A.F.A. Music Technology

Students will:

  • Effectively use microphones, outboard gear, consoles and software to conduct studio recording sessions featuring live instruments and vocals
  • Apply critical listening skills and the concepts of audio theory to creating broadcast quality music productions
  • Apply the concepts of rhythm, melody, harmony, arranging, performance and sound synthesis to compose expressive music using MIDI sequencing software and hardware
  • Employ signal processors and  other tools of  recording technology to effectively mix and edit multitrack recordings
  • Explain and apply the concepts of mastering to recorded music
  • Use their knowledge of audio signal flow to setup, use, and troubleshoot studio equipment
  • Successfully transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in music

Recommended Sequence

First Semester

Section Name​ Title​ Credits​
MUS131 Class Piano I 2
MUS132 Music Theory I​ 2
MUS134 Ear Training & Musicianship I​ 2
MUAS151 Intro to Digital Audio Recording​ 3
MUA1… Applied Music I*​ 1
PHY185​ Intro to Physics​ 4
WRT101​ English Composition I 3​
​ ​ 17

Second Semester

Section Name​ Title​ Credits​
MUS231 Class Piano II 2​
MUS232 Intro to Physics​ 2
MUS234 Ear Trainging & Musicianship II 2
MUS251 Studio Recording Techniques 3
MUA2… Applied Music II*​ 1
English Composition II or
Technical Writing​
…… Humanities Elective** 3​
​ ​ 16

Third Semester

Section Name​ Title​ Credits​
MUS150 Intro to MIDI Sequencing & Synthesis 3
MUS261 Advanced Studio Recording​ 3
MUS1… Performance Ensemble I*** 1
Music (MUS) or Applied Music
(MUA) Electives​
Humanities Elective**​ 3
Free Elective​ 3
​ ​ 15-16

Fourth Semester

Section Name​ Title​ Credits​
MUS250 Electronic Music Composition​ 3
MUS262 Concert Promotion & Production 3
MUS2… Performance Ensemble II​ 1
Social Science Elective** 3
General Education Elective** 3
Free Elective​ 3
​ ​ 16

Specific Program Notes

*Applied music courses include half-hour private lessons with an instructor in Bass (MUA101, MUA231, MUA232, MUA233); Guitar (MUA102, MUA234, MUA235, MUA236); Percussion (MUA103, MUA237, MUA238, MUA239); Piano (MUA104, MUA240, MUA241, MUA242); Strings (MUA105, MUA243, MUA244, MUA245); Voice (MUA106, MUA246, MUA247, MUA248); or Woodwinds/Brass (MUA107, MUA249, MUA250, MUA251).

***Performance ensembles include Chamber Ensemble (MUS125, MUS258, MUS259, MUS260); Chorus (MUS121, MUS255, MUS256, MUS257); Jazz Ensemble (MUS140, MUS246, MUS247, MUS249); and Pop/Rock Ensemble (MUS120, MUS220, MUS221, MUS222).

†Music courses that may fulfill 3 credits of the humanities requirement are: MUS101 Music Appreciation; MUS107 History of Western Music Before 1750; MUS108 History of Western Music After 1750; MUS109 History of Musical Theatre; MUS110 Music Art & Drama.

‡Recommended music electives: MUS152 Intro to the Music Business; MUS163 Careers in Music; any combination of MUA classes and/or ensembles totaling at least 2 credits. MUS103 Fundamentals of Music is recommended for students with no or minimal music theory background prior to taking MUS132 and MUS133.

‡‡Recommended free electives: COM102 Public Speaking; COM105 Radio Production; COM106 TV Production; COM111 Video Post Production; COM207 TV Production II; MUS252 Music In the Marketplace.

Students enrolled in this program ARE REQUIRED to successfully complete a course in basic algebra if indicated by the Basic Skills Placement Test.