Creative Arts and Design & Entrepreneurship and Business

Music Technology Recording Arts

Fall 2022 Featured Courses

Master your craft and unlock your creativity with classes in the Music Technology and Recording Arts program! Find inspiration and take your love of music to a new level by using our state of the art studios and joining a creative community of peers.

Whether you want to learn the basics of audio, recording, music production, beat making, MIDI sequencing, music notation, synthesis, or live sound, MTRA can help you turn your passion and creativity into a successful career.

MTRA faculty and staff are dedicated to providing you with the opportunities and skills to succeed in the music industry. Read more about what MTRA offers on our Why Our Program page.

You can earn an Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree or one of two Certificates of Achievement. All courses are designed to give students the skills they need to pursue a wide range of music careers , such as sound design, music composition, audio engineering, live sound engineering, and music production.

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Cabrillo's MTRA facilities feature state-of-the-art analog and digital equipment. All studios are equipped with cutting-edge Apollo interfaces and plugins from Universal Audio, iMac computers, the latest software tools, and more to ensure that students are using the same tools as industry professionals. The MTRA program also has a great collection of hardware preamps, compressors, equalizers, microphones, and synths including models by Universal Audio, API, Neumann, Royer, Sennheiser, Sequential, and more.
Listen to original music produced by current and former students.

MTRA students can also pursue internship opportunities during their course of study. The program proudly partners with local venues including Kuumbwa Jazz Center and Cabrillo Stage to give students opportunities to learn and excel outside the classroom.

We host the weekly MTRAK club meeting every Monday during the semester. Learn how to sign up.


Fall 2022 Featured Courses

Whether you’re a studio musician, professional recording engineer, or aspiring hip-hop beatmaker -- Cabrillo’s got you covered with classes that will seriously advance your ability to digitally make music and utilize production software.

8-Week, In-Person Classes Start August 29!

MUS 31A | Recording I

Build basic recording and music production skills using computer-based technologies.

Aug 29 - Oct 22 | M/W 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM + Lab M/W 5:10 PM - 6:15 PM

MUS 57A | Digital Music Production

Learn digital music production through the use of MIDI sequencing, digital audio, mixing, editing, and software.

Aug 29 - Oct 22 | T/Th 9:30 AM - 10:55 AM + Lab T/Th 11:05 AM - 12:10 PM

Go from Cabrillo to Career with Music Technology & Recording Arts. Classes start on Aug 29!

This program has amazing tools that much larger colleges don't even have. It's been great to have their students come intern with us, and then to see them move onto rewarding careers in the field.
Jeff Sloan, Kuumbwa Jazz Center Chief Audio Engineer and Grammy award-winning production coordinator
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Ready to take your love of music to the next level?