Music Production and Recording Arts Assessment

  • Updated 11/30/2023
    What is the Music Pathway?

    Music Production and Recording Arts (MPRA) is a pathway within the Performing Arts Academy that is designed for students who wish to explore the intersection of music and technology. The curriculum in this pathway creates a solid foundation both in musicianship and technology with coursework focused on music theory, aural skills, applied music performance, introduction to music technology, recording studio techniques, and music production. 
    Students in the Music Production and Recording Arts pathway will build music literacy in their first year of study in music theory and performance ensembles such as class piano, symphonic band or chorus. Technology, production, and recording coursework will follow in subsequent years, along with the continued participation in performance ensembles and options for higher-level study in areas such as music theory/composition and film production. Successful completion of the coursework in this pathway provides students with a well-rounded music background and the technical skills needed to pursue undergraduate programs in music, the music industry, and music production.
    The MPRA Pathway will be accepting students for the 2024-2025 school year. Students accepted into the pathway should expect to take courses in music theory, numerous instrumental or choral classes, and technology and music engineering classes during their CATA experience. 

    Students looking to enter CATA’s MPRA Academy must complete an assessment to see if you meet the following requirements:

    1. The student should play a musical instrument or is a vocalist
    2. The student can read sheet music/tab/or fingering charts
    3. The student must have an interest in recording technology and digital media arts


    Performing Arts – Music Production and Recording Arts


    Music Theory Honors

    Either Band or Chorus


    Adobe Video Design

    Either Band, Chorus, or Music Specialization

    Audio Engineering Tech I Honors


    Audio Engineering Tech II Honors

    Either Band, Chorus, or Music Specialization


    Either Band or Chorus, Music Specialization


    CTE Advanced Studies in Business and Information

    Either Band or Chorus, Music Specialization, or Internship

    Optional electives: Adobe Visual Design, Adv. Film Editing and Production Honors (Optional)

    Important Dates:

    The Application Window will be from February 12-March 10. Apply using Scribbles-