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.

Additionally, 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 interdisciplinary technical and creative skills, we encourage students in this program to take classes outside of the major during their studies.

Program Requirements

Successful design and development of music technology systems must be supported by knowledge of music, psychology, computing, engineering, and design. The ideal candidate has experience in both musical and technical domains. Prospective students will be expected to provide a URL link to content demonstrating their skills in technical and musical areas.

Tracks

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

Project Track: Students will complete a set of requirements that will include at least 18 music technology course credit hours, 18 elective course credit hours, and 12 research course 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 at least 18 music technology course credit hours, 12 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
Required Music Technology Core Courses 9
Required Music Technology Research Courses 12
Required Music Technology Creative Course 3
Additional Music Technology Electives 6
Additional Elective Courses (subject to advisor approval) 18
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
Required Music Technology Core Courses 9
Required Music Technology Research Courses 12
Required Music Technology Creative Course 3
Additional Music Technology Electives 6
Additional Elective Courses (subject to advisor approval) 12
Thesis Credit Hours 6
A Minimum of 30 course credit hours must be taken at the 6000-8000 level classes.

 

Classes

Required Music Technology Core Courses

Students in both tracks must take all three of these courses:

MUSI 6001 Music Perception and Cognition – 3 Credit hours
MUSI 6003 Music Technology History and Repertoire - 3 Credit hours
MUSI 6202 Digital Audio Processing for Music – 3 Credit hours

Required Music Technology Research Courses

Students in both tracks must take all 12 hours of research:

MUSI 7100 Music Technology Research Lab – 12 Credit hours

Students in both tracks must also take 6 hours of thesis:

MUSI 7000 Master's Thesis – 6 Credit hours

 

Required Music Technology Creative Courses

Students in both tracks must take one of the following courses. Additional courses from this set may be taken as electives:

MUSI 6002 Interactive Music – 3 Credit hours
MUSI 6004 Technology Ensemble - 3 Credit hours
MUSI 6203 Project Studio in Music Technology – 3 Credit hours

Elective Courses - Music Technology

Students in both tracks must take at least 6 additional hours of MUSI electives, which can be any MUSI 6000-8000 level course. Current offerings include:

MUSI 6005 Music Ensemble – 1 Credit hour
MUSI 6103 Music Recording and Mixing - 3 Credit hours
MUSI 6104 Integrating Music into Multimedia – 3 Credit hours
MUSI 6105 Digital Media Production and Mastering - 3 Credit hours
MUSI 6106 Audio Software Engineering – 3 Credit hours
MUSI 6201 Computational Music and Audio Analysis – 3 Credit hours
MUSI 6301 Musical Interface Design - 3 Credit hours
MUSI 6303 Network Music – 3 Credit hours
MUSI 6304 Computer Music Composition – 3 Credit hours
MUSI 8001 Research Methods - 3 Credit hours
MUSI 8002 Teaching Practicum – 3 Credit hours

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