McNally Smith College of Music

Associate of Applied Science in Recording Technology

In preparation for a career as a Recording Engineer or Music Producer, music technology students work with industry professionals in McNally Smith’s advanced studio complex. We teach the concepts, skills, and techniques that will serve you for a lifetime of creating and producing great music. You’ll start in our analog labs. From there you’ll progress to analog/digital studios to fully digital studios – where students get experience in 5.1 surround sound using the state of the art Digidesign Icon worksurface, and take their base skills to blockbuster potential.

60 Credits (40 major, 20 liberal arts)

1st Semester

  • REC 113R Recording Theory I (2)
  • REC 113C Consoles (1)
  • REC 113Mi Microphones (1)
  • REC 114RL Recording Lab I (2)
  • REC 116 MIDI Production Techniques (2)
  • REC 117 Sound Reinforcement I (2)
  • MUS 107 Music Theory I (2)
  • MUS 100K Keyboard Lab I (1)
  • MUS 140 Ear Training I (1)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 14 + Liberal Arts credits


2nd Semester

  • REC 123R Recording Theory II (1)
  • REC 123M Mix Theory I (1)
  • REC 124RL Recording Lab II (1.5)
  • REC 124ML Mix Lab I (1.5)
  • REC 207 Sound Design for Music Production (1)
  • REC 127 Sound Reinforcement II (2)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 8 + Liberal Arts credits


3rd Semester

  • REC 233R Recording Theory III (1)
  • REC 233M Mix Theory II (1)
  • REC 234RL Record Lab III (1.5)
  • REC 234ML Mix Lab II (1.5)
  • REC 236 DAW Editing I (1)
  • REC 205 MIDI Systems (2)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 8 + Liberal Arts credits


4th Semester

  • REC 126 Studio Management (1)
  • REC 243R Recording Theory IV (1)
  • REC 243M Mix Theory III (1)
  • REC 244RL Record Lab IV (1.5)
  • REC 244ML Mix Lab III (1.5)
  • REC 246 DAW Editing II (1)
  • REC 248/REC 249 Surround Sound Production/Sound Design for Post Production (2)
  • REC 122 Studio Maintenance I (1)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 10 + Liberal Arts credits


Overall Credits: 60 – 40 major, 20 liberal arts

Please be aware that there may be adjustments to the semester-by-semester course sequence based upon: start date, transfer credits, specific department requirements and advisor recommendations.

*Liberal arts requirements vary depending on degree program. Please refer to the course catalog for more information.