About Us

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Since 1975, the Music Engineering Technology program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music has pioneered education in music and technology, setting the standard by which the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) accredits other such programs around the United States. Alumni of the program have contributed significantly to the music and audio industries and upon graduation pursue careers ranging from recording engineer to software designer.

The Music Engineering Technology program provides multidisciplinary four-year Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Science degrees within a music school setting. All students learn the art and science of recording, mixing, and signal processing while pursuing traditional music studies in performance, history, and theory. In addition, their studies in electrical engineering and computer science provide them with elite technical skills. The program also offers a two-year Master of Science graduate degree for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering or computer science. These students study the software and hardware design of audio systems and perform independent research that culminates in a thesis project. Upon graduation, these students are widely placed in top corporations that span the audio industry.

The MUE faculty consists of: Program Director and Associate Professor Will Pirkle, specializingin audio software and hardware design and author of two books on designing audio plugins; Chris Bennet, our Research Professor specializing in the human auditory system, transducertheory and iOS programming; Joe Abbati, an accomplished game audio developer and electronicmusician who also teaches Laptop Performance in the Contemporary Music department, and Director of Production Services, Dana Salminen who teaches the hands-on recording and live-sound courses.