As new trends in technology and software appear every year, the ability to navigate different programs and audio equipment is becoming a valuable skill in the workplace. If you have a passion for music, film or radio, consider a Sound Production and Engineering minor to expand your ability to work in a studio and creatively produce a recording session.
The Sound Production and Engineering minor, available within the College of Communication and the Arts, is designed to teach students practical industry-related skills necessary to engineer and produce music for a variety of areas including film, commercial music, electro-acoustic composition and more. Students familiarize themselves with current trends in music software and hardware while exposing themselves to the history of sound technology and music marketing.
The minor is available to all students at 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 dialog, sound effects and music," said Dr. Dag Gabrielsen, Assistant Professor of Sound Production and Engineering. "Graduates from the program are well-positioned for employment in recording studios, record label administration, concert management, music supervision for film and television, music publishing and newer 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 to having a career in this field," Destefano noted. "Being able to identify and use different microphones is really a study in itself." Classes like Advanced Sound Editing, Mixing and Mastering also exposed Destefano to the production cycle of professional multitrack sessions through the art of non-linear editing, effects processing and digital audio mastering.
The flexibility of the minor also allows students to explore their individual passions and interests. Christine Borowsky '17 always had a deep love for music and the program offered a behind-the-scenes look of how music is created today. "I studied music theory for many years, so I was very interested in learning a different part of the industry," Borowsky said. Notably, the Visual and Sound Media alumna found the Songwriting and Fundamentals of Music class most enjoyable and relevant to her interests. "It was the first time I created the music instead of just learning it," Borowsky said. "I could be musically creative in ways I'd never been before."
As industry digital demands grow, sound production and engineering is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Angeli Fernandes '18 is familiar with this increasing need for digital audio experience, applying her knowledge to her professional work as a virtual reality researcher in the Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Department at the Kessler Foundation.
Fernandes, who minored in Sound Production Engineering, emphasized the transferable skills she learned from the program and how easily they apply to her current role. "I have used my sound and video editing training countless of times already. In the technology and media-oriented society we live in, having this training is invaluable for any occupation post-graduation," noted Fernandes.
The ability to use and train with digital audio software, like ProTools, also impacted her personal passion for music, allowing her to develop new techniques for recording and editing music, Fernandes emphasized. "The flexibility of the program allowed us to study our personal interests and create a relatable final portfolio that showcased our abilities and passion," said Fernandes.
Upon completion of the 18-credit minor, students leave with a professional portfolio containing the works completed, edited and refined over the course of the program. Combined with skills retained from their majors, recent graduates often find jobs in radio, television, film, advertising and the convergence of those media online.
To learn more about the Sound Production and Engineering minor, please contact Dr. Dag Gabrielsen at firstname.lastname@example.org.