Music Technology Program Description

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Music Technology Program Description


Students in the music technology program participate in many enriching musical opportunities, including:


  1. Private training

    • Students receive one, one-hour training each week with CMU Pre-College Music recording technology faculty and study the use of computers for analyzing and creating music in the Music Technology Lab. Students work in a private studio setting to develop the skills needed to be a successful studio engineer. They learn the basics of Pro Tools as well as how to use industry standard Waves Audio plugins necessary for post production.

  2. Elective instrumental ensembles

    • Music tech students may audition for any summer instrumental ensemble to develop collaborative playing. Ensembles include the Millennium Symphony Orchestra, the Summer Wind Ensemble, the Jazz Ensemble, and others.

  3. CMU Music Pre-College courses

    • Students participate in the regular music course load of a first semester college student with courses that include music theory, solfѐge, and Dalcroze eurhythmics. Electives are available in minor studios, jazz studies, recording techniques, and more.

  4. Performances

    • Students perform on several concerts culminating in Concert Week, which includes festival-style performances of chamber music, opera scenes, choir, jazz ensembles, and more.

    • Pittsburgh has a rich cultural life during the summer, and students are encouraged to attend the many performances happening throughout the city. In addition, Pre-College Music hosts professional concerts every week, free for all students. Participants may also observe rehearsals and attend performances by world-renowned Pittsburgh ensembles, such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, or the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble.