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Music Technology, BM

Major in Music Technology

Do you plan to work in music production or audio engineering for a recording studio or run live sound for events? Is your preferred musical instrument technology-based rather than traditional? Maybe you’re already working as a music producer, singer-songwriter or DJ and want to learn more. The University of Central Missouri’s Bachelor of Music in Music Technology program encourages multiple styles and diverse ways to create and work with the latest music technology tools, regardless of your career goals.

Music technology is a growing field, influenced by a balance of technological skill, creativity and industry and commercial needs. You’ll learn directly from renowned faculty who work in the industry and collaborate with industry professionals through internships, technology-based performance ensembles and student activities. UCM is one of the few colleges with a music technology major that is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) for study in technology-based instruments.

Newly updated music technology facilities and equipment

UCM features top-of-the-line equipment used in the world’s most respected professional audio engineering and recording facilities, including microphones, mixing consoles, pre-amps, hardware (Neumann, DPA, Neve, SSL, Manley, Slate and more) and software (Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton Live, Reaper and more). Unlike many colleges with a music technology major, UCM allows 24/7 access to all of it for class assignments and your own creative projects.

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NASM-accredited music technology program

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24/7 access to cutting-edge facilities

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Faculty are leaders in music technology

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Learn to be a record producer

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State-of-the-art professional equipment

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What you will study

Music Technology majors at the University of Central Missouri receive a comprehensive education in audio engineering, music production and sonic creativity, including performing and composing in technology-based formats. You’ll learn everything from how to run cables and use a variety of professional microphones to how to manage people and record, mix and master finished tracks. 

UCM’s faculty regularly consult with global instructors about our program curriculum, which has attracted national and international recognition among colleges with a music technology major. Some of the classes you may take include:

  • Digital Audio Production: Use industry-standard software and hardware to master the complete audio production process, from recording and editing to mixing and mastering. 
  • Audio for X: Master tools, techniques and creative approaches to creating audio and designing sound for various environments, such as films, video games and interactive media.
  • Sound Reinforcement and Music Production: Take a deep dive into live sound as you learn to use everything from microphones and mixing consoles to stage monitors, in-ears and large PA systems.
  • Electronic Music Production Techniques: Apply tools such as MIDI, synths, samplers, loops and more to create hip-hop, dance, ambient or your own new electronic music.
  • Music Business Practices: Build your own brand with web design, social media and other essentials such as copyright, performance rights and client management.

Most classes for Music Technology majors are small in size, so your professors will know you and your career goals and can help prepare you to compete in the job market or as an entrepreneur.


Excellence in Music Technology

  • Top 15%: Best Value Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for General Music (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 8%: Most Popular Colleges for General Music (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 15%: Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for General Music (College Factual, 2022)
  • A Most Focused College for General Music (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in music technology

UCM’s major in Music Technology provides extensive opportunities for hands-on experience. Nearly every Music Tech class involves working, creating and producing:

  • Internships: Students have interned in Paris, London and around the United States at recording and film studios, audio/visual installation companies and other industry hubs. You’ll build real-world experience that can lead to job offers and enduring industry connections.
  • Music technology seminar: Capstone projects for UCM majors in Music Technology allow you to pursue your own interest areas and build your professional portfolio. Students have produced EPs and custom-designed sound for video games, among other creative projects. 
  • Active student groups: UCM’s student chapter of the Audio Engineering Society hosts field trips and runs sound for regional venues and events. The New Technologies Ensemble selects living composers’ pieces to perform on technology-based instruments. UCM has many performance ensembles for voice and traditional instruments in a variety of styles. These opportunities provide a foundation to collaborate and network with peers from other colleges with music technology majors.


What can you do with a major in Music Technology from UCM?

Many UCM alumni are working in some of the world’s most renowned recording and mastering studios. Others have joined the audio teams of major corporations, churches, theaters and concert venues. If you’d like to run your own business, our major in Music Technology will help prepare you for success in audio engineering, composition or music production, as well as a variety of roles in the music technology industry. Our first-destination placement success rate — for employment, graduate school or launching a music technology-related business — is 100%.

Get started on a creative career path

Use the interactive tool below to explore your career options and salary potential when you graduate with a major in Music Technology from the University of Central Missouri.




Financial assistance options for Music Technology majors

The University of Central Missouri offers a variety of resources for financing your undergraduate education to help keep your college costs and student debt low.

Beyond general scholarships and awards available through the university, numerous scholarships are available specifically for Music Technology majors, including:

  • Music Merit Scholarships
  • Music Technology Alumni Foundation Scholarships
  • Music Service Awards
  • Presidential All-State Music Scholarships
  • Learn more about program-specific scholarships by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.

As a major in Music Technology, you may also qualify for UCM Service Awards. These are given in recognition of service to the University of Central Missouri, such as playing in the marching band, the Service Jazz Combo or Service String Quartet, or tutoring students in music theory.



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Take your degree further.

Expand your knowledge of audio-related technology, prepare for Ph.D. studies, acquire new skills or incorporate music technology into your work as a teacher or composer. You could continue your studies at UCM by earning a graduate degree with a focus on music technology, music education or another field of your choice:

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Make yourself more marketable.

If you’re planning to run your own music studio or audio installation business or offer other music technology services, you may benefit from adding a minor to your major in Music Technology from UCM:

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Explore programs related to music technology.

If you’re still not sure what you’d like to major in, explore undergraduate programs at UCM in related fields of study, such as:

Top-Notch Professional Facilities

UCM’s Music Technology Studios recently received a 1-million-dollar makeover to our 6,000 square feet of facilities. As a Music Technology major at UCM, you have 24/7 access to all of it. With sound-isolating walls, doors and windows throughout and custom-designed acoustic treatments, we have plenty of room for our world-class equipment. The new facilities were designed by UCM Music Technology program founder Dr. Eric Honour, and all of it is dedicated to music technology and audio production.

UCM’s Music Technology program is nationally prominent and our alumni are working all over the country. Hands-on learning in these new facilities will help prepare you to join them.


Studio Information

Studio A

Studio A

At 1600 square feet, Studio A is at the heart of the UCM Center for Music Technology. Large enough for our student audio engineers to record UCM’s Jazz Ensemble (which we do twice a year), Studio A is one of the top recording facilities for miles in any direction.


Featuring a Rupert Neve 5088 mixing console and a wide variety of digital and analog equipment, this studio is equipped to handle anything from voiceover work and solo instrument recording to very large rock band sessions. In addition, as an All-Steinway School, we have a Steinway D grand piano in the studio.


In this studio, you develop and refine your skills as recording engineers.


Studio A at UCM


Mixing Console

  • Rupert Neve Designs 5088 large-format analog mixing console (32 channels)



  • Avid Pro Tools 2019 Ultimate

  • Access Indigo

  • Antares Auto-Tune

  • Apple Logic Studio X

  • Compressor

  • Cycling ’74 Max

  • D-Fi

  • D-Verb

  • Digidesign Revibe

  • DINR

  • Drawmer Dynamics

  • Eventide Factory and Quadravox

  • Final Cut Studio

  • Line6 AmpFarm and EchoFarm

  • Metric Halo Channel Strip

  • MOTU MachFive III sampler

  • Plug-ins: McDSP Channel G

  • ReverbOne

  • SMACK!

  • Sony Oxford

  • Soundtrack Pro

  • Wave Mechanics PitchDoctor

  • Waveburner

  • Waves Diamond Bundle TDM

Mic Preamps and Hardware

Hardware Rack Studio A

  • Orion 32 HD 64 (HDX, MADI, and  USB 3.0 Audio Interface)

  • API 512c (x 2)

  • API 525 (x 2)

  • API 550b (x 2)

  • Bricasti Design M7 reverb

  • dbx 386

  • Drawmer 1969 Mercenary Edition (x 2)

  • Empirical Labs DerrEsser (x 2)

  • Empirical Labs EL8-SX stereo Distressor w/ British Mode

  • Furman HDS6 headphone distribution system

  • Furman IT-1220 balanced power distributor

  • Great River MP-500NV

  • Groove Tubes ViPre

  • Langevin Dual Vocal Combo (x 2)

  • Lexicon MPX1 multi-effects unit

  • Manley Massive Passive

  • MOTU MIDI Timepiece AV-USB

  • SSL VHD Preamp (x 2)

  • SSL XLogic channel (x 2)

  • SSL XLogic G Buss Compressor

  • SSL XLogic Preamp (x 2)

  • TC Electronic M3000 studio reverb

  • Thermionic Culture Phoenix SB

  • Thermionic Culture Vulture

  • Vintech X73i (x 2)


  • 2 x Genelec 8250A

  • Genelec 7260A subwoofer

  • Genelec AD9200a converter

  • 2 x Avantone MixCubes alternate monitors


  • Kurzweil K2600XS 88-key w/sampling, studio/orchestra expansions
  • Moog Sonic Six and other vintage synthesizers available


Hardware Recorders

  • Alesis ADAT HD24XR digital recorder (24 tracks)

  • Alesis Masterlink 9600 CD recording/mastering deck

  • Ampex ATR200 2-track tape deck

  • Teac 80-8 8-track tape deck

Studio B

Studio B

In Recording Studio B, you develop your audio engineering skills in mixing, editing, and mastering. It is also an excellent studio for tracking individuals or small ensembles.


Mixing Console and Control Surface

  • Solid State Logic Matrix2



  • Avid Pro Tools 2019 Ultimate

  • Access Indigo

  • Antares Auto-Tune 4

  • Apple Logic Studio X

  • Cycling ’74 Max

  • D-Fi

  • D-Verb

  • Digidesign Revibe

  • DINR

  • Drawmer Dynamics

  • DUY DSPider

  • Eventide Factory and Quadravox
  • Final Cut Pro X

  • Line6 AmpFarm and EchoFarm

  • Metric Halo Channel Strip

  • MOTU Digital Performer 4

  • MOTU MachFive III sampler

  • Plug-ins: McDSP Channel G

  • ReverbOne

  • SMACK!

  • Sony Oxford

  • Wave Mechanics PitchDoctor

  • Waves Diamond Bundle TDM

Mic Preamps and Hardware

  • Grace Design m802 8-channel remote controlled microphone preamplifier

  • 2 x Avid HD preamps (in HD Omni audio interface)

  • Avid HD I/O audio interface

  • Avid HD Omni audio interface

  • MOTU MIDI Timepiece AV-USB

  • Furman IT-1220 balanced power distributor

  • SSL X-Rack 24-input summing buss with Total Recall automation, stereo EQ, and G Buss Compressor

  • JoeMeek SC2.2 stereo compressor


  • 5 x Genelec 8240A

  • Genelec 7260A subwoofer

  • Genelec AD9200a converter

  • 2 x Avantone MixCubes alternate monitors


  • Kurzweil K2600RS rack w/sampling
  • studio/orchestra expansions

Electronic Music Composition Studio

Electronic Music Composition Studio

Electronic Music Composition Studio 

The UCM Electronic Music Composition studio is a great location for experimental and creative practices! Whether you are working on sound design for video and games, synthesis, audio software design, or experimental works, the sonically isolated studio featuring an 8.1 Genelec ring of monitors is the perfect facility.

Mixing Control Surface

  • Slate Raven MTi2


  • Avid Pro Tools 2019

  • Apple Logic Studio X

  • Ableton Live Suite

  • Final Cut Pro X

  • Cycling ’74 Max

  • Finale notation software

Mic Prepamps and Hardware

  • Metric Halo ULN-8 interface
  • Vintage (1973) Moog System 55 modular analog synthesizer (8 VCO modules, VCFs, VCAs, ring modulator, envelope follower, step sequencer, reverb, noise generators, etc.)
  • Vintage Moog Sonic Six


  • 8.1 Genelec Ring

Other Studios and Facilities

Project Studios and other facilities

Recording Studios C and D

Intended primarily for students working on editing, mixing, composing, sound design, and other projects that do not need the extensive capabilities of the larger studios, Studio C offers a 5.1 monitoring system and iMac loaded with the primary software titles used in the music tech program.


  • Avid Pro Tools 2019

  • Apple Logic Studio X

  • Ableton Live Suite with Push 2 controller

  • Cycling ’74 Max

  • MOTU MachFive III sampler

  • Unity 3D Game Engine


  • 5 x Genelec 8030A and Genelec 7250A subwoofer (Studio C)
  • Monoprice 8-inch Powered Studio Multimedia Monitor Speakers (Studio D)

Mic Preamps and Hardware

  • Apogee Symphony I/O (Studio C)
  • Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 (Studio D)

New Technologies Ensemble Rehearsal Studio

Dedicated space for the New Technologies Ensemble and Applied Technology lessons.

Music Technology Computer Lab

Housed in the music technology facilities in Wood Hall, this lab is dedicated for your use as a music technology student. It features five 27” iMac computers loaded with all the software titles we teach in the program. Students in studio courses have 24/7 access to this lab, as well as the other music technology facilities.

Keyboard and Computer Labs


UCM Keyboard Lab (Utt 009)

The music department keyboard lab provides space for students to learn and practice their piano skills. It houses 13 high-quality digital pianos, in an arrangement that allows piano teachers to easily help each student achieve his or her finest.

UCM Music Computer Lab (Utt 011)

The UCM music computer lab is home to 20 current-model iMac computers with a variety of MIDI and audio software installed, including Finale and Logic. Each computer also has an Akai MPK25 keyboard attached. Four of the computers are top-of-the-line 27" iMacs, and serve as music technology priority machines. These computers have additional software installed, including Pro Tools and other software used in courses for music technology majors. The lab also features a SmartBoard, allowing music education majors to gain experience with this important pedagogical technology. The lab is open for regular hours, posted on the door.

Hart Recital Hall Diffusion System

Hart Recital Hall is the primary music performance space at UCM. Featuring an outstanding 15-channel diffusion system by Meyer Sound Laboratories (eight Meyer UPJ-1P speakers, three MMXP4 speakers, and four UMS-SM subwoofers mounted in surround) Hart is one of the best performance spaces for electroacoustic music and video in the Midwest.

Microphones and other Hardware

Microphones and other Hardware

The selection of microphones available to you at the UCM Center for Music Technology is quite extensive, featuring a wide variety of options, including many high-end models. This mic collection is shared by all of the studio facilities in the Music Technology program, ensuring you access to the perfect microphone for any job.

Our philosophy is to train you on equipment used every day by professionals around the world. The microphones below have been chosen time and time again by engineers, critics, musicians, and educators as “the right mic for the job.” In the UCM Music Technology program, you have access to many of the same microphones you will be using throughout your careers as audio engineers, enabling you to start learning the idiosyncrasies of each mic now.

In addition to microphones, other hardware is available for checkout, including: Roli Seaboard, Livid OhmRGB, QuNeo, Ableton Push 2 (x 6), audio/MIDI interfaces, and various other surfaces and vintage tone modules.


Microphone Cabinet

  • AKG C3000B (x 3)

  • AKG C414B/ULS (x 2)

  • AKG D112 (x 2)

  • Antares AMM-1 microphone modeler

  • Audio-Technica 4033 (x 2)

  • Audio-Technica 4047

  • Audio-Technica 4050CM5

  • Audix D-2 (x 2)

  • Audix D-4

  • Audix D-6

  • Audix i-5 (x 6)

  • Audix SCX-1c (x 2)

  • Audix SCX-1hc

  • Crown PCC-160 (x 2)

  • Crown PZM 30D

  • DPA 3511 stereo mic kit w/4011 pair

  • Earthworks QTC-1 (x 2)

  • Earthworks SR69

  • Earthworks Z30X (x 2)

  • ElectroVoice Cardiline 642

  • ElectroVoice RE20

  • Lawson L47MP

  • Microtech-Gefell UMT70s (x 2)

  • Mojave Audio MA300 (x 3)

  • Neumann KM184 (x 2)

  • Neumann KMS104

  • Neumann TLM193

  • Neumann U87ai (x 2)

  • Oktava MC012 (x 3)

  • Royer Labs R-121 (x 2)

  • Royer Labs SF-24 stereo ribbon mic

  • Røde NT1 (x 2)

  • Sennheiser MD421-II (x 5)

  • Shure Beta 181

  • Shure Beta 52a

  • Shure Beta57a (x 2)

  • Shure KSM44 (x 3)

  • Shure SM27-c (x 2)

  • Shure SM57 (x 15)

  • Shure SM58 (x 2)

  • Shure SM7b

  • Shure SM81 (x 2)

 Sound Reinforcement Equipment

Mixing Consoles

  • Yamaha DM2000v2 96-channel digital mixer (in Hendricks Hall)

  • PreSonus RM32ai iPad-controlled 32-channel, 18-bus digital mixer (in Hart Recital Hall)

  • Yamaha DM1000v2 (portable)

  • Mackie SR32•4-Bus VLZ-Pro (portable)

Main monitors

  • 8 x Meyer UPJ-1P loudspeakers

  • 3 x Meyer MMXP4

  • 4 x Meyer UMS-1P Subs (in Hart Recital Hall)

  • 6 x Mackie/EAW SA1530z

  • 2 x Mackie SR1530 triamped 3-way PA speakers

Stage monitors/fills/amplifiers

  • 4 x Yamaha S115IV 2-way PA speakers
  • 4 x Yamaha BR15M stage monitors
  • 7 x JBL EON G2 powered 2-way PA speakers


Effects/Dynamics Processors/EQ

  • dbx DriveRack 260

  • Lexicon MPX110 multi-effects unit

  • PreSonus ACP-88

  • PreSonus DEQ624 digital 2-channel 31-band graphic equalizer

  • Onboard dynamics, effects, and EQ on the DM1000v2


  • 13 x Shure Beta58a ULX-P wireless microphone systems

  • 1 SM98 wireless instrument mic system

  • 2 x WL184 wireless lavalier mic systems

  • 2 x PreSonus Digimax

  • 2 x PreSonus D8B 8-channel mic preamps

  • 2 x Radial D8 8-channel DI

  • Furman PL-8 power distributor


As a music technology major, you will be required to complete an internship in the field. Preparing you for entry to the industry post-graduation, the internship provides real world experience and an opportunity for you to begin building your professional networks. Internships must be connected to music or audio, but you are encouraged to explore a variety of opportunities. Many intern at recording studios or with live sound reinforcement companies, but others have interned at theatres, videogame companies, television production companies, churches, music publishers, and other industry players. You receive guidance on internships from the program director as well as UCM's Career and Life Design Center, which provides assistance with résumés, cover letters, and interviewing skills. Music technology majors have interned with companies across the United States and in Europe, including the following, among others:

  • Paris: IRCAM
  • London: Blow Up Records, Kingston Green Radio
  • Los Angeles: Bell Sound, Emoto Studios, EMI Music Publishing, TrueTalent, Skip Saylor, Smart Post, 4th Street Recording
  • New York: Dubway Studios
  • Nashville: Emerald Recording, Castle Recording, Gotee Records, Dark Horse Studios, Omni Sound
  • Chicago: Engine Studios, Bosco Productions
  • Portland: Rex Post Production
  • Branson: Voices Recording
  • St. Louis: Technisonic, Phat Buddha, AmpSTL, Clayton Recording, 105.7 The Point
  • Kansas City: Chapman Recording, Kauffman Center, DSS Productions, BRC Audio Productions, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Black Lodge Studios, Awestruck Productions, MIX93.3FM, 98.9 The Rock
  • Atlanta: Reach Records



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