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There are several teaching studios for music technology. They range from computer based production stations to fully-featured recording and post-production studios. The studios are fitted with Apple computers running the latest music production software such as Logic, Protools, Digital Performer, Reason, Max/MSP and numerous plugins such as Waves, GRM Tools, Native Instruments, etc.
For more information, please visit the Studios page.
A core group of full-time faculty lead the program, produce original research, develop and teach courses, as well as a varitable pantheon of adjunct instructors who teach a class or two while maintaining a full-time career in music technology outside academia. This mix of reseach and professional applications provide music technology students with a broad and deep understanding of the field.
A listing of our faculty is available here.
All non-international students are eligible for some form of financial aid. For more information, please visit the Music Technology Financial Aid page, and be sure to look at the more general Steinhardt Financial Aid page.
Undergraduates in music technology are required to do at least one full semester internship. For graduate students, internships are optional but highly recommended. The Music Technology program is affiliated with many studios and companies in the NYC area through our network of industry contacts, faculty, and alumni. Students also find internships on their own which focus on specific areas of interest to the student. Internship opportunites outside the city are also possible during the summer months.
Research internships are also available to students, and are designed to develop and support partnerships between students and faculty in the music technology program. They offer students the chance to work on cutting edge research and gain practical skills in all phases of standard research activity: developing initiatives, conducting research projects, analyzing data, and presenting results. Internship projects center around the around major research areas of the faculty.
The music technology program is a Bachelors of Music program with a focus on technology. Recording is one of many technologies used for music. Other areas of music technology include electronics and circuit design, computer music programs, computer programming, post production for film/tv, and video game audio/music.
The Music Technology Undergraduate program is also enhanced by the presence of the Masters and Ph.D program in Music Technology. The student projects and research initiatives of these programs provide undergraduates with rich oportunities for advanced study and colaboration.
A cognate elective is a graduate level research course outside the music department. Graduate level courses are identified by the template: XXXX-GX nnnn, for example PHIL-GA 2191. Graduate level courses in studio art, dance, etc, will not qualify.
Psychology of Music is an exception to the above; this is a cognitive science course offered within the music department. The list of available cognates changes each semester, so be sure to review your options and confirm with your advisor that the course will qualify.
Students have several unrestricted graduate elective credits that they may use. Just be sure it is a graduate course. There are a small number of exceptions, specifically courses in sound or audio taught as remediation in other departments will not be accepted as graduate electives.
Yes, non-matriculated students may take a class with permission from the program.
Many students find employment through the Music Technology's extensive internship progam. Otherwise, most students find employment shortly after graduating from the program in one of the following areas:
- Audio engineering
- Audio production
- Game audio
- Live sound reinforcement
- Media art
- Software development
- Sound design
A small number of graduates go on to pursue Ph.D's. Recently, graduates started doctoral studies at institutions such as Stanford University, McGill University, University of British Columbia, NYU.
Applicants to the Masters program in Music Technology must have a Bachelor's degree. An undergraduate degree in Music is preferred, however, many applicants have degrees in Computer Science, Engineering, Technology, Arts, Psychology, and other related areas. We offer remedial course work for those who do not already have a music degree.
Music Theory and Music History Placement Test results can be found here.
We have an Internship blog with a list of possible internship opportunities. It can be found here (password protected).
We have an advisement blog with a list of many frequently asked advisement questions. It can be found here (password protected).
In addition, feel free to stop by the Advisement Office in room 777 of 35 West Fourth Street.