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Master of Music Technology
The Master of Music Technology provides students with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of both theoretical and practical approaches and advances in music technology. The degree also allows students with the possibility to specialise and further develop their professional, technical and creative skills. Students will be equipped with a broad understanding of music technology that is utilized throughout the music industry, including music technology equipment specifications, music software and information technology structures. Furthermore, students will also learn about the practical applications and develop a solid theoretical grounding of the study of music technology.
Courses within this program focus on studio and live recording techniques, music notation, computer software technology, music related media and internet based technology. Students who undertake this program are required to undertake research into a specific area(s) of Music Technology and develop a specialised technology project.
Graduates from the Master of Music Technology include music editors, performing musicians, sound engineers, sound technicians, publishers and composers
The Master of Music Technology is taught online and can be completed over one year of full time study or equivalent part-time.
- Arts Administrator
- Arts Manager
- Broadcast Journalist
- Commissioning Editor
- Community Arts Worker
- Community Development Worker
- Education Officer
- Festival/Events Co-ordinator
- Front of House Manager
- Generalist Programs
- Grants Officer
- International Aid/Development Worker
- Museum/Art Gallery Curator
- Music Copyist
- Music Producer
- Music Therapist
- Musical Arranger
- Musical Director
- Planning Officer
- Primary Teacher
- Specialist Classroom Teacher
- Production Director
- Program Manager / Project Coordinator
- Project Manager
- Public Relations Officer
- Publications Officer/Editor
- Music Teacher
- Sound Technician
- TAFE Teacher
- Technical Sales Representative
- University Lecturer / Academic
Getting the Edge
Most employers seek to recruit people who have relevant work experience and an appreciation for their industry. Here is a check list of ideas about gaining experience and industry knowledge.
- Check the type of experience most employers in your field of interest expect. Don’t overlook the part time work you may be currently doing. Most employers understand that the skills are transferrable even if the work is not in their industry.
- Check your academic program for any courses that involve a placement or the opportunity to undertake an industry based project.
- Check your school for Summer Scholarships for research opportunities.
- Check vacancy sites for advertised traineeships, part time employment and vacation work opportunities in your field.
- Source and approach organisations directly about possible work shadowing or information interview opportunities.
- Source and approach organisations directly for paid work opportunities.
- Consider volunteering.
Note: Gaining experience may be important but not at the expense of your studies. Make sure you do not overload your timetable with unrealistic work commitments.
Opportunities in Master of Music Technology exist in a wide range of areas within small, medium, and large organisations and institutions. Graduates may work in the music industry, education sector, in the media or in more generic roles using their generalist skills. Below are some examples of major organisations who recruit music graduates.
- 20th Century Fox (International)
- 2HD Radio (Newcastle) (Australia)
- ACP Magazines (Australia)
- ACT Association of Independent Schools (Australia)
- ACT Department of Education and Training (Australia)
- Arclight Films (International)
- Association of Independent Schools NSW (Australia)
- Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) (Australia)
- Australian Catholic Schools (Australia)
- Australian Council for the Arts (Australia)
- Australian Defence Force (International)
- Australian National Library (Australia)
- Australian Professional Theatre Companies (Australia)
- Australian Secret Intelligence Organisation (International)
- Australian Taxation Office (Australia)
- Coles (Australia)
- Council of International Schools (International)
- Department of Communication, Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA) (Australia)
- Department of Education and Training (Teach NSW) (Australia)
- Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (Australia)
- Fairfax Media (Australia)
- NT Department of Education and Training (Australia)
- NT Dept of Planning and Infrastructure (Australia)
- Office for the Arts (Australia)
- Prime Newcastle (Australia)
- QLD Department of Education and Training (Australia)
- Red Cross (Australia)
- Saatchi & Saatchi (International)
- Sony (Australia)
- State Theatre Company (SA) (Australia)
Some large organisations have specific graduate recruitment programs designed to employ the pick of graduates each year. You must be in your final year of study or recently completed to apply for these programs. The timing of these recruitment drives varies and may occur at any point in the academic year, in some cases starting as early as the first few weeks of the first semester or trimester.
Find out if employers in your area/s of interest have graduate programs, when they typically recruit and what recruitment methods they use. Check with the Careers Service .
Job Prospects and Salary
For up-to-date information please see Job Outlook Australia. This site provides basic Australian labour market information including job prospects, skills requirements and salaries. You might try some of the classifications below as a guide on this site.
Societies and Associations
Associations and societies often provide relevant and up to date information about a variety of issues relating to specific industry sectors. These can be a good starting point to learn more about occupations through profiles, industry news, links to academic journals and information on research developments. Many also offer student membership, conference and professional development activities, newsletters and the opportunity to participate in projects.
- Arts Law Centre of Australia Online (Australia)
- Association of Artist Managers (Australia)
- Association of Independent Record Labels (Australia)
- Australia Council for the Arts (Australia)
- Australian Music Association (Australia)
- Australian Music Industry Directories (Australia)
- Australian Music Publishers Association (Australia)
- The Australian Music Therapy Association (Australia)
- Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (Australia)
- Australian National Choral Association (Australia)
- Australian Publishers Association (Australia)
- Australian Recording Industry Association (Australia)
- Australian Society for Music Education (Australia)
- Australian Songwriters Association (Australia)
- Fellowship of Australian Composers (Australia)
- International Association of Music Libraries (Australia) (International)
- Live Performance Australia (Australia)
- Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (Australia)
- Music Council of Australia (Australia)
- Music Teachers Associations (Australia)
- MusicNSW (Australia)
Don’t overlook student societies and associations. As well as student chapters of professional associations, some faculties or schools have discipline based student associations. Check your school or faculty web site; perhaps you might start one if one doesn’t exist.
Some academic disciplines run Seminar Programs that involve regular seminars presented by University of Newcastle academics, visiting academics and postgraduate students. Check your schools website for the timetable.
Job Search Sites
Searching job sites is a good way to gain an understanding of: industries recruiting professionals in this field; types of roles and the requirements or expectations of employers for these roles. There are many online job search sites, here are a few to start with:
Australian and International
- CareerHub: the University of Newcastle Careers Service careers and job search site for enrolled students and graduates.
- CareerOne: Australia wide job listings, all levels and industries including executive positions
- MyCareer: Australian and international listings
- Seek: comprehensive Australian job listings, also includes New Zealand and UK listings
- The Big Chair: Management and Executive Jobs