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Learn How to Create a Home Recording Studio in the Music Technology Certificate at NECC!

A Music Technology Certificate student seated at a grand piano, holding a guitar, with a professional drum set beside him.

Please Note: No New Students are Being Accepted at this Time.

NECC’s Music Technology Certificate will teach you how to design and implement a recording studio to create music in a home or office. Coursework also covers music theory, audio listening skills (to check sound quality), and the equipment required to produce high fidelity recordings.

Why Choose NECC?

If you are considering a career in music, the program provides the foundational knowledge to pursue a degree or to enter the field as an entry-level audio programmer or studio technician. With this program you will:

  • Understand how to acquire and set up the technology to capture high quality audio recordings
  • Gain hands-on experience with the latest technology used to record music
  • Learn key facets of music that will improve both your musicianship and your performance as a music producer
  • Be able to participate in NECC clubs and organizations that can benefit from your auditory and music production skills
  • Build the foundation for a life-long appreciation of music and how it is made

Because of NECC

You will be prepared to join the creative economy using your skills to help capture high-quality audio recordings, or to continue your music and technology education in a degree program. After completing the Music Technology Certificate you can:

  • Get a great entry-level full-time job or pursue freelance work helping emerging artists to improve their sound and sound quality
  • Pursue an associate or bachelor’s degree in music technology or a related field
  • Work in a broad array of industries that require audio recording from radio stations to music clubs to recording studios


Courses and Requirements


Program Pathway

A pathway is the most efficient sequence of courses semester-to-semester recommended for students to complete their degree. View the suggested pathway for the Music Technology certificate.


Interim Chair

Interim Chair

Alisa Bucchiere

Professor of Music and Interim Chair of the Music Department
Phone: 978-556-3779

Part-Time Faculty and Staff

Part-Time Faculty and Staff

Anthony Beatrice, Instructor

Email: A 2002 Pentucket graduate, Anthony Beatrice is the Pentucket Regional High School and Middle School Concert Band Director and Music Production teacher. Mr. Beatrice holds a Bachelors in Music Education Studies from the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he will be earning his Masters in Music Education in Spring 2011. A champion for music education, Mr. Beatrice has dedicated himself to the profession at the regional, state, and national levels. He has earned many accolades including the 2008 UMass Lowell Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year Award (Music Department), 2007 MENC Professional Achievement Award, 2007 UMass Lowell Chancellor’s Medal for Student Service, and the 2005 UMass Lowell Student Leader of the Year Award. He has served as the Drum Major of the UMass Lowell Riverhawk Marching Band, President of the UMass Lowell Collegiate Chapter of MENC, President of the Massachusetts Collegiate Chapter of MENC, and member of the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association as Member At Large and All-State Concert Band Manager. Anthony has also been elected to the University of Massachusetts Lowell College of Fine Arts and Social Sciences Alumni Advisory Council.

Alisa Bucchiere, Instructor

Email: Chorus, Intro to Music, Music Theory Ms. Bucchiere received a Masters of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the Westminster Choir College and a Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance from UMass-Lowell. She is a Doctoral Student in Music Education at Boston University and a member of the Piano Faculty at Indian Hill Music Center in Littleton, MA. She is also the Organist and Choir director at Tewksbury United Methodist Church.

Mike Finegold, Professor Emeritus

Email: Music Theory I Mr. Finegold is the Artistic Director of the Essex Chamber Music Players which he founded in 1999 while Professor and Coordinator of Music at NECC. He studied flute while doing post-graduate work at the New England Conservatory and as a graduate student working on his Masters of Music and Masters of Musical Arts degrees at the Yale University School of Music. He studied music composition as a composition minor-performance major at the Yale School of Music.

Christina Dietrich, Instructor

Email: Piano I and Piano II Ms. Dietrich received a Bachelor’s of Music from New England Conservatory and a Master’s of Music from Boston University where she is a Doctoral Candidate. She is vice president of the Chopin Society of New England and administrative director of the Chopin Conservatory of Music and maintains an extensive concert career.

Seelan Manickam, Instructor

Email: Applied Music: Brass Seelan Manickam began his musical studies on the trumpet at the age of ten. He received his Bachelor of Music at the University of Victoria and completed his Graduate work in trumpet performance at The Boston Conservatory. A top prizewinner of several solo competitions, he has appeared as a frequent soloist with the Boston Chamber Orchestra, Cambridge Choral Society, South Coast Community Chorale and most recently The University of Massachusetts Orchestra. He has also played principal trumpet with The Indian Hill Symphony, New Hampshire Symphony, Salisbury Symphony, Thayer Symphony, New Bedford Symphony, Taipei Sinfionetta and Cape Ann Symphony. As a founding member of the award winning Bala Brass Quintet, Seelan has toured the globe appearing in Japan, Canada and Thailand. In addition to performing with Bala, he is also the Music Director at St. John’s Preparatory School and is currently on faculty at The University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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