Music Laptop Requirement

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What is required?

Technology is just one element of music education at CBU, but one of significance. To successfully complete undergraduate work as a music major or minor, a student is required to own an Apple laptop with specific software titles. Courses like music theory, music technology, arranging, and others will utilize this computer for projects both in and out of the classroom.

All music major and minor students are required to purchase the following:

Although not required, it is highly recommended you purchase an external, bus-powered USB drive that is at least 1TB in size. This device can be used for backup needs in addition to large file storage.

All music major and minor students, except composition majors, are required to own at least a Tier 1 computer.
Music composition students are required to own at least a Tier 2 computer.

Tier 1
13-inch MacBook Pro with i7 processor
8GB of RAM
256GB of SSD storage

Tier 2
15-inch MacBook Pro with i7 processor
16GB of RAM
512GB of SSD storage

Where can I purchase a laptop?

While you have the option to purchase this equipment from any authorized reseller, Apple has provided a website for CBU students with discounted pricing. Please follow this link to see available pricing and options.

Additionally, Apple is offering a special application bundle right now that includes 5 of their Pro Applications, including Logic Pro X, for the same cost as Logic Pro X by itself. Please follow this link for more details.

I have more questions. Who can I contact?

Please send an email to for questions not covered here.