PCC/ CCOG / MUS

Course Content and Outcome Guide for MUS 170 Effective Winter 2016

Course Number:
MUS 170
Course Title:
Music Technology: Beats and Basics
Credit Hours:
3
Lecture Hours:
20
Lecture/Lab Hours:
20
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
$6.00

Course Description

Introduces music technology for musicians and music majors. Covers software-based recording with a focus on the construction of beats and melodies. Presents a foundation in MIDI, sequencing, signal processing, and applied production. Introduces history of electronic music. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Recommended basic knowledge of computers and MUS 110. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Apply the fundamental ideas and practices of electronic music composition in the completion of projects.
  2. In the composition of electronic music, make and explain artistic and aesthetic choices with regard to cultural and historical assumptions, associations, traditions, and conventions and to one's own voice, style and/or identity.
  3. Apply a basic understanding of electronic music history to better use current technology.
  4. Notate music using technology, utilizing both standard notation and alternatives.

Course Activities and Design

  • Electronic Music Composition Projects
  • Complete exercises for the purpose of learning the function of music technologies
  • Engage in group discussions and evaluations of musical works created by established composers and peers
  • Instructor demonstration of music technology and place it within historical and cultural contexts
  • Create artist statement reflecting one's own process and its relationship with the processes and works of others

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Grades will be determined by measuring student competency in the related subject matter. Methods used to determine competency might include:

  • Practical Examinations
  • Quantitative/Qualitative Examinations
  • Individual Projects
  • Group Projects
  • Peer reviews/Evaluations

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

ELECTRONIC MUSIC

  • The early pioneers
  • Magnetic tape
  • Musique Concrete
  • Introduction of computers

MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface)

  • Basic MIDI Terminology
  • MIDI Hardware
  • Interfacing Instruments and Computers
  • MIDI Event Lists
  • Sequencers and Sequencing Software

MUSIC NOTATION

  • Notation and MIDI Language
  • Step Entry Methods
  • Real time Entry
  • Editing and Layout Basics
  • Format Guidelines
  • Transposition and Transposing Instruments

SOUND SYNTHESIS

  • Basic Wave forms
  • Low Frequency Oscillators
  • Frequency Modulation
  • Algorithms
  • Sound Parameters
  • Computer-Based Synthesis

OVER VIEW OF DIGITAL SAMPLING

  • Conversion and Sampling Rates
  • Loops
  • Basic Manipulation
  • Software-Based Sampling
  • Formats

OVERVIEW OF SOUND EDITING AND DIGITAL RECORDING

  • Equalization
  • Limiting and Compression
  • Reverb
  • Cut and Paste Tools
  • Punching-In
  • Synchronization Codes
  • Multi-Tracking
  • Digital File Formats