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UVU Music Department To Offer New Bachelor’s Degree In Media Composition

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March 4, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807

Written by: Kaitlyn Tolman (801) 863-8208

The Utah State Board of Regents has approved the creation of a Bachelor of Music degree in Media Composition and Production at Utah Valley University. The degree, which will be offered beginning fall semester 2013, is seen by UVU as an excellent fit for the University, which traces its roots to trade and technology programs.

“Capable and dedicated UVU students will now be able to prepare to compose music for film, television, and other digital media that have commercial appeal, in addition to new and interesting concert music,” said K. Newell Dayley, dean of the School of Arts.

“We are very excited to be able to offer this as an option for our students,” added Donna Fairbanks, chair of the UVU Music Department. “We have a growing music industry, with television, film, radio and video games, and we are now able to provide training and opportunities to help our students be successful.”

The department anticipates a significant number of students to pursue the media composition degree, including both current UVU students and students that will come to UVU specifically for the degree. While a select few other institutions in Utah offer similar degrees, UVU is uniquely positioned due to its exceptional faculty and up-to-date technology.

“Students will learn using state-of-the-art equipment and the latest music applications in a rich collaborative environment designed to stimulate imagination, refine creativity and explore innovation,” said Dayley.

To meet the anticipated demand for the program, the department has added several new courses, including Jazz/Rock Theory and Songwriting, as well as two new faculty members with special expertise in composition.

“We purposefully selected faculty members that are current and successful in the music industry,” said Fairbanks. “They will be able to provide effective mentoring and exciting internship opportunities for our students.”

Nathan Hofheins, a sought-after orchestrator for television and film, has orchestrated for several Emmy-nominated and award-winning television series and films. Additionally, Todd Sorensen is an accomplished percussionist, composer and producer whose work has been featured in films such as “Tom Raiders 2,” “X-Men 2” and “Spider-Man.”

“This degree offers a successful marriage between art and technology,” said Fairbanks. “It is an excellent way for someone who is interested in both music and technology to blend the two and come up with a magnificent product.”

For more information about the media composition degree, please visit uvu.edu/music.


About UVU

Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to more than 30,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community school, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.

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