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Music Production and Recording Industry
Produce. Record. Promote. Create.

Music Production and Recording Industry

The Music Production and Recording Industry (MPRI) program encourages you to explore major aspects of the modern and emerging music industry: the making of content and the management and business of music. Courses focus on:

  • music technology
  • technical skills in audio recording and music production
  • producing for artists
  • audio production and technology
  • mixing and mastering music and audio
  • artist development and songwriting
  • music business
  • music publishing and licensing
  • music distribution and artist management
  • production and business in the live event industry
  • music industry entrepreneurship

You’ll round out your experience in Brick City Records, the student-run record label that doubles as a capstone course for MPRI majors. Put everything you’ve learned into action by signing new artists, recording and producing new releases, and creating marketing and promotional opportunities for artists.

MDIA students pose at SXSW


Head to the annual conference in Austin, TX — the center of innovation and networking across industries

Students observe music producer Joel Hamilton in his Brooklyn studio


With experts in New York City (Joel Hamilton) and Austin, TX (Jim Eno)

Ohio University Music Industry Summit 2023 logo

Music Industry Summit

OHIO's own music industry festival features major artists and business leaders

Students record sessions at the annual Nelsonville Music Festival

Nelsonville Music Festival

Gain production experience with the Emmy-nominated Gladden House Sessions

Lit up stage at Bonnaroo


Work on the ground with staff to assist in the operations of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

Students pose in front of the Hollywood sign


Intensive experience living and working in Hollywood's media and creative industries

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Where will this degree take you?

MPRI graduates find success across the music industry and elsewhere.

  • From the music industry track, build a career as an artist or label manager, music supervisor, booking agent, A&R director, and more!
  • The music production track prepares you for a career as a studio engineer, sound designer, DJ, session musician, music producer, and more!
  • Our alumni have worked for Netflix, Warner Music Group, Sony Music, Universal Music Group, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lincoln Center for the Arts, Mom + Pop Records, and Coachella.
  • And MPRI grads have worked with artists like Metallica, Bon Iver, Run The Jewels, Young The Giant, Spoon, and Caamp.

Featured Courses

Some of the courses you'll take include:

  • MDIA 2300 – Music Production and Technology
  • MDIA 3305 – Music Production: Mixing and Delivery
  • MDIA 3306 – Business of Selling Music: Record Labels, Distribution, and Marketing
  • MDIA 3307 – Music Publishing and Licensing for Media Productions
  • CAPSTONE MDIA 4310 – Brick City Records

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Contact us:

Associate Professor of Instruction + Outreach Coordinator
School of Media Arts & Studies
Schoonover Center 324