The Sheridan College Music Technology Program offers a comprehensive course of study that leads to a Certificate of Completion in Music Technology. The curriculum focuses on recording arts, digital audio production and editing, music engraving, performance and self-promotion. Our students have access to some of the latest hardware and software in our newly-remodeled multimedia lab, and they enjoy a low student-to-teacher ratio, affordable tuition rates, and scenic campus situated at the base of the Big Horn Mountains.
Why Music Technology?
Technology has transformed nearly every aspect of our lives. Many fields and disciplines have been radically effected by new technologies, and music is one of the best examples. Independent musicians are creating and recording music with powerful technology that was once accessible only to well-funded recording studios. Quality recordings created with consumer-level hardware and software can be indistinguishable from those made in studios charging hundreds of dollars in hourly rental fees. There’s never been a better time to explore what technology can do to help you create, refine and share your music with the world.
Why choose this program?
The certificate’s curriculum is focused on fundamental concepts and skills that can be applied to any number of software packages and hardware configurations, regardless of publisher or manufacturer. Students work with some of the most popular and affordable gear currently available on the market today. Our students not only develop valuable practical skills in digital music production, but they also leave with a clear idea of how to begin building their own personal music-making workspace optimized for any budget.
By completing the 10 credit sequence of classes listed, students explore the fundamentals of music technology including audio recording, sound editing, live sound reinforcement, MIDI implementation, synthesis, computer-generated notation, and multimedia integration. Upon completion they receive the Music Technology Certificate as evidence of their experience with these concepts.
Suggested Course of Study (2-Year Sequence)
Fall Semester, Year 1: MUSC 1415 – Intro to Music Technology (3 credits)
Spring Semester, Year 1: MUSC 2430 – Intermediate Music Technology (3 credits)
Fall Semester, Year 2: MUSC 2410 – Sound Reinforcement (2 credits)
Spring Semester, Year 2: MUSC 2500 – Music Portfolio (2 credit)
Suggested Course of Study (1-Year Sequence)
Fall Semester: MUSC 1415 – Intro to Music Technology (3 credits) & MUSC 2410 – Sound Reinforcement (2 credits)
Spring Semester: MUSC 2430 – Intermediate Music Technology (3 credits) & MUSC 2500 – Music Portfolio (2 credit)
Who is this certificate for?
In short, it’s for anyone with an interest in music! Our multi-faceted approach to music technology offers relevant training to students of all experience levels. Both music majors and non-music majors are welcomed in the certificate program.
For Music Majors…Whether you’re planning to major in music performance, education, composition, theory or musicology, a certificate in music technology will augment your traditional Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. Music-related software and hardware pervades today’s classrooms at all levels, and it’s frequently implemented in private teaching studios. Once primarily the tools of composers, engraving and recording applications have become an increasingly important part of every musician’s set of skills. Our certificate also assists students in preparing self-promotional materials like an audio portfolio, a website, and a curriculum vitae. Whatever career path you choose, the Music Technology Certificate will give a head start on your road to success.
For Non-Music Majors…No prior music training is required for entry into our certificate program. Traditional music notation literacy is helpful, but not required. Only an interest in using technology to create and record music is needed to begin. Even if you’ve never played an instrument, today’s software allows you to indulge your creativity right away. Our curriculum introduces universal concepts of music tech and emphasizes mastery of fundamental techniques. We don’t, however, advocate one musical style over another. So, you’ll learn how to apply technology to the genre of music that most interests you.