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.

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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 Aural Skills Courses (9)
MUS 101, 102, 201, 202 - Music Theory and Practice I, II, III, and IV
8 hrs
MUS 107, 108, 207, 208 - Aural Skills I, II, III, and IV
7 hrs
One advanced music theory course (chosen in consultation with advisor)
3 hrs
Music History and Literature Core Courses (4)
MUS 110 - Introd Art Mus: Intl Perspect
2 hrs
MUS 313 and 314 - The History of Music I and II (Also serve as Humanities & Arts Gen Ed courses)
6 hrs
One advanced music history course (chosen in consultation with advisor)
 3 hrs
Performance Studies Core Courses (2 or 1)
MUS 172 and 173 - Group Piano Instruction for Music Majors I and II  or
MUS 454 - Advanced Keyboard Skills I (keyboard majors)
4 hrs
1 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 448 - Introduction to Computer Music
3 hrs
MUS 447 - Advanced Music Education Technology
3 hrs
Required Professional Courses (4) (outside the School of Music)
CS101 - Intro Computing: Engineering & Science  or  CS/INFO 105 - Intro Computing: Non-Tech
3 hrs
Business course (BADM 395, or 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 their 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.

MUS 415 - Music and Media
MUS 424 - Musical Informatics
MUS 447 - Advanced Music Education Technology
MUS 499 - Musicians and the Law
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 403 - Audio Engineering
INFO 202 -  Social Aspects of Information Technology
PSYC 316 - Introduction to Psychology of Hearing
PHYS 406 - Acoustical Physics of Music
THEA 453 - Theatre Sound Technology (Sound reinforcement for theatre)
THEA 454 - Sound Design, I
THEA 455 - Audio Production

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.

 

   


HOW TO APPLY:

1. Complete the University Application.
2. Complete the
 Supplemental Music Application (will become available 24-48 hours after submitting the University Application). DUE BY DECEMBER 5.
3. Submit an Essay: Applicants must submit a 300-500 word essay that provides a summary of academic achievements in math and/or computer science, and a description of music-technology related experiences, accomplishments, and goals.
4. Submit a Portfolio: Applicants must submit an online portfolio that demonstrates their experience and readiness in Music Technology. The portfolio should include a Table of Contents, as a Word doc or pdf document, which will include a listing of all online materials included in the portfolio. Each item should be listed with​
-a title
-the date(s) the content was created
-a detailed description of the portfolio item (people involved and in what capacity, instruments/hardware/software utilized, why the item is significant, and any other noteworthy information)
-a web link to the content itself (e.g. YouTube, Soundcloud, Vimeo, Google Drive, Dropbox, your own personal webspace, or another public hosting service)

Items presented in the portfolio may include, but are not limited to: audio files, video files, digital image files, text or pdf documents, programming code, websites you've designed, engineering schematics or diagrams, etc. Portfolio items should highlight the applicant's unique strenghts and experiences relating to Music Technogloy, and clearly demonstrate potential for continued growth and success. All portfolio materials should be sent to Music Admissions by January 1st.
5. Participate in an Interview: Applicants must participate in a 20 minute interview with members of the Composition/Theory faculty. This interview is normally scheduled as part of the on-campus audition process and will only be scheduled once the applicant’s essay and portfolio have been received; if the applicant is not visiting the campus in person then the interview must take place via Skype or conference call on the same date as the on-campus interviews. During the interview our faculty will engage the applicant in a discussion of their musical background, educational interests and long-term professional goals.  In addition, applicants will be given a brief set of ear training and musicianship questions pertaining to musical intervals, scales, chord qualities, etc. in order to gauge ability and readiness in the core music curriculum. Applicants will also have the opportunity to ask the faculty questions about the degree program to which they are applying, the various courses of study at the School of Music and the university experience in general.
6. Complete the Music Theory Diagnostic Test: Complete the Music Theory Diagnostic Test. Applicants who attend an on-campus audition/interview will complete the exam on site; all others must arrange for a proctor to administer the exam. Applicants wishing to engage a proctor must complete and return the Proctor Approval Form.