Laptop Requirements

Technology is deeply integrated into the music program at APU. To successfully complete their undergraduate courses, all music majors are required to own an Apple laptop along with the listed accessories. All music theory, music technology, arranging, composition, and orchestration classes will use this laptop as the centerpiece for both student projects and classroom teaching.

All commercial music majors are required to own a laptop that meets the Tier 2 specifications. Although Tier 2 is recommended for all students, those who are not commercial music majors are only required to own a laptop that meets Tier 1 specifications. All music majors must purchase the listed software and accessories.

Tier 1 Laptop Specifications

Minimum Required

13" MacBook Pro (Retina Display)
Intel i7 2.4GHz processor
128GB SSD Drive

Tier 2 Laptop Specifications

Minimum Required for Commercial Music Majors

15" MacBook Pro (Retina Display)
Intel i7 2.0 GHz processor
256 GB SSD Drive

Required Accessories

Logic Pro X (Purchased through the App Store on your laptop)
M-Audio 25 Key Oxygen USB Keyboard
500GB USB Powered External Drive

Recommended Accessories

M-Audio Mobile Laptop Studio Backpack

All of these accessory items are available from the APU Computer Store. They can be purchased when you arrive on campus, or you may purchase them separately at the retailer of your choice.

Setup and Installation

When you arrive on campus, all music majors will need to schedule an appointment in the MIDI Lab to install and configure their software. Further details will be available in the School of Music office when you arrive for the start of the fall semester.

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Lee, director of music technology, at

Note: This information is current for the 2019-20 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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