Music Technology

If you want to be a part of the audio production industry, our music technology school is the place to be. Our recording studio is the place to get the hands-on experience you need to launch an exiting career. Using Avid Pro Tools HD – the industry standard in professional recording studios – our students also learn to use iZotope, Brainworx, Flux, SoundToys, Melodyne, and many other fun and creative plugins.

Our music degrees are cutting-edge because they center around music technology, but are also traditional because our students also study music. Too many new music tech schools skip the study music, but not Highlands. Our environment supports students on the road to becoming musicians. Highlands is an audio school for musicians.

Why Highlands
Highlands’ small class sizes mean you get the one-on-one instruction that many private technology schools offer. Combine that with the lowest four-year tuition in the Western United States, and you can start your great career without your wallet singing the blues.

Our music majors have a variety of interests in musical styles, from metal to alternative, and hip-hop to pop. If you sing or play an instrument, we offer scholarships for participating in a variety of music ensembles.

Find out more about the music technology program at Highlands today by calling 800-338-6648 or submitting the Contact Us form at the top.

Recent CD Projects

CD album projects are produced at NMHU with students, faculty, and community members. Students gain a tremendous amount of experience in recording, arranging, editing, mixing, and mastering music. Here are a few recent examples.

Abraham Garcia “Strings Attached”
January, 2018
Harrington/NMHU: Music Production, Recording (in part), Mixing, & Mastering
Genre: Rock, Popular, Acoustic Singer/Songwriter
Musicians: Abe Garcia, Karliz DeMarco, Reyes Montoya, Kevin Zoernig, Alex Von Mutius, Max Trujillo, Gabriel Garcia, Edward Harrington, & George Griego (IV)


“Pato” Lucero & Martin Martinez “Chile Caribe”
December 2017
Harrington/NMHU: Music Production, Recording, Mixing, & Mastering
Genre: Latin, Caribbean, Spanish
Musicians: Lorenzo Martin Martinez, Leroy “Pato” Lucero, Brenda Ortega, Edward Harrington,
Ralph Marquez, Bruce Holmes, Kevin Zoernig, Steve Leger, Mike Romero, Andrew Gallegos, Abe Garcia, Joe Franco, Bobby Duran, Rick DeStefano, Adrian McDuff, & Patrice Fote


La Chat Lunatique “Endless Lullaby”
December, 2017
Harrington: Mastering
Genre: “Hot Jazz” (à la Stéphane Grappelli & Jean-Luc Ponty)
Musicians: Jared Putnam, Greg Williams, Muni Kulasinghe, & Johnny Sandlin


Marcia Fernandez, an untitled album of vocal jazz standards in progress
July, 2017
Harrington: Created jazz quartet arrangements for the vocalist, and played bass on the recording project with executive producer Martin Martinez and recording engineer Jono Manson at the Kitchen Sink Recording Studio in Santa Fe, NM
Genre: American Songbook, Jazz Standards (1. Cheek To Cheek, 2. I Don’t Know Why, 3. Blue Skies, 4. I’m Beginning To See the Light, 5. The Look of Love, 6. Summer Samba, 7. Meditadon, 8. Try to Remember, 9. Fly Me to the moon, 10. Quiet Nights (Corcovado), 11. I Wish You Love)
Musicians: Marcia Fernandez, Kevin Zoernig, Leroy “Pato” Lucero, Edward Harrington, Martin Martinez, Steve Leger, Bruce Holmes


Beautiful William “There Will Come Soft Rains”
December, 2017
Harrington: Mastering
Genre: Acoustic Singer/Songwriter
Musicians: Sage Harrington & Meredith Wilder


Elijah Thomas “Something To Relate To”
May, 2016
Harrington/NMHU: Music Production, Recording, Mixing, & Mastering


Jessa Young (and the Morphic Dream Orchestra): “Earth Blood”
January, 2016
Harrington/NMHU:Music Production, Recording, Mixing, & Mastering
Musicians: Jessa Young, Aaron English, Benjamin Remmers



With a Bachelor’s Degree…

  • Music Director and Composer https://www.bls.gov/ooh/entertainment-and-sports/music-directors-and-composers.htm
    • Music directors, also called conductors, lead orchestras and other musical groups during performances and recording sessions. Composers write and arrange original music in a variety of musical styles.
    • The median annual wage was $50,110 in May 2016.
    • Employment is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026.
  • Kindergarten and Elementary School Teacher https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/kindergarten-and-elementary-school-teachers.htm
    • Kindergarten and elementary school teachers prepare younger students for future schooling by teaching them basic subjects such as math and reading.
    • The median annual wage was $52,620 in May 2016.
    • Employment is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026.
  • Middle School Teacher https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/middle-school-teachers.htm
    • Middle school teachers educate students, typically in sixth through eighth grades. Middle school teachers help students build on the fundamentals they learned in elementary school and prepare them for the more difficult curriculum they will face in high school.
    • The median annual wage was $56,720 in May 2016.
    • Employment is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026.
  • High School Music Teacher https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/high-school-teachers.htm
    • High school teachers help prepare students for life after graduation. They teach academic lessons and various skills that students will need to attend college and to enter the job market.
    • The median annual wage was $58,030 in May 2016.
    • Employment is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026.
  • Producer and Director https://www.bls.gov/ooh/entertainment-and-sports/producers-and-directors.htm
    • Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials, and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.
    • The median was $70,950 in May 2016.
    • Employment is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026.

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