What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Music students must pass a qualifying examination specific to their concentration during their fourth semester of study. The rising junior jury determines whether the student has made adequate progress to qualify for entry to the 3000-level of applied music study. (4 years)

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Spring – November 15 (All concentrations except Conducting)
  • Summer – March 1 (Music Education concentration and non-degree programs only)
  • Fall – June 1 (All concentrations)

Bachelor of Music, Concentration in Music Technology (Recording), B.Mu.

Undergraduate Director
Marc LeMay
mlemay@gsu.edu

Coordinator of Music Technology
Robert Thompson
rsthompson@gsu.edu

Music Technology (Recording/Music Production) prepares students for work in artistic, technical or producer/director capacities in music and music-related media industries. Students are aesthetically and practically trained for work as audio engineers and music technologists. Auditions are required.

The mission of the School of Music is to preserve, promote and advance humanity’s rich and expanding tradition of artistic music-making through performance, composition, education and research in accordance with the urban and global initiatives of the university. Students have the opportunity to work with an internationally acclaimed faculty of 40 full-time and 24 part-time faculty in concentrations such as performance, pedagogy, music education, conducting, composition and jazz studies.

Bachelor of Music, Concentration in Music Technology (Recording), B.Mu.

Undergraduate Director
Marc LeMay
mlemay@gsu.edu

Coordinator of Music Technology
Robert Thompson
rsthompson@gsu.edu

Music Technology (Recording/Music Production) prepares students for work in artistic, technical or producer/director capacities in music and music-related media industries. Students are aesthetically and practically trained for work as audio engineers and music technologists. Auditions are required.

The mission of the School of Music is to preserve, promote and advance humanity’s rich and expanding tradition of artistic music-making through performance, composition, education and research in accordance with the urban and global initiatives of the university. Students have the opportunity to work with an internationally acclaimed faculty of 40 full-time and 24 part-time faculty in concentrations such as performance, pedagogy, music education, conducting, composition and jazz studies.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Music students must pass a qualifying examination specific to their concentration during their fourth semester of study. The rising junior jury determines whether the student has made adequate progress to qualify for entry to the 3000-level of applied music study. (4 years)

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Spring – November 15 (All concentrations except Conducting)
  • Summer – March 1 (Music Education concentration and non-degree programs only)
  • Fall – June 1 (All concentrations)

Program Highlights

There are six recording studio labs, designed by Walters-Storyk, fully equipped with state-of-the-art digital audio workstations running Pro Tools, and numerous other software programs.  High-level monitoring by Genelec, SSL consoles, Universal Audio hardware and software, and an extensive microphone collection are complemented by significant analog and digital sound production tools.

Notable alumni:

A J Putman, ’18, has firmly established himself in the rap and hip-hop production community. Working out of Means St. Studios, he is head engineer, often working with Atlantic Records artists. AJ is also a personal engineer for multi-platinum artist ‘A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’. His work has taken him to studios in Hawaii, Toronto, London, Los Angeles and New York, and he has already garnered gold and platinum certifications.

Alisa McCance Bieck, ’16, now lives in Nashville and has established a thriving career as a session musician singing and playing violin for artists such as Keith Urban, in the studio and in live venues. Specializing in bluegrass, folk and country music, Alisa has recently released her first solo recording of originals, Crossing Rivers, produced by country music legend Radney Foster.

Ibilola Fayemi, ’20, has completed her degree in music technology and is now moving on to the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music to pursue graduate work in music industry studies. Lola’s primary interest is in music supervision for motion pictures.

Careers

Music Technology (Recording/Music Production) prepares students for work in artistic, technical or producer/director capacities in music and music-related media industries. Students are aesthetically and practically trained for work as audio engineers and music technologists. Auditions are required.

There are six recording studio labs, designed by Walters-Storyk, fully equipped with state-of-the-art digital audio workstations running Pro Tools and numerous other software programs. High-level monitoring by Genelec, SSL consoles, Universal Audio hardware and software, and an extensive microphone collection are complemented by significant analog and digital sound production tools.

The Bachelor of Music program balances the development of artistic and creative skills with the mastery of technical skills achieved through course work and a culminating internship.

You will learn about recording, production, synthesis and sound design. Applicants should have a strong background in music reading and performance. 

Music Technology Degree Course Outline

For more information, contact the Coordinator of Music Technology, Dr. Robert Thompson.

The mission of the School of Music is to preserve, promote and advance humanity’s rich and expanding tradition of artistic music-making through performance, composition, education and research in accordance with the urban and global initiatives of the university. Students have the opportunity to work with an internationally acclaimed faculty of 40 full-time and 24 part-time faculty in concentrations such as performance, pedagogy, music education, conducting, composition and jazz studies.

Program Details

A separate application to the School of Music is required. Students must submit any required pre-screening audition materials or portfolios and must complete in-person auditions to be accepted. These deadlines and audition dates can be found on the School of Music website, https://music.gsu.edu/academics/application-and-audition-information/.

Prospective students applying for any Bachelor of Music degree program in any concentration (Performance, Composition, Jazz Studies, Music Education or Music Technology) must perform a live audition before beginning first-year coursework in music. Audition requirements are explained here.

The School of Music provides unparalleled opportunities to study and work among an inspiring community of musicians in one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. Students receive exceptional training, are provided with meaningful opportunities and begin serious careers no matter what type of music drives their passion.

  • Ensuring comprehensive exposure to an array of perspectives as represented by the various faculty approaches to music performance, music history, music theory and teaching styles.
  • Honoring the continuing traditions of music-making and pedagogy while exploring new forms and contemporary issues within the various musical fields.
  • Developing pedagogical skills and strategies through teaching assistantships for undergraduate-level courses.
  • Preparing students for a professional career in music through rigorous performance preparation, exposure to important repertoire and attention to practical business aspects of various musical careers.

Music Technology Degree Course Outline

B.Mu. students must take a mixture of courses from Area F and Area G during 8 semesters of undergraduate study. First-year and second-year students must enroll in required MUS coursework to avoid a delayed graduation date.

B.Mu. courses to fulfill Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) requirement

B.Mu. students take at least one of the following, as prescribed in concentration Area G requirements.

  • MUS 4810 Music History from the Classical Period to the Present-CTW (3)
  • MUS 4820 World Music-CTW (3)

Area C:

  • Recommended course: It is recommended that Bachelor of Music students complete three hours of Fine Arts with a lower-division music appreciation course.

Music Technology Concentration (Sound Recording)

Area F: Courses Related to the Major (18)

  1. Required Courses (8)
  2. MUS 10XX Appropriate large ensemble (4) (4 semesters, 1 credit each)*
    • MUS 1060 Wind Ensemble (1)
    • MUS 1061 Wind Orchestra (1)
    • MUS 1062 Concert Band (1)
    • MUS 1070 Orchestra (1)
    • MUS 1080 Men’s Chorus (1)
    • MUS 1080A University Singers (1)
    • MUS 1081 Choral Union (1)
    • MUS 1082 Women’s Chorus (1)
    • MUS 1083 Master Singers (1)
    • MUS 1652 Perimeter College Chorus (1)
    • MUS 1654 Perimeter College Wind Ensemble (1)
    • MUS 1656 DeKalb Symphony Orchestra (1)
    • MUS 1754 Perimeter College Jazz Lab Band (1)
    • MUS 1756 Perimeter College Jazz Ensemble (1)
    • MUS 1758 Perimeter College Chamber Ensembles (1)
      * Ensembles: please note that students are assigned to appropriate ensembles by pool auditions at the beginning of every fall and spring semester.
  3. Group Piano (2)
    • MUS 1710 Group Instruction in Piano I (1)
    • MUS 1720 Group Instruction in Piano II (1)
  4. Applied Lessons (four semesters) (4):
    • APXX 1001 Applied Music (1)
    • APXX 1002 Applied Music (1)
    • APXX 2001 Applied Music (1)
    • APXX 2002 Applied Music (1)

Area G: Major Courses (60)

  1. Performance Requirements (6-8)
    • MUS 4010 Performance Laboratory or Chamber Music (0/.5) (4 semesters)
    • MUS 30XX Appropriate large ensemble (1) (4 semesters)
    • MUS 2710 Group Instruction in Piano III (1)
    • MUS 2720 Group Instruction in Piano IV (1)
  2. Theory/Composition Requirements (8)
  3. Music History/Literature Requirements (9)
    • MUS 4800 Music History from Antiquity through the Baroque Period (3)
    • MUS 4810 Music History from Classical to the Present-CTW (3)
    • MUS 4820 World Music-CTW (3)
  4. Music Technology/Recording (31-33)
    • PHYS 2030K Physical Science: Physics of Music and Speech (3)
    • MTM 3010 Introduction to Music Industry (3)
    • MTM 3040 Practicum (2) (optional)
    • MTM 3080 Internship (6)
    • MTM 3110 Introduction to Audio Recording (4)
    • MTM 3120 Digital Audio Technology and Recording Techniques (4)
    • MTM 3130 Advanced Topics in Recording and Audio Production (4)
    • MTM 3230 Audio Post-Production (4)
    • MTM 4900 Music Technology Final Project (3)
  5. Choose (3) credit hours from the following:
  6. Electives (0-3) to complete a minimum of 120 hours.

Applicants to the School of Music are automatically considered for talent-based scholarships. Program fees include locker, laboratory, and recital expenses associated with certain programs, classes and degree requirements. Every student registering for an Applied Music course will be charged an Applied Music fee. For each 1000-level Applied Music course, a $200.00 fee will be charged. For other Applied Music courses, a $350.00 fee will be charged.

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Undergraduate Director
Marc LeMay
mlemay@gsu.edu

Undergraduate Admissions
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