Bachelor of Arts in Music Technology

The Bachelor of Arts in Music Technology offers undergraduate students an integrated experience in composition for media and concert venues, sound synthesis, recording, MIDI sequencing, interactive multimedia technologies, interdisciplinary collaboration, sound design for film, television, and theater, and film scoring within a broad program of study.  Music Technology courses provide students with the range of skills and experience needed to forge their own pathways in this constantly changing field. Potential career opportunities are diverse and include, but are not limited to composition, sound design, or arranger for film, television, and concert music; live sound reinforcement, recording, music marketing and retail, private studio instruction, and further studies of composition or digital audio technology and related media. 

Students without previous experience reading standard musical notation may need to complete MUSI 103RA Fundamentals of Musical Creation before starting the Music Theory course sequence, as determined by placement examination, in consultation with the Coordinator of Music Technology and the Music Theory faculty.

All students will be placed, by audition, at the appropriate level of Applied Music (instrumental or vocal performance study).  It is required that students audition with the appropriate applied instrumental/vocal faculty prior to, or at the latest, during their first semester of study in the Music Technology program.  Placement in MUSI 195 (Applied Music) will be at the sole determination of the applied studio professor. Students with limited experience on their principal instrument are responsible for obtaining preparatory instruction and basic music-reading skills to reach the MUSI 195 level.  Basic preparatory skills on guitar may be obtained via MUSI 160, MUSI 161, and /or MUSI 260 (Beginning Guitar/Intermediate Guitar), as determined by placement evaluation with the Guitar faculty.  Music Technology students wishing to study piano as their primary instrument may be accepted for applied study (MUSI 195) by the following methods:

  1. By earning an A- or A in MUSI 135 and MUSI 136
  2. By earning a grade of "C" or better in a minimum of two semesters of Advanced Keyboard Skills (MUSI 230MUSI 231MUSI 232, or MUSI 233)
  3. By audition and subsequent permission of the instructor

Music Technology students wishing to study piano as a secondary instrument may be admitted to MUSI 195 only by fulfilling requirements #2 and #3 of the above.

All Music Technology majors must enroll in Applied Music for a minimum of three semesters. Advancement to the next level will be by performance jury and with the approval of the applied music instructor. Successful completion of one semester at the MUSI 295 level or higher is required for graduation. All students must successfully complete a minimum of two semesters of large ensemble performance.

Music majors are required to fulfill concert attendance through MUSI 100 every semester in residence (up to 8 semesters), with the exception of Music Technology majors who have not yet taken MUST 115 Introduction to Digital Music.

Music Technology majors must receive the grade of "C" or better in all music content courses (MUST/MUSI/MUSE), EELE 217, CAA 490R, CAA 290R and FILM 259. Further, a grade of "C-" or better is required in all courses that will be counted toward the 42 upper-division credits required in all degrees. Courses with a passing grade of D-, D, or D+ may only be counted toward the overall 120 credit requirement.  

As with many degree programs at MSU, the Music Technology curriculum is sequential in nature, with upper-level courses building upon knowledge acquired in previous course work.  Completion of a course with a “C” or better is required to satisfy all music (MUST/MUSI/MUSE) prerequisites.  Any exceptions will be at the sole discretion of the School Director and the Coordinator of Music Technology.

The following Foundation Courses may be taken a maximum of two times in order to meet the “C” or better requirement of the B.A. in Music Technology. 

Undergraduate Music Technology majors are required to be enrolled for a minimum of nine credits each semester, and to make consistent progress toward the degree requirements each semester until graduation. Any exceptions will be at the sole discretion of the School Director and the Coordinator of Music Technology. (For example, post-baccalaureate students pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in Music Technology may be exempt from the 9- hour requirement.)

Music Technology is a broad field encompassing a wide variety of topics, and Music Technology programs at different institutions vary significantly in emphasis and curriculum order. Therefore, transfer credits for Music Technology courses (MUST 115, MUST 220, MUST 125, MUST 341, MUST 380, MUST 382, MUST 384, plus Music Technology electives) will not generally be awarded. The Coordinator of Music Technology and the Music School Director reserve the right to award transfer credits in exceptional circumstances, at their sole discretion.

Annual program fees are assessed to all Music Technology majors. Program fees support emergent equipment needs and maintenance of the computer lab and individual studios. These fees enable Music Technology students to accomplish their work efficiently and to gain necessary experience with current hardware and software.

Freshman YearCredits
MUSI 100 - Concert Attendance0
MUSI 140 - Aural Perception I1
MUSI 141 - Aural Perception II1
MUSI 105 - Music Theory I3
MUSI 106 - Music Theory II3
MUSI 135 - Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 136 - Keyboard Skills II1
MUSI 195 - Applied Music I*
or MUSI 160 - Beginning Guitar
1
MUSI 195 - Applied Music I*
or MUSI 161 - Intermediate Guitar II
1
MUST 115 - Introduction to Digital Music3
MUST 125 - MIDI and Electro-Acoustic Comp3
University Core and Electives12
Year Total: 30
Sophomore YearCredits
MUSI 100 - Concert Attendance0
MUSI 295 - Applied Music II*
or MUSI 260 - Intermediate Guitar
1
MUSI 195 - Applied Music I (If Not Previously Completed)*(1)
Ensemble1
MUST 220 - Recording I3
MUST 380 - Interdisciplinary Proj I: Film3
EELE 217 - The Science of Sound
or MUSI 485 - Acoustic Composition
2
FILM 259 - Multimedia Audio Prod3
University Core and Electives15
MUSI 301 - Music History I
or MUSI 302 - Music History II
3
Year Total: 31
Junior YearCredits
MUSI 100 - Concert Attendance0
MUSI 195 - Applied Music I (If Not Previously Completed)*(1)
MUSI 295 - Applied Music II (If Not Previously Completed)*(1)
Ensemble1
MUSI 307IA - World Music3
MUST 384 - Film Scoring3
MUST 341 - Sound Design and Synthesis3
MUST 382 - Interdisciplinary Projects II
or CAA 490R/290R - Collaborative Rsch/Creative
3
EELE 217 - The Science of Sound
or MUSI 485 - Acoustic Composition
2
MUST 305 - Orchestration for New Media2
MUSI 303 - Music History of 20th Century3
University Core and Electives9
Year Total: 29
Senior YearCredits
MUSI 100 - Concert Attendance0
MUST 498 - Internship (or Music Technology Elective)6
Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, or Business 3
Fine Arts, Social Sciences, or Humanities (non-Music)3
Upper Division Electives6
Electives9
MUST 499R - Senior Recital/Capstone Pjt3
Year Total: 30
Total Program Credits: 120
*

Guitar principals will be placed in the appropriate level of performance coursework (Beginning Guitar I, Beginning Guitar II, Intermediate Guitar or MUSI 195) by audition upon entry to the pre-major.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above.
Of the available elective credits:

  • 17 total credits must be earned in Fine Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, or Business (non-music).
    • 11 of the total credits must be in Fine Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, or Business (non-music).
    • 3 of the total credits must be in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, or Business (non-music).
    • 3 of the total credits must be in Fine Arts, Social Sciences, or Humanities (non-music).
  • 6 elective credits must be non-music.
  • The remaining 10 credits may be free electives (music or non-music).