Sound Recording Technology (SRT)
About the Program
The musical result of a recording project is increasingly dependent upon the recording engineer, and often the recording studio itself can be regarded as a musical instrument. Our Sound Recording Technology facilities range from labs and workshop spaces to state-of-the-art studios, live rooms and booths that rival the best in the nation.
We are committed to educating upcoming audio professionals how to successfully interact with people in a creative environment. We offer guidance in musical and technical knowledge and promote mental flexibility. Enrolling in our four- year Bachelor of Science in Music with an Emphasis on Sound Recording Technology degree program means having time to discover your own creative abilities and ambitions and learning how to help others realize theirs.
This intensive and interdisciplinary program also provides a superb education in the liberal arts and sciences. The curriculum is based upon the central notion that an engineer in audio is a musician with a broad range of scientific and engineering skills.
Over the last 35 years, Fredonia's SRT program has opened doors for many of today's outstanding industry professionals. Recent graduates currently work in state-of-the-art recording facilities and at leading post-production facilities in the US. They are active in the creation of the newest recordings by some of the country's most dynamic and influential artists.
Q: How large is the SRT program at Fredonia and how is it structured?
A: The Sound Recording Technology (SRT) program at this time accommodates forty full-time students. SRT majors usually graduate after four years with a Bachelors of Science in Music with an Emphasis in Sound Recording Technology degree. The course catalog gives a typical SRT course schedule over the four years. SRT courses are offered starting with the Spring semester of the Freshmen year. SRT majors enroll in SRT 105, a one-credit course designed to introduce students to the basics of sound recording technology and to the SRT student community at large, called the "Tonmeisters." Juniors and Seniors are encouraged to complete an internship in the audio industry. We assist in placing you in the right kind of internships, which may be completed during the summer.
Q: How many students do you usually accept into the program?
A: We usually have between 50 to 70 applicants each year, and we admit from 10 to 15 new Freshmen into the program.
Q. What is the length, purpose, and nature of the internship?
A. Internships facilitate job placement. They are essential in gaining entry into the job market. Students work with the program head in finding the internship position in the specialization of their choice. Fredonia's SRT program has existed for over thirty-five years and boasts a long list of successful graduates. There is usually no shortage of internship opportunities. Internships, however, usually require the graduate to take up residency in one of the large centers of sound recording (ie. New York City, Los Angeles, Nashville) and are often offer low pay. They normally range from 6 to 15 weeks in length. Often successfully interning at a recording facility leads to a job offer.
Q. What do you look for in a successful SRT candidate?
A. SRT candidates first need to be admitted by Fredonia, then to the School of Music and finally to the Sound Recording Technology area. Each step has its own requirements. The university usually looks for high SAT scores and evidence of excellence in scholarship. The School of Music requires a vocal or instrumental audition that must be passed with a grade of three (3) or higher (out of a maximum of five). Electric and electronic instruments and/or other instruments used primarily in popular music such as electric guitar, electric bass, keyboards, drums etc. as of yet are not acceptable as audition instruments. Applicants are encouraged to review the audition requirements before requesting an audition. The SRT area looks for potential students to have a successful academic record in Mathematics, Physics and music-related subjects. Preference will be given to candidates who show talent in BOTH science and music. Evidence of dedication to work ethic and persistence will also be taken into account.
Q: Is any previous professional audio experience necessary to be considered for the program?
A: No. But in order to avoid potential disappointments we encourage you to find out more about the industry (i.e. through an internship) before you commit yourself to a four-year major in this subject.
Q: What happens to my instrumental lessons once I am in the SRT program?
A: As an SRT major you are only required to take one year of private lessons, but we encourage every student to consider becoming a double major in performance and SRT. Double majors traditionally are the most successful SRT graduates.
Q: I have been interested in music for the last few years and have been playing drums/electric guitar/bass/keyboards in various bands for some time. I am not terrible in science, but neither do I excel in mathematics and physics. What can I do to be admitted to the SRT program?
A: You have one of the most common applicant profiles. The program is competitive and unfortunately every year we have far more people interested in the program than we can accept. Applicants that do not have the required musical training on an instrument to pass the audition at Fredonia's School of Music are encouraged to take private lessons and reapply the following year. You can also prepare for classes at Fredonia by enrolling in Pre-Calculus or Physics at your high school or community college.
Q: I have been admitted to Fredonia but NOT as a music major, and NOT into the SRT program. Can I transfer into the program after one year?
A: In principle yes, but in practice the chances are slim. You will have to reaudition the following year. In addition, there will have to be room in the program for you as a transfer student. The SRT program has a very high retention rate and chances for a transfer into the program as a sophomore are not very good. In addition, it is necessary for you to have the same science background as other sophomores (see university Calculus requirement) in order to enter the program at a later date.
Q: I am currently enrolled in the sound recording program at XYZ Community College. Can I transfer into the SRT program, having completed junior college?
A: You must have the required prerequisites to transfer (i.e.. Univ. Calculus I and II, Physics etc.) AND you must pass the musical audition. Even then, admission is only possible if space is available in the studio. Transfer is possible only into the sophomore-level of the program. We do not accept transfers into the junior-level (or higher) of Sound Recording Technology.
Q: Can I enter/transfer/re-enter the SRT program in the Spring Semester?
A: Yes, but you will not be allowed to take SRT courses until the following Fall. The knowledge acquired in these classes is cumulative and you will have missed prerequisite classes.
Q: Are there scholarships available?
A: Scholarships from the School of Music are very limited, and most are based on merit. Any available awards will be offered after the School of Music audition and admission decisions are made. (There is no application for these awards.)
Q: What do Fredonia SRT students typically do after they graduate?
A: Audio engineering is a large field with many specialized applications. Many SRT graduates enter the business as recording engineers, studio managers, mastering engineers and broadcast engineers. Some eventually open their own recording/production companies; some pursue graduate studies and become teachers; and others spend some time pursuing their elusive rock star/singer/songwriter career.
Q: When should I schedule an audition?
A: Early auditionees have better chances of being admitted into the program. We encourage you to schedule you audition as early as possible.
Q: What is the placement rate of outgoing students from the SRT program is into recording studios? What are some places of employment that past graduates have gone to? I would simply like to have a feel for where the program can take me if I am accepted. I have had my heart set on going to Fredonia ever since I read about the SRT program on the website, and after touring the campus and studios this past winter.
A: Our job placement rate of graduates tends to be high. In fact, almost every graduate from this program gets a job in the field, if they seek it. Having existed for more than 35 years, there are many Fredonia graduates working in the field, and often recent Fredonia graduates are able to draw upon these resources to find internships. Many have gone on to work at major recording and post-production facilities in the New York City area such as Sony Music Studios, Avatar, The Hit Factory, the Sound Lounge and The Audio Department.