Liberal Arts

Music Production & Technology Degree

Liberal Arts Bachelor’s Degree Programs

With the explosion of electronic devices and Internet access, music and video is used by just about everyone. The demand for music and video is bigger than ever, making a bachelor’s degree in music production and technology one of the most popular majors for students. Music production and technology students get to create audio and video and work with live musicians in various kinds of settings, including live concerts, recording studios, and major concert venues.

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Why should I earn a music production and technology degree?

In Demand

Music production is needed in nearly every creative industry. Skills in this area can take you anywhere.

Manage It

Learn how to bring the best out of artists and performers who will rely on your expertise. 

Create Every Day

Use your gifts of pattern-finding and problem-solving to make original works that sing.

What Can I Do With a Music Production and Technology Degree

  • Recording engineer
  • Record/music producer
  • Live sound engineer
  • Sound mixer
  • Recording studio manager or engineer

On Campus

On Campus

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Why study music production and technology at BVU?

 

Hands-On Experience:  Create audio and video while working with live musicians in the recording studio, live concerts, and more. Hone your skills at BVU’s radio station and TV studios.

Access:  Get a key to the recording studio for the duration of your studies. Work on class and individual projects to build your body of work.

Expertise:  Learn from Dr. Klee, associate professor of music, who has over 30 years experience in the commercial recording industry. You’ll also work with BVU’s sound engineer.

 

Create the Perfect Sound in State-of-the-Art Facilities

You’ll have a key to the recording studios and are free to work on both class projects and individual endeavors.

Studios:  BVU recording studio equipment includes Mac computers, various recording/mixing/mastering software such as AVID Pro Tools 12.00, Sibelius 8.0, Logic Pro X, Final Cut Pro X, Steinberg Wavelab Pro 8, Propellerhead Reason, Waves plugins, Cubase Pro, and much more

Instruments:  Access a wide array of musical instruments such as bass guitars, a piano, and a complete drum set.

Microphones:  Record with BVU’s large collection of professional microphones including Shure, AKG, Cascade, and Neumann.

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BVU Student “Shreds” With His First Album

Job Saunders came to Buena Vista University to learn all he could about music production. As he enters his final semester, he’s seeing the benefits of that program, and the fruits of his own labor. Saunders, who plays more than 21 instruments, has produced his first album, a solo act called “Shredder.” The senior music production major played, recorded, mixed, mastered, and produced everything heard in the album’s 11 tracks. He recorded all of it at Lage Communications Center on campus. 

I came here for BVU’s great music production program and the opportunity to learn from and work with Dr. David Klee, who really understood my work and where I was coming from.

Music Production and Technology Major Tracks and Courses

Gain career skills in an essential area of the music industry while following a concentration track that suits your interests:

Film Scoring and Audio for Video Games | Business

  • Music Production and Technology Major, with Concentrations (48-54 Credit Hours)

    Track: Film Scoring/Audio for Video Games (48-54 credit hours)

    • CMSC 181 Computer Science I
    • CMSC 182 Computer Science II
    • CMSC 351 User Interface Design and Development or CMSC 391 Topics in Computer Science, when topic is related to audio gaming
    • DIGI 101 Media Studio: Photo
    • DIGI 102 Media Studio: Video
    • DIGI 103 Media Studio: Audio
    • DIGI 104 Media Studio: Web
    • DIGI 302 Advanced Digital Video
    • MUSC 106 Music Fundamentals I
    • MUSC 107 Music Fundamentals II
    • MUSC 110 Introduction to Digital Recording
    • MUSC 115 Advanced Digital Recording Techniques
    • MUSC 120 Introduction to Music Notation Software
    • MUSC 122 Major Performance Ensemble – Concert Choir or MUSC 127 Major Performance Ensemble – Concert Band or MUSC 130 Major Performance Ensemble – Jazz Ensemble (6 semesters required for chosen ensemble)
    • MUSC 188 Class Piano I for Non-Music Majors
    • MUSC 189 Class Piano II for Non-Music Majors
    • MUSC 300 Creating Music/Effects for Video Games
    • MUSC 309 Introduction to Logic Pro X/Cubase Pro 8
    • MUSC 310 Introduction to Arranging Commercial Music
    • MUSC 350 Understanding the Music Industry
    • MUSC 400 Introduction to Film Scoring
    • MUSC 495 Internship

    Track: Business (51-57 credit hours)

    • ACCT 205 Financial Accounting
    • ACCT 206 Managerial Accounting
    • AMGT 225 Fundamentals of Arts Management
    • AMGT 490 Portfolio Project
    • COMM 100 Fundamentals of Communication
    • ECON 205 Principles of Microeconomics
    • ECON 206 Principles of Macroeconomics
    • FNBK 306 Managerial Finance
    • MGMT 315 Business Law I
    • MRKT 306 Principles of Marketing
    • MUSC 106 Music Fundamentals I
    • MUSC 107 Music Fundamentals II
    • MUSC 110 Introduction to Digital Recording
    • MUSC 115 Advanced Digital Recording Techniques
    • MUSC 122 Major Performance Ensemble – Concert Choir or MUSC 127 Major Performance Ensemble – Concert Band or MUSC 130 Major Performance Ensemble – Jazz Ensemble (6 semesters required for chosen ensemble)
    • MUSC 188 Class Piano I for Non-Music Majors
    • MUSC 189 Class Piano II for Non-Music Majors
    • MUSC 300 Creating Music/Effects for Video Games
    • MUSC 309 Introduction to Logic Pro X/Cubase Pro 8
    • MUSC 350 Understanding the Music Industry
    • MUSC 400 Introduction to Film Scoring
    • MUSC 495 Internship
  • Music Production and Technology Minor (23 Credit Hours)

    • MUSC 106 Music Fundamentals I
    • MUSC 107 Music Fundamentals II
    • MUSC 110 Introduction to Digital Recording
    • MUSC 115 Advanced Digital Recording Techniques
    • MUSC 188 Class Piano I for Non-Music Majors
    • MUSC 189 Class Piano II for Non-Music Majors
    • MUSC 300 Creating Music/Effects for Video Games
    • MUSC 309 Introduction to Logic Pro X/Cubase Pro 8
    • MUSC 350 Understanding the Music Industry
    • MUSC 400 Introduction to Film Scoring

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With BVU's Plus One program, you can earn your education, special education, or organizational leadership master's within one year of graduating with your bachelor’s degree. 

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