Bachelor of Music - Sound Recording Technology

Sound recording technology is one of UMass Lowell's signature programs and is one of the few programs of its kind in the United States. It provides motivated students with the practical and theoretical background needed for success in the industry. Starting a career in audio recording has traditionally involved training through an informal apprenticeship system. With the rush of new technologies that have revolutionized the recording industry in recent years, and the opportunities that new media are opening up for recording professionals, a higher level of training and education in music, media and technology is now required for any meaningful employment, even at the entry level.

The program's goal is to produce musically sophisticated and sensitive professionals who have sufficient technical knowledge to excel in today's rapidly changing, technology-based production industry. Successful students' understanding of the practical and theoretical aspects of the discipline, coupled with comprehensive music training, prepares them for a wide variety of professions. The program combines courses in physics, electrical engineering, computer science and advanced mathematics, with traditional studies in music and at least nine courses in the art and technology of recording.

The program is supported by eight (8) studio/laboratory spaces. Its exceptional recording, editing, critical listening, video, testing, synthesis and multimedia facilities allow the student to become proficient at operating and creatively using a wide variety of equipment and technologies.

The faculty of the SRT program are well-trained educators and active industry professionals, drawn from the wealth of high-technology, broadcasting, recording, and production talent in the greater Boston area, as well as the region's cultural and artistic communities.

The breadth of our SRT major program prepares a musically sophisticated graduate with a broad understanding of the technical aspects of the recording industry. The successful student's understanding of the practical and theoretical aspects of the discipline, coupled with comprehensive music training, prepares him or her for a wide variety of professions.

Though prospective SRT students enroll in certain specific courses for their specialization in the sophomore year, retention in the program requires an application to the Program Coordinator prior to the junior year. See Sophomore Year Retention below.

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General Requirements for Retention and Graduation

  1. Sophomore Year Retention
    • completion of MUTH.1080, MUTH.1090, & MUTH.2080;
    • a minimum of 2.500 GPA in sound recording technology, mathematics, and physics coursework; and
    • successful completion of Applied 4.
  2. Junior Year Retention
    • 3.000 GPA in all sound recording technology coursework; and
    • 2.500 GPA in electrical engineering, physics, and mathematics course work.
  3. Graduation Requirements
    • 2.500 cumulative GPA;
    • 3.000 GPA in all sound recording technology and support courses; and completion of approved senior recording project.

If any of these standards are not met, the student will be suspended from the program and will not be allowed to enroll in courses within the major. SRT students will repeat any Sound Recording Technology course in which they received a grade of D or below; upon receiving a minimum grade of C- or better, the student will be readmitted to the program.

Sound Recording Technology Internship Policies

Internships in Sound Recording Technology are governed by the following policies. Specific written authorization of the Coordinator of Sound Recording Technology, given prior to the internship experience, is required for any deviations in these policies.

  1. The internship may only be undertaken after the student has successfully completed the courses: MUSR.4100 and MUSR.4110;
  2.  The student must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.500 or higher and a GPA of 3.000 in Sound Recording Technology and support courses prior to undertaking the internship, to insure that students are academically prepared for the study;
  3.  Students register for MUSR.4920 Internship Preparation the semester prior to residency, for the purposes of researching and securing the internship;
  4. The internship shall be for a period of fifteen weeks. A minimum of twenty hours per week is to be spent at the location of the internship sponsor, working as assigned. It is expected that twenty hours per week will be the norm; additional hours are strongly encouraged, but not required;
  5. The student is registered under course MUSR.4930 Internship in Sound Recording Technology for six credit hours. The intern must be registered as a full-time student during the semester of the internship unless by special exemption. If necessary, the student will register for one or two sections of “Directed Studies in SRT” to reach the credit load of a full-time student;
  6. The student/intern shall receive no compensation and shall be considered a full-time student undertaking studies with the intern sponsor. The sponsor shall not be held responsible for Workman’s Compensation, Disability Insurance, Unemployment Insurance, and other legal obligations normally assumed for regular employees. The intern shall provide his or her own accident and health insurance;
  7. Where circumstances are appropriate, the internship sponsor may arrange to reimburse the intern for housing, board, travel, and incidental expenses, or to pay the intern a stipend; and
  8. The student will solicit the internship, and interview with the internship sponsor prior to the beginning of the internship experience. In the event that the SRT program is solicited by a prospective internship sponsor and a student is recommended by the Coordinator of Sound Recording Technology, it remains the student’s responsibility to interview and otherwise arrange for the internship.