Careers in Music Technology
A major focusing on music technology prepares students to operate the latest applications used for recording, production, performance and composition. This knowledge is used in many fields, including the entertainment industry, education and therapy.
- Prerequisites: High school diploma, background in music in various forms, students are expected to pass music-related exams in sight-reading, singing, hearing proficiency and instrument playing
- Program Length: 4 years
- Other Requirements: Performance opportunities in concerts, ensembles, and recitals
Bachelor's Degree in Music Technology
Many bachelor's degree programs in music technology allow students to create their own curriculum in order to showcase their strengths and work on their weaknesses. Students learn to use editing and producing tools, composition software and formatting applications. They're also encouraged to participate in other fields to expand their knowledge and prepare to enter the work force. Some common music technology classes include:
- Recording methods and technology
- Musical synthesis
- Study of sound
- Special effects
- Musical composition
Popular Career Options
Careers in music technology often focus on the production side of the industry. Music technology graduates are prepared to use equipment and machinery to record, mix and synchronize music and sound effects. Some common job titles for graduates with a bachelor's degree in music technology are listed below:
- Audio engineer
- Acoustics designer
- Sound engineering technician
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), sound engineering technicians could expect to see a 9% increase in employment from 2012-2022. These professionals made a mean yearly wage of $58, 670 in May 2014, reported the BLS.
Students who want to continue their education in music technology can enroll in a master's or doctoral degree program. While graduates with a master's degree focus on the design and development of software programs and equipment, those with a doctoral degree often find careers in research and academia. Students who want to stay involved in music, but choose a new career path could also pursue graduate or certificate programs in music therapy or business management with the proper prerequisites. Music therapy involves the use of music to improve or maintain mental health, and business management opportunities may prepare individuals to start their own music software company or business.
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