The master in music production, technology, and innovation explores cutting-edge developments and forward thinking techniques in music and beyond. While strengthening sophisticated skills on the most current digital tools, students are challenged to disrupt the status quo while inventing the future of music.
Through accelerated study of hybrid recording, music video production, sound design, musical app development, electronic production and live performance, students develop in-demand skills to prepare themselves for careers as artists, technologists, producers, DJs, electronic composers, educators, and software and/or hardware designers.
Create the next generation of immersive and interactive music media
Choose from a variety of classes
Access state-of-the-art recording studios, equipment, and facilities
Develop a cutting-edge culminating experience project
You will apply the principles of innovation to your own advanced music project, which may be a technology-aided composition, a large-scale recording project, and/or live performances that may feature: interactivity; multi-channel audio; digital visual expressions; originally designed instruments and systems; and/or musical applications for web and mobile devices. Other innovations that push the boundaries of music and technology may also be possible for your project.
The goal is to produce a body of work that will prepare you for a career in music technology innovation, composition and production, interactive and mixed media, remixing, electronic musicianship, DJing, software and game development, live performance in solo and ensemble settings, and/or education. Upon completing the program, you will also be well prepared to adapt to rapid changes and new creative directions in the music industry.
Advanced Studio Recording
Students spend ample time in our recording studios, mastering the most up-to-date techniques for capturing and manipulating sound. Students attain valuable skills in surround mixing, creating custom impulse responses, spectral repair, and complete control over pitch and time.
Digital Production and Design
Students get hands-on experience in music video production, sound design, synthesizer programming, and production using the latest hardware and software on the market (including Ableton Live, Max, ProTools, and Adobe Premiere). Students have access to our technology labs, recording studios, and scoring stage with the same hardware and software as any other top professional facility.
With the opportunity to collaborate with composition and performance master’s students on campus, music technology students push the limits of musical expression. Students explore the relationship between the musician and technology in live performance, with the goal of bringing something new and captivating to the audience.
Who We Are Looking For
We seek open-minded, ambitious musicians who want to leverage technology in pursuit of their artistic vision and career goals.
Ideal candidates want to:
- Gain cutting-edge skills in music technology;
- Apply new inspiration and possibilities to their artistic endeavors;
- Implement the principles of innovation to their craft and careers;
- Focus on developing and implementing new and emerging music technologies; and
- Shape the future of music.
Ideal candidates should demonstrate:
- Excellent musicianship;
- Facility with technology;
- Success in both artistic and academic settings;
- A strong work ethic, including prior accomplishment; and
- The motivation to make massive progress in one year.
What Will I Learn?
When you complete the Master of Music in Music Production, Technology and Innovation, you will have the ability to:
- create innovative music using technology;
- apply technology to the composition of music;
- analyze the properties of sound;
- master critical listening and assessment skills;
- synthesize studio technologies and techniques;
- master MIDI and audio production technologies and techniques;
- perform electronic music live;
- integrate music and audio into software applications and games;
- generate and manipulate video in relationship to music; and
- develop audio in the context of software applications (i.e., coding).
This creative, practical, or research project will enable you to make a contribution to the music industry. Throughout the year, you will work on a project, in consultation with your faculty advisor and/or program director, which you will present at the end of the program. Professional-level work will be demanded of you. An examining committee made up of your advisor and one to two other faculty members will evaluate your work.