Music Technology



B.A. in Music Technology 

The School of Music will offer a new concentration in Music Technology within the B.A. in Music. The goals of the Music Technology concentration are threefold:

  • First, it will provide students with a strong grasp of the technical and theoretical aspects of music recording and production. 
  • Second, it will acquaint them with the historical and social context of recorded music and electronic music in all of its aspects, from the avant-garde experiments to current styles of electronica. 
  • Finally, it will help them develop the skill and technique to produce substantial new creative works in electronic composition and music recording and production.

All of this will take place within the context of the broad scholarly grounding provided by the B.A. program.


Degree Requirements:

Technology Concentration (15 Credits)

MUSI 254 – Music Technology Credits:3

MUSI 354 – Electronic Composition Credits:3

MUSI 355 – Recording Techniques Credits:3

MUSI 359 - Topics in Music Technology Credits:3

MUSI 252 – Popular Music Arranging Credits:3


General Education (25-46 credits)

Quantitative reasoning (mathematics) Credits: 3

ENGH 101 - Composition Credits: 3

-Nonnative speakers of English with limited proficiency may substitute ENGH 100 for ENGH 101. Students must attain a minimum grade of C in ENGH 100 or 101, as well as in 302, to fulfill degree requirements.

ENGH 302 - Advanced Composition Credits: 3

Literature Credits: 3

Natural science (two classes; one must contain a lab) Credits: 7

Western civilization Credits: 3

Social or behavioral science Credits: 3

Intermediate-level language proficiency, or an academic minor, double major or double degree outside the major field of study Credits: 0-21


Music Major Courses (55-58 Credits)

Music Theory I - IV Credits: 12

Aural Skills I - III Credits: 4

MUSI 171 - Keyboard Skills I - III Credits: 3

MUSI 338 Music History in Society A - C Credits: 9

MUSI 431 Music History in Society III Credits 3

Applied music Credits: 8

Ensembles Credits: 7

MUSI 251 - The Art of Teaching Music Credits: 3

CS 112 – Introduction to Computer Programming Credits: 4

PHIL 112 – Ethics and Cybersociety Credit: 1

MUSI 490T Musical Communication in Context Credits: 3

MUSI 300 - Recital Attendance Credits: 0 (five semesters)


General Electives (2-38 Credits)






B.A. Music
Concentration in Technology

Prof. James Carroll

Dr. Jesse Guessford

Jesse Guessford received a B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University, a M.M. in Music Composition from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, and a D.M.A. in Music Composition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Guessford has studied composition with Andrew Simpson, Zack Browning, Sever Tipei, Warren Burt, Vinko Globokar, and Lucas Foss.

His music has been heard throughout North America including performances during the SEAMUS Nation Conference, in Europe at the Etchings Festival in Auvilar, France, and in Africa on South African Radio. Dr. Guessford has received numerous awards including the Subito Grant for Emerging Composers awarded by the American Composer’s Forum.

As an Assistant Professor in the School of Music at George Mason Univerisity, Dr. Guessford has focused on the scholarship of teaching with and about technology and the music of John Cage. Dr. Guessford is also co-founding director of MMT (Music, Motion, Technology), a dance and music collective based in Northern Virginia creating new evening length works involving dancers, musicians, and interactive audio and visual technologies.

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School of Music

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