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MUSIC RECORDING TECHNOLOGY & AUDIO DESIGN

 

Bachelor of Music, Professional Studies:Music Recording Technology and Audio Design

 

The major is designed to welcome students who are passionate about music, the technology surrounding it, and who love to fashion music their own way and meticulously polish it until it sounds awesome coming out of speakers.

 

It differs from many recording degrees in several key ways: 1) It is a creativity based technology degree, that utilizes a hands on learning approach, and focuses on learning about technology by applying it toward the creation of original compositions.  2) It provides a solid background in music theory, aural skills, history, and ensemble performance,  to create literate graduates with a broad spectrum of career choices. 3) It is a Swiss Army Knife degree with supporting courses in art, web design, dance, sound for theater, computer programming and psychology… To prepare you for recording, composition, graduate studies in both, research in music cognition, theater sound and web design, post production etc…

 

The world is evolving rapidly and no one can predict the future — but we can prepare for it!! The overarching goal of B.M in Recording Technology and Audio Design is to give you the flexibility to adapt quickly to a rapidly evolving, technology-based world, to land on your feet and hit the ground running.

 

Core to the major is a six semester sequence of courses in electro-acoustic music.  These provide a solid grounding in acoustics, MIDI, synthesis, digital audio, audio recording & film/video scoring. 

 

NOTE: this is a very hands on degree and if you are admitted you will be part of the tech crew that is responsible for recording and providing sound reinforcement to the 300 some concerts that are produced in the school of music and dance every year.

 

This is an important position, and you will be working with professional engineering staff and training one-on-one on state-of-the-art equipment, the makes and models of which are found in equipment rigs on the finest touring companies with major artists such as Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney etc. 

 

Come prepared to work –– and be prepared to gIve up Saturday nights – we are looking for dedicated folks who are serious about their careers and who wish to become experts – the program is intense and we want only the most serious candidates.

 

Are you passionate about great live and recorded sound – and do you want to make this your career? If so we want to hear from you.

 

Audition Requirements:Deadline to turn in materials is February 15 via our on-line audition portal, which will be available in late December.

**All printed materials (scores, music excerpts, recommendations, and grade transcripts etc ) need to be submitted via PDF format, all audio recordings need to be MP3, and all video recordings need to be .mov or .mp4. Otherwise they will not be reviewed.**

    Audition is via portfolio of compositions - we are looking for a creative spark, an original voice, a passion for music, evidence of the ability to work very hard. There is no specific genre, instrumentation or duration. Please submit two contrasting works.
  • Reproduce four one-page music excerpts with professional notation software, to demonstrate your notation abilities.  (Please send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to request excerpts and instructions.)
  • Performance audition: we want to hear you play to get a sense of your musicality. Do not sign up for a live audition.  Instead, please record a short video, either .mov or .mp4 of you performing.  Instruments may include traditional classical instruments such as clarinet as well as other cultures: tabla, berimbau, dumbek etc., and pop instruments such as turntables, electric guitar, laptop etc.  Repertoire can be anything: original, improvised, scored, cover, in any genre.
  • Two letters of recommendation from qualified professionals.
  • Unofficial grade transcripts from past 2 years of education.
  • Statement of purpose - a 2-3 page essay on your musical vision, life and career goals and preparations.
  • A written statement on your music-reading ability.
  • A statement on the technical, software, hardware and recording equipment and software used to create your composition portfolio.
  • 2 Audio recordings (MP3 or equiv.) of your original music & printed scores if you have them.

 

The major is extremely competitive - compile your materials as if this was the ultimate dream job. They should be excellent and professional and demonstrate your interest and respect.

 

Summer preparatory projects:

If you are accepted you will be required to complete 3 preparatory projects in the summer before school starts:

  • You will be given a list of classical and world masterpieces to become intimately familiar with—you will need to put these on your iPod and listen to them everyday.
  • You will need to learn to write a 2 Part Invention in the style of Bach (You can buy Kent Kennan’s Counterpoint book to guide you);
  • You will need to complete the Eastman School of Music E-Music “Music Theory Fundamentals in 4 Weeks” course


All Recording Technology & Audio Design majors are expected to maintain at least a 3.75 GPA This major prepares students to have a good chance of success, whether in the best graduate programs or in the music industry.

 

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