Music Technology Minor

Note: this minor is available only at Berklee's Valencia campus for students who apply for and are accepted into the study abroad program. 

The minor in music technology equips students with tools and strategies to leverage technology in the creation and dissemination of music, allowing students to expand their artistic range and advance their music careers. The minor is immersive and integrated, with courses working together to meet project goals as students move through the semester. The coursework is designed to be completed in one semester, and is delivered at Berklee College of Music's state-of-the-art Valencia campus, which offers an advantageous combination of facilities, staff, and faculty.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will:

  • Understand and utilize concepts of critical listening and production analysis

  • Synthesize new technology to create, compose, produce, and perform music

  • Produce, record, and mix songs effectively and efficiently using a professional DAW

  • Employ the concepts of signal flow, gain stages, microphone techniques, room acoustics, compression, EQ, and digital effects in the recording and performing of music

  • Set up, troubleshoot, and effectively operate small to medium-sized PA systems, stage lights, and video systems

  • Make purchasing decisions pertaining to music technology systems, including DAWs, microphones, monitors, outboard gear, PA systems, interfaces, and other music technology

Depending on which electives students choose, they may also:

  • Produce electronic dance music using Ableton Live

  • Produce, edit, and digitally distribute original music videos

  • Produce tracks “in the box” using virtual instruments and samples

  • Perform as a DJ and live electronic musician, using vinyl turntables and digital controllers

Required Courses

MP-114 Critical Listening Lab for Musicians (1 credit)

MP-115 Production Analysis Lab for Musicians (1 credit)

MTI- P304 Live Sound and Stage Craft (2 credits) 

MTI- P305 Recording Skills for Music Production (2 credits)

MTI- P306 Mixing for Musicians (2 credits)

Elective Courses (choose one or two from the following)

MTI- P307 Electronic Dance Music Creation with Ableton Live (2 credits)

MTI- P308 Virtual Production Techniques (2 credits)

MTI- P309 Music Video Production and Dissemination (2 credits)

MTI- P310 Live Electronic Performance and DJ Skills (2 credits)

Six or seven courses are required for completion of the minor. 

For more information, contact:

Music Technology Innovation Department

Berklee College of Music

Valencia Campus

Program Director: Stephen Webber

If you have questions or would like more information about the program, email or call 617 747-2700.