Frost Music Engineering Research Lab Wins Three Awards in Research, Creativity and Innovation

April 12, 2010 — The University of Miami announced the Music Engineering research lab headed by Dr. Colby Leider won three awards in the 2010 UM Citizens Board Research, Creativity, and Innovation Forum (RCIF).

First place in the Humanities category:
Mark James Freeman and Erin Keenan, "Toward Effective Music Therapy Methods for Parkinson’s Disease"

Second place in the Humanities category:
Mark James Freeman and Alison Mattek, "An Interactive, Computational Implementation of Cagean Composition Methodology"

Third place in the Engineering category:
Patrick O'Keefe and Colby Leider, "Audio Effect Control via Head-Position Estimation"

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Since 1975, the Music Engineering Technology program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music has pioneered education in music and technology, setting the standard by which the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) accredits other such programs around the United States. Alumni of the program have contributed significantly to the music and audio industries and upon graduation pursue careers ranging from recording engineer to software designer.

The Music Engineering Technology program provides multidisciplinary four-year Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Science degrees within a music school setting. All students learn the art and science of recording, mixing, and signal processing while pursuing traditional music studies in performance, history, and theory. In addition, their studies in electrical engineering and computer science provide them with elite technical skills.

The Music Engineering Technology also program offers a two-year Master of Science graduate degree for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering or computer science. These students study the software and hardware design of audio systems and perform independent research that culminates in a thesis project. Upon graduation, these students are widely placed in top corporations that span the audio industry.


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Colby Leider, Director, Music Engineering Program; Associate Professor of Music