Music Informatics is an interdisciplinary field treating at a wide range of problems lying on the boundary between music and various scientific disciplines such as computer science, cognitive science, mathematics, and psychology. The heart of the field is the many new application areas whose study requires only the willingness to view music as data, whether in audio, graphical, performance, or symbolic form

Examples of music informatics applications include musical accompaniment systems, optical score recognition, music audio analysis, computer-driven analysis of harmony, motive, and musical structure, and the synthesis of musical expression from score.  The field is young and changing rapidly, so it is likely that many of the most important applications have yet to be created.

Students interested in graduate school should consider further studies in music informatics.


  • MUS-Z 361 Introduction to MIDI and Computer Music
Select one of the following sequences:
  • MUS-Z 111 Introduction to Music Theory and MUS-Z 211 Music Theory II
  • MUS-T 151 Music Theory and Literature I and MUS-T 152 Music Theory and Literature II
Select two additional courses:
  • MUS-A 100 Introduction to Personal Recording
  • MUS-Z 120 Music in Multimedia
  • MUS-Z course at 300/400 level