For anyone who dreams of working in the music industry, whether it be recording the next big artist, running sound at a famed venue or heading out on tour with a band, St. Petersburg College’s new Audio Production and Engineering Certificate is truly the hot ticket. The program offers students the credentials to get a job in the music and entertainment field as sound engineers, studio technicians or digital audio workstation operators.
A solid foundation
The 24-credit certificate covers content such as Apple Mac foundations, studio recording techniques, acoustics, live sound and professional audio production. Students’ first semester of classes includes the Music Industry Recording Arts Orientation, a vital entry into the Audio Production and Engineering program, according to SPC Humanities and Fine Arts Chair Nathan Muehl.
“This course is great because students can meet all of the faculty, get an overview of everything they’ll be learning and get guidance from our music faculty on planning their class schedules,” Muehl said. “They’ll also complete a small, collaborative creative project that gives them a taste of the career and helps them decide if it’s what they want to do.”
Once a student completes the coursework for the certificate, they will take part in a 60-hour internship at St. Petersburg College’s live music venue, The Palladium, which hosts different types of acts weekly.
“This experience will give them a chance to work with not only the technology, but also with musical groups,” Muehl said. “Then they’ll have that experience on their resume when the begin their job searches.”
With this certificate in hand, students will be job ready, but since all credits earned can be used towards an Associate Degree in Music Industry and Recording Arts, students can keep going.
The program’s slots for Fall Term have begun to fill, but there is still room for more people to sign up. Anyone interested can fill out this survey, after which, they will receive a detailed custom plan for next steps, faculty resources and financial aid contacts.
Muehl said that there are many different types of job opportunities that this certificate will open up, including those on cruise ships, at concert venues or casinos, and of course, in recording studios.
“If you have a passion for music, music technology, live sound and concerts,” he said, “and if you like working with people and solving problems,” this career would be a great fit.”