From the earliest recordings of vocalists and orchestras, technology has revolutionized the field of music. Now, in 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 or mp3 files, playing the radio, or streaming music on a mobile device, 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. Very often, the actual sounds made on stage are being produced via technology: it is now common to see musicians perform on laptop, turntables, or even hybrid instruments that blend everyday objects with custom-designed hardware and software. The work of producers,s composers, sound designers, recording engineers, and live-sound engineers is more important to the world of music today than ever before. Our degree program in Music Technology is positioned at the center of this fertile new field: we train musicians in the arts of producing recorded music, providing live sound reinforcement, composition, sound design, technology-based performance, and all other activities at the intersection of music/audio and technology.
In 1996, Central Missouri was designated as the lead institution in professional and applied technology for the State of Missouri. The UCM Department of Music answered this charter with the introduction of our 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.
Students in this program take the same core classes in music as all other Bachelor of Music students, including music history, music theory, performance ensembles, and private lessons on an instrument or voice (new as of Fall 2014, our instrumental options include technology-based instruments). However, the degree emphasis in Music Technology also includes extensive course work in music technology classes. The course work provides ongoing opportunities for hands-on experience in live recording, sound reinforcement, studio recording, sound design, composition, programming, and other topics, 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 UCM'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. As part of UCM's mission in professional and applied technology, this program receives special support enabling us to stay at the cutting edge of technology. The UCM Recording Studio A includes a Pro Tools 11 HDX system as well as a Yamaha DM2000v2 96-channel mixer and a wide variety of new and vintage analog audio equipment. Recording Studio B also features a top-of-the-line Pro Tools HDX system along with a C|24 mixing surface. In all, the music technology equipment at UCM is worth about $500,000, and students enjoy direct access to all of it.
Please contact Dr. Eric Honour for any additional information or with additional questions.