Date of Award

Spring 6-5-2019

Document Type

Honors Project

University Scholars Director

Dr. Christine Chaney

First Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Daniel Helseth

Second Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Chérie Hughes


Musical communication, Western classical music, Musicianship, Recording, Production, Sound Engineering


Examining perceptions of music technology raises questions about why people often overlook music technologists and why people perceive music technologists as a lesser part of the musical experience. The issue of musicianship becomes a key factor in addressing the perceived inferiority of music technologists. The examination of the dominant theory of musical communication will reveal the qualifications for musicianship, and then the work of music technologists will be evaluated using these qualifications. A brief history of music technology will provide general information about the field and a recording session case study will serve as a basis for the assessment of music technologists as musical. Since the primary theory of musical communication analyzed here developed out of the classical music tradition, the work of music technologists will also be considered in the context of the classical genre. This analysis reveals the importance and musicality of music technologists, which results in the need to reevaluate current theories of musical communication.


A project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Scholars Honors Program.

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