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Technology in Music and Related Arts

Our Technology in Music and Related Arts (TIMARA) major 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 a professional career, this major offers a structured course of study that stresses the application of technology as a special resource in composition, new media, and performance.


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 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, that is, a student will register for Music Theory I (MUTH 130 or MUTH 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.

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Summer Opportunity

Each summer, TIMARA faculty sponsor a weeklong Sonic Arts Workshop for high school students interested in performing and composing electroacoustic music.