Music Production & Technology

With the explosion of electronic devices and Internet access, music and video is used by just about everyone. The demand for music and video is bigger than ever, making music production & technology one of the most popular majors for students. Students get to create audio and video and work with live musicians in various kinds of settings, including live concerts, recording studios and major concert venues.

Showcasing talent

Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers in:

  • Recording Engineer
  • Record/Music Producer
  • Live Sound Engineer
  • Sound Mixer
  • Recording Studio Manager or Engineer

Music production & technology students get to create audio and video and work with live musicians in a variety of settings, including live concerts, recording studios and major venues.

Students get a key to the recording studio for the duration of their studies and are encouraged to work on individual projects as well as class projects. At some schools, students get less than 10-20 hours per semester in an actual recording studio. At BVU the students can get that in one week!

Students get loads of hands-on experiences, such as recording live bands and other types of music ensembles. Music production students can also work with the University’s live sound engineer as well as BVU’s radio station and TV studios.

Dr. Klee, associate professor of music, has over thirty years in the commercial recording industry as both a musician and recording engineer.

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Create the Perfect Sound

State-of-the-art facilities and equipment

  • The BVU recording studio equipment includes Mac computers, various recording/mixing/mastering software such as AVID Pro Tools 12.00, Sibelius 8.0, Logic Pro X, Final Cut Pro X, Steinberg Wavelab Pro 8, Propellerhead Reason, Waves plugins, Cubase Pro, and much more.
  • The department has an array of musical instruments such as bass guitars, a piano, and a complete drum set.
  • Many professional microphones including Shure, AKG, Cascade and Neumann.

Internships

  • Cleopatra Records
  • The Sonic Factory
  • Two Fish Studios
  • Skyline Audio Productions
  • Sweetwater Recording Studios 

Careers

  • Buena Vista University, Live sound/technical specialist
  • Washington Pavilion, Sound technician
  • OnSite Backline, Audio Technician

Graduate School

  • University of Colorado
  • University of Nebraska
  • Academy of Arts University

Major in Music Production and Technology

Track: Film Scoring/Audio for Video Games (48-54 credit hours)

  • CMSC 181 Computer Science I
  • CMSC 182 Computer Science II
  • CMSC 351 User Interface Design and Development or CMSC 391 Topics in Computer Science, when topic is related to audio gaming
  • DIGI 101 Media Studio: Photo
  • DIGI 102 Media Studio: Video
  • DIGI 103 Media Studio: Audio
  • DIGI 104 Media Studio: Web
  • DIGI 302 Advanced Digital Video
  • MUSC 106 Music Fundamentals I
  • MUSC 107 Music Fundamentals II
  • MUSC 110 Introduction to Digital Recording
  • MUSC 115 Advanced Digital Recording Techniques
  • MUSC 120 Introduction to Music Notation Software
  • MUSC 122 Major Performance Ensemble – Concert Choir or MUSC 127 Major Performance Ensemble – Concert Band or MUSC 130 Major Performance Ensemble – Jazz Ensemble (6 semesters required for chosen ensemble)
  • MUSC 188 Class Piano I for Non-Music Majors
  • MUSC 189 Class Piano II for Non-Music Majors
  • MUSC 300 Creating Music/Effects for Video Games
  • MUSC 310 Introduction to Arranging Commercial Music
  • MUSC 350 Understanding the Music Industry
  • MUSC 400 Introduction to Film Scoring
  • MUSC 495 Internship

Track: Business (50-56 credit hours)

  • ACCT 205 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 206 Managerial Accounting
  • AMGT 225 Fundamentals of Arts Management
  • AMGT 490 Portfolio Project
  • COMM 100 Fundamentals of Communication
  • ECON 200 Economics Foundation
  • FNBK 306 Managerial Finance
  • MGMT 315 Business Law I
  • MRKT 306 Principles of Marketing
  • MUSC 106 Music Fundamentals I
  • MUSC 107 Music Fundamentals II
  • MUSC 110 Introduction to Digital Recording
  • MUSC 115 Advanced Digital Recording Techniques
  • MUSC 122 Major Performance Ensemble – Concert Choir or MUSC 127 Major Performance Ensemble – Concert Band or MUSC 130 Major Performance Ensemble – Jazz Ensemble (6 semesters required for chosen ensemble)
  • MUSC 188 Class Piano I for Non-Music Majors
  • MUSC 189 Class Piano II for Non-Music Majors
  • MUSC 300 Creating Music/Effects for Video Games
  • MUSC 350 Understanding the Music Industry
  • MUSC 400 Introduction to Film Scoring
  • MUSC 495 Internship

Minor in Music Production and Technology (21 credit hours)

  • MUSC 106 Music Fundamentals I
  • MUSC 107 Music Fundamentals II
  • MUSC 110 Introduction to Digital Recording
  • MUSC 115 Advanced Digital Recording Techniques
  • MUSC 188 Class Piano I for Non-Music Majors
  • MUSC 189 Class Piano II for Non-Music Majors
  • MUSC 300 Creating Music/Effects for Video Games
  • MUSC 350 Understanding the Music Industry
  • MUSC 400 Introduction to Film Scoring

Faculty

Dr.   David  Klee

David Klee

Associate Professor of Instrumental Music

Meet the professor