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Learning Goals

The BFA Music Technology program aims to build 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 artists able to work in any orchestral, ensemble or global music production, including knowing how to produce a concert, manage a stage, understand a sound board and run stage monitor and main audience sound
  • Attain strong music theory, ear training and rhythmic training, with a focus on 21st century technology
  • Learn how to run a music studio for recording production, with full knowledge of microphone techniques, software editors, audio effects, mixing and mastering
  • Acquire strong contextualization abilities for the history of electro-acoustic music
  • Learn how algorithms for traditional synthesis and audio affect production
  • Become proficient software engineers, with the ability to code for websites and utilize advanced object-oriented languages for artistic expression
  • Understand basic digital signal processing and its relationship to audio, including time and frequency domains and how these can be manipulated for artistic purposes
  • Also be able to use basic electronics and know how to design human computer interfaces for artistic practices
  • Develop project implementation and production capabilities, including planning, execution, time management and documentation skills

Program Requirements

The following subset of the CORE CURRICULUM:

  • MTHY101 & MTHY102 Tonal Skills A&B (2 classes)
  • MTHY104 Musicianship Skills: Rhythm A (1 class)
  • MTHY111 Tonal Theory A (1 class)
  • MTHY210 Post-Tonal Theory (1 class)
  • MAIC100 Survey of 20th & 21st C. Music History & Literature (1 class)
  • MAIC101 World Music Survey
  • Any ONE of the following FIVE History and Cultures Options:
    • MHST205 Western Music History I
    • MHST206 Western Music History II
    • MAIC240 Jazz History
    • MHST302 Popular Music: A Social and Analytical History
    • MHST300-309 Music Cultures
    • MHST350 Stylists & Innovators 1961-Now
  • MLSN003 (1 class) Class Piano (or alternative keyboard course as approved by instructor: see complete CORE CURRICULUM listing for options)
  • Vocal Elective (1 class) – see complete CORE CURRICULUM listing for options
  • World Music Ensemble elective (1 class) – see complete CORE CURRICULUM listing for options
  • Two electives taken in the Schools of Art, Dance, Film/Video, and/or Theater. These may be courses also taken to fulfill Critical Studies Arts in Context requirements.

Plus the following MAJOR AREA courses:

  • MFOR106 Creative Technology Forum (each semester offered)
  • MTEC101 & MTEC102 Concert Production I & II Tech (2 classes, consecutively beginning Fall of BFA-1)
  • MTEC150 Sound Synthesis (1 class)
  • MTEC155 Advanced Sound Synthesis (1 class)
  • MTEC270 Composing with Technology (1 class)
  • MTEC308 Advanced Production Techniques (1 class)
  • MTEC330 & MTEC331 Interface Design I & II (2 classes)
  • MTHY310 Acoustics for Musicians (1 class)
  • MTEC415 Visual Programming
  • As Part of Critical Studies:
    • ICOM202 Introduction to Programming II
  • Music Technology electives, chosen from (2 classes):
    • MTEC210 Laptop Audio Production
    • MTEC312 Mobile Music Computing
    • MTEC340 Programming for Raspberry Pi
    • MTEC360 Audio Signal Processing
    • MTEC380 Advanced Web Development
    • MTEC480 MIR & Machine Learning for Art
    • MTEC450 Robotic Design for Music
    • MTEC199 Undergraduate Independent Project: Music Technology
  • Digital Performance Ensemble electives, chosen from (2 classes):
    • IIMC350 SoundGameSpace
    • MBLE415 Networked Music Ensemble
    • MBLE310/426 Improvisation Ensemble
    • MBLE450 Sonic Boom
    • MCMP415 Choreographers & Composers
    • MTEC440 Machine Orchestra
    • MBLE325 Creative Electronic Ensemble
    • MTEC418 Data Driven Art & Visuals
    • MTEC419 Experience Design & Technology
    • MTEC420 Grids, Beats, and Groups
    • MTEC430 21st-Century Raga & Tala
    • MTEC431 Digitizing World Music
    • MTEC441 Composition for Robots
  • MTEC490 Music Technology BFA Project (2 classes)

Plus the following SUPPORT courses:

  • MAIC425 Survey of Sound Art
  • Composition elective, chosen from (1 class):
  • MCMP110 Introduction to Composition
  • MCMP320 Electroacoustic Composition
  • MCMP321 Live Electronic Music-Making
  • MCMP417 Media Strategies Rules and Space
  • MCMP418 Media Theory The Interactee
  • MPRF330 Trigger: Electronic Percussion
  • Electives (to fulfill 120-unit degree requirement)

Admission Requirements

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