The Game Design and Music combined major with a concentration in Music Technology prepares students to manage all aspects of music and sound design integral to the creative process in Game Design. Students focus on the digital sound technologies, audiovisual integration techniques and collaborative skills, grounded in real-world experience, that are necessary to apply one’s musical imagination effectively in a game design environment. Also emphasized are the aesthetic, expressive, psychological and social perspectives essential to meaningful engagement across a broad range of applications in the game industry.
Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Music with concentration in Music Technology are expected to have acquired the following competencies:
Music Theory Skills
1. The ability to recognize, analyze and compose music rooted in functional tonality, including proper
voice leading, key modulations, common progressions and harmonization and an idiomatic facility with
harmony, melody, rhythm, form and orchestration.
2. The ability to recognize, analyze and compose music in the style of 20th- and 21st-century repertoire
that utilizes and/or integrates established techniques including polytonality, free atonality, serialism,
spectralism, minimalism, algorithmic and generative processes, aleatory/ indeterminacy, jazz harmony
and rhythm, and influences from global folk and popular sources.
3. The ability to recognize, articulate and explore compositionally the advantages and disadvantages of
common alternatives to the twelve-tone equal temperament system.
1. The ability to hear, identify, and work conceptually with the elements of music, including intervals,
scales, chords, meters, rhythm, melody, harmony, modulations and structure.
2. The ability to read music fluently in four clefs (treble, bass, alto and tenor).
3. Basic piano proficiency.
History and Literature Skills
1. Engage in-depth discussion of the important historical periods in music history from the Baroque Era
to the present day.
2. Engage in detailed discussion of established aesthetics and movements in contemporary Western
classical music in general and electroacoustic music in particular.
3. Demonstrate familiarity with compositional processes, aesthetic properties of style, and the ways
these shape and are shaped by artistic, cultural, societal and political forces.
4. Demonstrate an acquaintance with the musical practices from reflecting genres, cultures and
ethnicities beyond the European/North American “classical” canon.
1. The ability to compose original music in both small forms and larger forms employing solo
instruments or small ensembles.
2. An ability to notate music effectively, employing both standard and extended notational strategies
and performance techniques.
3. The ability to compose in the electronic domain, including works that integrate electronics with live
4. The ability to compose works that utilize and demonstrate facility with interactive computer
5. A thorough understanding of all of the instruments in the traditional Western orchestra and jazz
band, with a demonstrated ability to orchestrate music using those instruments.
Sound Production Skills
1. The ability to sample and modify sounds using established signal processing routines while
demonstrating a solid working knowledge of their associated parameters.
2. The ability to generate and deliberately design sounds using established synthesis techniques.
3. The ability to record, produce, mix and master high-quality works effectively in the electronic domain.
1. The ability to conduct and present high-quality academic research in the field of music, both in
written form and orally.
1. The ability to organize music events, including programming, scheduling rehearsals and sound checks,
hiring performers, working with musician’s unions, and managing technical requirements.View University Course Catalog
Game Design and Music with Concentration in Music Technology, BS Requirements
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Resources for Current Students
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