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MUSIC RECORDING TECHNOLOGY & AUDIO DESIGN

 

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

 

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 10 via our on-line audition portal.

**All printed materials (scores, music excerpts, recommendations, and grade transcripts etc.) need to be submitted via PDF format. Please upload links to two audio recordings of your original compositions (upload your audio recordings to YouTube, DropBox, BandCamp, Google Drive, SoundCloud etc.).  Upload a link to a one minute smart phone video of you performing on a musical instrument, any instrument, any style, original or not.**


 

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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