Oberlin established the Technology in Music and Related Arts Department in the early 1970's. The mission was to study the connections between music and the other arts, dance, theater, video, and film. We have offered courses in electronic and computer music since 1968 when the National Science Foundation provided a large startup grant. Oberlin was first to bring music technology to a small undergraduate institution.
In 1987 we established an electronic and computer music curriculum that leads to a Bachelor of Music degree. Students in this major combine traditional musical subjects with the newest methods for music making. Classes in music history and theory, ethnomusicology, and performance give electronic and computer music students perspective for viewing their own music.