The Bachelor of Music in Recording Arts and Sciences program is designed to meet the expanding need for skilled audio technicians, producers, and engineers who possess both technical expertise and a sophisticated knowledge of music. A five-year double major program, the Bachelor of Music in Recording Arts combines an applied performance or a composition major with a technical education in recording technology. Relevant studies in electrical engineering, math, science, and computer science are taken at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering of The Johns Hopkins University on the Homewood campus.
The Recording Arts curriculum includes extensive practical experience, in styles ranging from jazz, rock, and popular music to classical opera, chamber, choral and orchestral. In addition to regular laboratory sessions with live musical groups of all styles, students serve as recording engineers for all Peabody performances, including providing the audio feed for those events being streamed live. All recording majors are expected to work in the recording studios throughout the course of their enrollment as part of the College Work Study program. Following their third year, students complete an internship with with a company or individual specializing in the area of the industry in which they intend to pursue a career following graduation.
Due to credit and scheduling conflicts, it is not possible to combine the Recording Arts major with the Music Education or Music for New Media majors or the double degree program at the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University. However, there are classes available to non-majors, and after graduating with their BM, students can apply for one of the Master of Arts majors: Recording Arts and Sciences, or Acoustics.