Whether you are a TIMARA major or are looking to take your first TIMARA class, the department offers courses on a wide range of topics and at many different levels to meet student demand. You can find more information and course descriptions here as well as in Oberlin’s course catalog.

Professor Tom Lopez's studio class meets with studio dog, Saveen, in studio 4

TIMARA majors begin their studies with the core 200-level curriculum. Non-majors frequently begin their TIMARA journey with one of our 100-level courses, each of which provides a comprehensive introduction to different topics in music technology.

Bikes affixed to an orange ladder, casting shadows on a blank white wall.
Students enrolled in Crafting Sound: An Introduction to Sound Art created a sonic sculpture featuring bikes from the bike coop, contact mics, and a ladder.

Depending on their skill level, interests, and availability, non-majors may take several 100-level courses, join the 200-level sequence, or enroll in one of our 300-level advanced special topics courses. The core 200-level courses are not required for all advanced courses, so if you see a course that interests you, reach out to the instructor to learn more!

Three students gathered around a mixing console during studio recording class.
Studio Recording students

Past 300-level have included Studio recording, Creative Practice, Choreographing Sound, Audio Visual Composition, Digital Signal Processing, Mixed Media Collaborations, Mixed Media Circuits, Sound Art, and much more.

Small, thin, flexible circuits on Kapton tape, a flexible, yellow substrate that is heat resistance.
Flexible astable multivibrator circuits made with copper tape, kapton tape, and (mostly) surface mount components as part of a Mixed Media Circuits class. Circuits were embedded in handmade paper.