Entertainment & Music Technology
The Entertainment and Music Technology program at New Mexico Junior College prepares students for a multi-faceted career in the entertainment and music industry as technology specialists. This two-year program is designed to provide students with comprehensive academic training and practical, real-world experience in live sound production, recording engineering, lighting production, video production, web design, basic entertainment business law, and multi-media production applications.
Classes are held in the new Bob Moran Entertainment Center, which features a state-of-the-art SSL Duality Recording Console. SSL is known world-wide as a maker of fine mixing boards. From the huge drum sound of the 80’s, begun by Phil Collins hit song, Something in the Air Tonightto the latest recordings by artists from Nashville to L. A., SSL offers world-class technology. To compliment the console, a selection of industry-standard microphones, preamps, and equalizers allow students to replicate the sounds and effects heard on hit records from the 60’s to today. The recording studio and control room has been designed, not just for its beauty and utility, but planned by acoustic engineers to be the perfect space for audio recording, a controlled environment to get the most out of any performance.
A fully equipped computer lab gives every student the chance, both on their own and under an instructor’s supervision, to compose and edit any kind of music: hip-hop, techno, country, pop, rock—the sky’s the limit—with software and hardware that is a standard in the music industry. The live sound lab is fully equipped with the latest gear to teach the art and science of mixing live performances in churches, concert halls, and outdoor concerts. For those with an interest in either the technical side, or musicians who want to learn to record their own demos or albums, NMJC has the equipment to take those first steps into a music career.
Job opportunities continue to grow in this field, including concert sound production, recording studios, theater production, movie/video production, and much more.
The program will feature a few classes for Spring 2018 with day and evening courses available:
ENMT 103 Physics of Sound/Acoustics
This course will introduce students to the concepts of physics as it applies to sound and sound reinforcement applications. Topics covered include basic physical principles underlying sound, music, acoustics, and space.
ENMT 104 Live Sound production I
This course introduces the concepts and technical skills required for live event sound reinforcement. Topics covered include operation of basic sound systems, analog audio applications, and acoustics.
ENMT 134 Multi-Track Audio Recording I
This course introduces students to multi-track audio recording methods and techniques. Topics covered include audio theory, acoustics, console and processor operation, microphones, multi-track mixing techniques, session procedures, mix down, and CD burning.
ENMT 133 Computers and Music
This course is intended as a beginning course for students desiring to learn the use of software, synthesizers, drum programs, and sequencing programs to create music. It is a fundamental course that meets the standards for audio programs across the country.
More classes will be offered by Fall 2018. After completion of the two-year program, you will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree.
If you are new to NMJC, apply for admission at http://www.nmjc.edu/admissions/ and choose Entertainment & Music Technology as your major.
If you are a current student, talk with Professor Jerry Stoddard about the program, to see if this might interest you as a major.
You can also schedule a tour of our brand new state-of-the-art facilities.