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Technology Recommendation

student with a computerThe School of Music is increasingly integrating the use of portable devices in their daily activities and curriculum. For this reason, it is recommended that students have an entry level (primary) portable computing device. Secondary computing devices (tablets/iPads, etc.) can be used, however they are not considered primary computing devices.

The recommendations below should work well for all music degrees within the School of Music as an entry level computer. Be sure to check with individual instrumental and voice studio professors for any additional technology requirements.

Minimum Windows Specifications 

  • Intel i-Series 8th Generation Processor or higher
  • 16GB of RAM
  • 512GB SSD or larger
  • Windows 10 (64-bit) capable
  • Next Business Day On-Site Warranty
  • Accidental Damage Protection
  • Webcam and microphone

Minimum macOS Specifications

  • Intel i-Series 8th Generation Processor or higher
  • 16GB of RAM
  • 512GB SSD or larger
  • AppleCare+ Protection Plan
  • Latest macOS
  • Webcam and microphone

Other Recommended Accessories

  • Laptops with only USB-C or Thunderbolt ports will likely require dongles for easier compatibility with USB-3 on campus
  • High quality headphones
  • USB microphone (consult with your applied professor for recommendations prior to purchasing)
  • USB Flash Drive (64GB or higher)

*Please note that these are simply recommendations. Students who are unable obtain these items due to financial limitations, will have access to campus computer labs. The inability to obtain the items recommended above will not limit a student’s potential for academic success.

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