The Music Technology program at IU South Bend focuses on training musicians to think artistically about technology. We offer a variety of opportunities for students to expand their horizons through the use of modern musical instruments and tools. Many of today’s technologies are widely available, inexpensive, and even portable, but it requires an artist’s mindset and a willingness to think critically about their utility to harness their artistic potential. Our program encompasses an experiential approach to technical pedagogy. We strive to offer students hands-on opportunities in personal, small-classroom settings and encourage creative exploration and ingenuity.
At IU South Bend, students at any level can participate in the Electronic Music Ensemble using either a laptop or their instrument of choice. The Audio-Visual Collective (AVC) is a joint effort between the Departments of Music and New Media, and provides students with the tools, controllers, and skills necessary to participate in the AVC ensemble. Students in the ensemble work together to create and perform interdisciplinary multimedia pieces.
While shaping critically engaged artists requires forward thinking, students in the past have also explored the artistic use of analog synthesizers, new controllers and gestural sensors, computer programming and patching, networked performances, surround sound audio, recording, editing, and mixing, and new musical multimedia. Every year the program, along with the Department of New Media, hosts the Performing Media Festival [PMF~], which showcases student works alongside nationally recognized professionals and faculty.
We look forward to discovering new technologies for musical creation and performance and helping you develop new means to express your artistic visions.