Music Technology - B.S.

College of the Arts
School of Music
E101 Center for the Performing Arts
Kent Campus
330-672-2172
schoolofmusic@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/music


Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in Music Technology major comprises the following concentrations:

  • Audio Recording concentration students learn advanced audio recording techniques.
  • Music Production concentration students learn how to use technology to realize creative work such as: original music, arranging and production.

The development of music technology has had an enormous impact on the music industry. There are many career opportunities for talented musicians in music technology. Skilled musicians can apply formal training to recording careers, studio performance, arranging or producing and live performances. Opportunities are also available in non-traditional, contemporary popular music venues, the movie industry, television, multi-media events, and music for advertising as well as traditional performing arts venues. The growth of music technology has made knowledge and experience in this area a necessity for all students preparing for a career in any area of the music industry. To compete effectively in the contemporary music world, one must possess a strong traditional music background, plus the technical expertise required to make the most of a rapidly changing and developing technology.

Fully Offered At:

  • Stark Campus

Accreditation

National Association of Schools of Music

Admission Requirements

Admission to this major is selective, a successful audition on the student's primary instrument and completion of theory and keyboard placement tests.

For more information on admissions, visit the admission website.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

 
 
 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA) (min C grade required in all courses)
MUS 11121THEORY I 4
MUS 11122THEORY II 4
MUS 22111THE UNDERSTANDING OF MUSIC (KFA) 3
MUS 22121MUSIC AS A WORLD PHENOMENON (DIVG) (KFA) 3
MUS 21113MUSIC PRODUCTION I 3
MUS 21114MUSIC PRODUCTION II 3
MUS 21221AUDIO RECORDING I 3
MUS 21222AUDIO RECORDING II 3
MUS 21341CONTEMPORARY POPULAR MUSIC THEORY 3
MUS 32230NAVIGATING THE MUSIC INDUSTRY 3
MUS 34111INTRODUCTION TO CONDUCTING 2
MUS 37111CONTEMPORARY POPULAR PIANO 2
MUS 40092MUSIC TECHNOLOGY INTERNSHIP (ELR) 2
MUS 41181ACOUSTICS AND TECHNOLOGY IN MUSIC 2
MUS 41341JAZZ IMPROVISATION I 1
MUS 42165HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY POPULAR MUSIC (DIVD) (WIC) 13
Music (MUS) Elective3
Major Ensemble, choose from the following: 28
UNIVERSITY CHOIR
KENT STATE UNIVERSITY CHORALE
MEN'S CHORUS
WOMEN'S CHORUS
ORCHESTRA
SYMPHONY BAND
WIND ENSEMBLE
Music History Elective, choose from the following:3
MUSIC HISTORY I
AMERICA'S MUSIC
HISTORY OF JAZZ (DIVD)
Applied Studio Musicianship and Applied Music, choose from the following: 312
APPLIED MUSIC PIANO
APPLIED MUSIC VOICE
APPLIED MUSIC DOUBLE BASS
APPLIED MUSIC PERCUSSION
APPLIED MUSIC GUITAR
APPLIED MUSIC-PIANO 4
APPLIED MUSIC-VOICE 4
APPLIED MUSIC-VIOLIN 4
APPLIED MUSIC-VIOLA 4
APPLIED MUSIC-CELLO 4
APPLIED MUSIC-DOUBLE BASS 4
APPLIED MUSIC-FLUTE 4
APPLIED MUSIC-OBOE 4
APPLIED MUSIC-CLARINET 4
APPLIED MUSIC-BASSOON 4
APPLIED MUSIC-SAXOPHONE 4
APPLIED MUSIC-TRUMPET 4
APPLIED MUSIC-HORN 4
APPLIED MUSIC-TROMBONE 4
APPLIED MUSIC-EUPHONIUM 4
APPLIED MUSIC-TUBA 4
APPLIED MUSIC-PERCUSSION 4
APPLIED MUSIC-GUITAR 4
APPLIED STUDIO MUSICIANSHIP 5
ELECTRIC GUITAR APPLIED STUDIO MUSICIANSHIP
ELECTRIC BASS APPLIED STUDIO MUSICIANSHIP
DRUM SET PERCUSSION APPLIED STUDIO MUSICIANSHIP
KEYBOARD APPLIED STUDIO MUSICIANSHIP
CONTEMPORARY VOICE APPLIED STUDIO MUSICIANSHIP
Piano Class or Applied Music Piano, choose from the following: 62
PIANO CLASS
PIANO CLASS
PIANO CLASS
PIANO CLASS
APPLIED MUSIC-PIANO
APPLIED MUSIC-PIANO
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
BUS 10123EXPLORING BUSINESS 3
or ENTR 27056 INTRODUCTION TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP
or MIS 24163 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
ECON 22060PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
MATH 11009MODELING ALGEBRA (KMCR) 4
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)3
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)3
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Additional6
General Elective (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credits hour, including 39 upper-division credit hours)1
Concentrations
Choose from the following:12
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement. 

2

Major ensemble (8 separate semesters): All music technology majors must enroll in an ensemble appropriate to their major performance area. Two credit hours must be taken in major ensemble. Major ensemble credit can be earned for MUS 25011  and MUS 25225, as approved by faculty. Students may choose to complete the remaining 6 credit hours with MUS 35213, or 4 credit hours with MUS 35213 or major ensemble and 2 credit hours with ensemble electives (such as MUS 45231 and MUS 25311 for students whose instrument is guitar) as approved by faculty.

3

Applied Studio Musicianship and Applied Music (6 semesters and 12 credit hours): Students must take at least 4 credit hours at 2 credits per semester of Applied Music (MUS 26xxx or MUS 36xxx) and meet Applied Music 36000 entry-level. Students may complete the other 8 credit hours by taking either Applied Music (MUS 36111-MUS 36912) or Applied Studio Musicianship (ASM) to meet graduation requirements. Students must also meet the 46000-entry-level requirement in either Applied Music or in  Applied Studio Musicianship for graduation.

4

Students who enter at the 36000 level need 2 semesters and 4 credit hours of MUS 36xxx Applied Music and 4 semesters and 8 credit hours of either MUS 36xxx Applied Music or Applied Studio Musicianship and the 46000 threshold.

5

Students register for MUS 36913 for all other popular music instruments not listed.

6

Students who have completed the Applied Studio Musicianship and Applied Music requirement on piano may replace requirement with music (MUS) electives.

 

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.250 2.000
  • Students must receive a minimum C grade in all MUS courses.
  • Minimum eight semesters of major ensemble courses and six semesters of applied studio musicianship and applied music courses. Applied music courses are available in the summer on selected instruments. Composition may also be taken in the summer.
  • Students are required to attend a minimum four-year total of 84 concerts or recitals. Students who being their music, music education or music technology program as first semester freshman are required to attend a minimum of 84 concerts or recitals. Students in these programs who transfer from a non-music program or university must attend an average of 10 music recitals or concerts for semesters of full time enrollment.
  • Students pursuing the in Audio Recording and Music Production concentration simultaneously can take the Audio Recording and Music Production III, IV, V and VI classes concurrently.

Audio Recording Concentration Requirements

[CA-BS-MUST-AUDR]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA) (min C grade required in all courses)
MUS 31221AUDIO RECORDING III 3
MUS 31222AUDIO RECORDING IV 3
MUS 41221AUDIO RECORDING V 3
MUS 41222AUDIO RECORDING VI 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:12

Music Production Concentration Requirements

[CA-BS-MUS-MUSP]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA) (min C grade required in all courses)
MUS 31113MUSIC PRODUCTION III 3
MUS 31114MUSIC PRODUCTION IV 3
MUS 41113MUSIC PRODUCTION V 3
MUS 41114MUSIC PRODUCTION VI 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:12

Roadmaps

 

Audio Recording Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
MATH 11009 MODELING ALGEBRA (KMCR) 4
!MUS 11121 THEORY I 4
!MUS 21113 MUSIC PRODUCTION I 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
!Applied Studio Musicianship or Applied Music 2
!Major Ensemble Elective 1
!Piano Class or Applied Music Piano 1-2
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
!MUS 11122 THEORY II 4
!MUS 21221 AUDIO RECORDING I 3
!Applied Studio Musicianship or Applied Music 2
!Major Ensemble Elective 1
!Piano Class or Applied Music Piano 0-1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Three
!MUS 21222 AUDIO RECORDING II 3
!MUS 21341 CONTEMPORARY POPULAR MUSIC THEORY 3
MUS 22111 THE UNDERSTANDING OF MUSIC (KFA) (music major section) 3
!MUS 37111 CONTEMPORARY POPULAR PIANO 2
!Applied Studio Musicianship or Applied Music 2
!Major Ensemble Elective 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours17
Semester Four
!MUS 21114 MUSIC PRODUCTION II 3
MUS 22121 MUSIC AS A WORLD PHENOMENON (DIVG) (KFA) (music major section) 3
!MUS 34111 INTRODUCTION TO CONDUCTING 2
!MUS 41341 JAZZ IMPROVISATION I 1
!Applied Studio Musicianship or Applied Music 2
!Major Ensemble Elective 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
ECON 22060 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
!MUS 31221 AUDIO RECORDING III 3
MUS 32230 NAVIGATING THE MUSIC INDUSTRY 3
!Applied Studio Musicianship or Applied Music 2
Major Ensemble Elective 1
!Music History Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
!MUS 31222 AUDIO RECORDING IV 3
!MUS 41181 ACOUSTICS AND TECHNOLOGY IN MUSIC 2
!Applied Studio Musicianship or Applied Music 2
!Major Ensemble Elective 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Seven
BUS 10123
EXPLORING BUSINESS
or INTRODUCTION TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP
or PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
3
!MUS 41221 AUDIO RECORDING V 3
MUS 42165 HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY POPULAR MUSIC (DIVD) (WIC) 3
!Major Ensemble Elective 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours13
Semester Eight
!MUS 40092 MUSIC TECHNOLOGY INTERNSHIP (ELR) 2
!MUS 41222 AUDIO RECORDING VI 3
!Major Ensemble Elective 1
Music Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 1
 Credit Hours16
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
 

Music Production Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
MATH 11009 MODELING ALGEBRA (KMCR) 4
!MUS 11121 THEORY I 4
!MUS 21113 MUSIC PRODUCTION I 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
!Applied Studio Musicianship or Applied Music 2
!Major Ensemble Elective 1
!Piano Class or Applied Music Piano 1-2
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
!MUS 11122 THEORY II 4
!MUS 21221 AUDIO RECORDING I 3
!Applied Studio Musicianship or Applied Music 2
!Major Ensemble Elective 1
!Piano Class or Applied Music Piano 0-1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Three
!MUS 21222 AUDIO RECORDING II 3
!MUS 21341 CONTEMPORARY POPULAR MUSIC THEORY 3
MUS 22111 THE UNDERSTANDING OF MUSIC (KFA) (music major section) 3
!MUS 37111 CONTEMPORARY POPULAR PIANO 2
!Applied Studio Musicianship or Applied Music 2
!Major Ensemble Elective 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours17
Semester Four
!MUS 21114 MUSIC PRODUCTION II 3
MUS 22121 MUSIC AS A WORLD PHENOMENON (DIVG) (KFA) (music major section) 3
!MUS 34111 INTRODUCTION TO CONDUCTING 2
!MUS 41341 JAZZ IMPROVISATION I 1
!Applied Studio Musicianship or Applied Music 2
!Major Ensemble Elective 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
ECON 22060 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
!MUS 31113 MUSIC PRODUCTION III 3
MUS 32230 NAVIGATING THE MUSIC INDUSTRY 3
!Music History Elective 3
!Applied Studio Musicianship or Applied Music 2
Major Ensemble Elective 1
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
!MUS 31114 MUSIC PRODUCTION IV 3
!MUS 41181 ACOUSTICS AND TECHNOLOGY IN MUSIC 2
!Applied Studio Musicianship or Applied Music 2
!Major Ensemble Elective 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Seven
BUS 10123
EXPLORING BUSINESS
or INTRODUCTION TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP
or PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
3
!MUS 41113 MUSIC PRODUCTION V 3
MUS 42165 HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY POPULAR MUSIC (DIVD) (WIC) 3
!Major Ensemble Elective 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 1
 Credit Hours14
Semester Eight
!MUS 40092 MUSIC TECHNOLOGY INTERNSHIP (ELR) 2
!MUS 41114 MUSIC PRODUCTION VI 3
!Major Ensemble Elective 1
Music Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120