Music Technology lessons
The Music Technology program at WSU prepares students for a variety of careers in the music industry with an emphasis on studio engineering, production, writing, and music business. Music Technology students develop practical skills through hands-on experience with professors who have decades of experience as sound engineers and producers. Graduates have been hired as engineers, composers, and sound designers, or become entrepreneurs in the recording industry.
Music Technology facilities at WSU include a full recording studio and a multi-work station sound design lab. Music Technology students professionally record all Department recitals and concerts in the Schaver Music Recital Hall sound booth. Coursework includes computer management, studio recording techniques, production, sound synthesis and sound design.
Students have held internships at advertising agencies, WDET (Detroit Public Radio), and local recording studios. Internships provide real-world experience and networking opportunities. Music Technology classes are valuable to all music students, as the curriculum increases knowledge and understanding of studio operations when recording music professionally.
Individuals who wish to enter this program should have some background in music and recording or related fields. In addition to your required primary vocal/instrumental audition, a technical resume should be submitted at the time of your audition indicating all hardware and software abilities (i.e. Hardware – mixing consoles, microphones, etc.; Software – OS with version numbers, sequencing and/or audio DAW platforms...). Additional recordings (CD or Online-Links) should be listed on this resume indicating what involvement you specifically had in the recording (i.e. Recording engineer, musician, writer, producer, etc.).
Please Note: Advanced courses in math and electrical engineering are required in the Music Technology program. Field-Internships generally begin in your third year. However if you have job opportunities, please consult with your program advisor prior to signing up for the internship credits.
It is strongly recommended that you bring copies of your transcript(s) to all advising meetings with your program advisor. A current class schedule will suffice if a transcript is unavailable. After your acceptance to Wayne State, you’ll be assigned an access ID that allows you to access your WSU Academica account where you can review your student record. Transfer students will also have a list of what classes WSU has accepted through transfer credit. All music courses transferred from another institution will need to be approved by the Department of Music before they are applied toward the fulfillment of program requirements.
Current WSU Students:
If you would like to declare or change your major to the Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Music Technology, please make an appointment with Maurice Draughn, Academic Advisor in the Department of Music by calling 313-577-1795.