Master of Science in Music Technology Overview

Overview

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The MS in Music Technology is a two-year program that instills in students the theoretical foundation, technical skills, and creative aptitude to design the disruptive technologies that will enable new modes of music creation and consumption in a changing industry. Students take courses in areas such as music information retrieval, music perception and cognition, signal processing, interactive music, the history of electronic music, and technology ensemble. They also work closely with faculty on collaborative research projects and on their own MS project or thesis. Recent students in the program have worked and/or interned at companies such as Apple, Avid, Dolby, Bose, Gracenote, Rdio, Sennheiser, Ableton, Echo Nest, and Smule, and gone on to PhD studies. Applicants are expected to have an undergraduate degree in music, computing, engineering, or a related discipline, and they should possess both strong musical and technical skills.

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in music, computing, engineering, or a related discipline, and they should demonstrate their musical background in performance, composition and/or theory, as well as basic skills in programming and/or engineering in order to be admitted to the program. Candidates may be asked to interview with faculty in person or by telephone; the interview, which will include a portfolio examination, will be used to further assess their qualifications. A limited number of scholarships and tuition waivers may be offered to qualified students.

Upon graduation students will be able to demonstrate deep understanding of the underlying theoretical concepts of music technology, advanced technical and creative skills in the design and development of music technology, and rich familiarity with the cognitive and aesthetic aspects of creative media technologies. These skills will prepare our students for careers in industries such as music and media software, audio hardware, Internet audio, gaming, and mobile technology.

Listen to music composed by MSMT students (2010 album, 2012 album) and check out research projects in which MSMT students participate.

The M.S program focuses on the design and development of novel enabling music technologies. Upon acceptance, each student will be assigned an academic advisor who will consult and approve the students’ course selection. After the first year of study and with the approval of their academic advisor, students will choose between two academic tracks:

Project Track: Students will complete a set of requirements that will include 21 music technology course credit hours, 15 elective course credit hours, and 12 research credit hours leading to the development of a final MS project in Music Technology.

Thesis Track: Students will complete a set of requirements that will include 21 music technology course credit hours, 9 elective course credit hours, 12 research hours and 6 Thesis Preparation credit hours, leading to the completion and submission of an M.S Thesis in Music Technology.

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