New York University: Steinhardt School (New York, New York)

If you started humming Alicia Keys’ “Concrete Jungle” just now, you’re not the only one. The Steinhardt School at New York University offers a music technology program.

Of course, it’s located in New York City, “in the middle of music technology,” explains Dr. Agnieszka Roginska, the program’s associate director. “We have access and collaborations with most of the studios in the city, many companies in the city.”

She says this offers ample opportunities for students to secure internships and to eventually land full-time jobs after graduation.

Many of the program’s professors also work within the industry, offering even more networking opportunities. Take, for example, Professor Tim Starnes, an alum and now an adjunct professor. Since graduating, Starnes has worked as a film music editor and a recording engineer.

He’s worked on a number of films you’ve definitely heard of, including “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “The Aviator” and “The Departed.”


New York University: Tisch Clive Davis Institute (New York, New York)

NYU Tisch, where Clive Davis program is housed. Photo by atp_tyreseus via Wikimedia commons

You might be scratching your head and thinking: But you’ve already mentioned NYU!

You’re right, but NYU has two very different schools in the realm of music production. The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, umbrellaed under the Tisch School of the Arts, offers a music business and entrepreneurship program.

This is a bachelor’s in fine arts — focused in on business — whereas the Steinhardt School offers a bachelor’s in music.

This program takes a more “holistic” approach to music production. Although everyone will take the same basic cources, students will come to identify themselves under one (or more) of these categories: executive, journalist, performer, producer, social, songwriter or technology.

For example, under the executive entrepreneurship program, students will learn how to dive into a number of endeavors, including launching a record label or operating a live music venue.


University of Miami (Coral Gables, Florida)

Fun fact: The University of Miami was the first school in the U.S. to offer a four-year Music Engineering Technology (MUE) program, resulting in the first Bachelor of Music. This was first offered in 1975, and nowadays it pairs well with a minor in electrical or computer engineering.

This program has been designed for musicians who want to venture into a career in technology. Students take a nice balance of music lessons and also software classes. With this unique combination, the school tends to stand apart from other music technology programs.

The Frost School of Music houses notable faculty members, but it also pulls in guest engineers to teach workshops throughout the year.

For example, Alex Delicata, a Grammy-winning, multi-platinum selling American music producer (among other titles), has led a couple of workshops/masterclasses at this prestigious school.