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From the earliest recordings of vocalists and orchestras, technology has revolutionized the field of music. Now, at the beginning of the 21st century, almost all Americans, even professional musicians, get most of their exposure to music through technology. Whether they are listening to compact discs, playing the radio, or downloading the latest MP3 file, technology provides the primary musical experience. Even when music-lovers go to hear music performed live today, it usually is amplified or involves other sorts of technology. The work of producers, recording engineers, and live-sound engineers is more important to the world of music today than ever before. Yet, when musicians work with engineers and producers, they find again and again that while those engineers are trained extremely well in working their audio equipment, they lack training in music. When it comes to making the artistic decisions that take a recording from good to great, the training simply is not there. Our degree program in Music Technology aims right at the heart of this problem: we train musicians to be audio engineers.
In 1996, Central Missouri was designated as the lead institution in professional technology for the State of Missouri. The UCM Department of Music answered this charter with the introduction of our exciting Bachelor of Music degree in Music Technology. This degree program focuses on audio engineering and other areas in music technology while still retaining a strong traditional music base. Central Missouri is the only university in Missouri offering a program of this kind.
Student engineers in this program take the same core classes in music as other Bachelor of Music students, including music history, music theory, performance ensembles, and private lessons on an instrument or voice. However, the emphasis in Music Technology also includes four years of course work in music technology classes. The course work is not simply lecture-based: instead, students gain hands-on experience in live recording, sound reinforcement, and studio recording, using a wide variety of professional equipment. The music technology curriculum culminates in an internship with a leading recording studio, live-sound company, or other music technology company to gain all-important real-world experience before graduation. This degree program, like all of Central Missouri's music degree programs, is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the most important agency for accrediting schools of music in the United States.
Faculty and Facilities
Students are taught by talented and experienced faculty on state-of-the-art equipment found in professional recording studios around the world. The UCM Recording Studio A includes a ProTools HD4|Accel system as well as a Yamaha DM2000v2 96-channel mixer and vintage analog recording equipment. Students thus gain experience with all major types of recording equipment used today. Recording Studio B also features a top-of-the-line ProTools HD3|Accel system along with a C|24 mixing surface and Genelec 5.1 surround system.
Please contact Dr. Eric Honour for any additional information or with additional questions.
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