Sound Recording and Music Technology


The Sound Recording and Music Technology curriculum is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in the music industry. Jobs in this industry include those of music producers, sound recording engineers, music production staff, artist agents, concert managers and many others for which both musical and technological knowledge are essential. This curriculum gives students a thorough academic and applied preparation for entry-level positions in the music industry. Students are trained in the use of industry standard equipment and software to provide them with the necessary skills for employment.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program, graduates will:

  • Demonstrate basic musicianship and knowledge of the theoretical, historical and technological backgrounds needed to understand how music is created, understood and performed.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use industry-standard music technology hardware and software for pre- and postproduction of music and multimedia.
  • Apply fundamentals of the music business to market a musical product—including live concerts and publications (print music/recordings/videos).

Program Entry Requirements:

This program is open to interested students. New students are normally required to take the College’s placement test at their time of entry. Students who are identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as a part of their degree program.

Students with a foundational music theory background should contact the Music Department Chair to complete the MUS 100: Music Reading course requirement as a credit by exam. MUS 100 covers key signatures, major scales, intervals, music language and rhythmic recognition.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the A.A.S. degree, a student must complete 60 credits, including a music internship, and attain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average) and a minimum of "C" in all Music courses.

Course Sequence:

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
MUS 100 - Music Reading   3 credits  
MUS 101 - Piano I   1 credit  
MUS 115 - Introduction to Music Technology   3 credits  
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or higher  

FNMT 017,  or placement in FMNT 118 or higher

3 credits Mathematics
ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 credits ENGL 101

MUS 196B - Brass Ensemble I or
MUS 196C - Chamber Music Ensemble I or
MUS 196E - Electronic Ensemble I  or
MUS 196G - Jazz Guitar Ensemble I or
MUS 196J - Jazz Ensemble I or
MUS 196P - Pop & Rock Ensemble I or
MUS 196SA - Soprano/Alto Ensemble I* or
MUS 196TB - Tenor/Bass Ensemble I*

  1 credit  

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
MUS 180 - Music Business   3 credits  
MUS 116 - Theory I MUS 100
4 credits  
MUS 215 - Advanced Music Technology and Multimedia MUS 115 3 credits  
MUS 102 - Piano II MUS 101 with a grade of "C" or better 1 credit  
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits ENGL 102, Info Lit

MUS 197B - Brass Ensemble II or
MUS 197C - Chamber Music Ensemble II or
MUS 197E - Electronic Ensemble II or
MUS 197G - Jazz Guitar Ensemble II or
MUS 197J - Jazz Ensemble II or
MUS 197P - Pop & Rock Ensemble II or
MUS 197SA - Soprano/Alto Ensemble II* or
MUS 197TB - Tenor/Bass Ensemble II*

  1 credit  

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
MUS 118 - Theory II MUS 116 4 credits  
MUS 220 - ProTools - Digital Audio Editing MUS 215 3 credits  
MUS 103 - Introduction to Music   3 credits Humanities
American/Global Diversity
Interpretive Studies
MUS 280 - Music Entrepreneurship, Licensing and Marketing
MUS 180 3 credits  Tech Comp

MUS 296B - Brass Ensemble III or
MUS 296C - Chamber Music Ensemble III or
MUS 296E - Electronic Ensemble III or
MUS 296G - Jazz Guitar Ensemble III or
MUS 296J - Jazz Ensemble III or
MUS 296P - Pop & Rock Ensemble III or
MUS 296SA - Soprano/Alto Ensemble III* or
MUS 296TB - Tenor/Bass Ensemble III*

  1 credit   

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
MUS 260 - Sound Reinforcement and Recording Session MUS 215 4 credits  
MUS 290 - Music Internship MUS 180MUS 260 which may be taken concurrently 2 credits  
PHYS 125 - Musical Acoustics   3 credits  Natural Sciences
ACCT 101 - Financial Accounting   4 credits  
ADC 176 / HIST 176 - Philadelphia History: Architecture and Planning or
ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology or
GEOG 103 - Introduction to Human Geography or
HIST 101 - United States History: Colonial America through the Revolutionary Era or
HIST 102 - United States History: The 19th Century or
HIST 103 - United States History: The 20th Century or
HIST 103H - United States and Pennsylvania History: The 20th Century (Honors) or
HIST 121 - Global History I HIST 122 - Global History II or
HIST 142 - Food History or
HIST 146 - Latino American History or
HIST 150 - History of American Health Care or
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology or
SOC 115 – Gender and Society
  3 credits Social Sciences
Writing Intensive
MUS 297B - Brass Ensemble IV or
MUS 297C - Chamber Music Ensemble IV or
MUS 297E - Electronic Ensemble IV or
MUS 297G - Jazz Guitar Ensemble IV or
MUS 297J - Jazz Ensemble IV or
MUS 297P - Pop & Rock Ensemble IV or
MUS 297SA - Soprano/Alto Ensemble IV* or 

MUS 297TB - Tenor/Bass Ensemble IV*
  1 credit  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


*All students must complete at least one semester of Soprano/Alto or Tenor/Bass Vocal Ensemble as part of the curriculum. This can be at the MUS 196, 197, 296 or 297 course level.

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.