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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Music Technology (B.M.)

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This Bachelor of Music with a major in Music Technology integrates musical and technological knowledge and skills to produce work for art, commerce, research, and education. Students in this program will achieve professional competence in recording and production, and basic competence in electronic music and live sound reinforcement. This degree is intended for undergraduate students with a primary performance interest in concert art music.

Student learning outcomes common to all music degrees are as follows:

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of music theory sufficient to analyze musical forms, structures, and styles; to create within basic musical structures; and to relate theoretical concepts to sound.
  • Students will demonstrate performance ability as ensemble members, as conductors, and as soloists on both a primary instrument and a secondary instrument.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the history and literature of western and non-western music, with an understanding of the social, political and cultural impacts which shaped music history.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in utilizing appropriate technology to notate and create music, to investigate and report scholarly research, and to support the specific demands of their professional degrees.

Students Pursuing Music Technology:

  • Students in this program must complete a minimum of 30 credits in Music Technology Courses
  • The MUSC 40500 Final Project must be completed as part of this field of study but can have variable credits (1-4 cr. hours).
  • MUSC 40400 Internship is optional and can be taken at the discretion of the Director of Music Technology.
  • Students who do not take MUSC 40400 Internship must complete 8 semesters of major ensemble credit and performance class (MUSC 09500).
  • Students enrolled in MUSC 40400 must complete 7 semesters of major ensemble and performance class (MUSC 09500).
  • BM Music Technology students are expected to own a computer-based digital audio workstation that is compatible with the School of Music high-end system, and that will allow students to work in their own space on their own time. The Director of Music Technology shall maintain the list of current equipment and capability BM-Music Technology students are expected to own. Since such equipment is considered to be “tools of the trade”, this equipment expenditure can be included in Financial Aid loan calculations.


  • Purdue University Fort Wayne is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the American Music Therapy Association.

Program Delivery:

  • This program is available on campus though some courses may be available as distance learning.

Declaring this Major:

  • Students who choose to major in music must be accepted by both Purdue Fort Wayne and the School of Music. For information regarding admission to the university, see the Office of Admissions web page: Purdue Fort Wayne Portal/admissions.
  • Acceptance into the School of Music is not automatic upon acceptance by the university. All accepted students who indicate music as their major are placed into the Pre-Music category by the Admissions Office. Full acceptance as a music major is contingent upon a successful audition.
  • Auditions - Information about audition requirements are found on the school web site.

Students in this degree are subject to the policies for all music degrees found on the School of Music page.

General Requirements:

Program Requirements:

A student may elect the Pass/Not-Pass grading option for non-degree elective courses only. The Pass/Not-Pass grading option is not available for General Education or any electives required for the major.

Music Technology (B.M.) 4-Yr Plan  

General Education Requirements: Credits 33

General Education Requirements  

Category B4 Scientific Ways of Knowing: Credits 3

Category B6 Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing: Credits 3

Performance Studies: Credits 28

Applied Primary (includes recital): Credits 14-16

Applied Secondary: Credits 4

Keyboard Applied Primaries take:

Ensemble: Credits 7-8

Bachelor of Music in Music Technology students are required to enroll in a major ensemble each semester of enrollment in applied study, except for those students who enroll in MUSC 40400 Internship (they are required to complete 7 semesters of major ensemble credit). 

See School of Music  page for all other Ensemble Requirements and a list of Courses.


Grade Requirements

Grades. Music majors must complete each required music course with a grade of C- or better and with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher for all required music courses. Two unsuccessful attempts to attain a grade of C- or better in the same required music course will result in dismissal from the School of Music. 

A student may elect the Pass/Not-Pass grading option for non-degree elective courses only. The Pass/Not-Pass grading option is not available to General Education or any electives required for the major.

Exceptions to academic policies require a written request to the music faculty in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Total Credits: 120

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for ensuring that you satisfy all graduation requirements specified for each selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study. Changing curricular records during the graduation term of application may affect state or federal financial aid awards. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean. 

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