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College of the Arts

School of Music

E101 Kent State University's Center for the Performing Arts
Tel: 330-672-2172


The Bachelor of Science in Music Technology is offered on the stark campus and consists of two concentrations: Audio Recording and Music Production.

Audio Recording majors learn advanced audio recording techniques.

Music Production majors learn how to use technology to realize creative work such as: original music, arranging and production.

The development of music technology has had an enormous impact on the music industry. There are many career opportunities for talented musicians in music technology. Skilled musicians can apply formal training to recording careers, studio performance, arranging or producing and live performances. Opportunities are also available in non-traditional, contemporary popular music venues, the movie industry, television, multi-media events, and music for advertising as well as traditional performing arts venues. The growth of music technology has made knowledge and experience in this area a necessity for all students preparing for a career in any area of the music industry. To compete effectively in the contemporary music world, one must possess a strong traditional music background, plus the technical expertise required to make the most of a rapidly changing and developing technology.

Career Opportunities

Majors are prepared for careers in:

  • Audio Production
  • Studio Engineering
  • Events Management/Arts Management
  • Music and sound reinforcement for live performance such as theatre and dance
  • Independent musical composition and performance, sound design and post-production for film, television and radio
  • Music for emerging new media such as interactive games and the internet
Admission Requirements

A successful audition on the student's primary instrument and completion of theory and keyboard placement tests.


Graduation Requirements

Minimum 120 total credit hours, minimum 39 upper-division hours. Minimum 2.000 cumulative GPA and a 2.250 GPA in the major. Minimum eight semesters of major ensemble courses and six semesters of applied studio musicianship and applied music courses. Students are required to attend a minimum four-year total of 84 concerts or recitals.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many study abroad/away opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.


National Association of Schools of Music

Culminating Requirements

Music Technology Portfolio
MUS 40092 Music Technology Internship
Applied Music Performance Requirement
Applied Music or Studio Musicianship 46000 Performance Requirement