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Music Technology

Our Program

Write and record your own music. Learn on-site and studio recording skills and how to build an effective home digital recording studio. Continue to develop your skills as a singer or an instrumentalist. Learn basic digital manipulation and editing techniques through synthesis, signal processing, software-based systems, and interactive computer music, acoustics, perception, basic electronics, invention, trends, aesthetics and the history of electro-acoustic music. Take advantage of our internship and partnership opportunities. Learn aspects of the music business including Intellectual Property, Copyright and Artist Contract Laws. Study abroad for five weeks, one semester or a full year.

Our Philosophy

Effective competition in the music fields of today and tomorrow requires strong musical skills linked with ability and artistry in the use of electronic media. A lot of music technology programs focus on hardware and software and little time is devoted to other areas of music study. We believe that success in the music technology field also requires knowledge in these other areas. Our program develops the whole musician: your ear (crucial for success!); skills on an instrument; competency in music theory; knowledge of music history; experiences in world music; and study abroad.    

Program Overview

Students study a core music curriculum that includes music technology, music theory, music history, world music and private lessons on a musical instrument. The Music Technology Program has seven goals for its degree program:  

  • Students should be prepared for a career in music, graduate study or teacher certification in music.
  • Students should develop an understanding of music history and theory in western musical compositions from all eras.
  • Students should develop the ability to perform in one performance medium.
  • Students should develop skills in music composition in both the electronic and acoustic domains.
  • Students should develop skills in on-site and studio recording in a variety of genres, and styles with an emphasis on the home digital recording studio.
  • Students should develop skills in computer music including basic digital manipulation and editing techniques through synthesis, signal processing, software-based systems, and interactive computer music.
  • Students should develop an understanding of historical and theoretical aspects of electronic music: acoustics, perception, basic electronics, invention, trends, aesthetics and the history of electro-acoustic music.

Entrance Requirements

To be accepted into the Music Technology Program at Bellarmine University here's what you need to do:

  1. Be admitted by Bellarmine University.
  2. Schedule a Music Department visit so for an interview with the Music Ttechnology Program Director. This visit can coincide with a full day agenda that includes a campus tour, sitting in on a class, meeting with the Office of Admissions and the Financial Aid Office. There is also an overnight visit option. We want to get to know you as much as you should get to know us.
  3. If available, a music portfolio and/or audio CD demonstrating your work in music technology thus far. This can be music you're written and recorded by yourself or with your peers.

These requirements are designed to allow the music technology faculty members an opportunity to assess your musical skills and background so that we may better advise you to the most suitable courses upon entry to the music department.

Additional Requirements

Once you've completed the requirements above and have decided Bellarmine University is definitely the place for you, then you will need the following:

Freshman Year: A MacBook or MacBook Pro, a MIDI Controller and a set of studio headphones. This is to be purchased before the fall semester begins. For the second semester, you will need to purchase the most recent version of Logic Pro.

Sophomore Year: For your entire sophomore year, the recording studio becomes your classroom. Your only purchase will be the assigned textbook.

Junior Year: The most recent version of Finale Notation Software is suggested and mandatory for students in the Theory/Composition track. This is to be purchased before the fall semester begins.You will also need to purchase the assigned textbook for Music Technology V.

Senior Year: Nothing to buy, hooray!

What music courses will you take?

Click here to see the Music Technology degree course requirements.

Study Abroad

Participation in a study abroad program is strongly recommended. Students who study in the KIIS Salzburg Program fulfill the MUST 473 and MUSC 304 requirements of the major. Other courses may also be fulfilled depending upon course offerings in Salzburg.

Our Graduates

Graduates of the program have completed graduate degrees in music at the University of Maryland, NYU, SUNY College, Purchase NY, the Savannah College of Art and Design and Minnesota State University in other fields including Film and Video, Computer Animation and Music Technology. Others have gone on to careers in Studio Recording and Engineering as well as successful free lance musicians and composers living and working in Louisville, New York City, Pittsburgh, Nashville and Los Angeles. Learn more by visiting our MySpace.

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