Bachelor of Science in Music Technology

Music technology is the discipline that enables new ways for us to create, consume, and share access to music. At Georgia Tech, music technology students master existing technologies and create the technologies we’ll use to enjoy music in the future.

Music technology students are just as passionate about making music as they are about the technology that makes it possible. They play the clarinet in band and develop mobile applications that teach others to play it too. They perform classical music in the symphony orchestra and make electronic music in a laptop orchestra. They record with their rock band in our studio and also design new acoustical treatments to make the studio sound better. They play the classical organ, and then go home to build one of their own in their garage.

If that sounds like you, we’d love to meet you! Schedule a meeting today with Chris Moore, the academic advisor for the Bachelor of Science in Music Technology program.

For more general questions and inquiries, you can also email us at bsmt@music.gatech.edu.

Concentrations

A BSMT student shares her research project with other students.

Bachelor of Science in Music Technology students will need to consult with the undergraduate adviser to choose a concentration or minor.

 

General Concentration

Students in the General Concentration follow the rigorous Bachelor of Science in Music Technology curriculum. This standard curriculum lends itself most easily to using the hours of the Breadth Block to pursue a minor in another School on campus -- and students might find these two minors to be especially interesting:

Computing and People: Allows students to gain added expertise in computing as it relates to people. The minor requires 15 credit hours of coursework in the College of Computing.

Industrial Design: Allows students to strengthen skills and understanding of creative problem solving as it relates to design. The minor requires 15 credit hours of coursework in the School of Industrial Design.

While Computing and Industrial Design are good fits for this degree, they are not the only minors possible. For example, students could also pursue a minor in Business and Technology from the Scheller College of Business for their Breadth Block.

Concentration in Mechanical Engineering

 

Allows students to develop in-depth mechanical engineering skills as applied to music technology. Mechanical engineering is directly related to music technology fields in the areas of robotic musicianship, acoustics, and instrument design. Students use their Breadth Block to take 23 credit hours of coursework in the School of Mechanical Engineering focusing on one of the two options below:

Option 1: Acoustics and Vibrations

Option 2: Controls and Robotics

Concentration in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Four BSMT students with their capstone project.

Allows students to develop in-depth audio engineering and/or signal processing skills as applied to music technology. The processing of analog and digital signals is one of the core areas of music technology and related to fields such as music information retrieval, audio effects, and sound synthesis. Students use their Breadth Block to take 15 credit hours of coursework in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Portfolio Submissions

The Bachelor of Science in Music Technology degree program requires a portfolio as part of its admission requirement. If you are a new incoming first year student, expect to submit yours as part of the standard application process.

The portfolio demonstrates your potential to create music and technology in tandem. You should also submit a list of specific technical and musical skills, indicating experience in each area, as well as a short, written statement describing how your creative and musical works have prepared you for a degree in music technology.

If you are already a student at Georgia Tech and wish to transfer into the program, please fill out the submission form below:

Portfolio Word Document

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Portfolio PDF document

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Submission Deadlines

Once you have filled out the submission form, send it to Chris Moore at chris.moore@music.gatech.edu

Important submission dates: 

For Spring Semester Start - Submission Deadline: October 1st  / Students Notified: October 15th 

For Fall Semester Start - Submission Deadline: February 15th  /Students Notified: March 15th

NOTE: This sample curriculum is for a Bachelor's of Science in Music Technology with a General Concentration. For more options, please visit your advisor for a more specific look at what your course load will look like.

Ensemble choices for the ensemble requirements can be found on the ensembles page.

For more details, including specifics on curriculum for the various concentrations and minors available, visit the Georgia Tech catalog page.

Fall, Year 1 Hours
Total 14
ENGL 1101: English Composition I 3
MATH 1551: Differential Calculus 2
MATH 1553: Introduction to Linear Algebra 2
CS 1301, 1315, or 1371 (Core Computing Course) 3
MUSI 2010 Fundamentals of Musicianship I 3
MUSI Ensemble 1 1

...

Spring, Year 1 Hours
Total 14
ENGL 1102: English Composition II 3
MATH 1552 Integral Calculus 4
MUSI 2011 Fundamentals of Musicianship II 3
MUSI 2015 Laptop Orchestra 3
MUSI Ensemble 2 1

...

Fall, Year 2 Hours
Total 14
PHYS 2211 Intro Physics I 4
Breadth Elective or Free Elective 3
MUSI 2012 Fundamentals of Musicianship III 3
MUSI 2525 Introduction to Audio Tech 1 3
MUSI Ensemble 3 1

...

Spring, Year 2 Hours
Total 14
PHYS 2212 Intro Physics II 4
Breadth Elective or Free Elective 3
MUSI 2013 Fundamentals of Musicianship IV 3
MUSI 2526 Introduction to Audio Tech 2 3
MUSI Ensemble 4 1

...

Fall, Year 3 Hours
Total 18
Social Science Elective 1 (US Perspectives) 3
APPH 1040 / APPH 1050: Health 2
Breadth Elective or Free Elective 3
MUSI 4630 Recording and Mixing 3
MUSI 3770 Project Studio: Technology 4
Humanities 1 – or – Free Elective 3

...

Spring, Year 3 Hours
Total 16
Social Science Elective 2 (Global Perspectives) 3
HIST 2111 or 2112, INTA 1200, POL 1101, PUBP 3000 3
Breadth Elective or Free Elective 3
MUSI 3771 Project Studio: Analysis 4
MUSI 4677 Perception and Cognition 3

...

Fall, Year 4 Hours
Total 16
Social Science Elective 3 3
Breadth Elective or Free Elective 3
Breadth Elective or Free Elective 3
MUSI Upper Division Elective 3
MUSI 4705 Music Technology Capstone I 4

...

Spring, Year 4 Hours
Total 16
Humanities 2 or Breadth/Free Elective 3
Breadth Elective or Free Elective 3
Breadth Elective or Free Elective 3
Breadth Elective or Free Elective 3
MUSI 4706 Music Technology Capstone II 4

...

Upper Division Electives, Year 4 Hours
Integrating Music Into Multimedia MUSI 4450 3
Music Tech: History & Repertoire 4456/6003 3
Computational Music Analysis 4457/6201 3
Computer Music Composition 4458/6304 3
Digital Signal Processing – Music 4459/6202 3

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