PCC/ CCOG / MUS

Course Content and Outcome Guide for MUS 170

Course Number:
MUS 170
Course Title:
Music and Computers
Credit Hours:
2
Lecture Hours:
10
Lecture/Lab Hours:
20
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
$6.00

Course Description

Introduction to computer technology for musicians and musicians and music major. Focuses on software-based music composition and notation. Introduces electronic music composers and compositional techniques. Basic knowledge of computers is recommended. Prerequisites: MUS 110 or MUS 111. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Class lectures will be used to provide students with a hands-on approach to computer based music composition. Students will spend time working on individual projects that focus on applying specific concepts and technologies as covered in class lectures.
Students who satisfactorily complete this course will:

  • Have a working knowledge of MIDI
  • Successfully setup a basic MIDI workstation
  • Notate, transpose and manipulate a basic musical composition using notation software
  • Create and edit a basic sound wave
  • Edit digital audio
  • Create basic music composition using MIDI and digital audio

COURSE ACTIVITIES AND DESIGN:

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

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