Music Technology

WSU's Music Technology program (Bachelor of Music) provides a comprehensive education for the musicians who consider electronics as their main artistic tool. In addition to the industry-standard training in music engineering and production, the program provides courses in electronic music performance, electroacoustic composition, instrument design, and multimedia collaboration. The graduates of the program will have skills and experiences to be music producer, music engineer, audio technician, sound designer, audio software developer, electronic music performer, electroacoustic composer, and music technology researcher.


Professional Recording Studio that features an ample live room, two isolation booths, an extensive mic collection and a control room equipped with state of the art recording hardware and software.The Studio at Wayne State is set up to record, mix and master projects for ensembles of almost any size.

Sound Design and Electronic Ensemble Lab equipped with electronic music- specific software, a collection of vintage and modern synthesizers, multichannel audio system, and rehearsal space for electronic ensemble.

General Music Technology Lab that holds audio-related courses for music department and CFPCA.

Student Opportunities and Internship:

Hands-On experience is an essential element of the Music Technology program. Throughout the year, Music Technology majors professionally record all Department recitals and concerts in the Schaver Music Recital Hall. A successful internship is also required for graduation. In the past, students have held internships at advertising agencies, WDET (Detroit Public Radio), local recording studios, post production houses, and other audio-related institutions.

Prospective Students:

Individuals who wish to enter this program should have background in music and music technology. In addition to required primary vocal/instrumental audition, an interview with music technology faculty is required for all applicants. Please bring a portfolio that demonstrates your previous experience with music technology on the day of the audition. As the term music technology covers a vast field, the contents of the portfolio could be varied. Some examples of the contents are:

  • weblink and description of music composed or recorded with computer/electronics
  • weblink and description of music performed with electronic instruments or computer (as solo or part of a group).
  • weblink and description of project that an applicant participated as sound designer, audio engineer, or audio-related personnel.
  • music-related software, circuits, robotics, or webpage developed by an applicant

Transfer Students:

It is strongly recommended that you bring copies of your transcript(s) to all advising meetings with your program advisor. A current class schedule will suffice if a transcript is unavailable. After your acceptance to Wayne State, you'll be assigned an access ID that allows you to access your WSU Academica account where you can review your student record. Transfer students will also have a list of what classes WSU has accepted through transfer credit. All music courses transferred from another institution will need to be approved by the Department of Music before they are applied toward the fulfillment of program requirements.

Current WSU Students:

If you would like to declare or change your major to the Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Music Technology, please make an appointment with Dan Hanrath, Academic Advisor in the Department of Music by calling 313-577-1795.

In addition to the courses in the Music Technology program, all music students are required to take private lessons and ensemble as well as courses in piano, theory/ear training, and music history.

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