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Music Technology Technical Certificate

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Technical Certificate
Contact Information:
Program Office: 615-353-3531, White Bridge Road Campus, C-107G, E-mail music.tech@nscc.edu

The mission of the Music Technology program is 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. The Music Technology Technical Certificate is designed to prepare students for entry-level career opportunities in the music and recording industries.

The requirements for earning the technical certificate may be fulfilled in one year.

Students choose the concentration pathway that best aligns with their career goals: Music Production or Commercial Songwriting.

Graduates of the program should be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficient operation of typical professional recording equipment and computer-based music production systems;
  • Demonstrate the appropriate use of the terminology used in the music and recording industries;
  • Accurately explain the business and production processes common to the music and recording industries;
  • Apply critical thinking skills to resolve challenges in the music production environment;
  • Produce creative works that meet industry standards; and
  • Work effectively with others in a creative team environment.

Career Opportunities

    Music Production Pathway
  • Studio Operator
  • Producer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Mixing Engineer
  • Mastering Engineer
  • Live Sound Engineer
    Commercial Songwriting Pathway
  • Songwriter
  • Music Publisher
  • Producer
  • Independent Record Label Operator
  • Recording Artist


This certificate is designed so that a student can apply all of the required courses toward the A.A.S. Degree in General Technology. A student who plans to apply the certificate toward the A.A.S. Degree in General Technology should consult their advisor about articulation options.

Course Requirements by Pathway

Recommended Full-Time Schedule

Total Certificate Requirements: 30 Credits


Additional course requirements: The Tennessee Board of Regents requires that students either demonstrate the appropriate skill levels in math, reading, and/or writing before enrolling in college-level courses or enroll in appropriate co-requisite experiences with college-level courses to develop competency in those skills while performing college-level work. ACT/SAT scores, classic ACCUPLACER test scores, next-generation ACCUPLACER test scores, or other relevant information determine whether a student needs to enroll in co-requisite courses in math, reading, and/or writing (English).

Internships can be an important addition to a student’s formal classroom work and may substitute for technical courses with the prior approval of the instructor. The Career Services Office will provide the correct course numbers.


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