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Music Technology Emphasis

Are you a musician with an interest in studying and developing your skills in music technology? The Music major with a Music Technology emphasis is a degree program that focuses on recording and production. Students are trained with the expertise necessary to function professionally on a national platform.

Through the use of state-of-the-art hardware and software, as a student majoring in Music with an emphasis in Music Technology you will learn to record and edit musical and nonmusical sounds in a digital format. Using MIDI and music notation software, you will integrate all aspects of music composing, arranging, and performing.

Benefits

With a Music Technology emphasis, you will learn the foundations of music theory, ear training, and music history, as well as receive private instruction on your primary instrument. The program will hone and develop your musicianship while engaging you in the advanced study of music and music technology.

As a trained musician, you will apply your knowledge in the studio, the concert hall, and church settings. Our faculty are active in the recording industry. Through internships, you will have access to prominent studios and live venues. The Seattle area is recognized as one of the top regions for the film and game industry, as well as an active community of live music and worship productions.

Major Courses and Degree Requirements

SPU's music program is accredited at the state and national levels. Each component of the program is designed to sharpen your skills, develop your competence and character, and prepare you for a future in music technology.

As a Music major with a Music Technology emphasis, you will engage in an integrative approach to musicianship. You will take classes in notation, sequencing, recording, and post-production. Music technology students gain valuable experience in applying their knowledge with hands-on opportunities to support the Music Department and University campus through recitals, worship, and student-led events.

The minimum total quarter credits required for a major emphasis is 124. The minimum total quarter credits required for degree is 180.

View the major courses and degree requirements.

Admission to the Major

You may apply to the Music major (PDF) when you have completed your freshman year at SPU. To be admitted to the major, you must have earned a 3.0 overall GPA and have decided upon your area of emphasis. Once admitted, you are required to maintain a 2.8 minimum GPA.

Career Opportunities

  • Church Musician
  • Composer
  • Conductor
  • Church Musician
  • Freelance Musician
  • Media Production Specialist
  • Multimedia Consultant
  • Music Director¬†
  • Music Librarian
  • Music Producer
  • Music Professor
  • Music Studio Manager
  • Music Therapist
  • Musicologist
  • Private Lesson Studio Manager
  • Record Producer
  • Sound Effects Technician
  • Sound Engineer
  • Stage Technician
  • Studio Musician
  • Video Director

Faculty Contact

Ronald Haight

Director of Music Technology

Email: rhaight@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2205
Office: First Free Methodist Church

Did You Know?

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 Ronald Haight

Why I Teach at SPU

Ronald Haight, Director of Music Technology

"I enjoy teaching at SPU because of the students, who let me express my passion and share their passions with me. It creates an atmosphere in which creating, recreating, and sharing music come alive and reflect God the great creator."

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