Letter to Students Interested in Music Technology

Dear New Cal Poly Student:

Welcome, and thank you for expressing interest in music technology and composition! The Music Technology focus prepares students for creative work in music technology, including electroacoustic composition, recording and production. The Composition focus offers a strong foundation in music theory and musicianship. Both will strengthen your creative musical practice! 

Our Music Technology Lab is equipped for recording, analog and digital synthesis, and supporting various other types of creative projects. Each year, the program culminates in a staged multimedia production called Soundings. It features new student compositions in collaboration with visiting artists. The department also provides hands-on learning opportunities by giving students the opportunity to record department ensembles in concert or even intern at the Performing Arts Center.

If you’d like to be involved in music technology courses, consider registering for the Music Technology and Composition sequence: MU-311 (Introduction to Music Technology and Composition), 312 (Sound Art and Advanced Production Techniques), 411 (Music Technology and Multimedia Performance), and 412 (Composing and Producing a Multimedia Performance). 

I look forward to meeting you in person and seeing you in our classes. Feel free to stop by my office or email me with any questions.


Dr. Julie Herndon, Music Technology & Composition
Phone: (805) 756-2664
Fax: (805) 756-7464
E-mail: herndon@calpoly.edu