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Bachelor of Science in Music Technology

 

Degree Programs:

B.S. Music Technology
M.S. Music Technology

The Bachelor of Science degree in Music Technology is a 4-year, 124 credit undergraduate degree program that prepares students for entry level jobs in the music technology field or to pursue graduate education in music technology at top graduate programs nationally. 

Music technology has become a major factor in virtually every area of the music industry.  Music technology fuses musical skill and technological knowledge that enables one trained in these areas to create works, or to pursue employment or graduate education in an extremely wide variety of areas.   Some of these include music production, performance, composition, recording and editing, software and hardware development, systems design, equipment installation, music editing and publishing, as well as numerous audio fields such as the recording and editing of concerts, events, films and television, games, among others.   It is not an exaggeration to state that virtually every area of the music industry has been influenced by technology.  

The program features an interdisciplinary sequence of increasingly rigorous courses in music and recording technology, computer science, mathematics, music performance, music studies and general education, making the program highly competitive among music technology programs in the country. The program includes ten courses in specific music technology subjects and electives, mathematics courses through the Pre-calculus level (or elective courses if the mathematics levels are reached through placement testing) offered through the Department of Mathematics, and three courses in Computer and Information Science taught by professors in the College of Information Sciences (CIS) as part of the music technology major.

The Master of Science degree in Music Technology is a 2-year program that offers students an opportunity to further advance their experience and understanding of music technology research and practice at the graduate level. Students prepare for professional work, as well as the possibility of entrance to doctoral programs, through specialized research, creative work, and practical experience in the field. Areas of specialization include advanced study in music and music technology whereby students are encouraged to develop diverse abilities in the field, while allowing them also to focus on an area of expertise of their interest.

Entry to the program is contingent on completion of an undergraduate degree in music or its equivalent. Those not holding a Bachelor's degree in music who are offered admission to the M.S. degree in Music Technology will be assigned additional undergraduate coursework at the time of admission, based on a thorough review of the undergraduate transcript and through diagnostic examinations required of all entering Master's degree-seeing students.

FACILITIES

The Presser Hall Computer Music Lab houses 16 iMac student stations running Pro Tools 12, Digital Performer, Finale, Sibelius, iLife Suite, Csound, Super Collider, PureData, POVray, Final Cut Express, and Logic Express software.

The Presser Creative Music Technology Center, located in Rock Hall, contains 2 labs running Apple iMacs and Power Macs with Digital Performer, Finale, Sibelius, iLife Suite, Max/MSP Jitter, Apple Logic Pro X, and Native Instruments Komplete 10 software.  Lab 1 is a Computer Music Teaching Lab with 13 student stations.  Lab 2 is a Visual Music Lab for multi-channel video projects with 5 student stations with 24-inch screens and Mackie studio monitors.  Equipment includes a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 interface with Pro Tools 12 and Avid Complete TK2-e for 5.1 Sourround mixing using JBL EON G2 monitors, or stereo mixing with Genelec 8030-A nearfield monitors.   In addition to the standard lab software, computers are running Pro Tools 12, Metasynth, Peak Pro and and Final Cut Pro X.

The Recording Studio, located on the 3rd floor of Presser Hall, houses the Main Recording Studio and the Mixing Room.   The Recording Studio is a 24-channel digital recording studio that contains Pro Tools 12 HDX, C24 control surface soundboard, Bricasti Design reverb processor, plugins from Sonnox, Waves, and Izotope, Genelec and Focal speakers, Universal Audio and True System Precision 8 mic preamps, a direct audio and video link to Klein Recital Hall for recording concerts and recitals, Gotham Audio cables and a Steinway B Grand Piano.

The Mixing Room, also located on the 3rd floor of Presser Hall, houses Pro Tools 12 software, Apogee Symphony I/O, Weiss compressor/de-essor, Genelec speakers, plugins by Izotope and Waves, and a stereo monitor from Dangerous Source.

The Temple University TECH Center also houses a 10-seat music computing lab that provides the same software resources as does the Presser and Rock Computer Music Lab.