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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. You 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, audio engineers, 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
Live Sound Reinforcement
Technology-Based Performance
Audio for Film/Video/Game
Sound Design
Interactive Computer Music

In addition to our Bachelor of Music degree, it is now possible for graduate students to focus on Music Technology in our flexible Master of Arts in Music degree!

Click here to apply now!


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

Master of Arts in Music with a focus on Music Technology

Earn your master’s degree without interrupting your busy life! With UCM’s M.A. in Music, you can complete your degree in as little as two years of full-time study. Options for evening and hybrid/online courses are available to fit your schedule. Our world-class faculty members are dedicated to helping you enhance your skills and personalize your degree with the fields that interest you most, including music technology, music theory, performance, conducting, Kodály, music education, musicology, and piano pedagogy, among others. You decide which combination of coursework will help take you to the next level!

People who might be interested in pursuing a Master of Arts with a focus in Music Technology include:

Audio Engineers that want a Masters Degree so you can:

  • Expand your knowledge in your chosen field
  • Earn a degree that will enable you to teach at higher education institutions
  • Explore new creative paths and possibilities offered by the latest in music technology

Educators, so you can:

  • Create quality music technology offerings in your classroom
  • Learn more about current trends and tools that you can incorporate into your classroom.
  • Learn ways to reach students who are interested in producing, beat making, song writing, recording, or audio engineering

Composers and Performers, so you can:

  • Incorporate the latest in music technology into your creative practice including: interactive audio, data sonification, 360 spatialization, non-linear organization methods, non-traditional controllers, custom hardware, Max/MSP, and more
  • Learn to record and create professional documentation of your work using our professional studios, hardware, software, microphones, and more

Students, so you can:

  • Prepare for work in the music industry
  • Prepare for PhD studies
  • Acquire and master new skills

Sound Designers, Installation Artists, Video Artists, Theatrical Sound Engineers, and more, we can help you develop greater expertise with audio-related technology!

Many courses are available during the summer months

Our M.A. is a flexible degree with many pathways and possibilities to customize the degree to your personal desires.

All students are required by our accrediting institution to take the core curriculum, please note:

  • You can choose 11-14 units of electives, currently Music Technology offers: EMP (MUS 5410, 3 credits), Max and MSP (MUS 5195, 3 credits), Audio for X (5500, 3 credits), Electronic Music Composition (MUS 5190, 3 credits), and Seminar in Music Technology (MUS 5430, 2 credits).
  • Performance requirements can be fulfilled with Music Technology Performance studies


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

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, you will take lessons on your primary instrument/voice. Many music technology majors declare a traditional instrument or voice, but you may choose to declare laptop, turntables, or other technology-based instruments and audition on those as well. For more information on audition requirements for any instrument/voice, including applied technology, please see: Applications, Scholarships, and Auditions.

As a Music Technology major, you can perform in a variety of UCM Department of Music ensembles, appropriate to your 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.

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


Cycling ’74 Max



Digidesign Revibe


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



Sony Oxford

Soundtrack Pro

Wave Mechanics PitchDoctor


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


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



Digidesign Revibe


Drawmer Dynamics


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



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


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


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Honour, Dr. Eric

Professor of Music Technology and Composition, Founder/Director of the UCM Center for Music Technology, Head of Music and Asst. Chair of the School of Visual and Performing Arts
Utt 111
(660) 543-4530

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Kaiser, Dr. Jeff

Assistant Professor of Music Technology and Composition
Wood 008B
(660) 543-4115

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Garrison, Dr. Travis

Assistant Professor of Music Technology and Theory
Wood 008A
(660) 543-4589

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Bickmore, Dr. Isaac

Assistant Professor of Music Education and Music Technology
HUD 105
(660) 543-4160


Dr. Jeff Kaiser
Associate Professor
Wood 008B
Tel: (660)543-4115


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