability to navigate different audio programs and equipment becomes a valuable skill in the workplace. If you have a passion for music, film, or radio, consider a minor in sound production and engineering to develop your ability to work in the studio and creatively produce a recording session.

The Minor in Sound Production and Engineering, available within the College of Communication and the Arts, is designed to teach students the practical industry-related skills needed to design and produce music in a variety of fields, including film, film, commercial music, electro-acoustic composition and more. . Students learn about current trends in music software and hardware while learning about the history of sound technology and music marketing.

The minor is accessible to all students of Seton Hall University and is administered through the Music Program.

“Students gain hands-on experience in sound recording, editing and mixing on a wide range of audio elements including dialogue, sound effects and music,” said Dr. Dag Gabrielsen, assistant professor of production. sound and engineering. “Graduates of the program are well positioned to work in recording studios, record label administration, concert management, music supervision for film and television, music publishing and new hybrid companies that provide digital distribution such as Apple Music and Spotify, among others.

Reaffirming the minor’s distinctive curriculum, sophomore Paul Destefano chose the music major with a concentration in sound production and engineering to prepare him for work in the music industry. “Knowing how to navigate technology in a studio is crucial for a career in this field,” noted Destefano. “Being able to identify and use different microphones is really a study in itself.” Courses like Advanced sound editing, Mixing and Mastering also exposed Destefano to the production cycle of professional multitrack sessions through the art of nonlinear editing, effects processing and digital audio mastering.

The flexibility of the minor also allows students to explore their passions and individual interests. Christine Borowsky ’17 has always had a deep love for music and the program offered a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of music today. “I studied music theory for many years, so I was very interested in learning another part of the industry,” Borowsky said. Notably, the former visual and sound media student found the Song composition and music fundamentals most enjoyable class and relevant to his interests. “It was my first time creating music instead of just learning it,” Borowsky said. “I could be musically creative in a way that I had never been before.”

As digital industry demand increases, sound production and engineering are expected to increase by 8% from 2016 to 2026, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Angeli Fernandes ’18 is familiar with this growing need for a digital audio experience, applying her knowledge to her professional work as a virtual reality researcher in the Department of Neuropsychology and Neuroscience at the Kessler Foundation.

Fernandes, who earned a minor in Sound Production Engineering, highlighted the transferable skills she acquired through the program and the ease with which they apply to her current role. “I have used my training in audio and video editing countless times. In the tech and media driven society we live in, this training is invaluable for any profession after graduation, ”noted Fernandes.

The ability to use and train with digital audio software, such as ProTools, also impacted his personal passion for music, allowing him to develop new techniques for recording and editing music, a underlined Fernandes. “The flexibility of the program allowed us to study our personal interests and create a relevant final portfolio that showcased our abilities and passion,” said Fernandes.

At the end of the 18-credit minor, students leave with a professional portfolio containing the work produced, edited and refined during the program. Combined with the skills learned in their majors, recent graduates often find jobs in radio, television, film, advertising and the convergence of these online media.

To learn more about the Minor in Sound Production and Engineering, please contact Dr Dag Gabrielsen at [email protected]