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Graduates from this program are qualified for sound recording and reinforcement, sound designing, media consultation, and teaching.

The Music Technology program is designed to develop skills in many audio related fields. Classes range from audio processing and electronics to recording technology and computer music synthesis. The broad scope of topics enables a graduating Music Technology major to step into any audio related work environment and feel at home. Hands on training is a major part of the program.

Students have the opportunity to record, mix and master live concerts, as well as work on studio recording projects. Collaborations with other departments allows for film audio work like sound tracking and composing. The latest technology is available within the recording studios. With this program, musicians are given the tools they need to be on the cutting edge of technology.

Educational Qualifications

The BS in Music Technology provides the student with a broad and fundamental training in the areas of sound recording and reinforcement,sound design,and media manipulation and creation.The program prepares students well for sound engineering and reinforcement employment op- portunities, as well as opportunities where sound creation, manipulation and design are sought.Although graduate degrees are not required for many of the areas of employment in music technology,they do increase the opportunities and experience within the field and provide students with working knowledge and experience in the ever changing technologies affecting the music field.

Entering Salary

Earnings often depends on a performer's professional reputation, place of employment, and on the number of hours worked. The National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that in 2008, the national wage level average for those with a Bachelor’s degree in the Performing Arts/Entertainment was $25,415 per year. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual earnings of salaried music directors and composers was $39,750 in 2007. 

The Pacific Union Conference entering wage level for credentialed teachers in 2008 ranges from $39,748 to $49,175 depending on the area of employment.

In 2008, the average entering salaries for credentialed teachers in the Inland Empire begin at $39,618. Those with a Master's degree and more experience an average of about $70,000 a year

Earnings often depend on a performer's professional reputation, place of employment, and on the number of hours worked.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that in 2008, the national wage level average for those with a Bachelor’s degree in the Performing Arts/Entertainment was $25,415 per year. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual earnings of salaried music directors and composers was $39,750 in 2007.

Earnings often depend on a performer's reputation, place of employment, and on the number of hours worked.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that in 2008, the national wage level average for those with a Bachelor’s degree in the Performing Arts/Entertainment was $25,415 per year. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual earnings of salaried music directors and composers was $39,750 in 2007.

Earnings often depend on a performer's professional reputation, place of employment, and on the number of hours worked.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that in 2008, the national wage level average for those with a Bachelor’s degree in the Performing Arts/Entertainment was $25,415 per year. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual earnings of salaried music directors and composers was $39,750 in 2007. 

Earnings often depend on a performer's professional reputation, place of employment, and on the number of hours worked. The National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that in 2008, the national wage level average for those with a Bachelor’s degree in the Performing Arts/Entertainment was $25,415 per year. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual earnings of salaried music directors and composers was $39,750 in 2007. 

Median annual earnings of sound engineering technicians in 2008 were $43,010. The middle 50 percent earned between $29,270 and $65,590, the highest percent earned more than $90,770.

Career information adapted from:

  • U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2009). Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/ooh

Job Outlook

Overall employment of sound engineering technicians is ex- pected to grow about as fast as average for all occupations through the year 2014. Employment of broadcast and sound engineering technicians in the cable and pay television portion of the broadcasting industry is expected to grow as the range of products and services expands, including cable Internet access and video-on- demand. Employment of these workers in the motion picture industry is expected to grow rapidly.