PhD in Music Technology Courses

Course Descriptions

MUSI 6001 - Music Perception & Cognition - 3 Credit Hours
This course examines how humans process musical sound, including topics such as the auditory system, psychacoustics, music cognition, and psychology.

MUSI 6002 - Interactive Music - 3 Credit Hours
Theoretical and practical issues in computer supported interactive music. The course involves readings, class discussions, student presentations, and the design of a final project.

MUSI 6003 - Music Technology History & Repertoire - 3 Credit Hours
Overview of the history, aesthetics, and technology of electronic and computer music over the past century through selected readings, musical analysis, and individual research projects.

MUSI 6004 - Technology Ensemble - 3 Credit Hours
Practice and performance of original and repertoire works in live audio settings using commercial and propriety technology.

MUSI 6103 - Music Recording & Mixing - 3 Credit Hours
Overview of concepts, techniques, hardware, and software used in audio production as well as aesthetic concerns and considerations.

MUSI 6104 - Integrating Music into Multimedia - 3 Credit Hours
To familiarize students with the tools and techniques for effectively utilizing music and audio in the context of digital multimedia and the internet.

MUSI 6105 - Digital Media Production & Mastering - 3 Credit Hours
Tools and techniques for effectively mastering, optimizing, finalizing, and producing digital media for multimedia and the Internet.

MUSI 6201 - Computational Music Analysis - 3 Credit Hours
This class addresses theory and techniques of Music Information Retrieval (MIR). Topics include computational analysis of audio signals, symbolic representations, and pattern recognition techniques.

MUSI 6202 - Digital Signal Processing for Music - 3 Credit Hours
Research in music, as well as music production and composition increasingly relies on sophisticated digital signal processing techniques. This course will review fundamental elements of digital audio signal processing, such as sinusoids, spectra, digital filters, and Fourier analysis and their application to the fundamental music analysis problems of modeling and synthesis. The course will focus particularly on the algorithmic implementation sound transformation and synthesis techniques through intensive programming assignments in Matlab and CSound.

MUSI 6203 - Project Studio in Music Technology - 3 Credit Hours
Discussion, design and development of computer music applications and performance controllers.

MUSI 6301 - Music Interface Design - 3 Credit Hours
Theory and practice of designing and prototyping new forms of music interfaces including percussion, haptic, and augmented traditional constructs.

MUSI 6302 - The Musical Mind - 3 Credit Hours
This course teaches the science of music, nature of music, perception of music, analysis of musical talent, development of musical skills, and approaches to musical esthetics.

MUSI 6303 - Network Music - 3 Credit Hours
Exploration of distributed music systems over local-area networks and Internet, including discussion of existing technologies, works, literature, and hands-on experimentation with tools and techniques.

MUSI 6304 - Computer Music Composition - 3 Credit Hours
Realization of individual composition projects in music technology and consideration of related theory, aesthetics, and repertoire.

MUSI 7000 - Master’s Thesis - 6 Credit Hours
Advisor guided Master thesis writing.

MUSI 7100 - Music Technology Research Lab - 12 Credit Hours
Advisor guided research and creative work in music technology. Investigation of novel technological and artistic concepts. Design and develop new hardware, software, and musical artifacts.

MUSI 7998 – Preparation for Doctoral Qualifying Paper – variable credit
Preparation of qualifying paper for Ph.D. in Music Technology.

MUSI 7999 – Preparation for Doctoral Qualifying Examination – variable credit
Preparation for qualifying examinations for Ph.D. in Music Technology.

MUSI 8001 – Research Methods in Music Technology – 3 Credit Hours
Overview of research techniques, experimental designs, and critical writing skills in music technology.

MUSI 8002 –Teaching Practicum – 3 Credit Hours
Pedagogical approaches to music technology, focusing on hands-on teaching experience.

MUSI 9000 – Doctoral Thesis – variable credit
Preparation of doctoral thesis for Ph.D. in Music Technology.