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Game Design and Music with Concentration in Music Technology, BS

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.

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PROGRAM OUTCOMES

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.

Musicianship Skills

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.

Composition Skills

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

performance.

4. The ability to compose works that utilize and demonstrate facility with interactive computer

technologies.

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.

Research Skills

1. The ability to conduct and present high-quality academic research in the field of music, both in

written form and orally.

Professional Skills

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.

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Interests of Game Design and Music with Concentration in Music Technology, BS Students

  • artist and repertoire
  • artist management
  • audio production
  • booking
  • collaboration
  • communication
  • concert production
  • copyright
  • festivals
  • Games
  • mixing
  • music
  • music industry
  • music journalism
  • public relations
  • recording
  • touring
  • video

Co-op Opportunities

  • Live Nation
    Beverly Hills, CA
  • mtheory
    1140 Broadway, NY
  • Nettwerk
    Cambridge, MA
  • Superfly
    381 Park Ave S, NY
  • glassnote records
    770 Lexington Ave, NY
  • Jamspot
    Somerville, MA
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Career Opportunities

  • Multidisciplinary Skills
    • DAW
    • recording
    • ableton
    • protools
    • logic
    • music production
    • recording studio
  • Careers of Tomorrow
    • artist manager
    • record label
    • music publisher
    • attorney
    • promoter
    • booking agent
    • social media
    • music critic
    • music journalist

Game Design and Music with Concentration in Music Technology, BS Requirements

Music Requirements

*For complete program course listing, visit the University course catalog.

Resources for Current Students

Course Catalog

Visit the Registrar website for a course catalog and information on university core requirements.

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Department Chair:

Daniel Strong Godfrey

Department Chair, Professor

d.godfrey@northeastern.edu
617-373-6352

Dale Herbeck

Department Chair, Professor

d.herbeck@northeastern.edu
617-373-5517

Administrators:

Kelli Alvarez

Administrative Officer

ke.alvarez@northeastern.edu
617-373-2776

Angela Chin

Administrative Officer

a.chin@northeastern.edu
617-373-8662

Alexandra Kilgore

Administrative Officer

a.kilgore@northeastern.edu
617-373-5517

Academic Advisors:

Jocelyn Faber

Academic Advisor

j.faber@northeastern.edu
617-373-3701

Greg Zuch

Academic Advisor

g.zuch@northeastern.edu
617-373-7942

Co-op Advisors:

Craig Bettinson, EDM

Co-op Faculty Coordinator

cr.bettinson@northeastern.edu
617-373-4261

Kellianne Murphy

Senior Faculty Member

k.murphy@northeastern.edu
617-373-3412

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