Music Department Welcomes New Major

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Music Technology and Entrepreneurship Major – Mixing Music, Engineering and Design, and Entrepreneurship

The Eastern Washington University Music Department is excited to announce that they are offering a B.A. in Music Technology and Entrepreneurship this fall. The degree is designed to provide professional training for students who aim to succeed as creative entrepreneurs, performers, songwriters, engineers, and producers in the music industry.

This multidisciplinary degree seeks to create a foundation for creative critical thinking skills related to music technology, music media production, and developing business skills so that students can carve out their own path as a music and media entrepreneur. The program includes a contemporary music curriculum that addresses the dynamic and changing landscape of the music profession.

Required courses will include basic music theory, music technology, and entrepreneurship offered by three departments across three colleges taught at EWU. Students will take classes in 3-D audio, recording and mastering, sound design, designing new instruments, sonification, business planning, and start-up research, just to name a few.

Electives can include more entrepreneurship classes, song writing, American popular music, orchestration, performing with an ensemble, or learning to play an instrument.

The advancements in technology impact how music is performed, consumed, produced, and marketed, and there is an abundance of opportunity for today’s musician not addressed in traditional undergraduate music degree programs. Which is why the EWU Music Department is excited to bridge the gap.

At the moment, the EWU Music Department will be the only university offering this type of degree program in our region and are seeking accreditation under the new Creative Multidisciplinary Convergence and Technologies (CMCT) Category. They are excited to be in front of this growing trend in the music field, and are confident in the interest from students who do not fit the traditional classical and jazz offerings that are typical in most university music programs.