April 10: Carnegie Mellon Launches Interdisciplinary Music and Technology Programs – Carnegie Mellon University

Far be it from me to recommend any of my current students consider transferring to another institution in the midst of the process in which they’re currently engaged.  Alternatively, I think it’s important for any of you thinking about careers in music not tied solely to the concert hall to appreciate the value of a graduate degree blending music and technology.  This, for example, would be a fantastic graduate degree for any of you who are presently working toward a B.A. with our Music Industry concentration.

April 10: Carnegie Mellon Launches Interdisciplinary Music and Technology Programs – Carnegie Mellon University

I don’t make this recommendation based upon “crystal ball” inspired insights of massive job growth–as many of you know, I think it ill-advised to mistake university education for job training and therefor shy away from such predictions.  Rather, I encourage you to find your own road in life and educate yourself to empower whichever direction you ultimately choose.  Consider how much more empowered you’d be with a degree in this field when making your way in the world of work.  How better prepared would you be to produce recordings of your own music, for example, with research-based knowledge and wisdom gained from having already done so?  And for those who desire forecasts of employment possibilities, think of how many different jobs for which you might prepare yourself with multi-disciplinary education in a field at the nexus point of music, computers and electrical engineering.

Finally, I’m sure Carnegie-Mellon isn’t the only institution with such a degree–they jsut passed through my “news reader” this morning.  The multi-disciplinary nature of this program, however, seems pretty bitchin to me.

Questions? Comments? Observations?


About Art

I've been a higher education professional for over 15 years and an Academic Advising administrator for the past eight of those. I have a background in exploratory student advising and have spent a great deal of time guiding students through contemplating their personal college-to-career pathways. I've published, presented, and consulted on the intersection of social media and academia and am a firm believer in social media's power as a tool for engagement rather than solely information delivery. I've worked at public and private institutions as well as 2-year colleges and 4-year universities. I believe in Academic Advising as a teaching and learning activity, that learner-centered education is the key to students' academic success, and that as long as we keep students' individual goals and success at the center of our decision-making process, the problem of college-level student attrition can be solved.
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