Audio Engineering

A degree in audio engineering from Park University will help you kickstart your career as a music and sound professional.

The Bachelor of Music in Audio Engineering degree program is a professional and comprehensive program that prepares individuals to enter the diverse and flourishing audio engineering industry.  Includes instruction in audio equipment operation and maintenance; musical and keyboard literacy; music, dialogue and foley (sound effects) recording; music pre-production, composition and arranging; audio post editing, mixing and mastering for digital delivery, streaming, CD and vinyl; creative sound design; electronic music production, MIDI programming and music notation software score and part generation; and business and entrepreneurial skills, creating and maintaining a clientele, music copyright and starting a music business enterprise.  Students will be prepared to combine and apply theoretical, practical and artistic audio and musical knowledge and experience and technical skills to record albums, audio for t.v., film and streaming, live broadcast engineering, and live music and multimedia productions.

Admission into the B.M. in Audio Engineering program requires that all students must apply for admission and be accepted to enroll at Park University.  To begin the admission process, go to:  https://www.park.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/, click on “Apply Now.”  Applicants DO NOT have to be performing musicians and are NOT required to enroll in music lessons or music ensembles.

Dr. Roger Kugler, Program Director for the audio engineering program at Park University became intimately acquainted with the Recording Industry program at Middle Tennessee State University during his employment there as the Director of the School of Music (1998-2002).  The Recording Industry program at MTSU is one of the two largest face-to-face programs in the U.S.  After moving back to the K.C. area, Kugler became aware of an existing audio technology program in K.C. that was very similar to the program at MTSU.  The Audio Engineering Arts program at BRC Studios has 13 years proven experience of training and graduating professional recording/audio engineers.  It has been previously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission through Johnson County Community College and Baker University.  In the fall of 2019, the revised program, accredited by HLC, the Kansas Board of Regents, and the Missouri Higher Education Commission will be offered through Park University.

Academic scholarships are available.  Federal and state financial assistance is available to help cover the cost of tuition and fees.  To be considered for federal financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • All audio engineering courses taught at BRC Studios, 1933 N. 10th, Kansas City, KS 66104. For review of facilities, equipment, and venue, visit the BRC website.
  • Student Persistence and Completion of the program is enhanced with each student being placed in a cohort which move the program in unison. As with the description above detailing monitoring effectiveness, students will be constantly made aware of industry expectations and standards.  Student learning will improve with the constant evaluation of their work relative to those industry standards. All students must produce evidence of learning outcomes and demonstrate minimum competencies through a variety of projects appropriate to each required course.  Assessment will be completed and evaluated by the instructor.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports in their Occupatonal Outlook Handbook that in 2017 the beginning median pay is $42,650 per year and projected growth in the job market projected at 8% annually.  This is for Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians which have an associate’s degree or equivalent.  Job seekers with a bachelor’s degree are expected to receive beginning median pay at a higher level and have a significant competitive edge in the job market.

  • Local KC Metro – students can live on Parkville Campus, or commute to program.
  • State of the Art equipment, professional recording studio including mastering equipment.
  • Experienced faculty with 13+ years of teaching audio engineering and professional studio/field recording experience.
  • Students’ do not have to be performing musicians; they do not have to pursue a minor, they do not have to perform in a music ensemble.
  • Students can start program as freshmen.
  • Program can be completed in less that four years.

REQUIRED – 60 CREDITS

AE 101  Audio Engineering I…..…4 cr.

AE 104 Sound Reinforcement Engineering I………2 cr.

AE 105 Introduction to MIDI and Computer Music Production……3 cr.

AE 111 Music Essentials for Audio Engineers I….……….3 cr.

AE 121 Music Styles & Recording Analysis I…….…3 cr.

AE 201 Audio Engineering II………..…4 cr.

AE 221 Music Styles & Recording Analysis II………..3 cr.

AE 301 Audio Engineering III……….4 cr.

AE 302 Audio for Radio, Voiceover, and Jingles……2 cr.

AE 303 Music Mastering…..…….…..3 cr.

AE 304 Sound Reinforcement Engineering II…….2 cr.

AE 307 Remote Location Recording Engineering…2 cr.

AE 311 Music Essentials for Audio Engineers II……….…3 cr.

AE 357 Recording Session Lab (larger music groups, may be repeated)….1 cr.

AE 401 Audio Engineering IV………………..4 cr.

AE 402 Audio Post for Video and Film……..….5 cr.

AE 403 Advanced Recording Studio Music Production….……4 cr.

AE 404 Advanced Music Event Production……..3 cr.

AE 410 Audio Engineering Capstone………..…..5 cr.

Total Required Credits: 60

ADDITIONAL AE COURSES AVAILABLE AS ELECTIVES

AE 205 Music Synthesis and Sampling………..….3 cr.

AE 206 The Audio Engineering Business..……..3 cr.

AE 241 Applied Keyboard Lessons for Audio Engineers………………….……….2 cr.

AE 305 Advanced Computer Music Production..3 cr.

AE 405 Commercial Music Arranging…..…3 cr.

AE 411 Ear Training for Audio Engineers…….3 cr.

AE 431 Studio Maintenance: Diagnosis and Repair….3 cr.

Dr. Roger Kugler

Program Director
Director, International Center for Music
roger.kugler@park.edu

CREATIVITY + SCIENCE = AUDIO ENGINEERING

Learn about the technical and apply it to bring to life creative musical endeavors. Students will be prepared to combine theoretical musical knowledge and technical skills to produce sound recordings as finished products or as components of film, video, broadcast, live, or mixed media productions.

Program Highlights

  • The studio is over 12,000 square feet.  BRC Audio Productions is the largest and best-equipped multi-studio facility in the Midwest.
  • BRC Audio has worked with many high-profile clients, as well as the best musicians in the Kansas City area.  We have worked with artists such as Bobby Watson, Pete Christlieb, Deborah Brown, Ernie Watts, Kirk Whalum, Richie Cole, Charles Lloyd, Simon Carrington, Kevin Mahogany, Karin Allison, Rod Stewart Band, The 1975, TECH-N9NE, Mac Dre, Maclamore, E-40 and many more.
  • Graduates of BRC’s eduction program work all over the USA in various audio-industry careers such as audio for film, audio mastering, recording engineers, live-sound engineers, audio production, audio-for-video or “Post” facilities, radio stations, T.V. stations,, sports sound, casino audio, music concert facilities, major churches, advertising agencies, colleges,and other schools, record companies, night clubs, major corporate audio-advertising departments, and many more.  BRC Audio trained audio engineers also dominate all of the best audio work environments in the KC Metro area.
  • BRC is a member of AES Audio Engineering Society) and NARAS (Grammys).
  • BRC Audio Productions owns over 170 professional microphones and over 10 mixing consoles from classic analog (Trident, Neve, Avid, Midas, etc.) to modern digital boards (Avid, Midas, Presonus, Behringer, etc.)

Careers

Our program prepares students to embark on careers such as:

  • Music Studio Recording/Mixing Engineer
  • Audio Mastering Engineer
  • Music Producer
  • Sound Engineering
  • Engineer for Radio and Television
  • Sound Effects Recordist/Designer/Editor for Video and Film

 

International Center for Music

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Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.