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Music Technology

Bachelor of Music

The B.M. in Music Technology prepares students for careers in audio engineering, sound design, or graduate study in music. Program objectives are located at: The degree conforms to standards in music technology set by the National Association of Schools of Music, including audio recording, audio engineering, and studio sound. Students will achieve fluency in microphone technique and develop a knowledge base of other peripheral equipment. The program emphasizes fundamentals of recording equipment and practice, including equipment calibration, alignment, and testing, and studio set-up for recording in various professional settings. In addition, students receive advanced practica in professional recording studio operation.

All students are auditioned before admission to the program.

A grade C or higher must be earned in each music course counted toward the major.

Mid-Level Review

All music majors must complete a Mid-Level Review prior to the junior year. The Review is normally conducted during the student's fourth semester of study, with adjustments made for transfer credits, participation in national and international exchange programs, and official leaves of absence. The Mid-Level Review consists of an application (information form, transcript, and reflective essay) and an assessment meeting between the candidate and the Faculty Review Panel. Application forms and additional information are available from the Music Department Office.

The purpose of the Mid-Level Review is threefold: 1) to assess the student's academic progress, 2) to assess the student's artistic progress, and 3) to advise the student on academic, artistic, and career goals. Music Education and Music Performance majors whose academic record and/or artistic growth are not at an appropriate level based on state and national standards cannot continue in either of those two Bachelor of Music degree programs, but may continue to be a music major in the Bachelor of Arts in Music program.

Language Requirement

The minimal requirement for all students with a major in Music is one course in a foreign language, normally French, Spanish, or German.

Integrative Studies Requirements

40 credits minimum

Major Requirements

79 credits

Select one of the following World Music courses (4 credits):

  • IAMU 112 Latin American Music Survey
  • IAMU 114 Music Cultures of the World
  • IIMU 241 Afro-Brazilian Music & Culture
  • IHMU 305 History of Jewish Music
  • IAMU 312 Latin American Music, Society, and Culture

MU 100 Music Workshop (6 semesters, 0 credits)

MUA 101, MUA 102, MUA 201, MUA 202, MUA 301, MUA 302, MUA 401 Applied Music (2 credits each, 14 credits total)

MU 172, MU 173, MU 174, MU 175, MU 177, or MU 178 Large Ensembles (1 credit each, 6 credits total) During semesters of applied music study, enrollment in at least one large ensemble appropriate to the student's program is required. Pianists/organists may substitute up to two semesters of MU 171 (Piano Ensemble).

MU 118, MU 119, MU 218, MU 219 Functional Piano I-IV (1 credit each, 4 credits total) (Pianists/organists may substitute MU 181 Collaborative Piano Skills for MU 118 and MU 119 for a total of 2 credits).

MU 151, MU 152, MU 251, MU 252 Music Theory I-IV (2 credits each, 8 credits total)
MU 161, MU 162, MU 261, MU 262 Aural Skills I-IV (1 credit each, 4 credits total)
MU 211 Intro to Music Technology
MU 212 Audio Recording Techniques (2 credits)
MU 213, MU 214 Composition Class I, II (2 credits each, 4 credits total)
MU 222 Musical Improvisation (1 credit)
MU 281 Aural Skills Proficiency Assessment Exam (0 credit)
MU 282 Mid-Level Review Assessment Exam(0 credit)
MU 283 Piano Proficiency Assessment Exam (0 credit)
IIPHYS 305 The Physics of Music
MU 310 Western Music Before 1700
IAMU 311 Sound Design for Video
MU 312 Western Music After 1700
MU 315 Conducting I (2 credits)
MU 412 Recording Studio (2 credits)
MU 495 Seminar
MU 496 Senior Project (2 credits)
MU 497 Internship in Music Technology (2 credits)


1 credit

Select a music course or an allied discipline recommended by National Association of Schools of Music, such as Computer Science, Physics, Film Studies, or Management to reach 120 credits.

Degree Requirements

120 credits
40 credits at the upper-level