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 production, recording, and marketing of music. You’ll learn from expert musicians, producers, and engineer — and you’ll develop your skills in a topline facility that functions like a commercial studio.

Personalize Your Degree

Our curriculum offers maximum flexibility & 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 that, you will participate in an ensemble and select one — or all — of the following concentrations:

  • Recording, Engineering and Production to teach you how to produce music from its conceptual idea to the finished product, as well as to prepare for a career as a recording studio engineer. This concentration also covers live sound production and audio for media.
  • Audio for the Creative Arts to learn how to apply audio technology and music production to film, television, animation, theater productions, commercial music, advertising, and electronic new media. Learn about post-production, sound design, and foley production.
  • Sales, Marketing, and Management to give you strong business skills in preparation to working with music retailers and production companies.

Academic Plan

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

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 in two USF programs, Music Tech and Media Entrepreneurship Training in the Arts 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

Student 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 & Guitar Ensembles, is a renowned composer and jazz musician. His latest album, Echoes of the Ancestors, was featured in Jazziz magazine.
  • Dr. Steven Kandow, director of the Marching Band, is conductor of the nationally- acclaimed brass band, Five Lakes Silver Band.
  • 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