Frequently Asked Questions

What is Music Media Production?

The Bachelor of Science program in Music Media Production and Industry combines audio engineering, music theory and history, and lessons and ensembles in a liberal arts environment. It is designed to help you learn music production while fostering musical skills, so that you’ll be able to produce and perform music, and to work in a team with musicians in a creative environment. Graduate programs involving electroacoustic and computer music are offered through the Theory and Composition department.

The MMP curriculum includes specialized classes in recording techniques, acoustics, music business, computer music, live sound, electronics and studio maintenance, mixing and mastering, and songwriting. In addition to the core music courses in theory, keyboard, history, instrument or voice lessons, ensemble performance, and orchestration, students develop an additional specialization in an area of their own interest such as computer music, composition, entrepreneurship, physics, web design, marketing, or video production.

How do I schedule an appointment to see the facility and/or talk to someone about the program?
We would suggest visiting Ball State during one of our many Preview days.

Or, you may schedule an individual visit with our School of Music office of admissions.

How do I get into the program?
First, you must be fulfill the admission requirements to be accepted to Ball State University.

Next, you must be accepted to the School of Music. You will need to pass an audition on an instrument or as a singer to demonstrate that you are ready to study music at a college level.

Once accepted to the School of Music you may declare Music Media Production as your major area of study. We suggest that you discuss your intention with the director of the program, Dr. Willey.

What should I take in high school to better prepare for the program?
BSU expects applicants to have taken 4 years of english, 3 years of math, 3 years of science, and 3 years of social studies. Music classes will help you prepare to participate in our program (band, orchestra, choir, music theory, etc).

Do I have to be a musician if I plan to be a music media production major?
Yes. Music Media Production is part of the School of Music and the College of Fine Arts. Your major area of study will be music. 

Will I get a job after graduation? Will you help me get a job?
We will provide guidance, connect you to past graduates in your area of interest, act as references, and do what we can to help you succeed. Ball State’s career center can also help to prepare or revise your resume, refine your interview skills, implement a job search strategy, network with employers, and more.

What kinds of jobs are graduates getting? 
Our students typically find employment in a variety of areas within the industry. Jobs can range from sales to consulting, recording to mastering, music writing to game audio, commercial audio, live sound, software/hardware development, teaching, and much more. Salary ranges will obviously depend on the job market at that time and the region, state, country in which the job is available.

  • Music Production
  • Audio Engineering
  • Live Sound
  • Performance
  • Radio
  • Retail Sales
  • Product Representation
  • Composition and Arranging
  • Sound Design
  • Software Development
  • Publishing
  • Artists Management
  • Concert Promotion
  • Church Sound
  • Post-production
  • Mastering
  • Acoustic Design
  • Higher Education Faculty / Staff 

How big are the classes?
Classes in the music technology area are typically between 10 and 15 students. If the class size goes much beyond 15 students we will divide the class among multiple sections.

How soon will I get into the recording studios?
After taking the acoustics class you can sign up for MUST121 (Introduction to Computer Music). Full use of the recording studios typically begins in the sophomore year in the MMP235/236 sequence. You can always get involved earlier by getting to know other students and assisting on their projects.

Will I need to buy my own computer?
It is not required for students to buy their own computer. We have an abundance of computers for students to work on and you may wish to wait a little while to see what aspect of music production you are most interested in before investing in your own system. At some point many students decide that is worth having their own laptop computer to work on. There are a number of computer labs on campus that are available to the students, and the music production studios are accessible 24/7 MMP majors. Many students eventually buy their own external hard drive to use during recording classes.

If I’m buying a new computer, should I buy an Apple or Windows machine?
All the computers in the music technology studios are Apple/Macintosh computers, but you can have an Apple or Windows computer at home.