Bachelor of Science in Music Technology

We're musicians. We're artists. We're inventors. We're engineers.

Technology shapes all the music you hear, whether it is your cell phone identifying a song and recommending similar artists, a software program listening to music and displaying chords and tempo, or robots jamming with humans. It is technology that enables new ways for us to access, consume, and create music.

We teach our students to master existing technology and then give them the tools to innovate and create the ideas we'll be listening to tomorrow; Robots that listen to and play their own improvised music; software that samples and builds your own music; any project you can imagine is possible here at Georgia Tech. 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.

Our curriculum

Our curriculum is laid out in a way that will introduce technical and artistic topics from day one. Our program stands out because we believe that music and technical skills are equally important.

Five structural areas comprise the 120 + 2 Credit Hour curriculum:

  • 21 hours -- MUSI Lower Division Requirements
    • Includes Fundamentals of Musicianship I-IV, Laptop Orchestra, and Introduction to Audio Technology I-II
  • 29 hours -- MUSI Upper Division Requirements
    • Includes four semesters of Ensemble I-IV, Recording and Mixing, Perception and Cognition, and project and capstone studios
  • 45 hours -- Core Curriculum and Health Requirements
  • 15 - 23 hours -- Breadth Block
  • 4 - 12 hours -- Free Electives

 

Concentrations

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 use the International Plan 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

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

Students interested in applying to the Bachelors of Science in Music Technology program must submit a portfolio to School of Music faculty. To get started, please fill out the submission form below:

Portfolio submission form, Word format

Portfolio submission form, PDF format

Please note that at this time, these forms are only for current Georgia Tech students wishing to transfer their major, and for students admitted for Fall of 2016. If you do not fall into either of these categories, the portfolio application will be included with the Common App at that time.

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

Contact us

If you have any questions that we haven't answered here, feel free to ask us directly at bsmt@music.gatech.edu. We're looking forward to hearing from you!

 

Other options

Music Minor

Add a little music to your education, no matter what your major is! A music minor with us lets you choose from three different specializations.

Certificate in Fine Arts

Supplement your degree with this certificate if you're interested in joining one of our musical ensembles.