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Recording Arts and Sciences at Peabody

Recording Arts and Sciences

In 1983, two nationally recognized leaders in the fields of music and research technology—The Peabody Conservatory and The Johns Hopkins University—combined skills and resources to provide what is considered the finest training program of its type available in the United States. Now the program has entered the digital age, and is still the most comprehensive program of its kind in the world.

The Bachelor of Music in Recording Arts and Sciences, a unique double-major degree program, is known as the American counterpart to the European Tonmeister training program. The Peabody/Hopkins degree combines the courses and performance requirements of Peabody's Bachelor of Music Program along with special courses in the Recording Arts and Sciences. The relevant electrical engineering, math, science, and computer courses are taken at the G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering of The Johns Hopkins University. The Whiting School is a leader in the field of electrical engineering and computer science. Students in the Recording Arts and Sciences degree program receive extensive practical experience, culminating in internships with local radio, television, and recording companies.

Since the inception of the program, graduates have obtained a wide variety of positions with the audio / video recording and post-production industry, including ones with National Public Radio, national public and commercial radio and television stations, record companies, firms in the audio equipment industry, video post facilities and with universities and colleges that are either introducing or upgrading recording programs. All graduates are working in their chosen field, as a professional performer, audio/video engineer, or instructor. The rigorous and comprehensive nature of the Peabody/Hopkins Bachelor of Music in Recording Arts and Sciences has made it a prestigious credential for the job market.

In 1998, the Master of Arts degree in Audio Sciences ushered in a new era in audio education. The program was developed in conjunction with members of the professional audio community to provide the technical knowledge and musical skills necessary to work at an advanced level in the field of audio/video and/or acoustics. The program is intended both for current audio professionals wishing to obtain a post-baccalaureate credential and individuals with a background in science, technology, and/or music seeking additional training in order to gain employment in the audio industry.


  • Scott Metcalfe: Chair, Director: Recording I and III, Advanced Recording Systems, Internship, Recording Practicum
  • Thomas Dolby: Sound on Film
  • Eric Echols: Physical Acoustics, Musical Acoustics
  • Ian Bryan Hoffman: Architectural Acoustics, Noise Control, Acoustical Measurements, Computer Modeling, Psychoacoustics, Physical Acoustics, Acoustics Design Practicum, and Professional Practice
  • John Horne: Consumer Audio Systems, and Audio System Design.
  • Geoff Knorr: Sound Design for Video Games
  • A. T. Michael MacDonald: Advanced Studio Production
  • Drew Mazurek: Recording IV
  • Scott Orth: Electroacoustics
  • Ed Tetreault: Recording II, Basic Recording for Musicians


  • Ed Tetreault
  • Isabelle Sanche
  • Scott Orth: Electroacoustics


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