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Music Technology

Develop skills in sound synthesis, recording, sound design for film and games, composition, film scoring, live sound production and live performance at the intersections of music and new technologies.

Music Technology – B.A. in Music Technology

Music Technology students at Montana State develop skills across areas such as music composition and theory, recording, sound synthesis and design, film scoring, orchestration, music instrumentation and instrumental or vocal performance. Alongside faculty, students in the program compose original music and collaborate on artistic works with other students from across campus and within the School of Music. Graduates of the Music Technology program go on to pursue careers in audio and sound design, music composition for performance media, sales representative in music technology, sound engineering, private studio instruction and further graduate study in the field.

 

 

 

“The definition of music is constantly changing. The program here at MSU has prepared me to be ready for change, to be a part of it. And the faculty has encouraged me to take my passion in the direction I want to go and run with it.”

Jaimie Hensley Frontin '16, Music Technology

 

 

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Cutting-Edge Technology 
School of Music students have access to state-of-the-art MonSTER Studios on the MSU campus. In these professionally-equipped studios, they gain valuable hands-on experience in composition, recording and
post-production.

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Hands-On Experience
Music Technology majors compose original music and collaborate on artistic works and projects with students from across campus.

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Award-Winning Alumni
Music Technology alumni and faculty member Luke Scheeler and Jeremiah Slovarp won an Emmy in audio at the 56th Annual Regional Emmy Awards for their work on the MontanaPBS-produced series 11th and Grant with Eric Funk.

 

 

 

Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.

Careers

Music Technology students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Music Composition

  • Film Scoring

  • Sound Design

  • Music Business

  • Performance

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available,including self-assessment and working with career coaches.