The mission of the MP&E Department at Berklee College of Music is to educate and train students in the art and craft of Music Production and Engineering. Within a collaborative, project-oriented environment, we prepare students for a meaningful career in the music industry.
It is our belief that success in the highly competitive and rapidly evolving field of music technology begins with a solid musical foundation comprised of strong musicianship, musical sensitivity, versatility, and the ability to listen critically. Also paramount to this endeavor are the development of strong communication and interpersonal skills informed by professional standards, practice, and etiquette.
To this end, we have designed a curriculum that focuses on critical thinking, problem solving, the development of strong listening skills, and collaboration. Time management, organizational skills with attention to detail, and proper documentation are also integral parts of the experience.
Collaboration is the cornerstone of MP&E. Being dependent on others and having others depend on you cultivates the acquisition of all of the above skills and traits. This interdependence also fosters the development of relationships toward career network support. Student collaborators of today become music industry peers tomorrow.
The MP&E engineering curriculum is built on the notion that one's ability to absorb and adapt to ever-changing technology is dependent not only on the capacity to think critically, but also on a foundational understanding of analog and digital audio systems from an acoustical, electrical, and signal flow perspective, balancing historical context with state of the art.
Further, reinforcing this understanding with substantial hands-on project time using professional equipment is the only way to attain the technical facility necessary for a real career in music technology. We therefore emphasize small class sizes and hands-on production projects in a professional recording environment.
This is the MP&E experience at Berklee College of Music.