University of Miami Frost School of Music Announces New Master’s Degree In Sound Recording Arts

January 14, 2015 — Coral Gables, Fla. — The University of Miami’s Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music announces a new master’s degree program in Sound Recording Arts that will be offered beginning Fall 2015.

“The new Master of Music in Sound Recording Arts (MM-SRA) curriculum is ideal for students who already hold an undergraduate degree and wish to pursue or further enhance careers in sound recording, sound design, media composition, game audio, sound reinforcement, education, and related fields,” explains Frost School of Music’s Dean Shelton G. Berg, a three-time Grammy nominated pianist, arranger, orchestrator and producer. “The program is interdisciplinary in nature and includes courses in music, music engineering, computer programming, music history, and education. It is distinguished from other such programs in its simultaneous focus on creativity, experimentation, and tradition.”

University of Miami Frost School of Music Announces New Master's Degree In Sound Recording Arts.

University of Miami Frost School of Music Announces New Master's Degree In Sound Recording Arts.

Accredited by the National Schools of Music (NASM), the new two-year graduate degree program will be offered through the Frost School’s distinguished Music Engineering Technology program, administered by Associate Professor and Program Director Colby Leider. Ph.D., whose team currently works on over $5 million in sponsored research at UM Frost.

Leider explains, “The Frost School’s new MM-SRA program is designed to enhance and further the skills of audio professionals. The degree’s coursework combines foundational skills with recent trends in the recording industry.”

The MM-SRA curriculum is both challenging and relevant to today’s music recording profession. It addresses practical and aesthetic issues surrounding music and technology, including sound recording, mastering, mixing, human-computer interaction, computer music, acoustic ecology, and sound reinforcement. Coursework includes such topics as Timbral Ear Training and Critical Listening, Recording Engineering, Psychology of Music, Psychoacoustic Foundations, Transducer Theory, Digital Audio, Live Sound, Master’s Research, Recording Internships, and a variety of electives related to the growing field.

Classes and research projects will be offered by outstanding faculty, including Professors Colby Leider, Will Pirkle, Christopher Bennett, Joseph Abbati, and Dana Salminen from Music Engineering Technology; Professors Charles Norman Mason and Juraj Kojs from Music Composition; Professor Mitsunori Ogihara from Computer Science; and Joel Zysman, Director of High-Performance Computing at the Center for Computational Science.

The Frost School of Music’s Music Engineering Technology program is a division of its Music Media and Industry Department, chaired by Associate Professor and music copyright expert Serona Elton. It will continue to offer the highly popular Master of Science in Music Engineering (MS-MuE) program, the first graduate degree in music technology in the United States, founded by Ken Pohlmann in 1986, which has proven enormously successful. Graduates of the program are routinely placed in top audio companies and are currently working in the fields of digital signal processing, transducer engineering, audio education, and audio programming. The MS-MuE program requires that applicants posses an undergraduate degree in a technical field (typically electrical engineering or computer science).

Commenting on the reasons the new MM-SRA degree is being offered at this time in the School’s history, Dr. Colby Leider reflects, “We have fielded an increasing number of inquiries from recording engineers seeking a master’s degree to enhance both their professional skills and research techniques. After years of careful planning, we are pleased to broaden our scope and offer this new Master of Music in Sound Recording Arts. This new degree will expand our growing community of scholars and practitioners who are passionate about the nexus of music and technology. And Miami is the perfect place for this to happen.”

Admission to the new MM-SRA program requires an undergraduate degree from an accredited university and demonstrated professional experience in the recording industry. Interested applicants should contact the Office of Recruiting and Admission at for further details.

About Frost School of Music
The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music is one of the largest and best music schools located in a private university in the U.S., and one of the most comprehensive and relevant in all of higher education. With over 700 students and 100 faculty members it a top choice for instrumental, keyboard and vocal performance as well as composition, music business, music education, music engineering technology, music therapy, songwriting, jazz, studio music, and more. It is one of two schools created in 1926 when the University of Miami was founded. The naming gift from Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost in 2003 was a historic occasion.

The mission of the Frost School of Music is to foster musical leadership by providing an innovative, relevant, and inspiring education; advance performance, creativity and scholarship; and enrich the world community with meaningful outreach and brilliant cultural offerings.

The Frost School has pioneered new curricula and was the first in the nation to offer professionally accredited Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Business and Music Engineering Technology, and was among the first to offer degrees in Music Therapy, as well as Studio Music and Jazz. Renowned for its Instrumental Performance programs, it is the home of the Frost Chamber Orchestra, Frost Symphony Orchestra, and Frost Concert Jazz Band and is a leader in vocal training with the Frost Opera Theater, Frost Chorale and other notable choirs.

Frost is the exclusive home of the Frost Experiential Music Curriculum which fully integrates performance, music history, ear training, and composition through chamber music and skills ensembles; the Henry Mancini Institute which provides Frost students with cross-genre performance opportunities in real-world professional settings; the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation’s Ensemble Scholars program which provides free tuition, room and board to 19 academically strong and highly talented undergraduate music students; and the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program which develops the creative skills of talented young artist/songwriters by immersing them in the diverse traditions of American songwriting.