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While a lot of musicians head to Nashville in hopes of starting recording career, the city is also a good place to learn the production side of the industry. Nashville offers plenty of professional studios where students can get some hands-on experience with internships, and graduating students can look for work. There are plenty of audio production programs in Nashville where students can earn two- or four-year degrees.

SAE Institute of Technology

SAE Institute of Technology is located in the heart of Nashville and is walking distance from a multitude of professional recording studios. The school has more than 20 studios and workstations where students can learn the skills of audio production. Full-time students can complete the audio production program in nine months, attending classes Monday through Thursday. The school also offers a part-time program, which can be completed in 18 months. The part-time students attend classes only on Mondays and Wednesdays. Workshops are held on Fridays and include a variety of topics like soldering, drum miking, drum and guitar, recording, as well as visits from professional producers and engineers. The objective of the program is to prepare students for entry-level positions in recording, post-production in the studio and live events, and entry-level entertainment management.

SAE Institute of Technology

7 Music Circle North

Nashville, TN 37203

615-244-5848

nashville.sae.edu/en-us/home

Art Institute of Tennessee™ – Nashville

The Art Institute of Tennessee — Nashville offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in audio production. The Audio Production degree is targeted at students who are interested in careers in audio production and audio engineering. The program teaches students to record, edit, mix, and master audio recordings. The school has industry-level equipment and gives students hands-on opportunity to learn music production. The entire program is 192 credits over 12 semesters. In addition to the technical production classes, students are required to take courses in music theory, music business, and film and video production. The program is designed to show the many fields where music is used, including film and television. Students who complete the program should be prepared for entry-level careers in audio engineering, concert engineering, Foley work, radio production, and television post-production.

The Art Institute of Tennessee — Nashville

100 Centerview Drive

Ste 250

Nashville, TN 37214-3439

615-874-1067

artinstitutes.edu/nashville

International Academy of Design & Technology — Nashville

The International Academy of Design & Technology — Nashville offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Digital Audio Engineering. The degree helps to prepare students for careers in the music, radio or television industries. Students take courses in editing, music theory, mixing and mastering, digital audio recording and video techniques. Students become familiar with the digital audio recording process by taking specific training courses that allow them to compose their own material. Students can learn to record and mix their material using the school’s equipment. The program is 90 credits and students can attend both daytime and evening classes to fit their schedules.

International Academy of Design & Technology — Nashville

1 Bridgestone Park

Nashville, TN 37214

iadtnashville.com/programs/digital_audio_as.asp

Belmont University

Belmont University offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in media studies: audio-video production. The purpose of the degree is to provide training and theory that will prepare students to produce material for broadcast or non-broadcast purposes. Students study both theory and practical courses, along with preprofessional training for careers in television, video production, and multimedia. Students are required to take courses in mass communication, audio engineering, music industry electronic media, video production, scriptwriting, media business and recording technology. Classes are taught in the 7,000-square-foot Media Studies Center. The center has a multi-media computer lab, a campus radio station, a broadcast studio, and editing suites. Students at Belmont must also complete the university’s general education program, which provides a diverse background in writing, speaking, evaluating and constructing arguments, communication and use of technology.

Belmont University

1900 Belmont Boulevard

Nashville, TN 37212-3757

615-460-6000

belmont.edu/index.cfm