M.M. in Media Writing and Production (MWP)

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Introduction

The Master of Music degree program in Media Writing & Production provides the mature student with the special technical and practical skills required in today’s recording industry—an industry based on sophisticated recording equipment, interdisciplinary complexities of multimedia projects, economic considerations of production, ever-growing consumer needs, and broadening musical styles that continue to place added demands on the music composer/arranger/producer.

The Media Writing & Production program’s design is sufficiently flexible to adjust to the rapid changes so common in this fast-paced industry.  The students also find that this flexibility provides for a more tailored program, encouraging them to develop their own philosophy of music production and allowing for specific areas in which to specialize.  Career-oriented arranging and production projects utilizing video and audio equipment as well as symphonic and other live instrumental ensembles are incorporated throughout the curriculum to furnish the student with real-world practical experience in a variety of professional situations.  Many of our active and successful award-winning alumni will attest to the rewarding experiences and tangible benefits this unique two-year course of study provides.

Educational Objectives

Upon graduation, Students will have:

  • composed, arranged, recorded and produced works in various media and musical genres.
  • developed competency in both traditional and virtual orchestration, as well as digital audio workstations.
  • the ability to self-learn and adapt their skills to genre and technological changes as they occur in the commercial music industry.
  • the ability to create and execute a sound business plan, as well as a portfolio/EPK that best showcases their brand identity

One of the great things about music production is that it is both a creative and technical field. If you enjoy supporting a creative vision with technical skills, a bachelor of music in music production is the degree for you. Working with musicians in the studio, and perhaps, with other music engineering and production staff, you will create recorded music that fits the vision of a project. Music production requires that you have skills in using both hardware and software. It also requires a keen interpersonal sense and the ability to take an abstract vision and bring it into reality. A bachelor of music in media writing and production can provide you with hands-on experience, one-on-one mentorship, and time in the studio, all before you even graduate and enter the workforce.

Why Do I Need a Bachelor of Music in Media Writing and Production?

A bachelor of music in Media Writing and Production helps you garner the kinds of skills and connections you need to succeed in the field. Completing a degree puts you on the fast track to success because of the portfolio of hands-on experience, mentorship, and technical knowledge you will have collected by the time you graduate. Under the tutelage of professors who have decades of experience working as producers and teaching production, you will be given space to grow and experiment with the skills you are learning. In college, you can afford to try out a variety of projects and approaches.

What Does a Bachelor of Music in Media Writing and Production Degree Entail?

A quality music production degree program will combine a few different components. You will work toward proficiency in the following areas: theoretical and technical skills, musical ability, and hands-on production experience. The production program is scaffolded to accommodate ongoing growth in these areas. You will also learn about the history of music production and what impact this history has on today’s music production landscape. usic schools may have recording studios on-campus in which you can apply your skills. The Frost School of Music has one of the most advanced academic and professional recording studios in the world.

What Kind of Jobs Can I Get with a Bachelor of Music in Media Writing and Production?

The job prospects for music production majors are very good. Music production alumni work in a diverse range of creative fields and jobs, including the following:

  • Television and film studios.
  • Radio stations.
  • Record labels.
  • Private recording studios.

Producers are an invaluable part of the recording process because they have a broad range of skills. These professionals may work with musicians to carve and polish raw songs into musical gems, or they may help already exceptional musicians take their recordings to the next level. In the studio, the producer is the glue that draws the operation together. Think about a producer as a sort of director. The music producer directs everyone to their places and coordinates the various musical components.

What Kinds of Skills Will I Gain with a Bachelor of Music in Media Writing and Production?

Music producers use leadership and technical skills on a daily basi. Music production undergrads gain a variety of technical and transferable skills, including the following:

  • Knowledge of software and hardware. By spending time in the studio, students will learn how to use equipment and computer programs effectively.
  • Knowledge of how to collaborate in the studio. Studio time can be intense. Musicians may be paying by the hour, and everyone in the room wants to create the best product possible. Knowing how to perform under pressure is a key skill for any music producer.
  • Musical knowledge. Excellent producers have the theoretical knowledge they need to correct a problem in a song. A music theory foundation helps producers course-correct as needed.

How Do I Find the Bachelor of Music in Media Writing and Production That is Right for Me?

You will want to identify a well-established program that encourages students to take intellectual and creative risks in their study of media writing and production. You will also want to find a program that gives you the opportunity for real-world experience in the studio working with performers. Hands-on experience is an unparallelled asset for any aspiring music producer. Completing a bachelor’s degree with a strong portfolio means that you will enter the job market competitively. The Frost School of Music is home to one of the most advanced academic and professional recording studios in the world, and offers the Frost MethodTM which is an individualized approach that connects you with peers and faculty through small groups. The method helps you excel as a musician and a professional.