• Recording Industry
    Hands-on experience
    is part of being at MTSU
  • Recording Industry
    Students are guided by
    Grammy-winner Professor John Hill
  • Recording Industry
    Songwriter and pianist, Joseph Akins brings his creative expertise to teaching
  • Recording Industry
    Helping with the PBS special "Pa's Fiddle" provided real-world experience

Department of Recording Industry

About Us

The Department of Recording Industry at MTSU is one of the largest programs of its kind in the world. Boasting world-class faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, renown internship programs and an average enrollment of 1200-1700 students, The Department of Recording Industry's quality is unmatched in recording industry schools worldwide. The program offers a Bachelor of Science degree in one or more of the following concentrations: audio production, music business and commercial songwriting.

The department was founded in 1973 and has flourished throughout the years. Click here for a historic timeline and slide show of the department.

Student, Faculty and Departmental Awards

  • Grammy Award -- John Hill 2011
  • Alternative News weeklies Journalism Award
  • American College Theater Festival, Regional Award
  • Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology
  • Broadcast Educators Association Award for Best Video Production
  • Career Achievement Award Nomination, MTSU
  • CASE Circle of Excellence Award
  • Communicator Awards, Crystal Award of Excellence in Audio
  • Handy Blues Award for Best Country Blues Album
  • JFK Center for the Performing Arts Special Award
  • Memphis Star Best Audio Engineer Award
  • MIX Magazine nomination for technical excellence and creativity (8)
  • NARAS, Student Music Award
  • NARAS, Memphis Chapter, Premier Audio Engineer Award
  • Nashville Music Award Nomination, Best Blues Recording
  • Outstanding Achievement in Creative Activity, MTSU (2)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Creative Activity Nomination, MTSU (4)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Instructional Technology Award, MTSU
  • Outstanding University Teacher, MTSU (3)
  • Public Service Award Nomination, MTSU (2)
  • Recording Industry Outstanding Alumni Award
  • Sinking Creek Film Festival Award for Best Historical Documentary
  • Technical Excellence & Creativity Award Nomination (8)

Organizational Membership

The Department of Recording Industry is a member of the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS) and the Music & Entertainment Industry Educator's Association (MEIEA).