Anyone 18+ with an interest in music techology (see prerequisites below). Parents may request a waiver for students under 18.
What concepts do you cover?
When all three 100-level seminars are taken in order over the course of a school year, the program is designed to give students a basic grounding in modern music production. Concepts covered include the science of acoustics & electronics, analog & digital audio engineering, music on computer, musical synthesis & sampling, scoring for film & TV, project management, career development. Courses may also be taken individually with no pre-requisites.
Summer workshops are meant to supplement this basic coursework and provide hands-on experience with recording equipment.
How are you equipped?
The PSU Music Lab is equipped with 25 computer music work stations, each with its own Macintosh Intel iMac, MIDI keyboard, headphones, and software.
Are there pre-requisites?
No pre-requisite courses or skills are required for any of our certification or basic recording courses.
None of our certification courses require any prior training, and they may be taken in any order.
MTS 113 Digital Music Production utilizes some skills covered in MTS 112 MIDI Music Making.
For that reason, students often prefer to begin the program with MTS 111 Audio Recording Techniques or MTS 112 MIDI Music Making, a session of which is offered in all terms except Summer.
Our first summer recording course MTS 201 Introduction to the Recording Studio requires no prior experience; our second summer course MTS 301 Advanced Recording Studio Techniqes requires MTS 113, MTS 201, or audio engineering experience.
Do I need to be enrolled at PSU?
No. Oregon Music Technology Seminars are held on the PSU campus, but do not carry college credit and do not require enrollment through PSU. Registration as described below is all that is required.
How do the Seminars compare to music technology courses offered through PSU?
The OMTS seminars and workshops are designed to be less academic than college courses typically are, and more targeted directly towards those who want to develop music production skills.
Can I use college Financial Aid to pay for the Seminars?
No. The seminars are offered independently of PSU, and are not affiliated with any college's admissions office.
Can I get Certification via the Seminars?
Yes. Students completing all three 100-level seminars will receive certification from Oregon Music Technology School.
Registration forms (in pdf form) can be downloaded from the links at the top of the page.
Mail registration forms to the address listed on the forms.
We require a $50 advance deposit, payable with your registration, for any course. If you are registering for multiple courses in a single term, a single deposit will cover it. See below for information on discounts for PSU students & advance payment.
Please make checks payable to Oregon Music Technology School.
Registrations mailed before the advance payment deadline for any course may elect to pay the full tuition and receive a 5% discount.
For some courses, students who are registered at PSU for 8 or more credits in the same term as the OMTS course is offered and who pay in advance receive an additional 10% discount.
Introduces students to the science, tools, and techniques involved in the field of audio engineering. Topics include acoustics & electronics, microphones, mixing board set up and operation, and signal processing. Applications used include Digital Performer, ProTools, and some synthesis applications.
Studies how MIDI technology is used by today's music producers to create exciting music tracks entirely with computer software. Includes extensive instruction on sequencing application Digital Performer. Additional focus on software instruments, and "boutique" applications like Ableton Live.
Puts MIDI and audio together in a computer editing environment. Topics include digital audio recording & editing, virtual sound modules, music on the Internet, and project studio setup. Special emphasis on music mixing and mastering. Applications used include Digital Performer, Pro Tools, and various signal processing applications.
Utilizing our newly installed recording studio, students are introduced to recording techniques in a series of five "real-world" music recording sessions. Enrollment is limited to 15 students. No prior experience is required.
For more experienced students, we do a series of five more complex recording projects in our newly installed recording studio. This is our most advanced and rigorous class. Enrollment is limited to 15 students. MTS 113, MTS 201, or audio engineering experience is required.