Sound and Music Technology

Sound and Music Technology with Specializations in:

  • Audio and Music Business Management 
  • Audio Engineering Technology (Articulated to the B.S.E.C.E.T. degree program)
  • Music Production
  • Sound Production

Associate in Science Degree (CIP# 1650091300)

The Sound and Music Technology A.S. Degree program prepares students for careers in Sound Production and Audio.

The Audio Engineering Technology specialization prepares students for careers as sound recording engineers, audio electronics specialists, sound post-production engineers, sound designers, re-recording mixers, and audio equipment consultants.  In addition, students pursuing this track can continue on to the Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engieering Technology (B.S.E.C.E.T.) degree at Valencia, in which an Audio and Electroacoustics Systems concentration is offered.

The Music Performance and Sound specialization prepares students for careers as Music Producers and Sound Recording Engineers.

The Sound Technology specialization prepares students for careers as Sound Recording Engineers, Sound Post-production Engineers, Sound Designers, Re-Recording Mixers, Live Sound Engineers, Audio-Visual technicians and systems integrators/installers, and prepares them for the business challenges these largely free-lance occupations present.

Students enrolled in the Music Performance and Sound specialization should contact the Music Department on East Campus for proper Ensemble and Performance placement.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult a Career Program Advisor in the department office for assistance in determining the best education plan for their career goals.

Although scheduling may not always provide for the following progression of courses, students should use the foundation, intermediate, and advanced course sequence as a guide in program planning.

All degree-seeking students must satisfy entry testing requirements and satisfactorily complete all mandatory courses in reading, student success, mathematics, English, and English for Academic Purposes in which the student is placed.

Alternative Ways to Earn Credit

Graduates of specific programs at Orange County Technical Colleges may be eligible to receive college credit for specific courses in this program. You may also be eligible to receive credit toward this degree if you have earned Career Pathways credit.  For more information and requirements, go to valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/credit_octc.cfm to view the award of credit options.  Eligible students should contact the related academic department and/or Career Program Advisor at Valencia for the award of credit.

Technical Certificates

The Sound and Music A.S. degree also offers the following college credit certificate programs.  These certificate programs can put you on the fast-track to reaching your career goals. They are designed to equip you with a specialized skill set for entry-level employment or to upgrade your skills for job advancement. Most can be completed in one year or less, and all of the courses in the certificate programs are embedded in the A.S. degree. Click on the Certificate tab at the top of the page for more information about the course requirements.

  • Digital Music Production (12 credits) (CIP# 0650091302)
  • Audio Visual Production (15 credits) (CIP# 0650099901)
  • Audio Electronics Specialist (24 credits) (CIP# 0615030309)

Start Right

Degree-seeking students enrolling at Valencia for the first time will have a limited range of courses from which to choose for their first 18 college-level credits. Within the first 18 college credit hours, you will be required to take ENC1101 (3 credits), and if applicable, SLS 1122 (3 credits) and a mathematics course appropriate to your selected meta-major (3 credits).  The remaining courses will be chosen from the General Education Core Courses in humanities (3 credits), science (3 credits), or social science (3 credits), and/or the introductory courses within the A.S. degree programs. For specific courses see the Foundation Courses on the “Program Requirements” tab. For course sequencing recommendations, see your Career Program Advisor or create an education plan by logging into Atlas, clicking on the LifeMap tab and clicking My Education Plan.

Potential Careers

  • Music Producer/Director
  • Technical Director
  • Sound Mixer/Designer
  • Post-Production Mixer/Editor
  • Assistant Audio Engineer
  • Sound Designer
  • Sound Engineer
  • Sound Effects/Dialog Editor
  • Surround Sound Mixer/Author
  • Audio Technician
  • Audio-Visual Technician

Salary & Earnings Information

For salary and wage information, visit:  www.floridawages.com.

Contacts

Future Students

Contact Enrollment Services at enrollment@valenciacollege.edu or call 407-582-1507.

Current Students

Raul Valery, Program Chair, East Campus: 407-582-2882
rvalery@valenciacollege.edu

Kristol Bell, Career Program Advisor, East Campus: 407-582-2097
kbell@valenciacollege.edu

Wendy Hawkinson, Professor, East Campus: 407-582-2633
whawkinson@valenciacollege.edu

Joseph McBride, Sr. Instructional Assistant, East Campus: 407-582-2880
Jmcbride1@valenciacollege.edu

Internship and Workforce Services

If you need assistance with job resources or in locating an internship, please visit: valenciacollege.edu/internship.

Program Requirements

Foundation Courses
ENC 1101FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I +*~3
MUM 1620CPSYCHOACOUSTICS AND CRITICAL LISTENING SKILLS +3
MUM 1002CFUNDAMENTALS OF SOUND +3
Intermediate Courses
MUM 2634LTHE DIGITAL AUDIO WORKSTATION +*1
MUS 2360CMIDI ELECTRONIC MUSIC I *4
MUM 2600CSOUND RECORDING I +*4
MUL 1010MUSIC APPRECIATION +*~ (GR)3
Advanced Courses
MUM 2606CSOUND RECORDING II +*4
POS 2041U.S. Government ~3
SPC 1608FUNDAMENTALS OF SPEECH ~3
MUM 2790LMusic Production1
Total Credit Hours32
+

This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

~

This is a general education course.

(GR)

Denotes a Gordon Rule course.

 Audio Engineering Technology Specialization
 (Articulated to the B.S.E.C.E.T. degree program)

Program Outcomes

  • Analyze, troubleshoot, and maintain digital and analog electronic systems.
  • Analyze components associated with digital and analog electronic systems.
  • Use computers for professional audio applications in accordance with industry standards and practices.
  • Use professional audio equipment for reinforcement, recording and reproduction in accordance to industry standards and practices.
  • Use principles of music theory and performance in professional music and sound applications.
  • Use the MIDI protocol for professional music production and synchronization applications in accordance to industry standards and practices.
  • Communicate effectively in technical and non-technical environments.
Foundation Courses
MUT 1011CIntroduction to Music Theory +4
MAC 1105College Algebra +*~3
EET 1214CINTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY3
Select one of the following:6
FUNDAMENTALS OF DC CIRCUITS
and FUNDAMENTALS OF AC CIRCUITS *
FUNDAMENTALS OF DC AND AC CIRCUITS *
Intermediate Courses
CET 2112CDIGITAL SYSTEMS I *3
EET 1141CSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES AND CIRCUITS *3
ETS 1210CINTRODUCTION TO PHOTONICS *3
Advanced Courses
MUM 2640CPOST PRODUCTION SOUND *3
CET 2123CFund of Microprocessors *3
Audio and Electronics Engineering Elective1
Total Credit Hours32
Audio Engineering Technology Specialization Electives
EET 2325CRF Communication3
MAC 1114College Trigonometry +3
MAC 1140Precalculus Algebra +3
+

This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

~

This is a general education course.

(GR)

Denotes a Gordon Rule course.

Audio and Music Business Management Specialization

Program Outcomes

  • Use computers for professional audio applications in accordance with industry standards and practices.
  • Use professional audio equipment for sound reinforcement, recording and reproduction in accordance to industry standards and practices.
  • Explore principles of music business practices and standards including legal and marketing strategies.
  • Use principles and standards of Business Management in an Audio and/or Music business setting
  • Produce Audio Masters
  • Produce Soundtracks
Foundation Courses
MUT 1011CIntroduction to Music Theory +4
TPA 1380SURVEY OF ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY3
MGF 1106COLLEGE MATHEMATICS +*~3
MUM 2720CBUSINESS OF MUSIC3
GEB 1011Introduction To Business3
Intermediate Courses
MUM 2721Business of Music II Entrepren3
APA 1111CBasic Accounting3
SBM 1000Small Business Management3
Advanced Courses
MAR 2011Principles of Marketing3
MUM 2640CPOST PRODUCTION SOUND *3
Audio and Music Management Electives1
Total Credit Hours32
Audio and Music Business Management Specialization Electives
DIG 2282CVISUAL MEDIA ESSENTIALS3
MUC 2000COMPOSITION AND SONGWRITING2
MUM 2942Intern in Music Technology1-4
MUN 1311Voices of Valencia1
MUN 2004Commercial Music Ensemble1
MUS 2361CMIDI ELECTRONIC MUSIC II3
MVK 1811Piano Class I and II1
MVS 1816Guitar Class1
MVV 1111Voice Class1
TPA 2252CINTRODUCTION TO AUDIO VISUAL TECHNOLOGY3
TPA 2257CAudio Visual Production3
MUM 1660LLOCATION SOUND1

Music Production Specialization

Program Outcomes

  • Use principles of music theory and performance in professional music and sound applications.
  • Explore principles of music business practices and standards including legal and marketing strategies.
  • Use the MIDI protocol for professional music production and synchronization applications in accordance to industry standards and practices.
  • Use computers for professional audio applications in accordance with industry standards and practices.
  • Use professional audio equipment for sound reinforcement, recording and reproduction in accordance to industry standards and practices.
Foundation Courses
MUT 1111Music Theory I +~3
MUT 1241CSight Singing and Ear Trng I +1
MUT 1112Music Thoery II +*3
MUT 1242CSight Singing Ear Trng II +*1
MVK 1111CPiano Class for Music Majors 11
TPA 1380SURVEY OF ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY3
Intermediate Courses
MUC 2000COMPOSITION AND SONGWRITING2
MUT 2116Music Theory III +*3
MUT 2246CSight Singing Ear Trng III +*1
Science or MathematicsSee Gen Ed Requirements +*~3
Advanced Courses
MUM 2790LMusic Production1
MUT 2117Music Theory IV +*3
MUT 2247CSight Seeing Ear Trng IV +*1
MUS 2361CMIDI ELECTRONIC MUSIC II *3
Music Production Elective3
Total Credit Hours32
Music Production Specialization Electives
MUN 1120Symphonic Band1
MUN 1340Contemporary Ensemble1
MUN 2004Commercial Music Ensemble1
MUN 1420Woodwind Choir1
MUN 1430Brass Choir1
MUN 2310Valencia Singers1
MUN 2710Jazz Lab Band1
MUO 2001Opera & Music Theatre Workshop2
MVS 1816Guitar Class1
MVV 1111Voice Class1
MV_ 12__ (Any MVB, MVK, MVP, MVS, MVV, MVW 1200 Level Course)3
MUM 1660LLOCATION SOUND1
+

This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

~

This is a general education course.

(GR)

Denotes a Gordon Rule course.

Sound Production Specialization

Program Outcomes

  • Use computers for professional audio applications in accordance with industry standards and practices.
  • Use professional audio equipment for sound reinforcement, recording and reproduction in accordance to industry standards and practices.
  • Use principles of music theory and performance in professional music and sound applications.
  • Use principles of acoustics and electricity in professional audio applications.
  • Explore principles of music business practices and standards including legal and marketing strategies.
  • Produce audio masters.
  • Produce soundtracks.
  • Use the MIDI protocol for professional music production and synchronization applications in accordance to industry standards and practices.
  • Author media for sound reproduction in accordance to professional standards and practices.
Foundation Courses
MUT 1011CIntroduction to Music Theory +4
TPA 1380SURVEY OF ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY3
MUM 2720CBUSINESS OF MUSIC3
Math or ScienceSee Gen. Ed. Requirements +*~3
Intermediate Courses
MUM 1662CLIVE SOUND TECHNIQUES +*3
DIG 2282CVISUAL MEDIA ESSENTIALS *3
MUM 1660LLOCATION SOUND *1
Advanced Courses
MUM 2640CPOST PRODUCTION SOUND *3
Sound Production Electives9
Total Credit Hours32
Sound Production Specialization Electives
MUC 2000COMPOSITION AND SONGWRITING *2
MUM 2721Business of Music II Entrepren3
MUM 2942Intern in Music Technology1-4
MUN 1311Voices of Valencia1
MUN 2004Commercial Music Ensemble *1
MVK 1811Piano Class I and II1
MVS 1816Guitar Class1
MVV 1111Voice Class1
TPA 2252CINTRODUCTION TO AUDIO VISUAL TECHNOLOGY3
TPA 2257CAudio Visual Production3
MUM 2790LMusic Production1
+

This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

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This is a general education course.

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Denotes that this course is only offered in the Fall Term.

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Denotes that this course is only offered in the Spring Term.

Notes:

Specialized program courses are offered on the East Campus.

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.

Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree students who wish to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree have the opportunity to transfer into a related bachelor’s degree (2 +2) that is offered at any state college in Florida. Students who want to continue their education should discuss the career path with their Career Program Advisor, as well as contact their State College of choice for acceptance of this degree.

Audio Electronics Specialist

Technical Certificate

This program prepares students to be highly trained technical personnel to address the needs of local industry for technicians capable of operating, installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting professional Audio equipment, as well as, to perform sales, servicing, and training of operators of audio equipment.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate application of control protocols and their relationship to equipment used in the music industry.
  • Demonstrate set-up and configuration of a computer for audio applications.
  • Understand the operation of basic reproduction, reinforcement and recording audio equipment.
  • Demonstrate understanding of requirements for set up and operation of a sound reinforcement system.
  • Perform transactions with music industry suppliers.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the legal issues of copyright and contracts. 11.0 Demonstrate employability skills.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of entrepreneurship. 

Program Requirements

MTB 1329MATHEMATICS FOR ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY3
or
College Algebra +*~
MUM 1002CFUNDAMENTALS OF SOUND3
MUM 1620CPSYCHOACOUSTICS AND CRITICAL LISTENING SKILLS 3
MUM 2600CSOUND RECORDING I4
MUM 2634LTHE DIGITAL AUDIO WORKSTATION1
MUT 1011CIntroduction to Music Theory4
EET 1214CINTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY3
EET 1015CFUNDAMENTALS OF DC CIRCUITS3
Total Credit Hours24
+

This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

~

This is a general education course.

 

Digital Music Production

Technical Certificate

This program prepares students for employment in music production occupations or provides supplemental professional training for persons previously or currently employed in this field.  The content includes, but is not limited to, instruction that prepares individuals for positions such as music directors, singers, composers, and MIDI music sequencers.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic musical skills.
  • Demonstrate application of control protocols and their relationship to equipment used in the music industry.
  • Demonstrate set-up and configuration of a computer for audio applications.
  • Demonstrate employability skills.

Requirements

MUT 1011CIntroduction to Music Theory4
or MUT 1111
MUT 1241C
Music Theory I
and Sight Singing and Ear Trng I
TPA 1380SURVEY OF ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY2
MUS 2360CMIDI ELECTRONIC MUSIC I4
MVK 1111CPiano Class for Music Majors 11
MVS 1816Guitar Class1
Total Credit Hours12

Sound and Music Production-Audio Visual Production

Technical Certificate

This program prepares students for careers in the field of professional audiovisual production by providing students with theoretical and classroom experience that closely parallels on-the-job activities. The program provides a technical understanding of acoustics, audio devices, optics and projectors, as well as hands-on experience in the design, setup, and operation of technical systems in the areas of live sound and audiovisual presentations.

Program Outcomes

  • Use professional audio equipment for sound reinforcement, recording and reproduction in accordance to industry standards and practices.
  • Use principles of acoustics and electricity in professional audio applications.
TPA 2260CINTRODUCTION TO AUDIO PRODUCTION4
or MUM 1002C FUNDAMENTALS OF SOUND
MUM 1662CLIVE SOUND TECHNIQUES *3
TPA 1380SURVEY OF ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY3
Choose any two of the following three courses6
INTRODUCTION TO AUDIO VISUAL TECHNOLOGY
Audio Visual Production
MIDI ELECTRONIC MUSIC II +*
Total Credit Hours16
*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

Notes:

All certificate courses are offered on the East Campus.

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.