At Oregon State University, students who major in music can choose to concentrate on music production and performing technologies where contemporary methods of technologically mediated music-making are studied.
The music production option of the music degree allows the student to synthesize the cross-modal methods by which sound designed for consumption is constructed. This includes learning musical practice that considers the studio an instrument for creative expression in functional and commercial idioms. It also includes studying how musical output functions as commodity, embedded in a web of cultural competition. This course of study is also coupled with contemporary art making and theatrical performance technology to inform the student of the cross-currents of our post-media age.
History and theory requirements are tailored to this discipline and provide students with foundations in European music, popular music, jazz and American music, as well as experimental music, sound design and sound art.