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.
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.
This is the degree for you. Music Technology Majors Study:
Audio Engineering and Production
Live Sound Reinforcement
Audio for Film/Video/Game
Interactive Computer Music
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:
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
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.