Recording Arts and Media Technologies


Join us to explore the recording arts and media technologies as an undergraduate or graduate student. This area of study is designed for the modern engineer and musician, and combines audio, video and computer technologies. You'll gain knowledge and experience in:

  • Studio and location recording techniques.
  • Audio postproduction for video.
  • Acoustics and studio design.
  • Webcasting and robotic camera operation using Internet2 technology.
  • Live sound and event logistics.
  • Lighting and rigging for the performing arts.

You'll have opportunities to:

  • Participate in ensembles and take lessons on your primary instrument.
  • Receive private instruction and coaching from Dan Nichols, a Grammy Award-winning recording engineer and NIU instructor.
  • Work with WNIU/WNIJ and other organizations.
  • Collaborate with students from the School of Theatre and Dance and other areas.

Career Outlook

As a member of our vibrant musical community, you'll have the ability to expand your professional network. You'll be able to interact with professional musicians, engineers and artists through the Engineering and Recording Society of Chicago and the Chicago chapters of the Audio Engineering Society and the Recording Academy.

When you graduate, you'll be ready to perform, teach and facilitate your own or others' musical activities through the use of music technology. Our alumni have found employment at organizations such as:

  • New World Symphony
  • Piano Forte Chicago
  • The Basement Chicago
  • Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • Soundmirror
  • BrightTALK
  • Sound Investment
  • DeKalb Community School District
  • All Pro Audio Visual
  • Double Door
  • Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra

Admission Requirements


  • Ability to read music and play an instrument at an advanced high school level.
  • Successful audition for secondary lessons.
  • In-person or phone interview.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.50 out of 4.00, or equivalent.


  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • In-person or phone interview.
  • Portfolio of recent audio/video projects.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.50 out of 4.00, or equivalent.

Graduate Assistantships

Assistantships are available for graduate students. They involve:

  • Managing teams of undergraduate and graduate student workers.
  • Participating in the logistics and staffing of concerts, webcasts and live sound services for over 100 events per season.
  • Maintaining and improving capture, broadcast and classroom support technologies.
Head of Recording Services
Dan Nichols
School of Music
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, Il 60115

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8 a.m.-noon; 1-4:30 p.m.

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