Music Technology

The music technology program combines a traditional approach to the study of music with a concentration in the theories, techniques and technologies used for artistic expression in many forms. Our students study the basics of acoustics, recording and mixed-media production through the use of both conventional and emerging technologies.

Curriculum

  • Introduction to Music Technology
  • Audio Technology for Music
  • Computer Music & Multimedia Design
  • Music and Media Production
  • Individual Composition Lessons
  • Independent / Specialized Studies

We offer both 50 and 78 hour degree options focusing on music recording and production, creative technologies in composition and multimedia art design, and a ‘designed’ option allowing students to create individualized curricula for specialized areas of interest. The most important feature of the music technology program is the emphasis on artistic merit over technology. It is our philosophy that the synergy between expression and technology requires a strong artistic foundation.

The music technology curriculum requires an entrance audition and applied instrumental or vocal studies, the demonstration of musical excellence through ensemble participation and the performance of degree recitals, and the production of a capstone work combining many tools and techniques used in artistic production.

Our students have access to state-of-the-art facilities:

Digital Audio Recording and Production Studio

Digital Interactive Sound and Intermedia Studio

The Cube, Moss Arts Center

ICAT (Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology)

Virginia Tech has always been a leader in technology-based music study and instruction. Beginning in 1982 with Microcomputer Applications in Music and continuing with Audio Technology for Music in 1993, our curriculum and facilities have continued to expand, accommodating the dynamic needs of creative work, instruction, recording, and production in the area of music technology.

Student Work from the Creative Technologies Area

Chris Kurmel, Machi No Tamashi

The Linux Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork) at Virginia Tech performing Machi No Tamashi by student Chris Kurmel, at the Exposition concert in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre of the Moss Arts Center.

Chris Kurmel, Machi No Tamashi

The Linux Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork) at Virginia Tech performing Machi No Tamashi by student Chris Kurmel, at the Exposition concert in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre of the Moss Arts Center.

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Music Admissions

Special Note for Prospective Students: since musical ability is such an important component of this program, both an entrance audition and continued instrumental applied studies are required. This standard keeps enrollment small and instruction personal. Students are treated as individuals with their own unique gifts and needs.

Music Scholarships

Want to learn more? Our Music Technology faculty is happy to answer your questions.

For questions about audio and music recording, production, or the recording studio facilities:
Contact Michael Dunston

For questions about computer music, Digital Interactive Sound and Intermedia Studio (DISIS), or the Linux Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork):
Contact Ivica Ico Bukvic
 

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