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Music Technology, Bachelor of Music

Practical knowledge/creative engagement

The UCM Music Technology program stands at the intersection of audio engineering, music production, computer science, and sonic creativity. At UCM Music Tech we embrace diverse ideas and multiple ways of creating and working with music technology. Students are encouraged to explore, experiment, and push the limitations and perceptions within the music technology industry, while working from a solid foundation of practical knowledge coupled with creative engagement.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of UCM's music technology program are working around the world. Alumni can be found in recording and mastering studios in Los Angeles, Nashville, Denver, Chicago, and elsewhere. They are working on major international tours and on the audio teams of large corporations, concert venues, theatres, and churches. Alumni have started their own successful businesses as composers, sound designers, and private teachers. Many career paths exist for our graduates, and the broad set of opportunities for music technology study at UCM, along with a focus on developing entrepreneurial thinking, help to prepare our students for a wide variety of possibilities.

Interested in music, audio, and cutting-edge technology?

This is the degree for you. Music Technology Majors Study:

Audio Engineering and Production
Composition
Live Sound Reinforcement
Technology-Based Performance
Audio for Film/Video/Game
Sound Design
Interactive Computer Music
Acoustics

 

 

 

 

Courses Offered

  • Mus 1400 Computer Music Notation: Introduction to notating music with computer software.
  • Mus 1410 Introduction to Sound Reinforcement: Basic sound reinforcement techniques, including simple system design, setup, and operation.
  • Mus 1420 Concert Recording: Basic concert recording techniques and equipment. Microphone placement and recorder operation.
  • Mus 1430 Introduction to Audio Production: Basic audio editing, mixing, and mastering techniques and equipment.
  • Mus 1440 Introduction to MIDI: Overview of MIDI systems. Sequencing, system setup, and the MIDI specification.
  • Mus 1450 Audio and Acoustics: Physical properties of sound and an introduction to techniques for controlling and manipulating sound in structures. Operating principles of digital and analog audio, including transduction, time- and frequency-domain analysis, and sampling theory.
  • Mus 1460 Music Technology Performance I: Class study of performing live music with technology. Performance skills; basic instrument customization and optimization; improvisation; songwriting/composition; basic interpretation and aesthetics of performance.
  • Mus 2141 Composition I: Techniques of twentieth- and twenty-first century composition through projects in smaller forms. Electronic music studio techniques. Aural and visual analysis of contemporary music.
  • Mus 2400 Sound Reinforcement and Music Production: Theory and usage of audio equipment to produce recordings and provide sound reinforcement for live events.
  • Mus 2410 Digital Audio Production: Theory and usage of Pro Tools and other digital audio hardware and software to produce music and other audio.
  • Mus 2420 Music Technology Practicum: Practical experience in audio recording and live sound reinforcement.
  • Mus 3141 Composition II: Continuation of Composition I through projects of small and medium dimensions adapted to needs and interests of the student.
  • Mus 3400 New Technologies Ensemble: Study and performance of chamber and large ensemble music incorporating technology. Membership selected by audition.
  • Mus 3460 Music Technology Performance II: Advanced class study of performing live music with technology. Advanced performance skills; instrument design, realization, customization, and optimization; improvisation; songwriting/composition; advanced interpretation and aesthetics of performance.
  • Mus 4040 Music Business Practices: Copyright, entrepreneurial skills, and business principles relevant to the music industry.
  • Mus 4115 Instrumentation: Characteristics of instruments normally found in band and orchestra. Short writing projects for instrumental choirs, full band, and orchestra. Score study.
  • Mus 4130 Choral Arranging: Practical arrangements for various choral ensembles for school organizations and church choirs.
  • Mus 4190 Electronic Music Composition: Composition of electronic music in popular and artistic styles. Technical principles, history of the genre, and aesthetic considerations of electronic music.
  • Mus 4195 Max and MSP: MIDI/Audio programming, application development, and music composition in the Max/MSP environment.
  • Mus 4400 Audio for X: Tools, techniques, and creative approaches to creating audio and designing sound for various environments, including films, games, interactive media, and others.
  • Mus 4410 Electronic Music Production Techniques: Tools and techniques used in electronic music production, including MIDI, OpenSoundControl, synthesis, sampling, sequencing, loops, and others.
  • Mus 4420 Advanced Music Technology Practicum: Practical experience in audio facility management and maintenance.
  • Mus 4430 Seminar in Music Technology: Advanced individual and/or group work in music technology and audio production.
  • Mus 4450 Internship in Music Technology: Field application of theories and practices in professional music production, recording arts, or music technology industries.

Internships

Music technology majors are required to complete an internship in the field. Preparing students for entry to the industry post-graduation, the internship provides real world experience and an opportunity for students to begin building their professional networks. Internships must be connected to music or audio, but students 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. Students receive guidance on internships from the program director as well as UCM's Career Services 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

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

Technology Performance

Music Technology majors, like all other music majors, must pass an audition on their primary instrument/voice to be admitted to the degree. As part of the degree program, students must take lessons on their primary instrument/voice. Many music technology majors declare a traditional instrument or voice, but for those students who primarily play laptop, turntables, or other technology-based instruments, it is possible to audition on those instruments as well. For more information on audition requirements for any instrument/voice, including applied technology, please see the section below (Our Auditions).

Music Technology students can perform in a variety of UCM Department of Music ensembles, appropriate to their primary instruments. For specific ensemble information please visit the Ensembles Page. Those students whose primary instruments are technology-based will perform in UCM's New Technologies Ensemble.

New Technologies Ensemble

An ensemble comprised of technology-based instruments. This ensemble is open (via audition) to any UCM student who performs on laptop, turntables, or other technology-based instrument. The group performs new compositions, arrangements of traditional works, and pieces for indeterminate instrumentation. Each year, the group issues an international call for works, selecting pieces for performance written by living composers from around the world.

Contact

Dr. Eric Honour
Professor
WD 008A
Tel: (660)543-4589

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