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UMBC Department of Music
B.A. in Music
Music technology
The Music Technology emphasis is designed to give students a solid foundation in professional audio engineering with subject matter including acoustics, microphone placement techniques, stereo microphone theory, digital signal processing, mastering, plug-in applications, ProTools and surround sound recording techniques, MaxMSP, and sound editing for video with Final Cut Pro.
Graduates can expect to be fully prepared to pursue careers in various areas of the audio industry such as recording, mixing, mastering, and post-production, or to undertake further studies at the graduate level. Music Technology faculty specializations include audio engineering, audio electronics, computer music, and audio postproduction. Students have the opportunity to pursue individual research projects under faculty supervision as well as gain the experience of audio production in a professional work environment.

Core Requirements

All music majors, regardless of emphasis, take a series of core courses.

MUSC 125 Theory I: Basics of Music [3]
MUSC 126 Theory II: Harmony & Voice Leading [3]
MUSC 225 Theory III: Counterpoint [3]
MUSC 226

Theory IV: Expanded Harmony [3]

MUSC 227

Theory V: 20th Century Analysis [3]

Students in this emphasis may choose to replace MUSC 225 and MUSC 226 with the following:
MUSC 221 Jazz Theory & Aural Skils
- AND - one of the following:
MUSC 222 Jazz Arranging
MUSC 223 Jazz Composition
MUSC 110 Musicianship Lab [1]
MUSC 111

Musicianship Lab II [1]

MUSC 210 Musicianship Lab III [1]
MUSC 211

Musicianship Lab IV [1]

A grade of "B" or better is required for MUSC 211

MUSC 178-A

Beginning Keyboard Skills Class [1]

MUSC 178-B Beginning Keyboard Skills Class [1]
MUSC 179-A Intermediate Keyboard Skills Class [1]
MUSC 179-B Intermediate Keyboard Skills Class [1] -

Or demonstrated piano proficiency

A grade of "B" or better is required for MUSC 179-B


Eight semesters of MUSC 191 - Recital Preparation [8]

MUSC 230 Musics of the World [3]
MUSC 321 Music History I [3]
MUSC 322 Music History II [3]
MUSC 380 Introduction to Conducting [3]
MUSC 480

Music, Art and Society [3]

MUSC 485 Selected Topics in Music History [3]

One elective - upper level, in Music or VPA [3]

Emphasis Requirements

In addition to the core courses listed above, students must complete the following emphasis requirements.

MUSC 193

Performance Studies for Music Majors - Four semesters of individual performance studies at 2 credits each [8]

MUSC 300-
MUSC 310

Ensembles - Four semesters of ensemble participation. [8]

MUSC 218

Recording Techniques [3]

MUSC 219

Introduction to Digital Audio Workstations [3]

MUSC 318

Digital Audio Processing [3]

MUSC 319

Advanced Topics in Music Technology [3]

MUSC 417

Special Topics in Music Technology [3]

MUSC 418

Music Technology Internship [3]

MUSC 492 Senior Project [2] supervised by technology faculty

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