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Music Tech Tonmeister Studies

Advanced Certificate
Tonmeister Studies

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Train for a career as a Tonmeister, a role in which you will supervise both technical and artistic personnel during the production of music, sound recordings, and live broadcasting, and work in many areas of music and sound production, including record production, radio, film, education, and product design. The Tonmeister Advanced Certificate course at NYU Music Technology is for students who have already earned a master's degree in music technology and/or recording.

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Advanced Certificate in Tonmeister Studies

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Throughout your certificate program, you’ll learn how to use specialized Tonmeister technology, develop ear training crucial for audio engineers, and learn the techniques and skills of advanced audio production. You will also develop a  specialization in Tonmeister Studies through courses in technology and theory, and an internship.

Producing classical music is the primary focus, although other genres of acoustic and electro-acoustic music apply to the field, including modern classical, jazz, world, rock, and folk music.

You must have a master’s degree in order to apply for this program, either an MM in Music Technology from NYU Steinhardt or an equivalent degree from a recording or music technology program at another university. If you obtained your master’s degree from NYU Steinhardt, you may be given the flexibility of starting the program in the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters. If you earned your master’s at another school, you must start your studies in the Summer semester. You can usually complete this Advanced Certificate program in one year, including a summer session.

You must demonstrate a substantial background in music theory, recording technology, electronics, and acoustics. If your primary instrument is not piano, you must demonstrate basic piano skills and be able to read and transpose directly from a concert score. An entrance portfolio of recorded works and an interview will be required to demonstrate technical know-how, prior music production experience, and commitment to the recording arts.


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Program Benefits for International Students

If you’re an international student, you may be able to work in the United States after graduation for an extended period of time. Most students studying on F-1 visas will be eligible for 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) off-campus work authorization. F-1 students in our program may also be eligible for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) OPT extension, allowing you to extend your time in the United States to pursue degree-related work experience for a total of 36 months or 3 years. For more information on who can apply for this extension visit NYU’s Office of Global Services: STEM OPT.

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