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As a student at the University of Delaware, you will likely use a computer every day, several times a day. Word processing and e-mail are used by nearly everyone on campus. You will use the World Wide Web for academic research, daily assignments, aural and visual assignments, to look for summer jobs, to explore interests and hobbies, and to complete administrative tasks on campus.

The Department of Music does not have brand loyalty between Microsoft Windows or Apple OS-X platforms.  In most cases, both platforms offer similar opportunities.  

As a University Student, you have hardware and software discounts, allowing you to select the best options for you and your life style.  You may also opt to take advantage of the many sales that occur during certain times of the year, as well.  Please remember to comparison shop carefully, making certain you are getting all of the options, features, and service plans that you will need.​


​Windows-Based Computer Requirements Macintosh System Requirements​
Minimum of Intel Core 2 Duo Processor​ Minimum of Intel Core 2 Duo Processor​
4 GB of RAM​ At least 4GB of RAM
250 GB Hard drive​ 250 GB Hard drive​​

If you upgrade your system, first upgrade RAM, then processor speed, and then hard drive size, and, if available, hard drive speed (from 5400 rpm to 7200 rpm).

Also look at extended service plans for which ever system you decide on. 3 year extended warranties are common, but you may also be able to find a 4 year service contract.

Finally, don't forget the printer.



Microsoft Office
Every Delaware student should have Microsoft Office.  The latest version for Windows is 2010, but Office 2007 will be fine too. The latest version for Mac is 2008. Your UD price should be about $100 for either product.  Please note that Office for Mac does not include OneNote2007 (a note-taking and research application), Access2007, Publisher2007, and Infopath2007. The Academic or Education version of Office will be fine for students.

Sibelius 6, Notation Software
Every music student should arrive with Sibelius 6 Notation software. can be your source for this software as well.  Sibelius 6 is about $240. The Sibelius 6 Educational version should work for all students.

Band In A Box (BIAB)
All music students who will study jazz, should have Band In A Box.  You should consider purchasing a few of the jazz styles and "books" after consulting with your instructors.  The features for BIAB in Windows are more robust than those in BIAB for Mac.

For Windows, Band In A Box is now at version 2010.5.   It is a very impressive and powerful program, now with "Real Tracks" and "Real" styles.

For Mac, BIAB is now at version 12.

Portfolio Building Software
All music students will benefit from developing an electronic portfolio.  Music Education students are required to develop one.

An electronic portfolio, usually web-based, serves to showcase the students success and growth during their four-year journey in the Department of Music.  Depending on the use and need, the collection of artifacts can illustrate the journey, paths, and interests and serve, as a tool to improve the musicians craft, via the use of reflection and other analysis.  Finally, the portfolio may be embellished to serve as a marketing tool to get that "first job" or that great graduate school placement.

Graphic and Photo Editing Software
Students are welcome to use the many "open source" applications, including:

    * (for Windows only)
    * GIMP (Graphic Image Manipulation Program)
    * GIMPshop (makes GIMP look more like Photoshop, however some features are missing)

However, ownership of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements may prove beneficial and time saving in the long run.  Photoshop Elements  is  about $80 for either platform.

Users may want to consider the Photoshop/Premiere Elements bundle.  At under $140, these bundled applications provide for graphic, photo, and video editing.

Video Editing Software
Students are welcome to use the free video editing software that is bundled with both the Windows and Mac operating systems.  Mac users should upgrade to another product as iMovie is very limited.   As mentioned previously, users may want to explore the Photoshop/Premiere Bundle.  Several other options are available for the Windows Platform in the under $100 price range.

The Roxio Suite also converts media formats into "web sized" files that can be included in your electronic portfolio.

Audio Editing Software
Students are welcome to use the free audio editing recorder and software Audacity.  It is very powerful and can be extended with plugins.

Serious Windows users may benefit from the ease and polish of SONY's Sound Forge Studio, about $75.  There really is not a viable equivalent in the under $100 price range for the Mac OS.

Web Authoring Software
At the present, students are creating electronic portfolios with KompoZer, an open source web authoring application.

CD/DVD Burning Software
A cost-cutting trend by many manufacturers recently has been to leave robust media burning software off the machine.

The open source application "Burn" for Mac is a great addition to your Apple system.  Roxio also makes a product called "Toast", about $100.  Unfortunately, "Toast" for the Mac is not as robust as the Roxio Easy Media Creator Suite for Windows.

Infra Recorder and CDBurnerXP are good additions to your Windows system for media burning.

MUSC 287, Music Technology
Students should have the following software and hardware:

    * Notebook Computer
    * Sibelius 5 (All Systems, should have)
    * SONY Acid Studio 7 (Windows systems, about $55)
    * Audacity (All Systems, free)
    * Current iLife package (Mac Systems, may come with some systems*)
    * MovieMaker (Windows systems, built-in)
    * Microsoft Word
    * Image Editor (All Systems, GIMP or Photoshop)
    * Presentation Software (All Systems, PowerPoint)
    * FTP Software (All Systems, free/open source)
    * USB-to-MIDI interface (All Systems, about $30)
          o for example, EMU XMIDI 1x1

MUED and EDUC course requirements
At present, Music Education students with Mac OS systems will need to find a solution for 2 or 3 "timeline" video editing "digital storytelling" projects by either purchasing Adobe Premiere Elements ($80), Final Cut Studio Express ($200) or using a friends Windows machine.

MUMG-Music Management requirements

    * Notebook Computer
    * PowerPoint, Excel, and Word (absolutely required) [OFFICE Professional]
    * Publisher and Access (used as necessary) [Windows OFFICE Professional]
    * Video Port to VGA for your notebook (always with you in class)

* if, upon startup, you are offered to upgrade iMovie, iPhoto, or Garage Band, then you probably do not have the full-featured iLife package.  Also, note that several issues have arisen with the newer, watered down features in iLife.  The department is analyzing this situation. ​