Commercial Music Technology
According to the Recording Industry Association of America, recorded music is a $10.4 billion industry in the U.S. In 2006, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 369,000 jobs in commercial music technology, with an anticipated increase by 24% through 2016, exceeding the average growth rate for all occupations nationwide. The middle 50% of salaries in this industry range from $23,600 to $60,300, with a median salary of $34,800. Our Bachelor of Science in commercial music technology program prepares you for an exciting and fulfilling career in the music industry.
This innovative, interdisciplinary program—the only music technology degree program offered in Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities—blends musical training with the development of multimedia and entrepreneurial skills, preparing you for careers in audio production, broadcast engineering, multimedia soundtrack composition and even videogame development.
Our faculty combines a traditional approach to the study of music with a concentration in the theories, techniques and technologies used in the contemporary recorded music industry. You’ll learn the basics of acoustics, recording and mixed-media production, utilizing both conventional and emerging technologies.
Upon graduation from the program, you will be:
- Proficient in one instrument of choice (including voice)
- Well-versed in the four areas of music study: theory, history, ensemble performance and applied music production
- Trained in integrating audio with video
- Skilled in the technology of creating, recording, manipulating and storing digital audio.
College of Liberal Arts
Pro Tools Workshop
Seats are limited for two summer workshops in Pro Tools, the industry-standard software for recording, editing and mixing digital music and sound. No prior experience is required; sessions are planned for June 10-14 and June 17-21. Read more.