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Studies in pencil-and-paper composition cover a variety of approaches to notation, rhythm, harmony, texture, and orchestration. At the same time, electronic music courses teach students to apply current music technology to their work. Digital audio, analog synthesis, surround sound and spatialization, creative applications of recording and editing, algorithmic composition, and computer programming for audio are covered in the undergraduate electronic course series.


BFA student composers produce a concert of their works each semester through the Music From Almost Yesterday student organization, emphasizing instrumental and vocal compositions. The biannual Electroacoustic Salon concerts presents works by students enrolled in music technology courses. Additionally, the Contemporary Music Ensemble presents an annual concert of student works.

Each semester, Unruly Music presents a three-concert festival featuring guest artist, faculty, and student performances of contemporary music, spanning instrumental and vocal composition, contemporary approaches to improvisation, electroacoustic music, and multimedia.


The Milwaukee Laptop Orchestra (MiLO) is an improvisation collective fusing live electronic sound, instrumental performance, and video projection into a rich multimedia experience. The group embraces a wide variety of electronic practices: circuit-bending, software synthesis, repurposed effects pedals and portable game devices, live processing of instrumental sound, VJing, network music, and procedural animation all find their way into the mix. With student, faculty, alumni, and Milwaukee community participants, MiLO creates an energized, immersive tapestry of sound and image, all produced live and in the moment.

TORCH is the TC-11 ORCHestra – an electric ensemble with an army of iPads and a fully programmable multi-touch synth. Led by TC-11 software developer Kevin Schlei, TORCH explores the many ways that iPad synthesizer interfaces can be used in ensemble improvisation.

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Explore – Specific degree information can be found in the UWM Academic Catalog along with credits, courses, admission and program requirements.

Audition – A successful audition is required prior to entry into the BA and BFA programs. View the department requirements on the admission page for more information.

BFA – Music: Composition & Technology


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Luke Wieting

BFA, Composition | 2008

Luke Wieting is a critically acclaimed, award-winning film and television composer. Luke has scored a wide variety of projects, including feature films, television shows, dance pieces, and commercials.

Careers in Music

Acoustic Engineer
Artist Management
Arts Administration
Audio Software Designer & Programmer
Audio/Visual Technician
Broadcast Engineer
Chamber Musician
Choral Music Educator
Collaborative Pianist
Community Arts Organizer
Concert Production/Promotion
Conductor (Band, Choral, Orchestral)
Cruise Ship Entertainer
Development Director
Diction Coach
Early Music Performer
Education Director
Elementary/Secondary School Teacher
Ensemble Administration
Event Manager
Film Composer/Conductor
Foley Artist
Folk Music Performer
Foundation Administration
Instrumental Music Educator
Instrumental Performer
Instrument Building/Repairing/Restoration
Jazz Performer
Licensing Administrator
Managing Director
Marketing & Sales
Mastering Engineer
Media Developer
Military Bands/Orchestras
Music Cognition (Science & Medicine)
Music Critic
Music Education Teacher (K-12)
Music Historian
Music Librarian
Music Journalist/Blogger
Music Publicist
Music Store Owner
Music Supervisor
Music Therapist
Music Theorist
Musical Theatre Artist
Multimedia Artist
Opera Performer
Opera Dramaturg
Opera Management
Opera Prompter
Orchestral Musician
Outreach & Educational Programming
Peace Corps (Teaching Music Abroad)
Piano Tuner/Technician
Pit Musician
Private Studio Teacher
Program Notes Author
Promotion Manager
Radio Manager/Broadcasting
Recording Artist
Record Label Administration
Sound Designer/Engineer
Sound Technician
Suzuki Instructor
Studio Musician
Talent Agent/Director
Television/Theatrical Composer
Theatre Stage Manager
University Administration
University Faculty
Video Game Scoring
Vocal Coach
Voice Therapist
Voiceover Artist
Wardrobe Specialist


Faculty: Composition & Technology

profile photoJoshua Backesjdbackes@uwm.eduMusic 107

Teaching Faculty I, Composition & Theory

profile photoPhillip Sink(812) 361-4785sink@uwm.eduMusic 171

Assistant Professor, Composition & Technology

Area Head, Composition & Technology

Department Faculty & Staff