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Learning Goals

The MFA Music Technology program aims to built strong musical skills while promoting the mastery of a variety of music-related technologies in the context of pursuing creative work. Specifically, Music Technology students will have opportunities to:

  • Become trained musicians able to work in a variety of musical ensembles and global music productions, with appropriate competencies in music theory and musicianship skills, while emphasizing the specialties of 21st Century music technology
  • Develop professional-level skills allowing them to produce concerts, stage-manage, understand sound mixing and diffusion, and run stage monitoring and main audience sound
  • Become skilled in and know how to run music studios at a high level for album and media production, including microphone techniques, software editors, audio effects, mixing, mastering, and the use of the Internet for audio production
  • Develop thorough historical knowledge of electro-acoustic music as well as knowledge of the theory and operation of algorithms for traditional synthesis and audio effects production
  • Become software engineers able to write computer code for websites for the Internet and understand advanced object-oriented computer languages for artistic expression
  • Learn to design and build basic electronic circuits and make human computer interface designs for artistic practices
  • Acquire knowledge of basic digital signal processing and how it relates to audio, including time and frequency domain processing and how these may be manipulated for artistic practices
  • Develop high-level practical and professional skills, including the ability to synthesize diverse studies, project planning, execution, time management, and documentation of both technical and musical work at a level suitable for publication in a professional journal
Program Requirements
  • MTEC600 Topics in Music Technology (each semester offered)
  • MFOR506 Creative Technology Forum (each semester offered)
  • MTEC613 & MTEC614 Introduction to Programming I & II (2 classes)
  • MTEC621 C++ for Electronic Music I (1 class)
  • MTEC630 & MTEC631 Interface Design I & II (2 classes)
  • MTEC660 Audio Signal Processing (1 class)
  • MTEC685 Teaching in Technology (2 classes)
  • MHST525 Survey of Sound Art (1 class)
  • MTEC690 Music Technology MFA Project (variable units; must enroll each semester in residence)
  • 2 Music Technology electives, chosen from (2 classes):
    • MTEC580 Advanced Web Application Development
    • MTEC680 Music Information Retrieval & Machine Learning for Art
    • MTEC616 Visual Programming
    • MTEC550 Robotic Design for Music
    • MTEC612 Mobile Music Computing
    • MTEC622 C++ for Electronic Music II
    • MTEC635 Advanced Circuit Design
    • MTEC640 Programming for Raspberry Pi
    • MTEC650 Sound Synthesis
    • MTEC655 Advanced Synthesis
  • 2 Digital Performance Ensemble / Experience Design electives, chosen from (2 classes):
    • IIMC550 Sound Game Space
    • MBLE625 Creative Electronic Ensemble
    • MCMP615 Choreographers & Composers
    • MTEC540 Machine Orchestra
    • MTEC618 Data Driven Art & Visuals
    • MTEC619 Experience Design & Technology
    • MTEC520 Grids, Beats, and Groups
    • MTEC530 21st-Century Raga & Tala
    • MTEC541 Composition for Robots
  • Courses outside the School of Music (2 classes)
  • Electives (to fulfill 60-unit degree requirement)
  • Final MFA Thesis
Admission Requirements

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