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Music and Technology minor

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services

The music and technology minor includes courses in music theory, music history, contemporary and historical musical instrument technology, acoustics, audio engineering, music for media, and music performance. This minor provides students with an avenue to integrate their technological interests and skills with music.

Notes about this minor:

  • Posting of the minor on the student's academic transcript requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.
  • Notations may appear in the curriculum chart below outlining pre-requisites, co-requisites, and other curriculum requirements (see footnotes).
Required Courses
EEET-261 Fundamentals of Audio Engineering
Plus one of the following:
   FNRT-205    Music Theory 1
   FNRT-208    Composing for Media
Choose three of the following:*
   FNRT-201    Music in the U.S.
   FNRT-202    Studies in World Music
   FNRT-203    American Popular & Rock Music
   FNRT-204    Music & the Stage
   FNRT-208    Composing for Media
   FNRT-209    Medieval & Renaissance Music
   FNRT-210    Bach, Handel and the Baroque
   FNRT-211    Era of Haydn, Mozart & Beethoven
   FNRT-212    Electronic Music Production
   FNRT-250    RIT Singers
   FNRT-251    RIT Orchestra
   FNRT-252    RIT Concert Band
   FNRT-253    World Music Ensemble
   FNRT-254    RIT Jazz Ensemble
   FNRT-255    RIT Chamber Orchestra
   FNRT-320    Music of the Romantic Era
   FNRT-321    Music Since 1900
   FNRT-322    Survey of Jazz
   FNRT-323    Survey of African-American Music
   FNRT-324    Sounds of Protest
   FNRT-325    American Popular Song
   FNRT-326    History & Technology of Musical Instruments
   FNRT-327    American Musical Theatre
   FNRT-328    Composing for Video Games and Interactive Media
   EEET-361    Modern Audio Production
   FNRT-485    Music Theory 2
   IGME-570    Digital Audio Production
   IGME-571    Interactive Game and Audio

* It is strongly recommended that students select two music electives and one technology elective. At least two courses must be at the 300 level or higher.

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
View this minor's information from the retired quarter calendar

Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Legacy Quarter Text: 

The music and technology minor includes courses in music performance, music theory, music history, contemporary and historical instrument technology, acoustics, and audio engineering. The minor provides students who do not possess sufficient instrumental or vocal performance skills with an avenue to integrate their technological interests with music.

Required Courses:
0505-449 Music Theory I
0614-250 Fundamentals of Audio Engineering

Elective—Choose one of the following:
0614-325 Introduction to Digital Audio Production
0614-345 Intermediate Digital Audio Production
0618-206 Computers and Their Applications
4002-206 Web Foundations
4002-527 Digital Audio and Computer

Electives—Choose two of the following:
0505-442 Music in the United States
0505-447 The American Musical Theater
0505-448 20th Century American Music
0505-450 Music and the Stage
0505-454 Orchestra Repertoire and History
0505-455 Survey of Jazz
0505-459 Era of Haydn and Mozart
0505-461 World Music I
0505-462 World Music II
0505-463 Survey of African-American Music
0505-464 Blues as Personal and Social Commentary
0505-465 Special Topics: Mozart’s Opera
0505-466 Sounds of Protest
0505-471 American Popular and Rock Music
0505-482 Beethoven
0505-483 Bach and the Baroque
0505-484 Romanticism in Music
0505-485 Music Theory II

Electives—Music Performance (1 credit each):
0505-401 RIT Singers
0505-402 RIT Orchestra
0505-403 RIT Concert Band
0505-404 RIT Jazz Ensembles
0505-405 RIT World Music Ensemble
0505-420 Applied Music

* A maximum of 4 credits of ensemble and/or applied study is applicable toward the minor.