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Bachelor of Music: Major in Music Technology

Undergraduate students may choose from three concentration tracks: Electronic Performance, Electronic Composition, or Sound Recording. All undergraduate tracks include the University and School Of Music core curricula, along with specialized studies in computer software applications, music synthesis, electronic performance, electronic orchestration and audio recording techniques.

Undergraduate students complete the traditional elements of the music curriculum while they gain expertise in such areas as electronics, recording theory, computerized music applications, music production, acoustics, and studio design and management. Students also gain the advantage of a true University education by completing Duquesne's core curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences, providing a well rounded education for meeting life's challenges beyond the field of music technology.

Tech Performance

The Electronic Performance track emphasizes real-time and computer-assisted performance techniques and the use of electronic controllers, which allow all instrumentalists-including wind and string players, percussionists, keyboardists and guitarists-access to the latest digital technology.

A wide variety of electronic instruments are available in the Music Technology labs, ranging from keyboards to guitar synthesizers to the Theremin. Students are also encouraged to bring or purchase their own electronic controller of choice; opportunities to perform include the Electronic Ensemble and various student recitals and recording projects. The Performance track culminates in the public presentation of a final performance project / recital.

Applicants to the performance track must pass all three audition areas: performance on an instrument of their choice, theory, and musicianship.

Sample Curriculum

 

Freshman Year

Fall

Spring

Music Technology Seminar 0 credits 0 credits
Applied Music 2 credits 2 credits
Beginning Piano for Performance Majors I & II 2 credits 2 credits
Computers for Musicians 2 credits
Music Technology I 2 credits
Introduction to Audio I & II 2 credits 2 credits
Musicianship I & II 4 credits 4 credits
Large Ensemble 1 credit 1 credit
Eurhythmics I & II 2 credits 2 credits
Core 3 credits 3 credits



Total 18 credits 18 credits



Sophomore Year

Fall

Spring

Music Technology Seminar 0 credits 0 credits
Applied Music 2 credits 2 credits
Music Technology II & III 2 credits 2 credits
Audio I & II 2 credits 2 credits
Musicianship III & IV 4 credits 4 credits
Large Ensemble 1 credit 1 credit
Electives 2 credits 3 credits
Core 3 credits 3 credits



Total 16 credits 17 credits



Junior Year

Fall

Spring

Music Technology Seminar 0 credits 0 credits
Applied Music  2 credits 2 credits
Instrumental Conducting 2 credits
Musicianship V & VI 4 credits 4 credits
MIDI Controller Techniques 2 credits
Electronic Orchestration - 2 credits
Music Technology IV 2 credits -
Electronic Ensemble 1 credit 1 credit
Junior Recital 0 credits
Electives - 4 credits
Career Perspectives in Music Tech. 2 credits -
Core 3 credits 3 credits



Total 18 credits 16 credits



Senior Year

Fall

Spring

Music Technology Seminar 0 credits 0 credits
Applied Music 2 credits 2 credits
Internship - 2 credits
Advanced Theory Electives 2 credits 2 credits
Multimedia Elective 3 credits -
Electronic Ensemble 1 credit 1 credit
Senior Recital - 1 credit
Final Project - 1 credit
Electives 3 credits 3 credits
Core 3 credits 3 credits
B.M. in Music Technology - 0 credits



Total 14 credits 15 credits



Total degree program

132 credits

*Curriculum is subject to change.
Sound Recording

At Duquesne, we realize that textbook education is not enough. That is why students in the Sound Recording Technology track make use of newly expanded facilities, including Multi-track Digital Audio Workstations such as Protools, Samplitude, Logic, Nuendo and Sonar complemented with a complete analogue layout as well as digital tape based and RAM based storage. A digital music technology laboratory is equipped with a wide array of state-of-the-art synthesizers, sequencers, plug ins ,computers as well as composition and music software.

Duquesne's close ties with the music industry ensure that our studio and lab equipment remains the best available. Students work not only on their own projects, but engineer actual recording sessions for school of music ensembles, projects and professors providing the "real world" experience, which sharpens skills and fully prepares students for recording careers.  In addition student’s can benefit from Duquesne’s relationship with the music industry by taking advantage of internships that have lead to many career opportunities.

Graduates of the program will possess the necessary musical, technological and intellectual skills required to become successful in today's competitive music field, and to enhance their artistic expression through the recording medium. They will be prepared to pursue careers in music; studio recording; audio engineering and production; radio, television and film production; corporate and agency advertising; music publishing; online industry distribution and marketing; music product development and many other fields.

Applicants to the sound recording track must pass all three audition areas: performance on the instrument of their choice, theory, and musicianship.

Sample Curriculum

 

Freshman Year

Fall

Spring

Music Technology Seminar 0 credits 0 credits
Applied Music 2 credits 2 credits
Beginning Piano for Performance Majors I & II 2 credits 2 credits
Computers for Musicians 2 credits -
Music Technology I - 2 credits
Introduction to Audio I & II 2 credits 2 credits
Musicianship I & II 4 credits 4 credits
Large Ensemble 1 credit 1 credit
Eurhythmics I & II 2 credits 2 credits
Core 3 credits 3 credits



Total 18 credits 18 credits



Sophomore Year

Fall

Spring

Music Technology Seminar 0 credits 0 credits
Applied Music 2 credits 2 credits
Music Technology II & III 2 credits 2 credits
Audio I & II 2 credits 2 credits
Musicianship III & IV 4 credits 4 credits
Large Ensemble 1 credit 1 credit
Electives - 2 credits
Jazz Harmony-Form/Notation 2 credits
Core 3 credits 3 credits



Total 16 credits 16 credits



Junior Year

Fall

Spring

Music Technology Seminar 0 credits 0 credits
Ensemble 1 credit 1 credit
Applied Music 2 credits 2 credits
Musicianship V & VI 4 credits 4 credits
Jazz Arranging I 2 credits
Audio III & IV 2 credits 2 credits
Junior Recital 0
Electives 3 credits
Career Perspectives in Music Tech. 2 credits -
Music Technology IV 2 credits -
Core 3 credits 3 credits



Total 18 credits 15 credits



Senior Year

Fall

Spring

Music Technology Seminar 0 credits 0 credits
Ensemble 1 credit 1 credit
Applied Music 2 credits 2 credits
Advanced Theory Electives 2 credits 2 credits
Internship 2 credits -
Conducting 2 credits -
Post Production & Mastering 2 credits -
Advanced Audio Production - 2 credits
Multimedia Elective - 1 credit
Senior Recital - 1 credit
Final Project 2 credits 3 credits
Electives 3 credits 3 credits
Core - 0 credits
B.M. in Music Technology




Total 16 credits
15 credits
Total degree program 132 credits
*Curriculum is subject to change.
Tech Composition

The Electronic Composition track emphasizes the development of both traditional and contemporary compositional techniques, as well as acquiring skills in computer score notation and production for video, film and live productions.  Student composers have many opportunities to have pieces performed in student ensembles and recitals, and are encouraged to explore combining multimedia presentation techniques with their original compositions.

Composition majors will also learn basic audio skills and electronic performance techniques in order to record their pieces and develop a portfolio. Like the Performance track, the Electronic Composition track culminates in the public presentation of a final project / recital.

Students applying to enter the Electronic Composition track of the Music Technology degree program must submit a portfolio of notated examples of their original compositions. Recorded and sequenced examples (Standard MIDI File Format I for General MIDI instruments) are optional but encouraged. In addition, applicants must pass all three other audition areas: performance on an instrument of their choice, theory and musicianship.

Sample Curriculum

 

Freshman Year

Fall

Spring

Music Technology Seminar 0 credits 0 credits
Introduction to Composition I & II 2 credits 2 credits
Beginning Piano for Performance Majors I & II 2 credits 2 credits
Computers for Musicians 2 credits
Music Technology I 2 credits
Introduction to Audio I & II 2 credits 2 credits
Musicianship I & II 4 credits 4 credits
Large Ensemble 1 credit 1 credit
Eurhythmics I & II 2 credits 2 credits
Core 3 credits 3 credits



Total 18 credits 18 credits



Sophomore Year

Fall

Spring

Music Technology Seminar 0 credits 0 credits
Composition I & II 2 credits 2 credits
Music Technology II & III 2 credits 2 credits
Audio I & II 2 credits 2 credits
Musicianship III & IV 4 credits 4 credits
Large Ensemble 1 credit 1 credit
Jazz Harmony-Form/Notation 2 credits
Core 3 credits 3 credits



Total 16 credits 14 credits



Junior Year

Fall

Spring

Music Technology Seminar 0 credits 0 credits
Composition III & IV 2 credits 2 credits
Instrumental Conducting 2 credits -
Musicianship V & VI 4 credits 4 credits
MIDI Controller Techniques 2 credits -
Electronic Orchestration - 2 credits
Music Technology IV 2 credits -
Electronic Ensemble 1 credit 1 credit
Junior Recital 0 credits
Electives - 3 credits
Career Perspectives in Music Tech. 2 credits -
Core 3 credits 3 credits



Total 18 credits 15 credits



Senior Year

Fall

Spring

Music Technology Seminar 0 credits 0 credits
Advanced Composition 2 credits 2 credits
Internship - 2 credits
Advanced Theory Electives 2 credits 2 credit
Jazz Arranging 2 credits -
Multimedia Elective 3 credits -
Electronic Ensemble 1 credit 1 credit
Senior Recital - 1 credit
Final Project - 1 credit
Electives 4 credits 4 credits
Core 3 credits 3 credits
B.M. in Music Technology - 0 credits



Total 17 credits 16 credits



Total degree program

132 credits

*Curriculum is subject to change.