Music Technology Recording Arts

Why Our Program

When you go through the MTRA Program, you will have access to state of the art facilities, guidance from faculty and staff with real-world experience in the field, and a chance to collaborate on projects with like-minded creative people. Being part of this community can expand your horizons and job prospects faster than making music alone in your home! You'll be able to transform your passion into a successful career in a supportive and creative environment.

The MTRA Program offers an Associate in Science Degree (A.S.) and three new Certificates of Achievement, as well as new non-credit certificates. These are designed for students whose goal is a career in the music industry. Our courses provide students with a well-rounded skill set.

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New Game Audio Programs

The Cabrillo College MTRA program is happy to announce a new Game Audio program. This consists of a 2 course sequence - 59A Game Audio Production I & 59B Game Audio Production II. Students will learn about creating dialog, ambiences, SFX, interactive music, interactive mixes and using Wwise audio middleware. At the end of the courses, students will be prepared to take the exams required to become certified Wwise users, if desired.



Our advisory board has a high level view of the direction of and the job market in the audio industry.

More broadly, through MTRA curriculum, collaboration with a community of peers, and internships, students gain experience with the behavior of sound, hardware, software, and the music skills used in professional recording environments.

Our state of the art studios and labs allow you to work with current hardware and software for audio and digital production.

Graduates of the MTRA programs will be ready to immediately pursue careers in audio engineering, music performance, electronic music composition, sound design, music production, songwriting, live sound engineering, mixing, audio editing, game audio, and more.

Students interested in transferring should consult with a counselor to secure a smooth transition into the program.

We studied the theory of how sound works, the signal flow of using microphones and getting the best performances out of bands that you're trying to record — it was nice that Cabrillo gave us the opportunity to spend that much time in the studio to record and to actually get hands-on experience.
Patrick Cooley
Ready to take your love of music to the next level?