Bachelor of Music in Music Technology

Our music technology degree equips you to make a good living while you’re making great music.

New for the 2020-21 academic year, Oakland University’s Bachelor of Music in Music Technology prepares you for emerging careers in the music industry. You’ll refine your musical talent while gaining practical expertise in digital music technology, acquiring versatile skills that help you turn your passion for music into a profession. Our music technology degree integrates music theory and composition with hands-on training in the most current recording hardware and software. You’ll have opportunities to perform, produce, compose, and engineer, culminating in a professional internship that showcases your ability. You’ll graduate with a marketable music technology degree and multiple routes to a career in the music industry.

New for the 2020-21 academic year, Oakland University’s Bachelor of Music in Music Technology prepares you for emerging careers in the music industry. You’ll refine your musical talent while gaining practical expertise in digital music technology, acquiring versatile skills that help you turn your passion for music into a profession. Our music technology degree integrates music theory and composition with hands-on training in the most current recording hardware and software. You’ll have opportunities to perform, produce, compose, and engineer, culminating in a professional internship that showcases your ability. You’ll graduate with a marketable music technology degree and multiple routes to a career in the music industry.

Bachelor of Music in Music Technology: The Oakland University Advantage

The music technology degree provides you with unique opportunities to maximize your creative and career opportunities simultaneously. By combining music education with advanced technical training, the degree provides you with a well-rounded suite of complementary skills that equip you to start working as soon as you graduate.

The bachelor’s degree in music technology at Oakland University stands out for its:

  • Comprehensive hands-on training. You’ll learn industry-standard techniques for sound engineering, studio recording, live acoustics, and digital production. The music technology degree covers a wide spectrum of platforms and media, including film, video, theatre, live events, and streaming. The program culminates in a senior project that showcases your skills and creativity.
  • State-of-the-art facilities. Our digital music lab enables music technology majors to become proficient with professional-caliber microphones, recording software, audio processors, effects plugins, digital workstations, mixing boards, and other music technology. You’ll also be able to work in the control booth in Oakland’s recital hall, operating the sound board for live performances.
  • Top-quality instructors. Oakland’s music technology degree is led by seasoned veterans who have years of experience in the creative arts. You’ll learn from award-winners with high-profile credits in television, film, music, theatre, and live performance.
  • Professional opportunities. The music technology degree includes a required internship in a recording studio, performing venue, or other work setting. You’ll acquire professional polish and experience that stands out in the job market.
  • Creative outlets on campus. Students and faculty throughout Oakland University regularly create films, videos, events, and performances that require high-quality sound production. You can apply your music technology skills on those projects to develop your portfolio and lengthen your resume.

What Can You Do With a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Technology?

The explosion of digital multimedia content in entertainment, business, advertising, and education has created high demand for multifaceted creators who pair musical talent with strong production sensibilities. The music technology degree qualifies you to work in multiple capacities, including:

  • Studio engineering
  • Video and film sound editing
  • Live sound engineering
  • Record production
  • Film and video music composition
  • Sound effects
  • Sound production for exhibitions and events

What You’ll Learn in the Music Technology Program

Admission to all bachelor of music programs, including the music technology degree, begins with an entrance audition on any instrument (including voice). Please see the undergraduate catalog for audition details. 

The Bachelor of Music in Music Technology requires 20 credits in music technique, 28 credits in music theory and history, and 30 credits in music technology and industry practice. Sample courses in music technology include:

  • Basic Recording
  • Acoustics for Musicians
  • Advanced Recording Techniques
  • Orchestration and Arranging
  • Interactive Computer Music
  • Music Technology I: MIDI and Sequencing
  • Music Technology II: Audio Design and Processing

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Programs Related to the Bachelor of Music in Music Technology

Not sure if the music technology degree is right for you ? Check out these other [undergraduate / graduate] degree programs at Oakland, and contact our admissions team to discuss your options.

  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education
  • Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance
  • Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance

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