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  • B.S. in Music Industry and Technology

    State-of-the-art facilities and technologically advanced classrooms
    Develop practical skills and acquire the theoretical knowledge you will need to adapt to future technologies.
    Degree:
    B.S.
    School:
    School of Liberal Arts
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry
    Credits:
    120

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Music Industry and Technology B.S. Curriculum

General Education Requirements 60 Credits
Major Concentration 60 Credits
Total 120 Credits

Students must complete the following:

Music

9 credits

  • MUSI 103 Theory & Musicianship I
  • MUSI 104 Theory & Musicianship II
  • MUSI 201 Theory & Musicianship III

Music Industry and Technology

36 credits

  • MTEC 100 Music Business I
  • MTEC 200 Music Business II
  • MTEC 101 Audio Production I
  • MTEC 201 Audio Production II
  • MTEC 301 Audio Production III
  • MTEC 302 Audio Production IV
  • MTEC 220 Recording Studio Workshop I
  • MTEC 110 Electronic Music Production I
  • MTEC 210 Electronic Music Production II
  • MTEC 310 Electronic Music Prod III
  • MTEC 335 Survey Music Production Styles
  • MTEC 401 Senior Project

Major Electives

15 credits. Choose six courses from below. Courses in related disciplines may be substituted under advisement by the program.

  • MUSI 203 Theory & Musicianship IV
  • MTEC 320 Recording Studio Workshop II
  • MTEC 225 Sound Reinforcement
  • MTEC 230 Audio System Design & Install
  • MTEC 315 Electronic Music Production IV
  • MTEC 330 Record Studio Prod Techniques
  • MTEC 325 Audio for Video
  • MTEC 340 Techniques of Underscoring
  • MTEC 350 Advanced Mixing & Editing
  • MTEC 295 Topics in Music Technology
  • MTEC 399 Internship Music Technology
Academic Program Sequence Map

How To Apply to the Music Industry and Technology B.S.

 Students that have been accepted top the College must also apply separately to the Music Program. 

Please send the program Application and support materials directly to the Program Director Paul Steinman: 
psteinman@mercy.edu

Video and Recording demonstration:

Please provide the following:

1) A video (no longer than 2 minutes) that demonstrates fundamental skill with a musical instrument, composition or voice. All styles are welcomed!

2)  A recording (mp3) that demonstrates your musical and/or production ability with a written detailed description of the specific techniques used in the recording.

 

Do I need to play an instrument?
Applicants should have some experience with an instrument or singing and/or music production. Students with limited instrumental ability must have evidence of substantial experience with production and technology. All musical styles are welcomed. Applicants may be required to proved a recording as evidence of musical skills.
Do you teach music performance & composition?
Students study basic piano technique and composition in the four required music courses. Students also develop their compositional skills in the Electronic Music and Film Scoring courses.
Do students have access to studios for personal projects?
Students have access to all labs and studios for personal projects assuming the student has appropriate skills and is self-sufficient in a particular facility. Students are assigned their own personal studio time in conjuction with a particular course and may also reserve the studios for additional projects using an online booking procedure. Outside guests are welcome accompanied by the student.
Does the program provide career services?
The program houses a database of career related resources. A dedicated member of the program faculty provides assistance to students with preparing resumes, cover letters, portfolios and personal web sites used for pursuing employment. Career related topics and preparation for entering the industry are discussed in the Music Business courses.
How long does the program take to complete?
The Bachelor's program has 60 credits (20 courses) in a sequence spread over four years in conjunction with Liberal Arts requirements. It is recommended that students complete 9 credits (three courses) in the major per semester beginning th efreshman year. A transfer student that already has completed most liberal arts requirements can generally complete the program in five semesters (2 & 1/2 years).
Can I begin taking major courses immediately?
Depending on placement exam results, students may enroll in three major courses their first fall semester (Audio Production I, Electronic Music I, Music Theory).
Philip White Technology Manager
Sam Stauff Music Studio Manager
Paul Steinman Associate Professor, Music Technology
Stephen Ward Associate Professor, Music Technology
Justin Kessler Assistant Professor, Music Industry

Music Industry and Technology Overview

The Music Industry + Technology program is housed in a dedicated multi-studio complex in Dobbs Ferry, New York, twenty-miles from midtown Manhattan.

The Bachelor’s of Science program is designed to prepare students for careers in the Music Industry and Recording Arts, with transferable audio skills applicable to Film, Television, Radio, Gaming, Theatre and Multi-Media professions.

After completing foundation courses (42 credits) in Music Theory, Recording Engineering, Electronic Music & Music Business, students select advanced specialized courses (15 credits) with a guided focus (See topics below).

All instructors are working industry professionals bringing “real world” experience into the classroom. Through a “hands-on” curriculum and project based learning, students develop practical skills while acquiring the critical theoretical knowledge needed to adapt to future technologies.

Student projects are presented each year at a showcase open to the public. Other department activities include student ensembles, guest lectures, a student managed record label, and professional recording services for the local music community. 

Topics of Study

Music Recording and Production Music Editing & Processing
Music Mixing & Mastering Acoustics and Hearing
Sound for Film and Television Sound for Gaming and Animation
MIDI Programming Electronic Music & Synthesis
Concert Sound Reinforcement Remote Recording
Audio System Design & Installation Studio Electronics & Maintenance
Music Theory and Composition Techniques of Underscoring
Music Marketing and Advertising Music Promotion & Merchandising
Artist Management Tour Management
Music Publishing Music Contracts & Legal Affairs
 

 

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Music Industry and Technology FAQS

Do you teach music performance & composition?
Students study basic piano technique and composition in the four required music courses. Students also develop their compositional skills in the Electronic Music and Film Scoring courses.
How long does the program take to complete?
The Bachelor's program has 60 credits (20 courses) in a sequence spread over four years in conjunction with Liberal Arts requirements. It is recommended that students complete 9 credits (three courses) in the major per semester beginning th efreshman year. A transfer student that already has completed most liberal arts requirements can generally complete the program in five semesters (2 & 1/2 years).
Music Production and Recording Arts at Mercy College

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Music Industry and Technology Fast Facts

  • Active, hands-on and project-based learning
  • High tech music facilities
    1. Studio A: Large Recording Studio
    2. Studio B: Mixing, live recording & overdub studio
    3. Studio C: Smaller mixing studio
    4. Three Electronic Music & Audio Production Labs
  • The Center for Digital Arts serves both Mercy College students and the community by hosting performances, lectures, multi-media screenings, and musical performances

Career Opportunities

Representative career opportunities include:

  • Recording engineer for Music
  • Mix engineer and sound editor for Radio/Film/Television
  • Concert sound mixer
  • Location recording engineer
  • Sound design for theater
  • Sound system design and installation
  • Sound engineer/editor for gaming and animation
  • Mastering & manufacturing engineer
  • Audio and music retail sales
  • Equipment and software manufacturing companies
  • Audio/Music trade magazines
  • Music software and systems engineer
  • Corporate teleconferencing and AV support
  • MIDI & Synthesis programmer and technician
  • Composer
  • Producer
  • Record company executive
  • Concert promoter
  • Agent
  • Personal manager
  • Multimedia development
Music Production and Recording Arts at Mercy College

Learn how Mercy prepares students for a successful career in the music industry with an emphasis on production, recording engineering, music business and other auto related professions.

Facilities

Studio A 

Recording Studio with large control room with 5.1 Surround-Sound, performance space live room, drum booth and vocal both. Digidesign “Icon D Command” control surface, Avid Pro Tools HD, Apple Logic, Propellerhead Reason, Ableton Live recording systems with Waves Mercury, Sound Toys, Native Instruments, iZotope, Slate Digital, Melodyne, Antares plugins.  A state of the art assortment of boutique analog and digital processors by Avalon, API, Dangerous Music, A Designs, Chandler LTD, Alesis, Hear Technologies, Vintech, Universal Audio, Focusrite, Dynaudio, JBL and more! Pearl Drums Zildjian Cymbals. Roland Keyboards. Ampeg, SWR, Eden, Marshall and Peavey instrument amplifiers and a large selection of microphones by Neumann, Shure, Royer, Sennheiser, AKG, Audio-Technica, Electro Voice and Rode.


Studio B 

Mixing & overdub Studio with large 12’x14’ isolation booth. Avid C24 control surface. Avid Pro Tools HD, Apple Logic, Propellerhead Reason, Ableton Live recording systems with Waves Mercury, Sound Toys, Native Instruments, iZotope, Slate Digital, Melodyne, Antares plugins.  A state of the art assortment of boutique analog and digital processors by Avalon, API, Dangerous Music, A Designs, Chandler LTD, Alesis, Hear Technologies, Vintech, Universal Audio, Focusrite, Dynaudio and more! Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals.  Yamaha 88-key synthesizer, Roland V-drums and assorted synthesis sound modules.


Studio C  

Mixing & overdub Studio.  Avid Artist Mix control surface.  Avid Pro Tools HD, Apple Logic, Propellerhead Reason, Ableton Live recording systems with Waves Mercury, Sound Toys, Native Instruments, iZotope, Slate Digital, Melodyne, Antares plugins.  A state of the art assortment of boutique analog and digital processors by Avalon, Hear Technologies, TLAudio, Dynaudio, M-Audio and Presonus.


Electronic Music & Audio Production Labs (3 labs)

Three labs, each with multiple networked Apple Macintosh computers each with M-Audio controllers, Avid M-box (3rd Gen) audio interfaces, and an array of production software including Avid Pro Tools, Apple Logic, Propellerhead Reason and Ableton Live.  Plugins by Native Instruments, Slate Digital.


Live Sound and Location Recording

Multiple Analog and Digital Live Sound Reinforcement Mixers from Mackie  and Behringer (X32).  Mobile Avid Pro Tools HD Native with A state of the art assortment of boutique analog and digital processors by Hear Technologies, Vintech, Focusrite, Presonus, Lexicon, JBL, Alesis, Crown, and more!

Degree Requirements

  • Students must demonstrate a fundamental understanding of music notation, or complete MUSI 101 Elements of Music before enrolling in the required MUSI 103 Theory & Musicianship I.
  • Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 in all attempted and completed major courses. If the GPA in the major is less than 2.5, the student will be subject to a formal assessment of his/ her aptitude for the subject matter and standing in the program may be dismissed from the major.
  • Students may be required to repeat or take additional courses to achieve the required GPA.
  • Students must pass a final comprehensive department proficiency exam, and complete an approved portfolio to be eligible for graduation.
  • There is a 24-credit residency requirement for the concentration in music industry and technology. 
  • Students should enroll in MUSI 101, MTEC 101 & MTEC 110, their first fall semester.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Apply knowledge of theoretical concepts in the discipline
  • Analyze music and sound recordings and present sophisticated judgments orally
  • Demonstrate their technical proficiency with production tools (equipment & software) and associated techniques by completing culminating projects
  • Present professional quality music, audio recordings and other projects related to the discipline
  • Conduct self-directed learning by completing research projects pertaining to Music Industry and Technology and present their observations and conclusions