The sound studies major teaches audio technology, music recording, and critical theory.
The sound studies major will be available in Fall 2020.
Why Choose Sound Studies?
Combined with a larger liberal arts curriculum, the sound studies major redefines traditional music study (i.e., historical musicology, music theory and composition, music performance studies) by integrating it with the science of sound (i.e., music technology, music recording and editing, and acoustic research).
By redefining the study of music as the study of sound, the major examines the entire listening experience and the various societal forces that inform it, including technology, physiology, religion, politics, history, and the environment.
The major provides digital tools and critical knowledge for career opportunities in a number of fields, including:
sound design for an internal or external environment
music instrument building
technical theater management
In the past, our students have interned at:
The David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
The New Victory Theater
Q104.3 - New York’s classic rock station
Rolling Stone magazine
Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Universal Music Group
What Will You Learn?
As a sound studies major, you will:
Study the historic soundscape of past and present performance spaces
Explore music from around the world
Study popular music and engage in music technology
Learn music theory and study ear training and dictation
Perform original and creative work
Develop a critical awareness of the history of music and music recording technology
Create, capture, and edit sound data in order to cultivate and apply new approaches to music performance, research, and education
Support collaborations between music, science, and technology
Intern at a performing arts organization in New York City
Attend performances by world-class musicians
As a sound studies major (total 30 credits), here are some courses you should expect to take:
Piano Skills I / Guitar Skills I (MUSC 208/209)
Advanced Music Theory (MUSC 320)
Acoustics and Sound Control (MUSC 393)
Digital Audio Recording and Editing (MUSC 390)
History of Sound Recording and Audio Technology (MUSC 380)
While performing musicians tend to take the spotlight, there are many careers that require music knowledge and skill. The sound studies major opens areas of job growth for students in several areas within the recording industry as well as graduate study in musicology, ethnomusicology, and media studies.