The University of Miami was the first university to offer a four-year undergraduate curriculum in Music Engineering Technology (MUE) culminating in a Bachelor of Music degree, and the first university to offer a two-year graduate curriculum culminating in a Master of Science degree. Today, the Music Engineering Technology (MUE) program in the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music ranks among the University of Miami’s most prestigious programs.

After research into appropriate curricula by Ted Crager, former Associate Dean of the Frost School of Music, who determined that a minor degree in Electrical Engineering was appropriate, the undergraduate degree program was first offered in 1975. Then as now, the undergraduate program was intended for musicians who wish to pursue technology careers. The program has met NASM guidelines since its inception, and indeed set the NASM standard for music engineering technology studies. Majors are enrolled in music lessons and performing ensembles during their four-year study, complete four levels of music theory, and enroll in a strong complement of other music courses. In other words, their specialization in technology areas does not shortchange traditional music studies.

Inaugural program director Bill Porter, a preeminent recording engineer who worked with Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison, emphasized recording studio skills; most early graduates pursued careers as recording engineers. The second program director, John Woram, editor of dB magazine and author, expanded the program’s scope to include professional audio; in addition to employment in recording studios, many graduates pursued careers with audio manufacturers.

The MUE program was founded on the premise that it would teach recording technology. With the creation of many similar academic programs also focused on recording technology, and unmet strong demand for audio engineers with “harder” technology skills, the program expanded its curriculum to teach other hardware and software skills. The third program director, Ken Pohlmann, thus further emphasized studies in electrical engineering and computer science; career options as hardware and software audio engineers became available. A Master of Science degree was originated in 1986. Current degree offerings solidify the engineering content in its curriculum, while maintaining expertise in contemporary recording skills.

The University of Miami Frost School of Music offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music Engineering Technology (MUE). Both degree programs were the first of their kind, setting the NASM standard for music engineering technology education.

Undergraduate Degrees in Music Engineering Technology
The Music Engineering Technology program offers a multidisciplinary four-year Bachelor of Science degree 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. Students receive a minor in electrical or computer engineering providing them with elite technical skills that complement their excellent musical training in a unique way.

Graduate Degree in Music Engineering Technology
The Music Engineering Technology program also offers a two-year Master of Science graduatedegree for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering orcomputer science. These students study the software and hardware design of audio systems andperform independent research that culminates in a thesis project. Coursework includesspecialized music engineering technology classes as well as advanced electrical and/or computerengineering classes. Top corporations that span the audio industry recruit graduating students directly from the program.