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UMass Lowell Boasts Nation's Only SRT Master's


The National Association of Schools of Music has given its approval to the Department of Music to begin awarding the nation's first Master of Music in Sound Recording Technology beginning in the fall of 2005.

Music Prof. William Moylan, chair, says the two-year program, which has been in the works for several years, will provide students a much more sophisticated background in production work.

"The SRT Masters is designed to place people in mid to upper level positions as senior audio engineers and researchers," says Moylan. "Our students will be terrifically valuable to companies that design and develop products."

Students will be able to select from two tracks: Advanced Production or Thesis. Their projects will include a spectrum of activities, from engineering a movie soundtrack to evaluating the design of new sound technology.

Moylan expects applicants to represent a cross section from SRT majors fresh out of college to working professionals looking to upgrade their industry knowledge.

"We're in an industry where technology can have a complete turn around in five to 10 years," Moylan explains. "It can change dramatically, necessitating significant retraining."

Program faculty, which include Moylan and Asst. Prof. John Shirley and Alex Case, are looking to develop strong relationships with industry companies that manufacture equipment such as loudspeakers and mixing consoles, or who perform multi-media production to support assistantships and provide other resources.

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