The Department of Music at UT provides students opportunities for developing skills, creativity and pursuing knowledge in the areas music technology and composition
. The courses offered may serve as the foundation from which a resourceful student may develop a career as a media producer, sound recordist, film composer, electroacoustic sound designer, orchestrator, arranger and more.
Our facilities include a professional quality recording studio; an adjacent project studio for sound synthesis, DSP, interactive music and MIDI applications; and a general purpose technology lab for music notation, ear training and music research. Courses in music technology are open to students of all majors and skill levels.
Music students interested in composition and arranging may study privately with music technology and composition faculty. Many opportunities for collaboration across disciplines exist at UT, such that students interested in writing, recording or producing music will find a creative environment with ample technical facilities that will allow them to flourish.
Bachelor of Arts in Music
– Students who would like to focus on music technology and composition in preparation for a future career path or admission to advanced graduate study should consider pursuing a B.A. degree in Music. The degree provides the student with all of the essential core classes needed to develop strong musical skills: theory, ear training/sight singing, history, applied music, recording techniques; as well as providing enough flexibility with course electives to allow the student to concentrate on music composition or advanced studies in music technology.Bachelor of Arts in Electronic Media Art and Technology (EMAT)
– This degree is especially suitable for students whose background and interests also include computer-based graphic design and/or Web programming. Students will develop practical skills that lead toward careers in new media technologies, while expanding their own creative potential and aesthetic awareness. The EMAT program is also available as a minor, which may include coursework in music technology and recording techniques. (interdisciplinary) Bachelor of Music in Performance
and Bachelor of Music in Education
– Music technology and composition courses are available for all music majors, assuming the essential prerequisites have been met.
The following courses, offered through the Department of Music, are directly beneficial for students whose interests include music technology and composition:
- Recording and Electronic Music I
- Recording and Electronic Music II
- Interactive Arts Ensemble
- Composition-Arranging (private lessons)
- Music Theory and Musicianship I-IV
- Piano Class I-III
- World Music
- Jazz Improvisation
- Choral Conducting
- Instrumental Conducting
- Form and Analysis
The Music Department maintains three separate facilities for students doing research, academic work and creative projects relating to music technology and composition. In addition, the Reeves Theatre, a short walk from the Music Building and managed by UT, serves as a multipurpose performance space for film and stage presentations, including a 7.1 surround sound system suitable for electroacoustic music performance and playback.
A professional digital multi-track recording studio that is available for use by UT students currently enrolled in an advanced music technology course, or by permission of the studio's director, Dr. Bradford Blackburn.Essential hardware: Mac Pro desktop computer with paired LED Cinema Displays; Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 interface; Digidesign 96 interface; various mics including: AKG 414, Rode NT4, Shure KSM 109s, etc.
Essential software: Logic Studio, Pro Tools HD, Reason
A project studio for students in music technology courses; students work on pre- and post-production phases of their projects, lab assignments for Recording and Electronic Music classes, sound synthesis, DSP and interactive music programming.Essential hardware: Intel iMac computers; Oxygen USB MIDI interface keyboards
Essential software: Max/MSP/Jitter, Logic Studio, Reason, iLife Suite
Music Technology Lab
An open lab for all students enrolled in Music Department courses. General applications relating to music notation, word processing and ear training are available.Essential hardware: Intel iMac computers
Essential software: Finale, Microsoft Office, MacGAMUT
Opportunities on Campus
Ambitious students who are seeking to create music/sound design for film, dance, theater, traditional ensembles and electronic media will find UT and the Tampa Bay area rich in opportunities. Traditional performance venues on campus include Fletcher Lounge, the Grand Salon, the Music Room, Falk Theatre and Reeves Theatre. Off campus there are night clubs, museums, churches, public spaces and concert halls throughout Tampa and St. Petersburg which will host events featuring student work that is worthy of public attention.
Students from the music technology classes frequently collaborate with students in the Film and Media Arts program in order to gain invaluable production experience while creating a professional portfolio of work. UT's music program is large enough to consist of a full complement of instrumental and vocal ensembles, enabling composition students the opportunity to develop practical skills as orchestrators, arrangers and sound recordists. Students at UT enjoy the benefits of small class sizes, access to technically advanced facilities and a supportive faculty.