B.S. in Music Technology

The Bachelor of Science in Music Technology is a highly selective program that combines music, engineering, mathematics, computer science, music business and electronics. Students learn how to professionally mix and record music and put those skills to use in internship opportunities ranging from Echo Mountain Recording to the Orange Peel Social Aid and Pleasure Club. Graduates of the program have worked with top recording artists, including R.E.M. and Alison Krauss.

The Music Technology program was established at UNC Asheville in 1982. We have a wide array of analog and digital recording equipment, including two Pro Tools HD recording systems with 96 I/O interfaces, 15 Pro Tools LE systems with Digi003, 002, and M-Box interfaces, and 16 and 24 track 1″ multi-track analog tape machines. In our main studio control room, we are installing the newly developed SSL AWS 900+ recording and mixing console. This professional hybrid analog console also functions as a digital control surface for one of our Pro Tools HD systems. We have an electronic music lab fully-outfitted with gear invented and built by electronic music pioneer (and former UNC Asheville Music Professor) Dr. Bob Moog. Courses are taught in UNC Asheville’s recording studio, our 5.1 surround sound mixing/editing/mastering studio, and our 14-station electronic keyboard classroom.

Major and Course Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Music Technology

NOTE: An instrumental or vocal audition is required to be considered for admission to the B.S. in Music Technology degree program. In order to be accepted into a UNC Asheville music degree program, applicants must first pass an instrumental or vocal audition placing them into MUSC 291 or higher. The audition requirements are posted at music.unca.edu/auditions original compositions will not be considered.

NOTE: It is highly recommended that students pass an audition before enrolling at UNC Asheville.

Accepted students are eligible to formally declare the major after satisfying the LANG 120 requirement, demonstrating piano competency through the MUSC 101 level and successfully completing Aural Skills I and Music Theory I. NOTE: demonstration of piano competency may be also be satisfied by successful completion of MUSC 101 Class Piano I.

In order to begin the Music Technology course sequence, students must have declared the music major (declaration requirements indicated in the course catalog) and have also taken PHYS 102 Physics of Sound and Music and PHYS 122 Physics of Sound and Music Lab.

Music majors pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree must complete a minimum of three semesters of ensembles recommended by the Director of the Music Technology Program and approved in writing by the department chair.

Bachelor of Science in Music Technology

The Bachelor of Science degree in Music Technology provides preparation for entry- level positions in recording and the technology-based areas of the music industry, and for graduate work.

I.   Required courses in the major—40 hours, including: MUSC 201, 202, 231, 232, 263, 264, 301, 331, 384, 385, 386, 387, 484, 485,  486, 487; 8 hours of music history, including one course from 348 or 349, and one course from 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348 or 349 (whichever not previously chosen), 350, 357, 367, or 368; 4 hours of ensemble chosen from MUSC 113, 114, 121, 122, 123, 124,125, 128, 129. Students who do not take and pass the placement exam for MUSC 101, 130, and 131 will be required to take these courses prior to enrolling in MUSC 201 and 231.

II.   Required courses outside the major—23 hours: CSCI 182; MATH 167; PHYS 102, 122, 131, 231, 310.

III.   Other departmental requirements—Major competency is demonstrated by an approved senior recording or research project, to be undertaken in conjunction with MUSC 485 and 487.

Review UNC Asheville’s Course Catalog for all course descriptions and degree requirements.

Senior Project & Comprehensive Exams

All B.S. candidates are required to complete a senior recording or research project and pass Senior Comprehensive Examinations in Music Theory, Music History, Audio Engineering Technology and oral competency. Internships (up to 6 hours) are available (but not required) to qualified students.

Sample Curriculum for the B.S. in Music Technology Degree

This Sample Curriculum is provided as an aid to the student. It is not the definitive statement of degree requirements. It is the sole responsibility of the student to know and satisfy his or her degree requirements. When in question, consult the course catalog published during the year you were accepted into the degree program at UNC Asheville. Also refer to Department of Music guidelines for additional requirements. The Office of the Registrar can also provide information and assistance.

Format: Course number, course title or category, (number of credit hours)

  • MATH167 Precalculus (4)
  • PHYS102 Physics of Sound and Music (3) Fall
  • PHYS131 Introductory Physics I (4) Spring
  • PHYS231 Introductory Physics II (4) Fall
  • PHYS310 Electronics (4) Spring
  • 182 Introductory Programming for Media Applications (3)
  • MUSC384 Audio Engineering Tech. I (2) Spring
  • MUSC386 Audio Engineering Tech. II (2) Fall
  • MUSC484 Audio Engineering Tech. III (2) Spring
  • MUSC486 Audio Engineering Tech. IV (2) Fall
  • MUSC385 Recording Studio Practicum I (1) Spring
  • MUSC387 Recording Studio Practicum II (1) Fall
  • MUSC485 Recording Studio Practicum III (1) Spring
  • MUSC487 Recording Studio Practicum IV (1) Fall
  • Aural Skills I, Spring (1)
  • Aural Skills II, (1) Fall
  • Aural Skills III (1); Spring
  • Theory I, Spring (3)
  • Theory II, Fall (3)
  • Theory III (3); Spring
  • Harmony and Improv I (2)
  • Harmony and Improv II (2)
  • Music History I (3)
  • Music History II (3)
  • 3 hours of ensembles
  • 3 hours of music electives at the 300-400 level

Total: 62 hours