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Our Music Technology and Business program gives you hands-on experience with digital audio production and a look at the inner workings of the music industry. With a strong foundation in music theory fundamentals, majors will learn to create and produce digital music, use industry-standard software and hardware, and culminate with either an internship in a recording studio or performance venue, or a senior project based in the music technology or business industries.

The B.A. in Music Technology and Business is uniquely designed for singers and instrumentalists who seek to receive a well-rounded education in the technology and business of music while keeping active in performance. Students will learn how to use digital audio software and hardware in our Recording Studio and Music Technology Computer Lab, and the inner workings of music industry through courses in music business and copyright and arts management, while receiving required performance credits through taking group piano courses as well as private lessons.

The capstone project is either a Senior Internship at a concert festival, performance venue, or recording studio; or a Senior Project in our own studio. In both cases, seniors work under the supervision of a faculty member in their area of interest.

Audition and Declaring the Major

Current and prospective students may declare the Music Technology and Business major concentration immediately.

Unlike other concentrations in the B.A. Music, students in Music Technology and Business are not required to pass the Level II Audition on a classical or jazz instrument/voice as a prerequisite, but must pass the audition as part of their requirements for completing the degree. Students are encouraged to take this audition as soon as they and their teachers think they are prepared, but in any event must pass this audition before undertaking their Senior Project or Internship. We strongly recommend that students enroll in private lessons (MUL 074) with one of our music faculty every semester leading up to the Level II Audition.

If you declare the major in Technology/Business, and decide to transfer to another concentration of the music major, you must pass the Level II Audition before that new concentration may be declared.

Featured Alumni

Cam Gilmour ’20 has released six albums of original music, including the “exquisite and unexpected” LP Sunburst. Cam came to UVM with experience on jazz saxophone, and picked up bass and guitar while pursuing his degree. Twice, he attended Music in the Alps in Austria, where he worked with renowned recording engineers, and eventually produced videos and outreach for the organization. He teaches private lessons and continues to write and record new music.

Rachel O’Neill ’19 had college radio on her mind long before college, so WRUV was a natural fit. She was a DJ and Social Media Director before becoming Station Manager: overseeing staff, creating a streaming app; and developing a high school internship program. After her Senior Internship producing marketing for the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, she worked a second year as Artist and Venue Relations Specialist.


Beyond the classroom

Take on an internship at a local recording studio or performance venue, or produce a studio album as your Senior Project. Example internship opportunities include venues like Higher Ground or events like the Burlington Discover Jazz Fesival.


  • Recording Studio Producer
  • Digital Music Composer
  • Arts Management Professional

Related Information


We also offer a minor in Music Technology and Business, a good choice for those interested in the industry but without a performing background.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the B.A. in Music degree with a Technology and Business concentration, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced music technology knowledge and skill
  • Demonstrate advanced music business knowledge and skill
  • Describe and apply intermediate music history and literature knowledge
  • Demonstrate basic skill on a single instrument or voice
  • Describe and apply basic music theory knowledge and skills
  • Demonstrate basic proficiency on the piano
  • In their professional life (after graduating) alumni apply skills, knowledge, and proficiency attained