Bachelor of Arts - Music Technology Option

The Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in Music Technology is designed to build a foundation of digital literacy in the musical arts and provide instruction relevant to contemporary career paths for today’s students.

Some examples of career paths in Music Technology include music production, recording/live sound engineering, sound design, multimedia and game design, hardware/software design, film and media scoring, music business, and music education. Beyond the required Music Technology courses, students may select from a broad range of electives in order to tailor the degree to their specific interests. In addition, students pursuing the Music Technology option will develop proficiency in music theory and ear training through the core music curriculum. Outside of coursework, Music Technology students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience assisting with concert recording and production for the School of Music.


The goals of the Music Technology option include:

• To treat the study of technology and music as equal subject areas, adopting a broad, multi-disciplinary approach to the curriculum.
• To frame music technology within the larger contexts of historical trends, social transformation and ethical responsibility.
• To give students a technical understanding of computers and a familiarity with how computers mediate work in different disciplines across the arts and sciences.
• To transform students from consumers of digital media into informed producers of content.
• To provide an education relevant to contemporary career paths

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music Technology take 34-46 hours of general education courses. The Music Technology option consists of 20 hours, including 9-10 hours from School of Music courses and 11-12 hours taken from outside the School of Music. 

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Bachelor of Arts in Music: Music Core Requirements 

Music Course Requirements

Music Theory and Musicianship Core (Aural Skills) (9)
MUS 101, 102, 201, 202 - Music Theory and Practice I, II, III, and IV
8 hrs
MUS 107, 108, 207, 208 - Musicianship I, II, III, and IV
7 hrs
One advanced music theory course (chosen in consultation with advisor)
3 hrs
Musicology Core (4)
MUS 110 - Introd Art Mus: Intl Perspect
2 hrs
MUS 313 - The History of Music I (Humanities & Arts Gen Ed course)
3 hrs
MUS 314 - The History of Music II (Humanities & Arts Gen Ed course) 3 hrs
One advanced music history course (chosen in consultation with advisor)
 3 hrs
Performance Studies Core (2)
MUS 172 - Group Piano Instruction for Music Majors I
(Proficiency exam available.)
2 hrs
MUS 173 - Group Piano Instruction for Music Majors II
(Proficiency exam available.)
2 hrs

Music Technology Option Core Requirements

Required Music Technology Courses (4)
MUS 209 - Music, Sound, Technology
3 hrs
MUS 407 - Electroacoustic Techniques I
3 hrs
MUS 499 - Senior Project
1 hr
Select one (1) additional Music course from the following:
MUS 404 - Contemporary Compositional Techniques
                  (Max MSP or Algorithmic Design of Music)
2 hrs
MUS 409 - Electroacoustic Techniques II
3 hrs
MUS 424 - Musical Informatics 3 hrs
MUS 447 - Advanced Music Education Technology
3 hrs
MUS 448 - Introduction to Computer Music
3 hrs
MUS 499 ART - Audio Recording Techniques 2 hrs
Required Professional Courses (4) (outside the School of Music)
CS 101 - Intro Computing: Engineering & Science 
    or  CS/INFO 105 - Intro Computing: Non-Tech
3 hrs
One Business course chosen in consultation with advisor
3 hrs
Select at least two (2) additional courses from the following technology related courses offered outside the School of Music. The purpose of this requirement is to provide an opportunity for the BA student to broaden/deepen degree experience through engagement with technological perspectives and concerns beyond the School of Music. A number of these outside courses have requirements that would be waived for Music Technology students. For the others, the BA student has 30 “unclaimed” hours that can be used to fulfill unwaived requirements in areas they wish to pursue.
ARTS 341 - Image Practice  |  ARTS 343 - Time Arts 1  |  ARTS 344 - Interaction 1  |  ARTS 443 - Time Arts 2

CS 125 - Intro to Computer Science
CS 173 - Discrete Structures
CS 225 - Data Structures
CS 414 - Multimedia Systems Design
CS 467 - Social Visualization

DANC 362 - Choreographic Process II (Interactive Technologies)

ECE 110 - Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering
ECE 210 - Analog Signal Processing
ECE 310 + 311 - Digital Signal Processing + Lab
ECE 402 - Electronic Music Synthesis
ECE 403 - Audio Engineering
ECE 420 - Embedded DSP Laboratory

INFO 202 -  Social Aspects of Information Technology

PSYC 316 - Introduction to Psychology of Hearing

PHYS 406 - Acoustical Physics of Music

THEA 399 RS - Introduction to Digital Audio Production
THEA 453 - Theatre Sound Technology (Sound reinforcement for theatre)
THEA 454 - Sound Design I
THEA 455 - Audio Production

Note: All students submit a BA Plan of Study once courses have been formalized.

About the Senior Project: To graduate with the BA option in Music Technology, a student must complete an independent project/presentation in their senior year that demonstrates originality and proficiency within the course track they have chosen to follow. The senior project is advised by a Composition-Theory faculty member and passed by a vote of the Composition-Theory division

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