2015-2016 Catalog 
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Music Technology Technical Certificate

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Technical Certificate
Contact Information:
Program Office: 615-353-3390, E-mail music.tech@nscc.edu, Program Site

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 opportunities in the recording and music industries. The requirements for earning the technical certificate may be fulfilled in one year.

Graduates of the program should possess the ability 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

  • Recording Engineer/Studio Operator
  • Music Publisher
  • Songwriter
  • Independent Record Label Operator
  • Producer
  • Mastering Engineer


This certificate is designed so that a student can apply all of the required courses toward a Nashville State A.A.S. degree. A student who plans to apply the certificate toward an A.A.S. degree should consult his/her advisor about articulation options.

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, COMPASS test scores, or other relevant information determine whether a student needs to enroll in co-requisite courses in math, reading, and/or writing (English).

Cooperative work experience can be an important addition to a student’s formal classroom work. Co-op courses 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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