The School of Music offers the following degrees in Composition and Technology:
- Bachelor of Music in Music Composition
- Master of Music in Music Composition
- Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Option in Music Technology
- Minor in Music Technology
The Music Composition and Technology programs at Penn State include first-rate studios and cutting-edge curricula in acoustic composition and music technology. The Music Composition program provides students with a comprehensive training, including composition of concert music, film scoring, songwriting, and electroacoustic music. Acoustic and electronic composition courses, private lessons, weekly seminar meetings, and master classes comprise the core of study. Several concerts devoted to presenting student compositions take place each year and student works are regularly performed by the school’s many ensembles. Although the program is heavily focused on works for the concert hall, music technology plays a major role in the composition curriculum. In addition to composing works for solo, chamber, large-ensemble, and computer-music genres, composition students carryout a series of career-building projects focused on music business, as well as score study, listening assignments, and reading assignments.
Music technology studies are offered through an option to the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree, as well as through a Music Technology Minor. Students working in the Music Technology area are exposed to a broad range of pursuits, including audio production with a digital audio workstation, recording in a professional-quality studio, music programming in software such as Max/MSP and SuperCollider, musical acoustics, and electroacoustic music history and culture. The minor attracts students from diverse majors such as Electrical Engineering, Information Sciences and Technology, and Journalism. The major allows students to earn a degree in a liberal arts-based music degree with a focus in music recording and computer technologies.