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Music Technology (AS, BS)

Professor Miles Fulwider teaching students in Studio A.

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Why Study Music Technology?

Concerts. Acoustic shows. Streaming services. Podcasts. Quality listening experiences are in demand: Music festivals attract more than 32 million people annually, revenue from recorded music has seen double-digit growth since 2014, audiobook sales have increased 25% each year since 2017, and the average podcast listener consumes seven shows a week.

Whether you prefer to be on stage or behind the scenes — whether you see yourself mixing a film score in the studio or pumping live music to arenas filled with thousands of fans — earning a music technology or audio engineer degree can put you on track for an exciting, in-demand career.

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Career Outlook & Success

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increase in demand for sound engineers expected through 2028, faster than average job growth (BLS.gov)

13%

increase in revenue from recorded music in 2019, with an estimated value of $11.1 billion. (RIAA)

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mix/edit suites that are acoustically treated with recording interfaces and MIDI keyboard control surfaces

Why USF for Music Technology?

When the lights go down and the meters start jumping, USF grads are behind the consoles, bringing a show or recording to life.

Our music tech program equips you for today’s fast-paced, collaborative work environment. That’s why you’ll begin to learn your way around a commercial studio from your first semester. With five unique concentrations covering a wide range of the industry, this major is fitting for musicians of all levels and non-musicians alike.

At USF, you will benefit from the knowledge, mentorship and connections of a multitalented faculty; you will learn, practice and create in topline facilities; and you will engage with the campus and Fort Wayne communities through projects, performances and productions.

Hear why our students love being part of the USF music tech family:

Personalize Your Path

Our music technology major offers a solid foundation in music theory, ear training and piano skills — and from there, with the guidance of your academic advisor, you can choose up to three concentrations, including:

Recording, Engineering and Production

Produce music from different genres and styles, discover how to capture the best performance from your talent and develop other skills useful in producer or master engineer positions.

Music Industry

Explore the business side of the music world through both a record label and touring lens. You’ll explore copyright, royalties, event production, promotion and management.

Post Production and Sound Design

From scoring movies and video games to designing sound for a sitcom or documentary, this concentration introduces you to the art and technology of all things post-production.

Live Sound and Event Production

It’s fast-paced, it’s real-time and it’s exciting! Gain skills and experience you need to provide crisp and quality sound for concerts, festivals, houses of worships, broadcasts and other live events.

Contemporary Artist Development and Musicianship

Designed with professional artistic development in mind, this concentration helps you hone your craft, improve your production skills and develop your brand.

Spaces and Faces: Our Faculty & Facilities

At USF, you will benefit from the knowledge, mentorship and connections of a multitalented faculty and you will learn and create in state-of-the-art facilities.

Our Faculty

Our music tech program faculty is composed of composers, performers and audio production professionals with extensive ties to the music industry, including:

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

Our Music Technology Center

In 2018 we unveiled the USF Music Technology Center in downtown Fort Wayne. Equipped with top-of-the-line equipment, this first-rate facility houses classrooms, individual and ensemble practice spaces, recording studios, mixing suites, a piano lab and a master studio. And you will have 24-7 access to it all!

The music tech center also features a 2,000-seat auditorium, which hosts a variety of university, regional, and national acts each year. This venue serves as a lab of sorts: you can learn how to become a sound engineer in real-time during rehearsals and live performances!

Hands-On Learning: Projects & Productions

Music Technology is a hands-on major through and through. In addition to the everyday classroom and studio work, you’ll have a chance to get involved with special projects and productions.

Marble Lounge Records

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.  Students also had the opportunity to work with industry renown producer, Rob Mathes, who mentored students in producing the album’s single.

Service-Learning

Our students often bring their talents to service-learning and community-oriented projects. In 2018, music tech majors collaborated with art and communication students on “Sensing Beauty: A Multi-Sensory Art Experience.” Part of a USF Student Exhibition at Garrett Museum of Art, this show was a service-learning partnership between the League for the Blind and Disabled, Inc. and USF. This student-led art exhibit challenged the viewer’s perception of beauty and art. Students interviewed League consumers – people living without sight – “What does beauty mean to you?” The resulting stories were turned into a photography art exhibit that encourages viewers to experience beauty with all of their senses. Works could be seen, heard, smelled, tasted and felt.

Campus and Community Involvement

You’ll find many ways to get involved at USF, including cross-department podcast projects, campus performances, running sound for our school’s beloved Jesters group, and plenty of student clubs. Plus, you can play or sing along with one of our music groups:

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

You’ll also have opportunities to serve others musically through campus and peer ministries.

Student working on a project in the studio room.

What You Can Do With a Degree in Music Technology?

The booming audio industry needs passionate, skilled and talented people in all areas and at all levels. Maybe you want to become a sound engineer, or maybe one of these other positions sound good to you:

  • Foley artist
  • Board operator
  • Live sound engineer
  • Music producer
  • Composer
  • Recording engineer
  • Sound designer
  • Music promoter
  • Venue manager
  • Events planner
  • Audiobook producer
  • Sales engineer for recording tech
  • Commercial/advertising audio producer
  • Sound editor

Where You’ll Find Our Graduates

Graduates from our music tech program are creating, performing, promoting and designing at companies, labels, venues and organizations around the country. Here are a few places you’ll find USF alumni:

  • Cyclone Social
  • Fusion Media
  • Heartland Sings
  • Northeast Indiana Public Radio
  • Saddleback Church
  • Smile Direct Club
  • St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
  • Sweetwater Sound
  • Vans
  • Warner Music Nashville

The job will go to the individual with the experience and the knowhow to get the job done. USF’s music tech program allowed me to have 24/7 access to the tools and atmosphere that enabled me to walk into gigs and know how get the job done.  World class facilities plus their empowering faculty drove my ambition and has been the backbone to a very successful 12-year background in the industry thus far.

TJ Bechill, ‘11
Twenty One Pilots, Post Malone, Ariana Grande, Judah and The Lion

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