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A Day in the Life of an Audio Technology Grad Student

When choosing a grad program, people like options. Diversity is expected and flexibility is coveted.

That’s because a degree isn’t just a piece of paper or box checked on a job application. When done properly, a master’s program is a multi-faceted opportunity to explore the areas that interest you most—whatever those might be.

“Whatever those might be” is a major part of the process. No two students seeking a master’s in audio technology at American University have quite the same experience—and that’s good. The MA in audio technology program affords the freedom to customize your degree based on your unique combination of interests, experiences, talents, and passion.

 

Music Recording and Production

Matt, one of our MA students concentrating in music recording and production, first became interested in audio technology during his teenage years, while “playing in a band and constantly discovering new music,” he said.

Matt has built upon that foundation of passion during college, embracing certain work that he has found particularly helpful—including technical ear training, the fundamentals of digital audio, and advanced recording techniques. His favorite project was a weekend mixing class focusing on hip-hop and electronic music production.

His journey through the MA in audio technology program at American has helped Matt realize what he really wants to do after graduation: to teach undergrad students who are looking for the best way to use put their talents to good use. He’ll also continue working as a freelance engineer.

 

Mixing and Programming

Martin is another one of our students who found his future within the confines of his band. While recording an album, he was drawn to “the world of possibilities you have when you start mixing a record.”

He earned a marketing degree and studied audio technology in his homeland of Argentina before coming to the US for graduate studies in Washington, DC. He teaches courses at AU while working through his own student course load.

The work means something different to each person. For Martin, learning how to program in C and mix for movies was important. Now he’s working to develop a series of plugins programmed in C++.

After earning his MA degree, Martin looks forward to programming and eventually selling his own apps.

 

Each Student’s Average Day is Different

There’s no such thing as an “average day in the life” of an audio technology graduate student. That’s because every student has a unique background, personality, set of circumstances, and future.

We’ve got music fanatics. Film buffs. Single students. Those with children. People obsessed with software. Students who want to use their talents to improve the communities around them. Eager entrepreneurs. Budding teachers.

Some of our students are looking to bring their refined audio technology skills back to their home countries. Others view LA or New York as their professional destination.

The people involved widely vary, but the program at their fingerprints is steady and easy to understand. American University’s MA in audio technology program has nationally recognized faculty with lots of experience in the industry. The setting is a big city where the music scene is robust and internship and job opportunities—spots such as NPR, BBC, Discovery Communications and SiriusXM—abound. Further, the on-campus recording studios are state-of-the-art.

We’d tell you the average “day in the life” of an American University MA in audio technology student is fantastic, but we can’t. You see, there is no such thing as an average “day in the life” of an AU student.

Life is diverse—and so are the careers that lie ahead.

 

Discover Diverse Talents and Goals at American University

If you are interested in determining the best audio technology career for you, learn more about the audio technology program at American University.

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