The Music Technology Technical Certificate is designed to provide a well-rounded curriculum of music-related technical, creative, and business courses designed to prepare students for a variety of employment opportunities within the music industry. Program courses emphasize proficiency with professional recording equipment and computer systems, the terminology and operations of the music and recording industries, and critical thinking skills to resolve challenges and work effectively with others in a creative team environment.
Those considering a new career in the music and recording industries or professionals seeking to expand their knowledge will find the Music Technology program provides the skills needed to succeed. Students may choose from an impressive list of introductory courses in a variety of technical, creative, and business-related studies that are aligned with their specific career goals. Career opportunities include recording engineer/studio operator, music publisher, songwriter, independent record label operator, producer, and mastering engineer.
Most courses are offered in day and evening sections. A high school diploma or G.E.D. high school equivalency meet the admission requirements for the Music Technology Technical Certificate.
Earn a One-Year Music Technology Technical Certificate or a Two-Year A.A.S. Degree in General Technology
The Music Technology Technical Certificate is a 30 credit-hour program that can be completed in one year. All of the required Music Technology Technical Certificate courses can be applied toward the Nashville State Associate of Applied Science degree in General Technology if students choose to continue their education. Students who plan to apply the certificate toward an A.A.S. degree should consult their advisors about articulation options.
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Q: How long does it take to earn the Music Technology Technical Certificate?
A: 30 credit hours are required. Students that elect to earn the Technical Certificate may do so in one year or longer.
Q: Do I need previous recording, computer, or technical experience?
A: None is required but previous experience will certainly be a plus.
Q: Do I need to be able to read music or play an instrument?
A: We offer MST 1110, Fundamentals of Music, for students that do not have previous experience or are in need of a refresher course.
Q: Which courses should I take?
A: We recommend that students meet with an advisor prior to their first semester for assistance with course selection and scheduling.
Q: What courses are offered during the summer?
A: Typically the Music Technology summer course offerings are limited to a small selection of courses. Students should check the summer schedule and/or meet with an advisor to discuss summer course offerings.
Q: Do you offer any courses in the evening?
A: Day and evening sections are offered for most courses. Students are advised to check the printed and online semester schedules or consult with an advisor regarding specific course offerings.
Q: How many students are in a class?
A: The hands-on technical classes are typically limited to 12-14 students per section depending on the number of seats and workstations available in the studio and labs.
"I had a friend in the biz who told me that this program was one of the best kept secrets in town. Man, was he right! You can't get more bang for your buck anywhere. The curriculum is dead on with the newest technology. I would recommend it to anyone." - Christopher Cole
"The teachers here at Nashville State take time to make sure the students understand things being taught. Very good teachers, indeed." - Jason Faith
"I don't know what I would do if this program wasn't here. The professors get right in and help you out when you need it. Everything you do is hands-on. This program rocks!" - Maurice Lee
“The world-class faculty is second to none and because of the smaller class sizes, students get more one on one attention.” - Paul Baumgartner
“The Music Technology courses went way beyond what I first expected. For a songwriter/artist, they cover every aspect of what you find yourself needing in this business.” - John LaFave
“I learned so much more from the studio recording classes than I did at a very expensive school and the cost was so much less.” - Heather Padgett
“The Music Technology instructors at NSCC have taught me how to be a music business entrepreneur and establish my own record label, publishing company, and most of all, how to be my own producer and engineer.” - Tianna Baker
The Nashville State Music Technology recording studio and music/computer lab feature a huge selection of state-of-the-art analogue and digital equipment, a wide variety of acoustic environments, musical instruments and systems selected and designed to meet the particular needs of students in each of our classes.
Eric Richardson, Instructor, 615-353-3467
Eric Richardson teaches Desktop Digital Audio and Advanced Desktop Digital Audio classes at Nashville State. He has earned a Master Recording I Certificate from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences and an A.A.S. degree in General Technology from Nashville State as well as Digidesign’s Pro Tools HD 7 User Certification. As an audio engineer and consultant he has worked with national and independent recording artists and music publishers.
George McIntyre, Instructor, 615-353-3392
George McIntyre teaches Music Business, Music Fundamentals and Studio Recording classes at Nashville State. He has earned both a B.M. and M.M. degree in Studio/Jazz Guitar Performance from the University of Southern California School of Music. He became a professor/lecturer at USC teaching in the Recording Arts Program and Studio/Jazz Guitar Department. He served as Director for the Non-Major Guitar Program and eventually became the Director of the Electro-Acoustic Media Department. In addition to teaching at USC, George wrote and produced music for a variety of different projects including film scores, television cues and artist collaboration. George is a member of the Audio Engineering Society.
Bob Dellaposta, Adjunct Instructor
Bob Dellaposta teaches Music Publishing and Advanced Publishing at Nashville State. He received a B.S. in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He also maintains a successful career as a songwriter and music publisher. Numerous artists have recorded his compositions both domestically and internationally.
Joel Dobbins, Adjunct Instructor
Joel Dobbins teaches Intro to MIDI at Nashville State. He attended Tennessee State University and Middle Tennessee State University. He is manufacturer trained and certified on a number of MIDI software systems and other recording equipment. He is also involved in the sales and merchandising of MIDI and other recording equipment.
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