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Department Overview

The major in Technology in Music and Related Arts is intended for those students who desire a career where traditional musical skills and understanding are combined with the exploration of the very latest techniques for musical expression. It is expected that students who qualify for this major will demonstrate musical proficiency comparable to that shown by applicants in other areas such as performance and composition.

The major prepares a student for specialized graduate study in computer music, digital media and new performance. For those who go directly into professional life this major offers a structured course of study that stresses the application of technology as a special resource in composition, new media, and performance.

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Curriculum Overview

  • Major Status Sophomore Major Status is attained upon completion of six credits in the studio core (TECH 200, 201), two appearances on a TIMARA student recital, and completion of the First Major Committee. Junior Major Status is attained upon completion of the studio core (TECH 210, 211), two additional appearances on a TIMARA student recital, and completion of the Second Major Committee. Senior Major Status is attained following completion of 12 additional hours in TIMARA courses, the TIMARA Junior Seminar, and the Junior Recital or Project.
  • Technology in Music and Related Arts as a Second Major Students admitted to other degree programs in the Conservatory may elect Technology in Music and Related Arts as a second major. Requirements are the same as those outlined above for the primary major in Technology in Music and Related Arts. Although there is a significant overlap in Music Theory and Music History requirements and in non-course requirements with other departments, it may not be possible to complete a double-major program in four years. Students contemplating such a plan should consult an advisor at the earliest possible time.
  • Music Theory and Aural Skills Requirement Students are expected to register for Music Theory and Aural Skills courses each semester until they have completed the requirements. Part or all of these requirements may be waived by placement examination when the student enters Oberlin. Music Theory I-IV and Aural Skills I-IV must be taken concurrently, e.g., a student will register for Music Theory I (MUTH 130 or 131) and Aural Skills I in the same semester. Under certain circumstances, with the permission of the appropriate division director and the Music Theory division director, students will be allowed to take Aural Skills IV and Music Theory IV separately. A student’s aural skills requirement must be completed before the senior recital can be scheduled. Double-degree students will resolve any conflicts with these expectations in consultation with their advisors.
Upcoming Events


Thomas Arsenault '08 Recently Profiled in NYT Blog

Thomas Arsenault ’08 was recently profiled in a New York Times blog about Culture written by Johnny Misheff.  Arsenault, a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory’s TIMARA program, has produced albums for a variety of artists in New York. Misheff describes Arsenault’s own music and video work as “lush and emotive, filled with subtle nuances that somehow jerk the audience into deep self-reflexive awareness.”

TIMARA Student Eli Stine '13 Wins Composition Prize

Eli Stine '13 was awarded a national prize for “Best Composition by an Undergraduate Student” at the 2011 national conference of the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the US (SEAMUS).

Threshold Festival 2010

The Threshold Festival, a joint venture of the the electronic music programs at Oberlin, Ball State, and Bowling Green, with roots that go back to the early 1990s, will be relaunched this year with a two-day festival at Bowling Green on September 17-18. A dozen TIMARA students and their performer colleagues from Oberlin will provide over an hour's worth of music spread over three weekend concerts:

Concert 1-Friday  8:00pm
Concert 2-Saturday 10:30am
Concert 3-Saturday 1:30pm

Works range from structured improvisations to multi-channel acousmatic compositions to pieces for instruments plus live electronics to video dances.

Oberlin students involved:
Marya Barrios
David Bird
Katie Buono
Tristan Gordon
Luke Lovett
Chris Pierce
Charlie Spears
Eli Stine
Asha Tamirisa
Francis Wilson
Christian Smith
Hannah Selin