Department of Recording Industry

Welcome to the Department of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University, where students from around the world turn their music production, business, and songwriting ideas into reality. Our educational environment is one of creativity, innovation and collaboration. Students are nurtured and challenged by internationally recognized faculty from all musical genres.

What others have to say about us:

  • Forbes Magazine ranks MTSU as one of the top 50 schools in the nation for being a “Best Buy” in higher education.
  • The Rolling Stone College Guide states, “Middle Tennessee State University – located in the surprisingly hip Murfreesboro, Tennessee – boasts one of the preeminent music business programs in the country.”
  • MIX Magazine repeatly nominates our audio production program for their "Technical Excellence and Creativity Award." 
  • NBC Nightly News encourages all to “visit a school that has become a Hit Factory for the Grammy Awards.”

MTSU's Department of Recording Industry

One of the largest programs of its kind:

World-class facilities, industry leading faculty, renown internship programs, one of the largest programs of its kind that is unrivaled within the recording industry profession resides at MTSU. We offer a Bachelor of Science degrees in audio production, music business and commercial songwriting. Founded in 1973, the department blazed the trail in music business and audio production curriculum, consistently ranking on Billboard's and Hollywood Reporter's list of top programs globally.

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State of the Art Facilities

Lucky Thirteen:

Thirteen high-end facilities reside within our department and range in functionality from recording, mixing, editing, foley, live sound, and virtual reality. We offer industry standard commercial consoles that are large capacity to specialized microphones for capturing unique recordings. Our facilities include five sound studios, a post studio for sound for film, separated mix and mastering studios, and an EM lab for electronic music creation/editing that includes Ableton Live, Reason, Pro Tools and Logic Pro with massive sound libraries for student exploration. The digi lab serves as dedicated Pro Tools lab for entry-level students. The immersive learning studio allows student to submerge themselves into a virtual reality and explore new ways to experience sound and picture.

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Students Receive First-Hand Experience

Bonnaroo and beyond:

Learn from behind-the-scenes, support real-life shows and experience industry events while enrolled at MTSU. Students get the opportunity to work with the Grammy Awards, The Academy of Country Music Awards, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, and other high-profile music programs. Receive class credit and work with professional sound engineers to record live performances, serve as production assistants on televised music shows, and escort artist on red carpet events as one of our students.

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College of Media and Entertainment

The only Recording Industry program in the world that resides within a college of media:

The College of Media and Entertainment (CME) houses video and film production, digital animation, journalism, photography, and other creative communication areas. All Recording Industry students have the opportunity to collaborate with other creative CME scholars through innovative course studies.

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Students have worked with:

  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Celine Dion
  • Cher
  • Jimmy Kimmel
  • Jon Pardi
  • Josh Groban
  • Josh Mayer
  • Kane Brown
  • Keith Urban
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Little Big Town
  • Michael Buble
  • Michael Jackson

Students that studied at MTSU:

  • Anderson East (R&B artist)
  • Brandon Heath (Christian artist)
  • Brett Eldredge (Country artist)
  • Chris Young (Country artist)
  • Daisha McBride (Rap artist/Songwriter) 
  • Eric Paslay (Country artist)
  • Erin Enderlin (Country artist/Songwriter)
  • Evanescence's Amy Lee (Rock artist)
  • Josh Kear (Grammy-winning songwriter)
  • Lady A’s Hillary Scott (Country artist)
  • Lecrae (Rap artist)
  • Luke Laird (Grammy-winning songwriter)
  • Mitchell Tenpenny (Country artist)
  • PJ (R&B artist/Songwriter)
  • Sam Hunt (Country artist)
  • Tay Keith (Songwriter/Producer)

Alumni songs written for:

  • Alan Jackson
  • BTS
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Charlie Puth
  • Chris Brown
  • Drake
  • Eric Church
  • George Strait
  • Gucci Maine
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Lady Gaga
  • Lee Ann Womack
  • Luke Bryan
  • Randy Travis
  • Reba McEntire
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Travis Scott
  • Usher
  • Wiz Khalifa

Which academic program is right for you?

Audio Production Commercial Songwriting Music Business MFA

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