James Reber, CAS/BA '13, CAS/MA '15
At AU, several opportunities proved integral to my future success in the field.
A passion for sound and music brought James Reber to AU's audio technology program. As part of his undergraduate coursework, he completed an internship with the BBC, which led to his career as a broadcast engineer working on the BBC's news programs, including World News America. He also teaches undergraduate courses in audio technology, bringing his broadcasting experience back to AU.
Our State-of-the-Art Recording Studios
Drum room with access to Foley pits
Three control rooms
Four isolation booths
Recording space with variable acoustics
Get a look inside the Audio Technology Master's Program. Faculty, alumni, and students say what sets this program apart from others.
Our master’s degree program prepares students for careers as recording studio engineers; sound designers for TV, film, and video games; acousticians; and music business professionals. You can also use your degree as a foundation for a doctoral degree at a research university.
Our graduates work in recording studios, production facilities, and live performance venues around the country. Some notable careers:
- Freelance Audio Engineer for recording artists including Shakira, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, and Ludacris
- Head Engineer and Producer at House Studios
- Manager of NASCAR at Sirius XM
- Broadcast Engineer at BBC
- Live and Studio Sound Engineer at PBS
- Distribution Engineer at Discovery Communications
Reason #1: Flexibility. We partner with the Departments of Computer Science and Physics, other performing arts programs, and the School of Communication, so you can customize your degree and investigate the areas that interest you most. Concentrate in music recording and production, post-production, or computer music.
Reason #2: Location. Washington, DC, is a cosmopolitan hub with one of the best music scenes in the country and a dynamic arts and culture scene that rivals many larger cities.
Reason #3: Connections. Our faculty have industry connections that help our students land their dream jobs and internships. Plus, we regularly bring in some of the most successful people in the industry to give guest lectures. Previous guests have included the CEO of Pandora and the creator of R2D2 Sounds.