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College of Fine Arts, School of Music

Music Technology Area: For Prospective Students





Enrollment information

All the Music Technology courses are available for Music and Non-music Majors, but to enroll you must get an instructor's permission. To obtain this permission you need to contact and arrange an appointment with Dr. Karathanasis.


During the meeting be prepared to briefly talk about your background in music and music technology (i.e. the instrument you play, any music classes you've attended in the past, music applications you are familiar with, etc), and to explain why you would like to enroll in these courses.


Optionally, you can prepare an audio CD with samples of songs/music you have made with the aid of music software. After a brief tour of the facilities you will get instructions on how to enroll.


Platform, Software, & Hardware

The School of Music uses Apple computers in all of its classrooms and facilities. Subsequently, we recommend to all of our prospective students to purchase an Apple computer, preferably a laptop for portability.


The main applications we will use throughout the music technology courses are Avid® Pro Tools® LE, HD, and Cycling74® MaxMSPJitter®.


Although both the Computer Music Studio and the MIDI Lab have computers with this software installed, you may consider purchasing it to increase the your study time and flexibility. Check in the Links area for the websites of these companies to find out more info regarding the required hardware (Avid), and special student discounts (Cycling74).


Alumni Feedback

"The music technology program at OU is much more than an overview of music software or an explanation of audio algorithms. Rather, it introduces students to a variety of techniques that allow students to improve or alter established musical tools or create entirely new solutions. During my time in the program I created two fixed media works which have seen more than 15 national and international performances, built a musical instrument systemfrom an XBOX controller, constructed several interactive musical environments, helped form Oklahoma's first laptop orchestra, and solved a variety of musical problems. The music technology program introduced me to a world I didn't know much about and wasn't sure how much I'd like, and taking the courses have certainly been to my benefit."

-Kyle Vanderburg


“These digital design courses taught me much, much more than simply learning how to use Pro Tools or load some plugins. You don't just learn, for example, how to use a reverb, flanger, chorus, etc. -- you learn how they work and why they work. By the time you're done you can build them yourself, so you can make them do exactly what you want them to do. Or design new processors to do things no one's thought of before. One of my interests is using electronic music along with acoustic instruments, and because of these courses I now have the ability to use digital audio to process and interact with live musicians in ways I never thought possible.

While in the courses I had two public performances of my electro-acoustic music. Since then I've completed a commissioned work that uses a video tracking system (designed from scratch using MAX/MSP/Jitter) to make audio produced by the computer interact in real time with live musicians and dancers. Without these courses I couldn't have even begun to work on this kind of composition..”

-Joseph Hasper


“When I decided to join the Music Technology program at OU, I didn't know what to expect; but Dr. Karathanasis was one of the best professors I have had. Very dedicated and extremely knowledgeable about electronic music, Dr. K inspired me to learn about a wide variety of music systems I had never heard of before, and with his guidance I became proficient in electroacoustic tape media as well as live electronic programming. It was hard work, but the Music Technology program was an immense asset to my future -- and I got to fly to Europe and perform one of the pieces I composed for class!”

-Dexter Ford


“It is not just the fully stocked electronics studio or the large number of eager performers ready to play new works, but the skilled open-minded composition faculty that make studying technology and composition at OU such an enlightening experience. With only experience in acoustic composition, but the desire to dive into electronics, the technology program at OU makes this transition seamless. The classes and lessons provide students (with or without experience) all the necessary information to take their art to the highest level. With an exuberant set of professors making the Thursday studio class an informative session on the world of composition today, the University of Oklahoma will provide any student with all the tools to become a successful composer.”

-Daniel Formidoni