Thank you for your interest in the Music Media Production and Industry program at Ball State University. This web page was created to assist your navigation through the School of Music's online resources.
Our program is designed to help you develop as a musician who can use music technology effectively. Our graduates develop careers in a wide variety of occupations, such as studio engineering, sales, tech support, performance, live sound, radio, and music for games, film and video. Some go on to get graduate degrees in areas such as music technology, composition, performance, and audiology. In addition to learning technical skills, you'll take lessons on your instruments and perform in ensembles, and study music theory and history. This development of your musicianship will be valuable even if you decide to never perform again, since you'll be able to work better with musicians and contribute more in a musical environment.
You may arrange a general campus visit or tour of our facilities through the Welcome Center. We are available Mondays at 1:00 to show you our facilities and answer questions about the program, and can make other arrangements if that time doesn't work for you. Information about being accepted to Ball State, which is separate from the application to the School of Music, is available from the Admissions Office and the School of Music's Undergraduate Programs office.
An audition on voice or an instrument is required to be accepted into the School of Music. Each performance area has specific requirements. For example, the audition for guitar evaluates students' ability to play scales and sightread two voices. We recommend that you prepare for your audition by meeting with a teacher that has gone through a university music program in order to help polish your presentation and check your technique. Check the website for audition dates and how to sign up for an appointment. You will also take a theory placement exam to determine if you're ready to start freshman theory.
Once admitted to the School of Music you can elect Music Media Production and Industry as your area of concentration. Students develop expertise in audio engineering while growing their musicianship through private lessons, participation in ensembles, and classes in music theory, history, and arranging. Students elect additional specialized classes in areas such as music production, computer music, composition, marketing, and digital media, and are encouraged to develop immersive learning projects and internships. This multi-disciplinary curriculum prepares students for a variety of employment options upon graduation in the fields of audio engineering, retail products, music business, and entertainment.
The School of Music is just the right size—big enough that there are all sorts of opportunities to explore and discover where your passion is, but small enough that you'll be able to participate in them. Classes are typically around 10–15 students, so there's plenty of hands on experience and time to get your questions answered. Students enjoy 24-hour access to our excellent production studios which are among the finest of the nation's universities. Having nine studios means that there is plenty of time available that you can reserve for your projects. Click and drag on the 360° views of Soundhouse A and Studio One to scroll, or open on a phone or tablet and rotate.
Our faculty has a wide range of professional experiences and will provide you with a variety of perspectives.
The School of Music is located in two buildings. Hargreaves Music Building is where the School of Music office and some of the classrooms are located. The MMP program is located across the street in the Music Instruction Building [ directions ], constructed in 2004 with great care in order to produce acoustical spaces optimized for music, such as Sursa Auditorium from which selected concerts are streamed. Tours regularly take place Mondays at 1:00 p.m., but we can try to arrange a different time during the week if that doesn't fit with your schedule.
After looking over the music program in general, go through the pages on the MMP website. In addition to music and general education courses, our specialized curriculum includes 29 units in acoustics, music business, audio recording, Pro Tools, computer music, live sound, studio maintenance, songwriting, arranging, and a senior capstone project. Beginning Fall, 2017, students will take 17 hours of electives in order to develop skills and interests of their choosing, such as music composition, computer music, musical perception, human computer interface design, internships, or other fields such as business, entrepreneurship, digital media, computer science, or applied physics. There are many opportunities to get practical experience on campus, such as working on the Central Recording Services team, running live sound for the University Singers or musical theater productions, or with one of Ball State immersive learning projects traveling around the state to record bands playing live shows for Indiana Public Radio, and visitors share their experience in webinars and guest lecures. Check out the Frequently Asked Questions about the MMP program and those for the School of Music in general for more depth on some of the points covered here.
One of the distinctive aspects of Ball State University's program is it's emphasis on immersive and entrepreneurial learning. Last year the MMP program offered immersive learning classes in radio production, making educational videos and documentaries, and virtual instrument design..
Please let us know if you have any questions or would like to arrange a visit after you've had a chance to look over the material linked from this page and another for current students that will give you a better idea of our culture. You can find out about some extracurricular activities by reading through issues of our newsletter and check out student work on the audio and video blogs.
We wish you good luck in whatever you decide to do to pursue your studies and develop your talents. Follow your passion, or if you're not sure that that is yet, explore what you're curious about. In addition to the efforts make towards learning music and media production, work on cultivating the character strengths and interpersonal skills that will be so important for your future success.
Ball State University participates in a reciprocal program allowing students from Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin states to pay less than the regular out-of-state tuition.
If you are accepted and decide to enroll, we suggest that you consider living in the MMP/Emerging Media Living-Learning Community, which will give you the opportunity to start to make contacts with like-minded students and participate in a variety of enrichment programs.
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