Hi! My name is Brigid Young, and I’m currently a junior studying Music Technology. I switched into this major during my second semester of freshman year, and even when applying to switch, I didn’t really know what the major entailed. Whenever I tell people I study music tech, they usually have no idea what I’m talking about. So, I figured that I could tell you exactly what the curriculum looks like, and maybe you’ll end up majoring in it too!
Music Technology is a combination of, well, music and technology. There’s a variety of course requirements: some are strictly music classes, some are computer science/technology-related courses, and some are a combination of the two. The cool thing about the major is that it’s really flexible, and you can curate your class schedule to your interests. For example, I’m interested in theatrical sound design, so I’ve been taking more classes over in the Theatre department. There are required courses within the School of Music, but an integral part of the major is taking courses from different departments. You can take electrical engineering, computer science, and even dance courses to get all your required credits.
Along with the flexibility of being able to pursue your interests within the major, you still go through the standard curriculum that all other music majors go through. It’s super helpful to have classical training in areas like ear training and music theory, as those skills are essential to anyone planning to go into the music industry.
Personally, I couldn’t see myself majoring in anything besides Music Technology. It’s a great major for people who aren’t really performers or aspiring music educators but still want to pursue music as a career. It’s a super flexible degree program that allows you to find your musical niche, which is probably my favorite thing about it. If you love music but don’t find yourself drawn to the typical music degree, I highly encourage you to consider checking out the Music Technology program here.