Frequently Asked Questions

What is music technology (or, Music Media Production, starting Fall 2011)?
Starting Fall 2011, the Music Media Production and Industry area (formerly called Music Technology) will offer an undergraduate music degree program featuring classes on recording technology, mixing, music industry and songwriting. The Music Media Production (MMP) degree encompasses aspects of audio production and music business. In addition, as a music major, you will be required to take traditional classes covering music theory, history, arranging and performance.

There are many options for students to participate in guided specializations which will enhance their education. This multi-disciplinary curriculum grants students many employment choices upon graduation in the field of audio and music business.

How do I schedule an appointment to see the facility and/or talk to someone about the program?
We would suggest visiting Ball State during one of our many Preview days. Learn more here...

Or, you may schedule an individual visit with our School of Music office of admissions. Learn more...

How do I get into the program?
First, you must be accepted to Ball State University. Requirements for admission may be found here....
Next, you must be accepted to the School of Music. Requirements for the School of Music admission may be found here.

A link to answer some questions about auditions may be found here.
Once accepted to the School of Music, and have met with one of our Music Technology Professors for a short interview, you may declare music technology as your major area of study.

What should I take in high school to better prepare for the program?
Certainly, you should take courses that will satisfy BSU admissions criteria (4 years of english, 3 years of math, 3 years of science, and 3 years of social studies). Additionally, classes in music are important to our program (band, orchestra, choir, music theory, etc).

Do I have to be a musician if I plan to be a music media production major?
Yes. Music Media Production is part of the School of Music and the College of Fine Arts. Your major area of study is music. 

Will I get a job after graduation? Will you help me get a job?
We will provide guidance, connect you to past graduates in your area of interest, act as references, and do what we can to help you succeed. Ball State’s career center can also help to prepare or revise your resume, refine your interview skills, implement a job search strategy, network with employers, and more.

What kinds of jobs are graduates getting? 
Our students typically find employment in a variety of areas within the industry. Jobs can range from sales to consulting, recording to mastering, music writing to game audio, commercial audio, live sound, software/hardware development, teaching, and much more. Salary ranges will obviously depend on the job market at that time and the region, state, country in which the job is available.

  • Music Production
  • Studio Engineering
  • Sound Design
  • Mastering
  • Music Director
  • Music Programming
  • Game Audio / Music
  • Audio Sales & Installation
  • Live Sound Reinforcement
  • Audio Editing for TV
  • Audio Editing for Film
  • System Design
  • Product Specialist
  • Audio Restoration
  • Technical Support
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Audio Equipment Manufacturing
  • Higher Education Faculty / Staff 

How big are the classes?
Classes in the music technology area are typically between 10 and 15 students. If the class size goes much beyond 15 students we will divide the class among multiple sections.

How soon will I get into the recording studios?
Providing you successfully complete all the prerequisite classes, the first recording class begins at the start of your second year.

Will I need to buy my own computer?
Currently, it is not required for students to buy their own computer system. However, many students realize there is a great advantage to having their own laptop computer to work on. There are several computer labs on campus that are available to the students. The music technology studios are accessible 24 hours a day to music technology students, except on university holidays. Although students each have access to their own 2GB Ball State iLocker account, many students eventually buy their own external hard drive to use during recording classes.

If I’m buying a new computer, should I buy an Apple/Macintosh or Windows version?
All the computers in the music technology studios are Apple/Macintosh computers.