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Certificate of Achievement
Music - Recording Engineer

This certificate of achievement teaches students proper and creative recording and audio editing techniques in a hands-on learning environment. This certificate will prepare students for entry-level work in the music and media industries.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2021-2022 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format).
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
MUST 101 - Introduction to Music TechnologyM3.0
MUST 101 - Introduction to Music Technology (3.0 units)

Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is designed for the student who wants to learn the terminology, equipment, techniques, and concepts of music technology. Focus will be on principles and practices of sound, digital audio, synthesis, Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), MIDI sequencing, notation software, and audio recording utilizing hardware and software platforms. Lab activities will place an emphasis on the operation and components of the typical MIDI and digital audio lab (hardware and software). Students will complete independent projects demonstrating hands-on knowledge.

MUS 106 - Musicianship IM1.0
MUS 106 - Musicianship I (1.0 units)

Corequisite: MUS 103
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for the student who wants to develop beginning aural skills, sight-reading, sight-singing, as well as dictation and rhythmic interpretation skills. It is recommended for all instrumentalists, singers and composers and required of all music majors.

MUS 103 - Music Theory IM3.0
MUS 103 - Music Theory I (3.0 units)

Corequisite: MUS 106
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course, through guided composition and analysis, incorporates the following concepts: rhythm and meter; basic properties of sound; intervals; diatonic scales and triads; diatonic chords, basic cadential formulas and phrase structure; dominant seventh; figured bass symbols; and non-harmonic tones. Development of skills in handwritten notation is expected.

Total Semester Units:7.0 
2nd Semester
MUST 105 - Introduction to the Music BusinessM3.0
MUST 105 - Introduction to the Music Business (3.0 units)

Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement; ENGl 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This class is intended for students interested in the music business. It presents an overview of the business and legal aspects of the music industry in order to understand the rapid and massive changes due to the revolution of music on the Web. The focus will be on career possibilities, the development of business-related knowledge and skills necessary for effectively maintaining a professional music career, the vocabulary and terminology of the music industry, and the distinction between music and business at the corporate level. Topics include record contracts, publishing, licensing, distribution, and copyright. In addition, the duties and responsibilities of musicians, songwriters, lawyers, agents, promoters, publishers, executives, and managers—anyone trying to navigate the rapid transformation of the industry will be examined.

MUST 141 - Recording Studio IM3.0
MUST 141 - Recording Studio I (3.0 units)

Prerequisite:MUST 101 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is designed for the student who wants to learn to make high-quality recordings using a wide array of tools and techniques. Emphasis will be placed on Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) sound recording, editing, and mixing processes through hands-on experience. Students will collaborate to produce recordings within several musical genres.

Total Semester Units:6.0 
3rd Semester
MUST 142 - Recording Studio IIM3.0
MUST 142 - Recording Studio II (3.0 units)

Prerequisite:MUST 141 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is designed for the student who will continue the study of recording studio techniques, signal flow using an analog console, and advanced ensemble microphone techniques. Students will also create a portfolio of work demonstrating their recording knowledge.

MUST 191A - Music and Integrated Technology Capstone - RecordingM2.0
MUST 191A - Music and Integrated Technology Capstone - Recording (2.0 units)

Prerequisite:MUST 141
Advisory:MUST 142; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is for students in the Music and Integrated Technology program to learn hands-on skills. The course focuses on collaborative projects, with students performing the professional roles of recording engineers and assistant engineers, and will prepare students for the highly collaborative music and media industries. Additionally, the course will help students build a professional portfolio with which to apply for entry-level jobs.

Total Semester Units:5.0 
Total Units for Music - Recording Engineer COA program 18.0 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
Legend:
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
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Program Learning Outcomes

1

Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how the music business functions and the role of professionals in the industry.


2

Students will be able to use digital audio workstation (DAW) software for recording and non-linear audio editing.


3

Students will be able to set up, record, and document a recording session.


4

Students will be able to collaborate effectively through group project-based learning.


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Whittier, CA 90601

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