Music Technology (AS, BS)
Make a sound career decision.
- Available as
- Associates of Science, Bachelor’s of Science
- 4 years
- Fort Wayne
Why Study Music Technology?
Concerts. Acoustic shows. Streaming services. Podcasts. Quality listening experiences are in demand: Music festivals attract more than 32 million people annually, revenue from recorded music has seen double-digit growth since 2014, audiobook sales have increased 25% each year since 2017, and the average podcast listener consumes seven shows a week.
Whether you prefer to be on stage or behind the scenes — whether you see yourself mixing a film score in the studio or pumping live music to arenas filled with thousands of fans — earning a music technology or audio engineer degree can put you on track for an exciting, in-demand career.
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Why Saint Francis for Music Technology?
When the lights go down, and the meters start jumping, Saint Francis grads are behind the consoles, bringing a show or recording to life.
Our music tech program equips you for today’s fast-paced, collaborative work environment. That’s why you’ll begin to learn your way around a commercial studio from your first semester. With five unique concentrations covering a wide range of the industry, this major is fitting for musicians of all levels and non-musicians alike.
At Saint Francis, you will benefit from the knowledge, mentorship, and connections of a multitalented faculty; you will learn, practice, and create in topline facilities; and you will engage with the campus and Fort Wayne communities through projects, performances, and productions.
Personalize Your Path
Our music technology major offers a solid foundation in music theory, ear training and piano skills — and from there, with the guidance of your academic advisor, you can choose up to three concentrations, including:
Recording, Engineering and Production
Produce music from different genres and styles, discover how to capture the best performance from your talent and develop other skills useful in producer or master engineer positions.
Explore the business side of the music world through both a record label and touring lens. You’ll explore copyright, royalties, event production, promotion and management.
Post Production and Sound Design
From scoring movies and video games to designing sound for a sitcom or documentary, this concentration introduces you to the art and technology of all things post-production.
Live Sound and Event Production
It’s fast-paced, it’s real-time and it’s exciting! Gain skills and experience you need to provide crisp and quality sound for concerts, festivals, houses of worships, broadcasts and other live events.
Contemporary Artist Development and Musicianship
Designed with professional artistic development in mind, this concentration helps you hone your craft, improve your production skills and develop your brand.
“The job will go to the individual with the experience and the knowhow to get the job done. Saint Francis’ music tech program allowed me to have 24/7 access to the tools and atmosphere that enabled me to walk into gigs and know how get the job done. World class facilities plus their empowering faculty drove my ambition and has been the backbone to a very successful 12-year background in the industry thus far.”TJ Bechill, ‘11 Twenty One Pilots, Post Malone, Ariana Grande, Judah and The Lion
“The opportunities here are greater than a lot of other programs because we’re able to meet all sorts of different people and collaborate and bounce ideas off each other—and maybe end up with a product that you wouldn’t have imagined in the beginning.”Louie Perl ‘26 Music Technology major
“Entering college, I came in as a musician and didn’t know how to do a lot of other things. Those four years, the Music Tech faculty helped me to cultivate my dedication, my work ethic and my skill set. I am so thankful for that.”Daniel Vaides ’23 Independent musician, producer, engineer
“I like how everything we’re learning here is also out in the real world. We’re using applications here that the professionals are using. That’s important—when you’re starting out young but learning what the professionals are doing.”Kennedy Sites ’27 Music Technology major
Our Faculty and Facilities
At Saint Francis, you will benefit from the knowledge, mentorship, and connections of a multitalented faculty, and you will learn and create in state-of-the-art facilities.
Our music tech program faculty is composed of composers, performers, and audio production professionals with extensive ties to the music industry, including:
- Mark Everetts, assistant professor and studio manager, operated Nashville-based FunkyLoft Music Production, where he produced/engineered projects for artists in various genres. He has performed/engineered music for film and TV commercials and has worked on stage and in the studio as a drummer for various artists around the country.
- Miles Fulwider (Tonmeister), our program director, works as a producer and recording engineer for many GRAMMY and Emmy award-winning artists and major labels. Such artists include Wynton Marsalis, Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, Chick Corea, dUg Pinnick (King’s X), Grinder Blues, Jon Batiste, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, XM/Sirius Satellite Radio, and several film scores, including scores for the American documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. He’s also a voting member of the Recording Academy that selects GRAMMY award winners and regularly works in post-production, sound design, and immersive audio formats.
- Phil Schurger, director of our jazz, electronic music, and guitar ensembles, is a renowned composer and guitarist who has shared the stage with artists such as Fareed Haque, Greg Ward, the Wailers, Bolokada Cande, and others. His work has been released on the Chicago-based Ears&Eyes record label, and his album Echoes of the Ancestors was featured in Jazziz magazine.
Our Music Technology Center
In 2018, we unveiled the Saint Francis Music Technology Center in downtown Fort Wayne. Equipped with top-of-the-line equipment, this first-rate facility houses classrooms, individual and ensemble practice spaces, recording studios, mixing suites, a piano lab, and a master studio. And you will have 24-7 access to it all!
The music tech center also features a 2,000-seat auditorium, which hosts a variety of university, regional, and national acts each year. This venue serves as a lab of sorts: you can learn how to become a sound engineer in real-time during rehearsals and live performances!
Hands-On Learning: Projects and Productions
Music Technology is a hands-on major through and through. In addition to the everyday classroom and studio work, you’ll have a chance to get involved with special projects and productions.
Marble Lounge Records
Marble Lounge Records is Saint Francis’ student-run record label, and it’s the real deal. Formed in 2017, Marble Lounge produced its first album in June 2018: Legend or Myth by Rosalind & the Way.
Students did it all, from selecting the artist to recording, engineering, and marketing the album. Students also had the opportunity to work with industry-renowned producer Rob Mathes, who mentored students in producing the album’s single.
Our students often bring their talents to service-learning and community-oriented projects. In 2018, music tech majors collaborated with art and communication students on “Sensing Beauty: A Multi-Sensory Art Experience.” Part of a Saint Francis Student Exhibition at Garrett Museum of Art, this show was a service-learning partnership between the League for the Blind and Disabled, Inc. and Saint Francis. This student-led art exhibit challenged the viewer’s perception of beauty and art. Students interviewed League consumers – people living without sight – “What does beauty mean to you?” The resulting stories were turned into a photography art exhibit that encourages viewers to experience beauty with all of their senses. Works could be seen, heard, smelled, tasted, and felt.
Campus and Community
You’ll find many ways to get involved at Saint Francis, including cross-department podcast projects, campus performances, running sound for our school’s beloved Jesters group, and plenty of student clubs. Plus, you can play or sing along with one of our music groups:
- Electronic Music Ensemble
- Guitar Ensemble
- Jazz Ensemble
- University Singers
You’ll also have opportunities to serve others musically through campus and peer ministries.
What You Can Do With a Degree in Music Technology?
The booming audio industry needs passionate, skilled, and talented people in all areas and at all levels. Maybe you want to become a sound engineer, or maybe one of these other positions sounds good to you:
- Foley artist
- Board operator
- Live sound engineer
- Music producer
- Recording engineer
- Sound designer
- Music promoter
- Venue manager
- Events planner
- Audiobook producer
- Sales engineer for recording tech
- Commercial/advertising audio producer
- Sound editor
Where You’ll Find Our Graduates
Graduates from our music tech program are creating, performing, promoting, and designing at companies, labels, venues, and organizations around the country. Here are a few places you’ll find Saint Francis alumni:
- Cyclone Social
- Fusion Media
- Heartland Sings
- Northeast Indiana Public Radio
- Saddleback Church
- Smile Direct Club
- St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
- Sweetwater Sound
- Warner Music Nashville