Graduate Program - Music Technology

Requirements for the Tonmeister Honors Track

Those applying for the Tonmeister Technology Honors Track must first complete one full year of course work, including the Stephen F. Temmer Tonmeister Seminar (Concert Recording I and II summer session only) during the summer between their first and second year of studies or prior to starting their studies at NYU.

To apply to the Stephen F. Temmer Tonmeister Honors sequence, students must complete Aesthetics of Recording, Advanced Acoustics, and must have a minimum GPA of 3.6. Applicants must also have completed Theory I and II, or have placed out of the music theory requirements by taking the placement exam. Applicants will be asked to submit a thesis proposal and go through an interview process with a committee from the Music Technology faculty.

Upon completion of the Tonmeister Seminar, they may take the Tonmeister Technology Honors Track Qualifying Exam. Students can be accepted to the Tonmeister Honors sequence at the beginning of their second year of studies.

While completing their master's studies in Music Technology at NYU, Tonmeister Technology Honors Track students must also complete 18 credits of the following courses; Aesthetics of Recording, Advanced Audio Production, Mastering, Concert Recording I and Concert Recording II, The Art of Sound Reinforcement, Electronics by Computer Simulation. By the end of the second year, students must complete Music Theory III, or have placed out of the music theory requirements. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.6.

A Tonmeister Technology Master's Thesis includes 40 minutes of recorded music which must include substantial non-electronic instrumentation, mixed and mastered in the NYU studios.

The 60-page written document of the Tonmeister Technology Master's Thesis must include:

  • A rationale for making this recording
  • A discussion of how this recorded work relates to similar works made in the past
  • Detailed photo and written documentation of the production sessions
  • A discussion detailing the technology, recording and mixing techniques used
  • A Technical Focus section detailing one aspect of the technology used in the recording process
  • A thorough analysis of the finished recorded work

All students must complete an oral defense of their work.