Bachelor of Music in Music & Technology

Department of Performing Arts Technology

Designed for students with experience and interest in producing music with technology who also wish to continue studying traditional music performance (classical or jazz) on an acoustic instrument or voice at the college level. The Bachelor of Music in Music & Technology prepares students for careers involving the creative use of music technology—performance, production, recording, composition, studio and live sound engineering, and music and sound for film, television or video games. Applicants must participate in a live or recorded audition on their instrument or voice in addition to submitting the PAT Portfolio.


The Bachelor of Music in Music & Technology requires a minimum of 120 credits: coursework is 75% within SMTD and 25% within the liberal arts. SMTD coursework to include:

  • Computer Music Composition and Arranging
  • Sound Recording and Production
  • Electronic Music History and Theory
  • Performance: Digital Music Ensemble or Electronic Chamber Music
  • Creative Coding
  • SMTD Music Theory and Musicology Core
  • PAT Senior Thesis
  • Private lessons on principal instrument or voice
  • Participation in large ensembles
  • Five upper level PAT Electives chosen from:
    • Advanced Studio Production I and II
    • Immersive Media
    • Image, Sound, and Story
    • Practicum in Music and Sound for Film
    • Interactive Media Design I and II
    • Performance Systems
    • Digital Sound Synthesis
    • Advanced Psychoacoustics
    • Technical Ear Training and Critical Listening
    • Digital Fabrication for Acoustics
    • Contemporary Practices in Research and Scholarship
    • Business of Music

Degree requirements and term-by-term layout for current students.

Application Portfolio Requirements

Audition & Interview Dates

How To Apply

Applicants must:

  • Apply to U-M via the Common Application or Coalition Application (current U-M students should use the Cross-Campus Transfer Application) by December 1
  • Submit an SMTD Artistic Profile by December 1
  • Have all supplemental materials sent to the U-M Office of Undergraduate Admissions

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