The BA in Music and Computing is an interdisciplinary degree that provides students with the specific tools and methods to study both music composition and computer programming. The goal of this program is for students to create and explore music software, music authoring systems, algorithmic composition, video game music and similar projects.
Program Director Clay Mettens recently hosted a webinar discussing student experience and opportunity in the Music Composition program, and we invite you to watch the recording here.
The BA in Music & Computing provides general courses from both music composition and computer science including fundamental music theory, music composition techniques, form and analysis, instrumentation and orchestration, electro-acoustic music, mathematics, database systems, operating systems, software engineering, algorithmic design, and programming languages. Students will complete this degree with the Capstone Project that showcases a creative application using music and computer programming. The degree entails general studies (40 credit hours), music composition (40 credits) and computer science (41 credits). The necessary private lessons will be taught by CCPA’s Kyong Mee Choi, Stuart Folse and Daron Hagen; other music courses by the core Music Conservatory faculty; and computer science courses will be taught by CAS’s Meng Yu, Alex Wolpert, Evgeny Dantsin and Ray Wright.
Including music composition in the Music & Computing curriculum ensures that students receive personal attention in their technical and creative development. Students learn to hone their musical voices with a conservatory setting while their technical skills and knowledge evolve. Opportunities exist to work with performers and to hear live performances of their compositions.
Studying Music & Computing at Roosevelt ensures the combination of the disciplines of composition and computer science in a self-designed final project supported by faculty in both areas.
Roosevelt's Music & Computing program is located in Chicago, a city that offers a vibrant culture for music, art, and the software industry.
This is a joint degree where students take approximately equal credit hours from each discipline (Music Composition and Computer Science), in addition to general studies.
In addition to meeting the requirements of the Roosevelt University application, supplemental items include: