Why Plymouth State University’s Music Technology Program is Unique:

When you study Music Technology at PSU you receive a BA degree in Music Technology. This means that in addition to learning how to record, master, produce, compose, and arrange music, you will also be taking private lessons on your main instrument. We strongly believe in educating the “whole” musician, and that starts by being the best player on your own instrument that you can be! Yes, you have to audition on an instrument to be accepted into our program! Being a great performer is also another way to make money in the “real world”! It also saves you time and money if you can perform on your own tracks!

Introduction by Dr. Rik Pfenninger

Our core courses include:

Sound Design
Multitrack Recording
Writing for Film and Multimedia
Music Mastering
Arranging and Orchestration
Music Composition
Technology for Musicians
Seminar in Music Business
Junior Technology Project
Senior Technology Project

Students also take courses in Computer Networking, Computer Programming, Sound Design for Theater, and Business Marketing. Students participate in an in-house residency at the Silver Center for The Arts working with National touring groups from all over the world. Gaining “hands-on” experience working with sound designers and engineers from the Silver Center and road crews touring with those groups.

Stu at the board
PSU Student working the board at the Silver Center for the Arts

What Some of our PSU Music Technology Grads are doing in the “Real World”

Matt Berky

Matt’s work as been acknowledged by the Silver Microphone Awards, the prestigious Telly Awards for his music scoring and the Communicator Awards for his radio production technique. His music can be heard around the world on radio, television, medical animations, corporate videos, films, and documentaries.

Massive Productions
Matt’s main studio

Matt’s acclaimed music score for
The Inner Life of a Cell produced by Harvard University has brought Massive Productions world-wide acclaim. Featured on ABC World News with Charlie Gibson, the video has circled the globe, helping teach biology students all of the world by pairing animation with Matt’s innovative sound design and composition.

Visit Matt’s website:


Derrick Cram

Derrick DJ

Derrick currently owns his own DJ Service titled Primary Instinct. Derrick has toured the world with his company providing a unique blend of music and sound design.

Visit Derrick’s Website:


Bobby Davis

Bobby is working and touring with the Connection, playing guitar/bass, recording, and doing world tours

The Connection (YouTube Video)

Bobby Davis Yankee Stadium 2016
Bobby Davis (on the right) performing with The Connection at Yankee Stadium.

Bobby Davis
Bobby is on the left performing here in Belgium.

The Connection Official Website

Gregory-Dillon Scherer

Greg is currently living in New York City and working as a song writer and composer as well as an Audio Engineer at NY Color Audio.

Greg’s New Video Single White Doves

Matt Dolliver

Matt is playing saxophone and keyboards with his group “Swimmer”, which started at PSU.
They are now touring the US playing at a variety of venues with a full time road schedule.

Swimmer 2017
Matt (center playing keyboards) with his group “Swimmer”. Matt is also the recording engineer and main composer for the group!

Swimmer (Facebook Page)

Pardon The Spins

“The Spins”, headed up by PSU Music Tech Grad Brendan Gill (guitar, lead vocals, and main composer/arranger for the group)
are made up of several PSU Music Tech and Music Ed grads: Chis Alberi (saxophone) Evan Thorne (bass),
and Ben Michon (trumpet).

Pardon The Spins at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Pardon The Spins
Pardon The Spins opening for Smash Mouth.

The Spins sharing the stage with Dave Matthews

Pardon The Spins (Facebook Page)

Carl Wishneusky

Carl is currently club pianist at the Commodore Club aboard the Cunard Cruise Lines. Carl had also been a resident performing pianist for the Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Carl’s Website

David Swillum

David is owner and the main audio engineer for Crawlspace Audio (link below). Crawlspace Audio is an audio production company for all of your traditional to unique audio needs including recording, editing, mixing, and mastering.

Crawlspace Audio

David Swillum
David at one of the mixing board at Crawl Space Audio. David is also a bassist, drummer, and

Ryan McGonagle

Ryan is currently working at Rainbow Production Services, doing Sound Design and Shows throughout New England, the United States,
and Canada.

Ryan McGonagle Verizon Center
Ryan working the soundboard at an outdoor concert.

Dan Glynn
Dan Glynn
Since graduation Dan has played bass for Carnival Cruise Lines, a national tour of The Wedding Singer, and numerous musical theatre shows. Dan is currently playing bass full time for the Gold Unit of the Ringling brothers and Barnum and Bailey touring Circus.

Nick Antolini
Nick A
Nick (saxophone) is currently living in Salmiya, Al 'Āşimah, Kuwait where he is performing and teaching music at a private international school.

Jon Barnes

Jon owns his own recording studio doing outside mixing and recording projects, writing, arranging, and composing music. Jon has also started his own website development company.

David MacLean

David is currently living just outside of Boston working for a film/special events lighting/AV company called High Output Inc. where he is a Project Manager. He has been involved with various Boston film projects, most recently the Seth Macfarlane movie Ted. David has also been a project manager for large corporate and political events including multiple Obama/Biden appearances around New England.

Current PSU Student Tracks:

PSU MTech Tracks

PSU Music Technology Degree

PSU Audition and Admission Info

Studio Pictures at PSU:

Main Stage Booth

MIDI/Piano Lab

Student Project Studio

Recital Hall Booth

Studio Theatre Booth

Dr. Rik Pfenninger’s Production Company:


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