Music Technology and Composition

Overview

The music curriculum at UT provides innovative and comprehensive instruction in the areas of music technology and composition. By enrolling in our Bachelor of Arts in music degree program, UT students have the opportunity to pursue their own creative interests while acquiring essential knowledge, technical proficiency and a strong foundation in musicianship. The program also affords many opportunities for collaboration with students in other majors (e.g., film, theatre, dance, art, creative writing), and technical theater training with industry professionals through UT's partnership with Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL.

Career Possibilities  

Studies in music technology and composition are the foundation of a variety of future music careers including: underscoring, songwriting, media production, arranging, orchestration, music copying and editing, sound design and editing, music recording, mixing, mastering, audio and video archiving, software development, technology sales and support, college teaching and research, composing for classical ensembles and musicians, technology facility coordination and more.

Admission  

Students interested in applying for the Bachelor of Arts in music degree, with the option to focus on music technology and composition, should submit an audition request form. A performance audition on a primary instrument is still required, though the performance requirements are less rigorous for the Bachelor of Arts in music than the other music degrees. Non-traditional music students may consider auditioning on electric guitar, keyboard, electric bass or drum-set (identified as contemporary guitar, keyboard, bass and percussion).

Sample Courses  

Recording and Electronic Music I & II; Concert Recording Practicum; Jazz Improvisation I & II; Composition (private lessons); Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo; Interactive Arts Ensemble; Studio Production Ensemble; Arranging and Orchestration; Independent Studies (Music Technology)

Facilities  

Studio A — an advanced, multi-track recording studio with an acoustically treated live room and control room

  • Configured for tracking music ensembles, overdubbing, mixing and mastering, commercial music production

Studio B — an intermediate-level computer music studio

  • Configured for music sequencing, advanced audio editing, multimedia project development and experimental music composition

Music Technology Lab - an entry-level MIDI/DAW lab with 12 iMac workstations

  • Configured for teaching recording and notation software, interactive media design and electroacoustic music composition techniques

Software  

Current software used in UT's music technology facilities includes: Max/MSP/Jitter/Cyclops, PureData, Logic Studio, GarageBand, Pro Tools, Audacity, Ableton Live, iZotope, Reason, Melodyne, Garritan sample libraries, Finale 

Gear List  

Current Studio A configuration includes the following hardware: Mac Pro; Mackie Control Universal Pro (DAW control surface) and PreSonus StudioLive Mixer; various rack effects and audio interface devices; 4.1 speaker array with Yamaha HS80M Studio Monitors; various makes and models of microphones (AKG, Audio-Technica, Rode, Sennheiser, Shure); Gibson SG Special Guitar and Yamaha THR10 Amp; Casio PX780 Digital Piano; Axiom 25 MIDI controllers; Ibanez SR400QM Bass and Hartke A100 Bass Combo Amp; Alesis DM10X - Drum Kit

Contact Faculty: Bradford Blackburn, Director of Music Technology and Composition