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Music Technology

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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.

Students in Western’s music programs will also be afforded the opportunity to garner group and solo performance experience in the Kincaid Concert Hall, which offers a schedule of annual concerts open to student, faculty, staff and community member attendance.

The WCU Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Making music

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

Program Requirements

At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.

Designed to expose students to recording practices, electronic music composition, and other topics occurring at the intersection of music and technology. A minimum of 19 credits is required. A minimum grade of “C” is required in all courses counted toward the Music Technology Minor.

Required courses: 

MUS 129Theory of Music I3
MUS 131Theory of Music II3
MUS 212Introduction to Music Technology1
MUS 313Music Production3
Select at least nine credits of the following:9
PHYS 115
Physics of Music
CS 140
Game Programming for Beginners
CS 190
Computer Science I
CS 191
Computer Science II
CS 380
The Internet of Things
Total Credits19

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.

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Scholarships

Eligibility

  • Both resident and non-resident students
  • Must be a full-time student majoring in one of the areas of music offered by the Western’s Music Department

Description

This scholarship is provided by the Alumni of Western Colorado University Music Department.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: The Music Department

Application:

Complete the Music Scholarship Application Form

970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Eligibility

  • Music majors or minors
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • High GPA
  • Composition ability

Description

This scholarship is provided by Lisa’s father, Mr. Jim Harmon.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: Jim Harmon and the Music Department Faculty

Application:

Complete the Music Scholarship Application Form

970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Eligibility

  • Full-time juniors or seniors in Music who are recommended by one or more Western Music faculty
  • Award is based on musical ability, academic achievement, leadership and involvement in college and community affairs

Description

This scholarship is provided by the family and friends to perpetuate the memory of Leora Annin, who was a life-long friend of Western Colorado University.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: The Music Department

Application:

Complete the Music Scholarship Application Form

970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Eligibility

  • Must have financial need
  • Minimum of a GPA 3.0
  • Preference given to a student who plays brass instruments (this is not absolutely necessary if there are not enough candidates)
  • Extracurricular involvement in community orchestra or other programs that perform in the community
  • Desires to enter the field of music education.

Description

The scholarship is provided by an anonymous donor.

Award depends on available funds.

Selected by: Western Colorado University Music Faculty

Application

Complete the Music Scholarship Application Form

970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Eligibility

Winner of the Damson Music Performance Competition. Contestants perform for 20 minutes (5 min. memorized) on Damson recital. Must be Music majors who are enrolled in at least 12 credit-hours at Western.

Description

This scholarship is provided by Mr. Damson’s daughter, Mary Kay Arbuthnot, and family.

$500 cash prize awarded after student performs a solo recital within one year of winning contest.

Selected by: Music Faculty members.

Application:

Complete the Music Scholarship Application Form

970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Eligibility

  • Must be a full-time Western student
  • Must demonstrate community involvement with the Gunnison and/or Crested Butte schools or a youth music program
  • Must demonstrate participation in a musical program, such as Choir, Orchestra, etc.
  • Must demonstrate academic achievement with a GPA of at least 2.7
  • Preference would be to students demonstrating a financial need

Description

The David and Steven MacAllister Fund has been established by the MacAllister Foundation, to give unrestricted support to the Western State College Department of Music at the discretion of the Chair of the Music Department, with a preference for scholarships and/or the Summer Music Program. This fund honors David and Steven MacAllister, beloved grandson and son of Jack and Marilyn MacAllister, whose lives ended much too soon and are dearly missed by their family.

Award depends on funds available.

Application

Complete the Music Scholarship Application Form

In addition, recipients of the scholarship funding must submit a letter to the MacAllister Foundation detailing their biographical information, music interests and future goals.

970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Eligibility

  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Must have been accepted to Western
  • Must be a declared Music major
  • Must be a Colorado resident

Description

This scholarship is provided by the family members of Mabel de Koevend.

Awards depend on funds available.

Selected by: Western Music Faculty.

Application:

Complete the Music Scholarship Application Form

970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Scholarship may be renewable.

Eligibility

  • Full-time Western students with a minimum 2.0 GPA.  Preference will be given to voice students contributing to ensembles followed by students with an interest in theory and composition students.  Students do not have to be a music major or minor.

Description

The Harvey Harriman Memorial Fund has been established by the Harriman family and friends to provide scholarship assistance to Western State Colorado University students.  If there are no students to receive the scholarship, the fund may be used for unrestricted support for the Music Department.  This scholarship serves to honor Harvey Harriman who taught in the Music Department for 39 years. His dedication to the study of music and to his students is a legacy that deserves to be celebrated.

Award depends on funds available.

Application

Complete the Music Scholarship Application Form

970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Eligibility

  • Full-time students with a declared or a plan to declare a Music major
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Proven music abilities, skills, and promise as observed by Western Music faculty
  • Must participate in musical organizations associated with their major performance medium

Description

This scholarship is provided by Dorothy Dye Heiny to celebrate her late husband Lloyd.

Depending on funds available.

Selected By: Western Music Faculty.

Application:

Complete the Music Scholarship Application Form

970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Eligibility

  • Full-time students who are Music majors
  • Obtained a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher
  • Must be an active participant in the Music Department and/or Art department organizations

Description

This scholarship is provided by Western alumni Shirley Killian (B.A. in Education, 1940) and her late husband, David (B.A. Music Education, 1939) and M.A. (Education, 1946).

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: Western Colorado University Music Faculty.

Application:

Complete the Music Scholarship Application Form

970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Learn more about Western’s Music Program.

Learn more about Western’s Art Program.

Eligibility

  • Full-time students at Western
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have musical ability and promise
  • Must be a full-time participant in the Symphonic Band or Orchestra

Description

This scholarship is provided by John and Georgie Kincaid and friends.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: Western Music Faculty.

Complete the Music Scholarship Application Form

970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Eligibility:

  • Must be a full-time student
  • Must be pursuing a major or minor in art, music or the performing arts.
  • Must have financial need

Description:

This scholarship is provided by Carol Buswell in honor of her husband Lloyd Buswell, nicknamed “Buzz”who earned his BA in Industrial Arts and Education from 1974 -1978.

  Award depends on funds available

Application:

Please complete and submit Western’s Common Scholarship Application

Eligibility

  • Music majors who will have obtained sophomore or junior status
  • Must maintain a GPA of at least 2.5
  • Participate in performing organization or music activity
  • Preference shall be given to students with a vocal music emphasis

Description

This scholarship is provided by Ed and Marguerite Rule.

Award depends on availability of funds.

Selected by: Western Colorado University Music Department Faculty.

Application:

Complete the Music Scholarship Application Form

970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Eligibility

  • Full-time students with a major or minor in Music
  • Preference given to incoming freshman who have been accepted, however all may apply
  • Students must be recommended by one or more members of the Western Music faculty

Description

This scholarship is provided by Wayne Milheim, a long time friend and philanthropist to the Western Colorado University Music Department, who received his B.M. degree from the Chicago Conservancy of Music in 1950 and his M.A. from Western in 1966.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: Western Colorado University Music Faculty.

Application:

Complete the Music Scholarship Application Form

970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Eligibility

  • Full-time student
  • Vocal music major
  • Must maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher

Description

This scholarship is provided by her husband, other family members and friends to perpetuate her memory. Marjorie Porter, a graduate of Western Colorado University, was involved in the College and Gunnison community for more than fifty years. A talented musician, writer, and artist, she maintained a life-long interest in vocal music performance.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: The Music Department

Application

Complete the Music Scholarship Application Form

970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Eligibility

  • Full-time students
  • Vocal majors who are outstanding Western Colorado University sophomore or junior students
  • Must demonstrate unique talents in voice performance

Description

This scholarship is provided by the family and friends as a memorial to Jean who participated in and supported a variety of choral and concert activities in Gunnison for many years.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: Western Music Faculty.

Application:

Complete the Music Scholarship Application Form

970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Eligibility

  • Western students pursuing instruction in piano or organ. Must be a full-time student.

Description

A bequest in Miss Redding’s estate and from gifts from former students, colleagues, and friends. Edwyl Redding was one of Western’s most loved music professors. She joined the faculty in 1918 and for the next 42 years she played a significant role in the development of the University. Professor and administrator, Ms. Redding’s legacy to Western include two musical compositions, “Alma Mater – Western Colorado University of Colorado” and “Ode To Western,” the official hymn of the University.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: The Music Department

Application:

Complete the Music Scholarship Application Form

970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Eligibility

  • Be a full-time student at Western Colorado University
  • Be a music major with preference to classical bowed strings, and a secondary preference to classical keyboards, voice or music composition
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Must participate in private music lessons and an appropriate large ensemble

Description

The scholarship is provided by the family of Rodney and Anne Ash. Rodney was the former Chair of the Music Department.

Award depends on available funds.

Selected by: Western Colorado University Music Faculty

Application:

Complete the Music Scholarship Application Form

970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Eligibility

  • Full-time Art students
  • Have completed at least two semesters (sophomores, juniors, or seniors)
  • Have and maintain academic eligibility with a GPA of 3.0 or greater

Description

The Mabel de Koevend Memorial Scholarship has been established to provide scholarship assistance to Western Colorado University Music and Art students. This scholarship was established by members of her family to celebrate the memory of Mabel de Koevend.

Application

Contact the Art Department at 970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

 

Eligibility

  • Full-time Western student
  • Sophomore standing or higher
  • Full-time participant in Symphonic Band, Orchestra, or Concert Choir
  • Recipient must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Must have musical ability and promise
  • Financial need will be considered

Description

This scholarship is provided by Les Turner.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: Western Music Faculty.

Application:

Complete the Music Scholarship Application Form

970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Eligibility

  • Colorado resident
  • Full-time entering (freshman or transfer) student
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • ACT 20+/SAT 950+

Description

This scholarship is provided by Colorado General Assembly.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected By: Western Music Faculty.

Application:

Complete the Music Scholarship Application Form

970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Eligibility

  • Full-time student at Western
  • Must be majoring in and dedicated to music
  • Recipient must maintain a GPA of 3.2
  • Demonstrates financial need

Description

This scholarship is provided by the family and friends of Charles R. Walker Jr.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: Western’s Music Faculty.

Application:

Complete the Music Scholarship Application Form

970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship

The Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western.

Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.

  • This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
  • Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
  • GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).

Due date has been extended to April 1 for 2022. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Council, will review applicants and select awardee by June 1.

Apply

Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).

Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:

  • This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
  • Nominee must be an incoming first-year student or new transfer.
  • The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
  • The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
  • GPA must be 2.5 or above (high school or college of transfer).

The applicant must fill out the application form found below. Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.

Apply

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.

Description

The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western’s highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.

There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming first-year students.

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.

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.

Work Study and Internship Opportunities

  • Recording Technicians
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Building Monitors
  • Music Production Apprenticeship
  • Radio Station Support

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.

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Additional Resources

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Apply for a Music Scholarship All incoming students are eligible for music scholarships. You do not need to be a music major to qualify for a scholarship. To apply, fill out this form and submit it by …

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Concert Calendar

Concert Calendar View upcoming Western Music Department concerts and events below. Follow the Department of Music our social media platforms by searching Music at WCU!

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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

Anna Flynn

Administrative Assistant

Contact Information

970.943.3093

Campus Location

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

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