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Master of Music with an Emphasis in Music Technology – Performance Technology Track Online

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Program Overview

This unique, fully online degree program will enable working musicians to master the technology and techniques used to create music and audio for use in video, film, TV production, and more. The Master of Music with an emphasis in Music Technology – Performance Technology Track is taught by a faculty of accomplished music professionals and is designed to give you the tools and knowledge you need to maximize your reach and employability as a musician, technician, producer or educator.

$12,900 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

Study a variety of topics related to live sound and concert production—including sound reinforcement, concert promotion, budgeting and legal issues—and gain familiarity with music technology tools, platforms and services used by the modern music entrepreneur. Throughout this hands-on program, you will collaborate with a community of highly engaged and motivated peers and faculty committed to high-level learning. Prepare to graduate with a solid music portfolio to help you stand out in the music industry.

You will also complete a capstone project demonstrating mastery and synthesis of skills gained in the program and how those can be applied to artistic/professional experience and ambitions.

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In this program, you will:

  • Gain proficiency in digital music notation software; essential concepts include template creation, note entry, changing meter, clefs and keys, part polyphony, preparation for publishing, and methods for exporting files
  • Explore techniques used in the creation of audio and video for use in social media including how to use social media outlets as a tool for promotion, and the monetization of channels and accounts
  • Study the creation of realistic, electronically produced mockups of orchestral compositions and make an in-depth study of sample-based virtual instruments and their manipulation through MIDI.

Technology Requirements

In addition to the tuition and fees, students will need to purchase a small number of textbooks, music software and hardware, and (as needed) computer hardware.

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PRIOR TO STARTING ANY TRACK IN THE PROGRAM, all students are required to have access to:

  • Broadband Internet service
  • A computer running Windows 7 or above (PC) or OS 10.9 or above (Mac)
  • AVID Pro Tools Digital Audio Workstation software (version 10 or above) (Academic pricing is available from AVID.)
  • A USB MIDI controller keyboard
  • An audio interface (USB, Firewire or Thunderbolt)
  • One large-diaphragm condenser mic
  • A matched stereo pair of microphones (dynamic or condenser)
  • Reasonably high-quality monitor speakers or monitoring headphones
  • Google Drive either through their SUU email address or their personal Gmail address

IN ADDITION TO THE LIST ABOVE, while completing the Performance Technology Track, students will have courses that require access to the following materials:

  • Adobe Premiere Pro or Premiere Elements (Academic pricing is available on subscription directly from Adobe)
  • Finale notation software (Academic pricing is available directly from Finale)
  • EastWest Composer's Cloud Orchestral Samples (Academic pricing available directly from EastWest)
  • An additional Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) from the list below:
    • Logic
    • Digital Performer
    • Cubase
    • Ableton Live

This program prepares you for roles such as:

  • Music Producer
  • Music Director
  • Keyboard and Studio Recording Specialist
  • Technical Sound Designer
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Studio Engineer

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SUU offers students the opportunity to earn their online degree with affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition, which includes all fees.

Tuition breakdown:

$430 Per Credit Hour
$12,900 Total Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
M.M. Music Technology – Performance Technology online $430 $1,290 $12,900


The M.M. Music Technology – Performance Technology Track is delivered in a 100 percent online format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year. Choose the start date that's best for you.

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Term Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Summer A 05/04/20 04/20/20 04/27/20 04/29/20 05/04/20 06/28/20
Summer B 06/29/20 06/15/20 06/22/20 06/24/20 06/29/20 08/23/20
Fall A 09/07/20 08/24/20 08/31/20 09/02/20 09/07/20 11/01/20
Fall B 11/02/20 10/19/20 10/26/20 10/28/20 11/02/20 12/27/20
Spring A 01/04/21 12/21/20 12/28/20 12/30/20 01/04/21 02/28/21
Spring B 03/01/21 02/15/21 02/22/21 02/24/21 03/01/21 05/02/21
Summer A 05/10/21 04/26/21 05/03/21 05/05/21 05/10/21 07/04/21
Summer B 07/05/21 06/21/21 06/28/21 06/30/21 07/05/21 08/29/21

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online? Begin your online application today!


At SUU, we’ve streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for the M.M. Music Technology – Performance Technology Track online, including what additional materials you need and where you should send them. Requirements include:

Online Application
Bachelor’s Degree
Portfolio Samples

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  • Submit online graduate application and $60 non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university
  • Minimum 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA
    • Below a 3.0 will be considered based on holistic review of application including recording submissions and resume or LinkedIn profile.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Audio or video recording samples showing current skill level as a performer, composer and/or technologist as links to SoundCloud, YouTube or other acceptable media pages (submitted through online application)

Official transcripts must be mailed or emailed directly from the granting institution(s) to:

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The M.M. Music Technology – Performance Technology Track online curriculum is comprised of 10 courses (30 credit hours) including 18 credit hours of core courses and 12 credit hours in your selected track.

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MUSC 6103: Introduction to Music Graduate Study

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An orientation and introduction to graduate study in music at Southern Utah University, focusing on program technology requirements, current readings and trends in music technology, techniques of scholarly writing, and the application of the student's personal experiences, opportunities, and ambitions as related to their anticipated career and life objectives within the music industry. The course also introduces various types of computer technology and audio hardware and its application to music, MIDI sequencing, digital recording, and hardware associated with recording.

MUSC 6303: Live Sound/Concert Production I

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is a survey course dealing with a wide variety of topics related to live sound and concert production, including sound reinforcement, lighting systems, concert promotion, ticketing, and budgeting and legal issues.

MUSC 6323: Audio Recording I

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A continuation of concepts learned in MUSC 6303. The course covers the components of a typical sound system, including loudspeakers, loudspeaker management, analog and digital mixing consoles, inboard and outboard effects, microphones, monitors, and general stage setup. This course also touches on venue acoustics, basic aesthetics of live sound mixing, and working with clients (promoters, stage managers, and musicians on stage) as well as technicians.

MUSC 6353: Music Technology and Business

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A focus on music technology tools, platforms and services used by the modern music entrepreneur. Study topics include office technology, copyright/licensing services, royalty collection services, distribution platforms, multi-user project platforms, and the impact, both positive and negative, that technology has had on the music business. Additional focus on using online tools and social media to establish a presence and a following of fans for the promotion of their career.

MUSC 6933: Popular Music History/Theory

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Instruction in theory analysis of electronic, popular, commercial and film music, linking each theory practice with the art or artists throughout popular music history. Using concepts derived from the analysis, students will compose original works in the style or genre under review in each module. The focus will be on analysis and composition within the context of Popular Music History. Specific artists, groups, festivals and technologies will be studied along with their impact on their time as well as current trends.

MUSC 6973: Capstone Project

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The capstone project is the culminating experience in the Master of Music degrees, demonstrating mastery and synthesis of knowledge and skills learned in the program.

MUSC 6553: Digital Music Notation I

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students acquire an intermediate skill level in the usage of Finale music notation software. Course activities focus on the role of score preparation, part extraction, workflow, and preparation for publishing. Differing formats will also be explored such as full score, parts, lead sheets, etc.

MUSC 6573: Audio/Video Post-Production

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An overview of the technology and techniques used in the creation of music and audio for the use in video, film and TV production. Concepts to be studied include basic video shooting techniques, synchronization and SMPTE time code, spotting, field audio recording, dialog replacement, Foley, and the use of software editing platform.

MUSC 6963: Special Topics: Music Performance Technology

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course is designed to help students prepare the capstone project, which is the culminating experience of the major. Topics include research, development, implementation and completion of the capstone project. This project should show synthesis of skills learned in the program as well as application to the student's artistic/professional experience and ambitions in the music industry. This course is to be taken in the final semester prior to graduation and is open by permission of the instructor only. The course culminates in the completed capstone project that can be presented to the graduate committee. The final presentation of the capstone project takes place in MUSC 6973, in which students should be concurrently enrolled.

MUSC 6603: MIDI Orchestration

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the creation of realistic, electronically produced mockups of orchestral compositions. Students will make an in-depth study of sample based virtual instruments and their manipulation through Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI). Emphasis will be placed on achieving realism by controlling various MIDI parameters. This course is an elective of the Master of Music in Music Technology degree program.

*For more information, contact NASM by mail at 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248; or by phone at 703-437-0700.

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