Chris Young Joins the Grand Ole Opry Family
Grammy-nominated vocalist Chris Young was officially welcomed and inducted into the Grand Ole Opry family this evening by his friend, Opry member Brad Paisley.  Read more here.

New Audio Production Degree
Starting in the 2017 Fall Semester, the Department of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University will begin offering a Bachelor of Science degree in Audio Production. The new degree is a conversion of the current concentration in Audio Production within the Bachelor of Science in Recording Industry to a Bachelor of Science degree in Audio Production. Read more here.

Chris Young Announces MTSU Scholarship
Beginning in the fall of 2017, MTSU alumnus Chris Young’s donation through his Chris Young Foundation will allow MTSU’s Department of Recording Industry to annually grant a scholarship for a rising junior or senior. Read more here.

Songwriting student wins a writing session with a professional
MTSU student Kyle Crownover had the opportunity to work on some of his songs with professional songwriter and MTSU alumna Erin Enderlin. Erin has written songs recorded by artists including Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Terri Clark, Lee Ann Womack and Luke Bryan. Read more here.

MTSU Study Abroad Belize successfully launched
The "International Classroom Initiative" (ICI) had been in development by MTSU Department of Recording Industry Attorney/Associate Professor Deborah Wagnon for over 2 years and was successfully launched as a 2014 MTSU Study Abroad Belize program on June 7, 2014.  Read more here.

Award-winning songwriter takes another one
MTSU alumnus Luke Laird garnered ACM "Album of the Year" honors along with artist Kacey Musgraves and co-producer Shane McAnally for 'Same Trailer Different Park' during the 49th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Read more here.

Alumnus continues TV quest for music stardom
MTSU alumnus Ben Briley is making his way, along with about 100 other contestants, toward the semifinals of “American Idol” after successfully navigating a quick cattle-call performance in Hollywood. Read more here.

RI Department Gets Boost From Grammys
If you saw the Grammys this past month, you might have caught the ad for MTSU's Department of Recording Industry. That 30-second spot was just one of the ways the school is trying to spread the word about its unique program, just down the road from Music City. Read more here.

Family of George Jones establishes scholarship at MTSU
Nancy Jones, the wife of George Jones, announced Monday that her family has established a scholarship fund at Middle Tennessee State University with the hope that it will become a living memorial to the country legend. Nancy made the announcement at a ceremony in Nashville to unveil a monument erected in honor of George Jones, who passed away April 26 at the age of 81. Read more here.

‘Triple-threat icon’ Barry Gibb thrills MTSU with unique visit
Music icon Barry Gibb easily traced the genealogy of the Bee Gees classic “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?” for more than 900 fans and friends at MTSU’s Tucker Theatre. Read more here.

MTSU Recording Industry Department to Host AES Education Conference
The Audio Engineering Society’s first conference dedicated specifically to audio education will focus on teaching methods, instructional resources, learning outcomes, technical operations, areas for research, and similar topics that are relevant to organizations and individuals who provide theoretical and practical training in all areas of audio engineering.

The aim of this conference is to address these topics through a focused series of presentations, papers, workshops, case studies and discussions among professional audio educators, trainers and administrators. The conference will be peer driven, and its outcomes will include a collection of formal papers, historical documents, survey instruments and potential recommendations for educational resource management and development.

Over 30 peer-reviewed papers and posters have been accepted for presentation along with eight workshops and tutorials. For more information visit the conference web site or Facebook page.

Professor John Dougan Writes New Book
Professor John Dougan has written a new book about the African American quintet the Prisonaires, a 1950s one-hit wonder comprised of prison inmates. Find out more about his new book from the Nashville Scene.

MTSU Students Win Grand Prize at 2012 Shure Competition
MTSU students Taylor Bray, Jeff Braun and Grant Hartford won the Grand Prize at the 2012 Shure Competition.

Erin Enderlin's Debut Album Receives Positive Reviews
Congratulations to a former MTSU student on debut album success. Read more.

Johnna Day Wins at International Songwriting Festival
Johnna competed with some very well seasoned songwriters. Read more.

George S. Clinton visits MTSU
Film composer George S. Clinton, the man behind the music of "Mortal Kombat", "The Santa Clause 2", and the "Austin Powers" film series, will share his expertise with MTSU. Read more.

Russell Hickman Speaks at MTSU
Special guest speaker at CMS meeting 9-29-11. Read more.

MTSU Recording Industry Professor, Alumni Receive Grammy Nominations
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will be presented Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles, and faculty and alumni from Middle Tennessee State University may well hear their names called as winners of the coveted prize. Read more.

MTSU AES Guest Speaker: Geoff Daking, engineer and equipment designer
His presentation will include audio demos, equipment insights and professional advice based on his long career in the music industry. Read more.

API Scholarships awarded to 3 MTSU students
Department of Recording Industry students Taylor Bray, Jay Yaskin and Benjamin Poff were among 6 students awarded with scholarships from API.

Dave Aron Lecture and Studio Session
David Aron is a multi-platinum recording engineer, live and studio mixer, record producer and musician. Read more.

An Evening With Ricky Skaggs
Tom T. Hall Writer Series Presents...An Evening With RICKY SKAGGS! Read more.

MTSU Captures Shuttle Launch Using Mojave Audio Microphones
Kennedy Space Center, Florida … There’s something magical about the lift-off a Space Shuttle. Whether you've seen one or a dozen such events, the sheer force required to propel the rocket / shuttle combination upward is fascinating. Read more.

Department of Recording Industry in the press!


Student, Faculty and Departmental Awards

      • Alternative Newsweeklies Journalism Award
      • American College Theater Festival, Regional Award
      • Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology
      • Broadcast Educators Association Award for Best Video Production
      • Career Achievement Award Nomination, MTSU
      • CASE Circle of Excellence Award
      • Communicator Awards, Crystal Award of Excellence in Audio
      • Handy Blues Award for Best Country Blues Album
      • JFK Center for the Performing Arts Special Award
      • Memphis Star Best Audio Engineer Award
      • MIX Magazine nomination for technical excellence and creativity (8)
      • NARAS, Student Music Award
      • NARAS, Memphis Chapter, Premier Audio Engineer Award
      • Nashville Music Award Nomination, Best Blues Recording
      • Outstanding Achievement in Creative Activity, MTSU (2)
      • Outstanding Achievement in Creative Activity Nomination, MTSU (4)
      • Outstanding Achievement in Instructional Technology Award, MTSU
      • Outstanding University Teacher, MTSU (3)
      • Public Service Award Nomination, MTSU (2)
      • Recording Industry Outstanding Alumni Award
      • Sinking Creek Film Festival Award for Best Historical Documentary
      • Technical Excellence & Creativity Award Nomination (8)
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