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MS Music and Technology

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

22500 USD
22500 USD

Application fee

International 100 USD
National 100 USD
Music and Technology
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)84
GRE (avg)319
GMAT (avg)654

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About this course

The Master of Science in Music and Technology gives students the freedom to push the boundaries of their expertise. Students accepted into this program have presented substantial work outside the typical four-year-degree, and excel in music or some aspect of technology, demonstrating a aptitude and desire to explore a specialized are with significant depth.

With a customizable wealth of classes to choose from, students are able to explore new educational directions while honing their current talent, and are expected to produce original work through a public performance and written thesis.

As the background and needs of students are highly varied, specific course selection is supervised by the student's advisor, working in concert with an Advising Committee composed of representatives from the School of Music, the School of Computer Science, and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Working closely with expert faculty, previous students have pursued study in technologically augmented performance; computer music systems and technology; music signal processing; acoustics, sound recording, and music instrument design; and music cognition and perception.

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Eligibility Criteria

In addition to the application, Music and Technology faculty reviews applicant portfolios containing the applicant(s) original work, which may include:

- Audio recordings of performances or compositions or that you engineered

- Video recordings of performances or compositions or that you produced or edited

- Software listings for programs that you have written

- Screenshots of your software or other creative work

- Web pages you have created.


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Course Modules

Students are expected to have a total of 144 units(roughly 36 units per semester) as follows:

60 Units - Core courses identified by the Graduate Advisory Committee, including at least 24 units of music and 24 of CS or ECE

24 Units - Support courses chosen by the student
18 Units - Thesis research

4 Units - Music and Technology Seminar (1 unit per semester)

26 Units - Electives

Course list
Computer Music Systems and Technology

15-322 Introduction to Computer Music

15-323 Computer Music Systems and Information Processing

60-439 Advanced SIS: Hybrid Instrument Building

Signal Processing

18-290 Signals and Systems

18-491 Digital Signal Processing

18-551 Digital Communication and Signal Processing System Design

18-792 Advanced Digital Signal Processing

18-798 Image, Video, and Multimedia

Music Information Retrieval

11-755 Machine Learning for Signal Processing

15-826 Multimedia Databases and Data Mining

Machine Learning

10-601 or 10-701 Machine Learning

10-705 Intermediate Statistics

Acoustics/Recording/Instrument Design

18-493 Electro-acoustics

57-947 Sound Recording

57-948 Editing and Mastering

57-949 Multi-track Recording

48-726 Acoustics and Lighting

Music Cognition / Perception

85-356/85-756 Music and Mind: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Sound

85-785 Auditory Perception: Sense of Sound

57-377 Psychology of Music


Music Theory

57-441 Analysis of 19th Century Music

57-442 Analytical Techniques

57-430 Music of Iran

57-605 Theory and Analysis for Graduate Students

57-760 Schenkerian Analysis

57-934 Advanced Analytic Techniques

57-968 Post-tonal Theory and Analysis

57-954 Shaping Time in Performance

57-615 Independent Study in Computer Music

57-570 Music and Technology Seminar

57-571 Music & Technology Project

57-572 Music & Technology Project

57-970 Music and Technology Seminar

Music History

57-606 Music History for Graduate Students 1

57-609 Music History for Graduate Students 2

57-209 The Beatles

79-345 The Roots of Rock and Roll


57-721 Studio composition

57-968 20th and 21st Century Compositional Techniques

57-27x Orchestration


57-459 (Graduate) Score Reading/Keyboard Harmony

57-xxx Technologically-assisted performance independent study

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How to Apply

In addition to the application and portfolio, applicants must submit the following materials to the School of Music:

- Three letters of recommendation;

- Forward Official Undergraduate Transcripts (desired GPA 3.0)

- Forward Official GRE Score Report

- Forward Official TOEFL scores (applicable of you are an International Student and your native tongue is something other than English)

- Institution Code: 2074, Department Code: 19

- Minimum iBT score: *84

- Subset requirements:

22 in Reading

22 in Listening

18 in Speaking

22 in Writing

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