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Recording Arts Minor

It has gotten to be a little more complicated than hitting the “record” button. The recording arts minor at the University of St. Thomas develops your understanding of modern advances in recording hardware and software, preparing you for a career in the fast-paced music industry.

Why Study Recording Arts at St. Thomas?

Our program sets you up for success in the modern media marketplace by teaching you invaluable skills in recording, production and business. Our program teaches you through a hands-on learning approach to utilize a number of recording and mixing techniques, ultimately understanding the music composition and songwriting processes.

Mix It Up

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Internship Opportunities
  • Course Requirements

    You take a blend of courses focusing on a variety of topics, including songwriting, music composition, mixing, studio recording and music business. You also explore the diverse roots of several music genres and their evolution from then to now.

    Four-Year Plan

    You can pair this minor with a number of other programs, so we recommend connecting with a member of our faculty to plan your degree early on in your college career at the University of St. Thomas.

    Degrees Awarded

    Minor in Recording Arts

    Internship Opportunities

    Recording arts minors have an abundance of internships available to them. Our students have interned with companies like Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, iHeartMedia, Periscope Management and Paradigm Artists. You will work closely with faculty on finding an internship that suits your interests.

    Course Requirements

    Course Requirements

    You take a blend of courses focusing on a variety of topics, including songwriting, music composition, mixing, studio recording and music business. You also explore the diverse roots of several music genres and their evolution from then to now.

    Four-Year Plan

    Four-Year Plan

    You can pair this minor with a number of other programs, so we recommend connecting with a member of our faculty to plan your degree early on in your college career at the University of St. Thomas.

    Degrees Awarded

    Degrees Awarded

    Minor in Recording Arts

    Internship Opportunities

    Internship Opportunities

    Recording arts minors have an abundance of internships available to them. Our students have interned with companies like Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, iHeartMedia, Periscope Management and Paradigm Artists. You will work closely with faculty on finding an internship that suits your interests.

    Two individuals produce music in a recording studio.

    Career Paths

    We will provide you with the academic knowledge and practical skills to be successful in a variety of careers after graduation.

    • DJ/remixer
    • Songwriter
    • Studio engineer
    • Commercial composer
    • Digital content producer
    • Artist and repertoire director

    Scholarships

    We offer renewable competitive and performance-based scholarships for four years of study at St. Thomas.

    Music Major Scholarship

    The Music Major Scholarships range from $1,500 to $10,000 per year. Accepted students to the University of St. Thomas planning to major in music, music performance, music business or music education are encouraged to apply. Supporting materials are due by February 1, and selected applicants receive an audition invitation for the scholarship invitational in the spring.

    Loftus Family Alternative Music Creativity Award

    This award is available to any current St. Thomas student demonstrating great potential in their ability to instigate and sustain artistic creativity through music performance, composition or production. Music faculty can nominate any candidate.

    Mary O. Petra Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Music

    This scholarship is available to any current St. Thomas student pursuing a major or minor in music. You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need. Music faculty can nominate candidates, and students participating in ensembles receive preference.

    Be Ready for What Comes Next

    A recording arts minor from the University of St. Thomas cultivates your knowledge of the inner workings of the music industry, setting you up for long-term success in the field.

    Diverse Coursework

    You complete courses in recording, production, songwriting and music business.

    Award-winning

    Faculty are winning awards and innovating in the field.

    Robust Portfolio

    You build your own portfolio of original compositions and productions.

    See Another Side

    Our students have unique opportunities to see another side of the music industry they have never seen before.