Music Technology

Music Technology (AS, BS)

Professor Miles Fulwider teaching students in Studio A.

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This is Where Music Lives

Love music? Make it your life’s work! USF’s Music Technology program will give you everything you need to launch a career in the music industry. You’ll learn from expert musicians, producers, and engineers — and you’ll develop your skills in a topline facility that functions like a commercial studio.

Personalize Your Degree

Our curriculum offers maximum flexibility and opportunity. You’ll work closely with an advisor to tailor your degree to match your interests and goals. All students start with core courses in Music Theory, Ear Training, and Piano Skills. From there, you will participate in an ensemble and select up to three of the following concentrations:

  • Recording, Engineering and Production: Have you ever wanted to work in a recording studio?  Have you ever wanted to produce music? Learn the necessary skills required to produce, engineer, and record music.  Students will have hand-on experience in multiple state-of-the professional studios.  Learn how to interact and produce music from different genres and styles, and how to capture the best performances from your talent to prepare for a career as an audio engineer, music producer, or mastering engineer.
  • Music Industry: Learn just how the music industry operates. Explore copyright, royalties, event production, while learning how the record label, concert and touring business work.  Develop your own digital campaigns and learn how to leverage those skills into the business, management, and promotional side of the industry.
  • Post Production and Sound Design: Apply audio technology into the exciting world of Post Production and Sound Design.  Create engaging music scores, develop exciting sound design, foley and audio production and mixing  for film, TV, and Video Games.  Understand the technologies and requirements associated with broadcast.  Explore new technologies that incorporate multi-channel audio (surround sound) and emerging technologies associated with immersive 360 audio and VR.
  • Live Sound and Event Production: Gain skills and experience in live sound reinforcement, house of worship sound support, event planning, stagecraft and more.  Students in this concentration have the ability to shadow multiple live music festivals and concerts.  Students also utilize our historic USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center that seats over 2000 people, as well as many other venues and environments.
  • Contemporary Artist Development and Musicianship:  Are you an artist desiring to improve your craft and production?  Learn important skill sets that will improve your songwriting and understanding of the music industry.  Students take a focused look at their own creative work and the development and utilization of their own branding strategies. You will learn strategies surrounding public relations and other essential skills, both production and musical, that are necessary in today’s unique musical landscape.

Academic Plan

An academic plan is a general blueprint showing how one might complete the degree, semester by semester.

Student working on a project in the studio room.

Common Question

Q: Do I have to be a top-level musician?

A: No! Our program is designed for all levels of experience, even non-musicians. We will work with you to develop the skills needed to get you where you want to go!

USF Music Ensembles

  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Marching Band
  • University Singers
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Electronic Music Ensemble

My USF experience set the stage for where I am now. The faculty gave me the right balance of freedom and opportunity: I was able to freely explore the equipment, and then apply what I was learning at internships and through recording projects.

Tom Beuchel ’12
Audio Engineer at Flux Studios, New York

It’s Real Here.

Marble Lounge Records is USF’s student-run record label, and it’s the real deal. Formed in 2017, Marble Lounge produced its first album in June, 2018: Legend or Myth by Rosalind & the Way.

Students did it all, from selecting the artist to recording, engineering, and marketing the album.

Industry Guidance and Connection

They worked under the guidance of music producer Rob Mathes, an Emmy-winning, Tony- and Grammy-nominated producer, director, arranger/composer, who has worked with Bruce Springsteen, U2, Sting, Yo Yo Ma, and others.

State-of-the-Art Facility in Downtown Fort Wayne

Our Music Tech Center features cutting-edge technology and equipment.

Get in the Studio Early, Often, and Whenever You Want

You’ll start creating and learning on your first day in our amazing facilities. BTW, students have 24-hour access!

Career Success

95% of our Music Tech graduates are working in the field!

You’ll be prepared for a variety of careers, including:

  • ADR/Foley Artist
  • Audio Engineer
  • Audio for Video Engineer
  • Board Operator
  • Film Composer
  • Live Sound Engineer
  • Music Producer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Sales Engineer
  • Sound Designer

The audio field is about experience and I will be graduating with professional experience on my resume — all of which came from USF. Not only do I have a part-time position on the university’s audio-visual staff where I work on different live performances and events, but I did an internship with Paper Castle Records in Nashville, where I shadowed an audio engineer.

Mariah Escamilla ‘20
Music Technology major

Students working on a project in the studio room.

Benefit from Expert Faculty and Industry Connections

Our faculty are all professionals with extensive ties to the music industry. You’ll benefit from their knowledge, mentorship, and connections!

A few examples:

  • Miles Fulwider (Tonmeister), program chair, has worked as a producer and recording engineer for major labels and artists, including Jon Batiste, Wynton Marsalis, Ken Burns, and more. He is a voting member of the Academy that selects Grammy-award winners.
  • Phil Schurger, director of the Jazz and Guitar Ensembles, is a renowned composer and jazz musician. His latest album, Echoes of the Ancestors, was featured in Jazziz magazine.
  • Mark Everetts, assistant professor and studio manager, operated FunkyLoft Music Production in Nashville, where he produced and engineered for many artists. He has also written and recorded licensed music and has performed and engineered soundtracks for film and TV.

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Program Director

Miles Fulwider, Tonmeister, M.M.
mfulwider@sf.edu
260-399-7700 ext. 8002