Technology Recommendations for Current & Entering Students 

The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music is committed to preparing students for the musical, technological, and business requirements of the modern music world. To ensure this success, we believe technologies must be embraced to maximize the education experience and empower our graduates with the tools and skills required today and for the future.

1. LaptopA laptop computer is an essential tool for every music in the 21st century. It is strongly advised that students invest in a quality computer to complete the everyday tasks professionals encounter in our field. As a music major, one will be required to use a computer for communication, composition, notation, audio/video recording and editing, and participate in virtual environments. These are just some of the core functions that must be navigated as both as student and professional.Below are the minimum recommendations for those seeking a new device or to compare specifications of a laptop you currently own. 

13-in. MacBook Pro
1.4GHz quad-core
8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor
Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz

Windows PC
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 Laptop
10th Generation Intel Core i5-1035G1 Processor
8GB, 1x8 GB, DDR4, 2666 MHz
5123GB M.2 PCle NVMe Solid State Drive 

Note: Students enrolled in the Recording Technology Concentration are advised to have a laptop with a minimum of 16GB of Memory.

2. Microphone - Students are encouraged to consult with their applied professor before purchasing a microphone as choices vary widely depending on instrument or voice. Below are a few basic and popular USB microphone choices that work well in a general setting. 

3. A set of quality headphones or earbuds. 

4. External Hard Drive - It is recommended that students purchase a compatible USB external hard drive to back-up data and archive large-scale projects. 

Audio Interface (min. 2 channels):

Keyboard Controller:
Most USB enabled Keyboard can be used as a controller. Below are some inexpensive options that work well. 

*Essential for students enrolled in the Recording Technology Concentration