Buena Vista University

Music Production and Technology

You don’t just listen to music, you stream it. You beam it to your car by satellite, shuffle it on your iPod, and maybe even spin it on classic vinyl. To call it just ‘music’ seems limiting: audio today includes remixes, podcasts, and compositions made entirely with – and sometimes even written by – computers. That’s good news if you want to make music your career: you can do on a home computer today what decades ago would have required signing with a major label. It’s never been easier to make quality music and help it find an audience.

The first of its kind in the region, the music production and technology major helps you understand not just how to play music, but how to record it, mix it, distribute it and make a profit. It provides practical instruction on the current generation of professional audio software and allows you plentiful time in the studio to hone your craft. The major further encourages internships and offers hands-on experience working live sound at campus events. The major also requires a strong foundation of business courses to show you how to practically apply your skills in today’s rapidly-changing marketplace.

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Courses of study

MAJOR IN MUSIC PRODUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY - Business Track: 51-54 credit hours

ACCT 205 Financial Accounting
ACCT 206 Managerial Accounting
AMGT 425 Topics in Arts Management
AMGT 490 Portfolio Project
COMM 100 Fundamentals of Communication
ECON 205 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 206 Principles of Macroeconomics
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

Degree in Music Production & Technology: Film Scoring /Audio for Video GAMES Track: 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)
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

Minor In Music Production and Technology: 21 credit hours

MUSC 106 Music Fundamentals I
MUSC 107 Music Fundamentals II
MUSC 110 Studio Production & Technology I
MUSC 115 Studio Production & Technology II
MUSC 188 Class Piano I for Non-Music Majors
MUSIC 189 Class Piano II for Non-Music Majors
MUSC 300 Producing Music with Digital Software
MUSC 350 Understanding the Music Industry
MUSC 400 Producing, Sampling, and MIDI Sequencing

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