Masters of Science in Music Technology

 

 

Our graduate program goes beyond preparing students to become the most informed users of state-of-the-art music technology tools.

 

 

Instead, we teach students to revolutionize music making, performance, analysis, education, and consumption. Our graduates are the creators of next-generation music software and hardware.

We live and work in a top-tier research institute. Every student majoring in music technology is also a researcher in the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology. 

In order to further expand their set of technical and creative skills, we encourage students in this program to take classes outside of the major each semester.

Program Requirements

The ideal candidate for a master’s degree in Music Technology is a student with skills and experience in music, computing, engineering, or a similarly related discipline. 

Successful design and development of music technology systems must be supported by knowledge of music theory, perception, composition, and performance, as well as digital media, computing, engineering, and design. 

Therefore, a background in computing or engineering, musical performance, composition, and/or musical theory is highly recommended.

Tracks

When accepted into the program, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will approve your course selections. You will also work with faculty on collaborative research projects. After your first year of study, and the approval of your advisor, you will choose between two academic tracks:

Project Track: Students will complete a set of requirements that will include 21 music technology course credit hours, 15 elective course credit hours, and 12 research credit hours leading to the development of a final M.S project in Music Technology.

Thesis Track: Students will complete a set of requirements that will include 21 music technology course credit hours, 9 elective course credit hours, 12 research hours and 6 Thesis Preparation credit hours, leading to the completion and submission of an M.S Thesis in Music Technology.
 

Curriculum Overview

Requirements (by track)

Project Track – This option requires the student to complete 36 hours of course work and 12 hours of research.
Total Credit Hours 48
Course Credit Hours 36
Minimum Credits in Required Music Technology Courses 21
Minimum Elective Courses 15
Research Credit Hours 12
A Minimum of 30 course credit hours must be taken at the 6000-8000 level classes.
Thesis Track – This option requires the student to complete 30 hours of course work, 12 hours of research, and 6 hours of thesis preparation.
Total Credit Hours 48
Course Credit Hours 30
Minimum Credits in Required Music Technology Courses 21
Minimum Elective Courses 15
Research Credit Hours 12
Thesis Credit Hours 6
A Minimum of 30 course credit hours must be taken at the 6000-8000 level classes.

 

Classes

Required Courses

MUSI 6001 Music Perception and Cognition – 3 Credit hours
MUSI 6002 Interactive Music – 3 Credit hours
MUSI 6003 Music Technology History and Repertoire - 3 Credit hours
MUSI 6004 Technology Ensemble – 3 Credit hours
MUSI 6201 Computational Music and Audio Analysis - 3 Credit hours
MUSI 6202 Digital Audio Processing for Music – 3 Credit hours
MUSI 6203 Project Studio in Music Technology – 3 Credit hours
MUSI 7100 Music Technology Research Lab – 12 Credit hours

 

Sample Program of Study (Thesis Track)

Semester 1

MUSI 6003 – Music Technology History and Repertoire (Required Core – 3 credits)
MUSI 6002 –Interactive Music (Required Core – 3 credits)
MUSI 6201 – Computational Music and Audio Analysis (Required Concentration – 3 credits)
MUSI 6103 – Music Recording and Mixing (Elective – Music Technology – 3 credits)

Semester 2

MUSI 6001 – Music Perception and Cognition (Required Core – 3 credits)
MUSI 6202 – Digital Signal Processing for Music (Required Concentration – 3 credits)
MUSI 6303 – Network Music (Elective Music Technology – 3 credits)
MUSI 7100 – Music Technology Research Lab (3 credits)

Semester 3

MUSI 6004 – Technology Ensemble (Required Core – 3 credits)
MUSI 6203 – Project Studio in Music Technology (Required Concentration – 3 credits)
CS 6750 – Human Computer Interaction (Elective External – 3 credits)
MUSI 7100 – Music Technology Research Lab (3 credits)

Semester 4

MUSI 7000 – Thesis Preparation (6 credit)
MUSI 7100 – Music Technology Research Lab (6 credits)

For more information about how to get the application process started, click here.