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Earn Your Diploma or Minor in Live Sound

Live Sound

The intensive Live Sound program is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and training to get you working in the fast-paced live sound industry in as little as 12 months. You’ll receive individualized instruction from expert faculty who will teach you how to mix sound for live concerts, operate lighting and PA systems, and maintain audio equipment for a variety of club, theater, and stage venues. By honing your craft on state-of-the-art analog and digital mixing consoles, you’ll be prepared to excel in any live audio environment.

With a solid technical foundation combined with practical engineering experience, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to succeed in a variety of career paths.

Ready For The Real World

As a Live Sound major you’ll receive a hands-on education that prepares you for the real world. You’ll get professional experience working in our three on-campus performance venues, and mixing front-of-house for local concerts and events with bands and ensembles of all styles and sizes. You’ll learn the fundamentals of frequency management, microphone placement, how to get great tones for every kind of instrument and how to balance each element to create the perfect live mix. You’ll also learn music business essentials in tour management, booking and promotions — all skills that will make you marketable to potential clients.

You’ll get a head start on your music career by building your professional network while you’re still in school. With access to guest artists, internships and live sound opportunities in the thriving Twin Cities music, theater and arts scene, you’ll be connected to the industry before you graduate.

Teaching For Tomorrow

To succeed as an audio professional, you need a well-rounded education that prepares you for the dynamic future of music. That’s why our Live Sound degree program focuses on developing your creativity while giving you the necessary technology skills to adapt and compete in the industry. You’ll also graduate equipped with the entrepreneurial concepts and business savvy you’ll need to reach your goals and establish your career.

With a comprehensive education that blends artistry, technology and entrepreneurship, you’ll be ready to make and sustain a life in music.

Your Career Path

Graduates of the Live Sound program are prepared for a variety of career options, including:

  • Front-Of-House Engineer
  • Monitor Engineer
  • Acoustician/Sound System Designer
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Tour Manager
  • Lighting Technician