Music & Recording Arts Technology

Nurture your musical talents to make a career in music. At Front Range Community College, you'll learn from our professional faculty who will help you develop your musical skills.

Our Associate of Arts (AA) degree will help you improve your music performance skills and lets you transfer to a four-year school. Our Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) degree and certificate programs will teach you how to use sound engineering tools. Whatever path you choose, you'll have a supportive faculty that supports your goals.

Why Study Music & Recording Arts Technology at Front Range Community College?

At FRCC, we have created an environment to help you think creatively as you pursue your career goals. Our faculty are experts in their fields, including recording arts technology and performance. We pride ourselves on our small class sizes so you can receive the attention you need to thrive. Combined with FRCC's affordable tuition, you'll receive a top-notch education at half the cost of a university program.

With two one-year certificate programs and a two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in recording arts technology, you'll learn the skills you need to start your career in sound engineering in as little as one year. Discover how to use contemporary music software and learn how to record, mix and master audio.

We also offer an AA in music that focuses on music theory, history and performance. With this degree, you'll be able to transfer to earn your bachelor's degree in music at a four-year university.

Earn Your Bachelor's Degree from FRCC

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With our newest bachelor’s degree—the Business for Creative Industries BAS—students with associate degrees in creative fields can start and finish their bachelor’s degree at FRCC without having to transfer to a university.

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Degree Options

AAS in Recording Arts Technology

Program Locations: Larimer

Total Credits: 60 credits (4 semesters)

Learn music theory, digital tools and audio recording skills in this two-year program. You'll explore topics such as:

  • Music theory and sight-singing
  • Music computer applications
  • Audio recording, production and post-production
  • Live sound engineering

Your studies will prepare you to join the workforce in the music recording and entertainment industry.

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AA in Music

Program Locations: Larimer

Total Credits: 60 credits (4 semesters)

Explore your talents and invigorate your passion for music. In your courses, you'll study music theory and history. You'll also take performance classes to improve your music skills. With our AA program, you'll be able to transfer to a four-year university to earn your bachelor's degree in music.

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Certificate Options

Foundations of Recording Arts Technology

Program Locations: Larimer, Westminster

Total Credits: 11 credits (2 semesters)

Learn how to use computer music applications in this one year-program. You'll build basic audio production and engineering skills.

This program is ideal for elementary and secondary music teachers who need to learn sound engineering. With this flexible program, you'll be able to take classes while working full-time. Also, all program credits can be applied to the Recording Arts Technology certificate.

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Recording Arts Technology

Program Locations: Larimer, Westminster

Total Credits: 28 credits (2 semesters)

Learn the skills you need to work in the music industry. You'll learn:

  • Audio recording
  • Digital editing
  • Audio recording, production and post-production
  • Live sound engineering
  • Film, theater and video sound production

You'll also take classes in music theory and the music business to round out your education.

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Transfer Options

Begin the journey to your bachelor's degree at FRCC.

AA in Music

With this AA degree in music, you can you can major in music, starting as a junior at the following four-year schools:

  • Adams State University
  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Colorado State University-Fort Collins
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • University of Colorado-Boulder
  • University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Western State Colorado University

Be sure to talk with your academic advisor when selecting your courses to ensure you will complete your degree on time with the classes you need.

Careers & Outcomes

Your degree or certificate program can open doors for a career in a variety of music-related fields. Although some careers may require bachelor's and graduate degrees, you'll get a strong foundation with a degree from FRCC.