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Effective Term:
Winter 2016 through Summer 2024

Course Number:
MUS 172
Course Title:
Music Technology: Record, Remix and DJ
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Course Description

Continues development of digital music technology skills for musicians and music majors. Covers live performance applications, mash-ups, visual object languages, interactive media, and artist development and production. Includes industry and independent artist marketing practices. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Perform live music using digital music technology.
  2. Compose electronic music using a variety of conceptual and technical methods within the framework of identified stylistic practices.
  3. Create interdisciplinary music composition and/or performance using electronic music.
  4. Develop and implement a pre-production plan including: technical needs, budget, scheduling, artistic process, and creative content.
  5. Develop a marketing plan for one's own work.

Course Activities and Design

  • Complete projects/electronic music compositions
  • Complete exercises for the purpose of learning the functionalities of various technologies within and beyond the music industry
  • Engage in group discussions and evaluations of musical and non-musical works created by established composers, artists and peers
  • Instructor demonstration of technology within a historical and cultural context
  • Create artist narratives commenting on the rationale for one's own process and work and its relationship with the processes and works of others
  • Develop a basic marketing plan for one's own work

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 Evaluations

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

History and Context

  • Contemporary Artists, Trends, and Techniques
  • Connections across disciplines: computer music, sound installation art, interactive multi-media performance art, dance and theater.


  • 21th Century Techniques
  • Soundscapes for Installation Art
  • Music for Dance
  • Sound Design for Theater
  • Audio for Video/Film


  • Remixes/ Mash-ups
  • Introductory Graphical Object Oriented Programming for music
  • DJ Techniques for Performing Original Music Created in the Studio
  • Hardware Based Performance and Live Conventional Instruments
  • Creating Simple Multi-media Stage Design

Music Business

  • Copyright and Legal Concerns
  • Royalties
  • Promotion
  • Budget Management
  • Artistic Development