Audio Engineering

Study the art, science, and practical application of audio engineering and music production.

Audio Engineering

Program Description

This concentration studies the art, science, and practical application of audio engineering and music production. Students will acquire skills in studio recording, mixing, live sound reinforcement and design, and in associated digital media technologies. The program stresses hands‐on experience with the software and equipment implemented in sound production for music, film, video, and interactive media with an emphasis on working collaboratively with artists, writers, and musicians.

  • Bachelor of Arts

Audio Engineering (Recording Technology) applicants must complete the following steps of entry: 

  1. Meet Program academic requirements
  2. Complete a topic-specific Music Industry essay
  3. Submit a minimum of ONE (1) recommendation
  4. Participate in the Music Industry Group Entrance Interview (held on School of Music Audition Days)
  5. Acceptance by Audition Engineering (Recording Technology) faculty

Academic Requirements 

Incoming Freshmen

  • require a high school GPA of 3.0 or better, and two years of high school algebra with a grade of C or better

Transfers, Nontraditional students, or Current UofM students

  • require a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or better, and completion of MATH 1830 with a grade of C‐ or better

Essay Information

Applicants are also required to submit an essay on the appropriate topic given below. Seek and study a variety of sources to reach your own conclusions in order to express your own topical thoughts. 

Essay Topic for Audio Engineering (Recording Technology) applicants:
"Digital delivery systems of audio (i.e. the Internet) have forced the entire music industry to rethink the methods involved in the recording and distribution of recorded material. At recent audio conventions there has been much discussion regarding digital audio watermarking. Relying on your own research, provide information regarding the fairly young history of digital audio watermark technology as well as how you anticipate the technology will continue to develop and be utilized in the future."

Essay Format Requirements:

  • Typed, single-spaced with 1" margins on all sides 
  • 12-point Times font
  • Minimum of 750 words and no longer than 1,000 words
  • All reference sources must be cited and are not included in the word count of the written essay
  • Include first and last name, date, and essay title at the top of your essay
  • Upload with the music application as a (.docx) or (.pdf) document

Group Entrance Interview Session

Applicants must participate in an Audio Engineering (Recording Technology) group entrance interview session, held on School of Music Audition Days. The mandatory session serves as an overview of the program, and provides applicants a chance to meet the professors, ask and answer questions, learn more about degree requirements and expectations, and meet other applicants and current students. Failure to participate will result in a denial of admission to the program, even if other steps have been met. 


Although an audition does not determine entry, it is highly encouraged for those who sing or play an instrument to complete an audition at the time of application. Consult the Audition Requirements page for more information, and if you are unsure about anything, don't hesitate to contact the Music Admissions office at musicadmissions@memphis.edu.

Select the degree plan below that corresponds with your instrument and degree to find the required courses and recommended timeline for degree completion.