Music Technology

Pair with any bachelor’s degree

Degree Type

Minor

Department

Music Department

Music technology and digital media production underpins everything from audio engineering, music composition, music performance and sound synthesis. An understanding of music technology will prepare you a wide variety of music-related careers including production, teaching and independent artistry.

Program Overview

Master the tools and technology of digital media production.

The Music Technology minor is an introduction to theory, acoustics, production techniques and programming fundamentals. The minor was designed to meet the evolving demands of the digital media industry to include coursework in everything from Computer Science to the Physics of Music. Through the immersive curriculum and hands-on opportunities on-campus, you’ll gain the skills and experience to secure creative and professional opportunities in digital recording and production in film studios, recording studios and advertising agencies. The minor is also enriching to other social science fields and can be complementary to other disciplines.

Making music

Western Music Technology students learn to make music with modern-day technology, which includes tackling subjects like algorithms, mixing and composition.

Courses

Code Title Credits Description
CS 190 Computer Science I 3 View
MUS 129 Theory of Music I 3 View
MUS 131 Theory of Music II 3 View
MUS 212 Introduction to Music Technology 1 View
MUS 313 Music Production 3 View

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

The data below is automatically collected by Burning Glass Technologies, a firm that sources job market data and provides analytics. The statistics illustrate general trends in U.S. careers, but do not precisely represent every job and salary.

Scholarships

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

News & Research

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Get Involved

Make your education a life changing experience.

A college education is so much more than just taking classes. Expand your community and network, while gaining hands-on experience in your field.

  • KWSB Radio: On air since 1968, KWSB is student driven, student staffed and open to anyone who wants to have their own radio show.
  • Taylor Media Center: Houses film production studios, audio production studios and more.
  • Independent Physics Projects: Students are encouraged to work on projects and conduct research with Physics faculty.
  • Independent Computer Science Projects: Students have worked on projects such as facial recognition software, a gesture-controlled quadcopter, machine learning, Android apps, an online guided tour, commercial websites and self-guiding vehicles.

Ensembles

  • Band: Symphony and Varsity.
  • Vocal: Concert Choir and Chamber Singers.
  • Jazz: Groups include the large Jazz Ensemble, “High Altitude” Dixieland Combo and Modern Jazz Combo.
  • Orchestra: Performs together regularly as a string ensemble, full orchestra and a small chamber group. Orchestra and Choir combine together to perform major works as well.
  • Other: Instrumental ensembles are open to all interested performers and include Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, String, Jazz Ensembles and Flute Choir, as well as additional small ensembles.

Real-world experience

Students operate and manage the KWSB 91.1 FM radio station and program it to serve the student body of Western, the community of Gunnison and the broader internet audience.

Department Information

Music Department

Program Director

Kenneth Todd, M.M.

Department of Music Program Director, Senior Lecturer in Music, Director of Orchestral Activities, Director of Applied String Studios

Administrative Assistant

Becky Kenlon

Administrative Assistant

Contact Information

970.943.3093

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Quigley Hall 202
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231