Music Technology Professor

Teach university students about music technology.

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Salary Range
$33,000 – $121,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Music Technology Professors do?

A Music Technology Professor teaches college students how computers influence, affect, and improve music. Although the word “technology” often brings to mind talking robots, paper-thin computers, flying cars, and 3-D TVs — not music — the truth is that technology influences music just as much as it influences science, engineering, and entertainment. Just ask a Music Technology Professor.

As a Music Technology Professor, you’re employed by a college or university in its music department. Specifically, you teach students how to use the equipment in a recording studio to capture and enhance sounds as part of the music production process.

Your students — who are future Sound Technicians, Audio Engineers, and Music Producers — may or may not be Musicians. All of them, however, have tech savvy and a good ear. It’s your job as a Music Technology Professor to help them harness those qualities and develop them into practical, employable skills via hands-on courses in subjects like recording technology, computer music synthesis, musical acoustics, special effect and soundtrack composition, music software design, and digital audio processing.

Like most Professors, your days are a mix of lesson planning, syllabus writing, student advising, lecture giving, homework assigning, and test grading. While most Music Professors spend their days in a mix of classrooms, rehearsal rooms, and concert halls, however, you spend yours in a school-owned-and-operated recording studio that’s designed for state-of-the-art audio education.

Although they may not be Beethovens, therefore, your students are nonetheless learning to play an instrument: Not a violin, a piano, or a trumpet, but rather an audio mixer!

Should I be a Music Technology Professor?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Associate Professor of Musicology, Musicologist

    How to Become a
    Music Technology Professor

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