Music Technology

Following are course descriptions. Check the Annual Schedule to plan your schedule.

 

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 100
Career Development (2)

A seminar to assist students in the exploration and development of a career in the music industry. Factual information is presented by professionals working in a variety of music-related careers. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 101
Survey of Music Recording/Publishing Business (2)

Students learn techniques for successful operation of businesses focusing in the area of music recording and publishing. Cash flow is tracked and evaluated throughout the industry. The course details income generated by studio ownership, artist royalties, broadcast royalties and contract negotiation. Previously MUSTC 104. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 102
Rights and Methods in Multimedia (2)

Students learn techniques for the development and marketing of various multimedia products. They will be introduced to legal issues relating to content including copyrighting, trademark law, publicity and privacy rights, unions and other related organizations. Previously MUSTC 105. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 106
Acoustics of Music (5)

Students are introduced to the acoustical properties of sound and music. The course begins with an introduction to simple vibrating systems, wave and wave propagation and progress and goes through the reception of sound, frequency and pitch to auditorium and room acoustics. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Math 080 (2.0 or better) or a score of 60 or higher on the Algebra COMPASS test. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 121
First-Year Audio Recording 1 (3)

Students gain a working knowledge of signal flow in a modern multi-track recording facility through the study and application of acoustics, decibels and microphones. This course is the first of a structured three-course sequence. Previously MUSTC 220. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 122
First-Year Audio Recording 2 (3)

Students gain a deeper understanding of signal flow in a modern multi-track recording facility through the study and usage of recording consoles and signal processing. This course is the second of a structured three-course sequence. Previously MUSTC 221. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 123
First-Year Audio Recording 3 (3)

Students gain a deeper understanding of signal flow in a modern multi-track recording facility through the study and usage of audio recorders, amplifiers and speakers. This course is the third of a structured three-course sequence. Previously MUSTC 222. Prerequisite: MUSTC122 or instructor permission. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 131
Digital Audio Production 1 (3)

Introduction to ProTools. Manipulate the two main windows in ProTools and learn basic work flows. First in a series of three courses. Previously MUSTC 226. Prerequisite: VCT 124 Mac Basics prior or simultaneously. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 132
Digital Audio Production 2 (3)

Intermediate ProTools. Manipulate audio and MIDI components of the software and study more complex production work flow. Second in series of three courses. Previously MusTc 227. Prerequisite: MUSTC 131 or equivalent with permission of instructor. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 133
Digital Audio Production 3 (3)

Sound design for static and dynamic applications and video games. Third course of 3 in series. Previously MUSTC 228. Prerequisite: MUSTC 132 or equivalent with permission of instructor. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 143
Introduction to Pop & Commercial Music Theory I (3)

This course begins a process of study in ear training, harmony, rhythm, melody, nomenclature, and production skills necessary for success in pop and commercial music styles. Previously MUSTC 103. Prerequisite: MUSC& 142 or instructor permission. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 151
Introduction to MIDI (2)

Course introduces students to MIDI music production using synthesizers, sequencers, samplers, drum machines, personal computers and electronic control devices. The history, transmission, and protocol of the MIDI data stream are examined. Instruction is balanced between demonstration and hands-on learning opportunities. Previously MUSTC 230. Prerequisite: VCT124 (may be taken concurrently) or instructor permission. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 152
MIDI Sequencing I (2)

This course introduces students to MIDI sequencing technology using the Macintosh computer. Students learn basic MIDI production skills including real and step-time entry, quantization, looping, transposition, editing, and sound selection. The course features both demonstration and hands-on learning opportunities. Previously MUSTC 231. Prerequisite: MUSTC 151. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 153
MIDI Sequencing II (2)

This course develops advanced skill in MIDI sequencing technology. Students learn MIDI functions including data manipulation in various editing environments, synchronization, humanization, and the use of plug-ins and virtual instruments. The course features a balance of demonstration and hands-on learning opportunities. Previously MUSTC 241. Prerequisite: MUSTC 151, MUSTC 152. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 154
Synthesizers: Modular, FM, Physical Modeling (4)

Introducing creative sound design using a modular synthesis construction program to demonstrate underlying theory. Subtractive, modular and FM synths will be explained, using oscillators, EGs, filters and dynamic modulation controls. Prerequisite: Intro to Music Technology 101 or instructor permission. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 155
Synthesizers: Sampling, Wavetable, Granular (4)

Learn the fundamental processes associated with sampling (looping, keyboard mapping, velocity layers, instrument building, and beat creation) and introduces other related methods of synthesis wavetable and granular synthesis. Uses a modular synth construction software application for analysis of concepts. Prerequisite: MUSTC 151 - Intro to MIDI or instructor permission. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 163
MIDI Drum Programming (2)

Students learn to program drumbeats using available MIDI devices. A variety of styles and approaches are presented to develop skill in both real-time and step entry programming. Instruction is balanced between demonstration and hands-on learning. Previously MUSTC 234. Prerequisite: MUSTC 151 or instructor permission. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 171
Dig. Audio Workstation I: Musical Digital Audio (5)

Students learn the Digital Performer or Apple Logic application with an emphasis on the digital audio component of the application software. Students demonstrate and develop projects simulating a commercial recording studio environment. First in series of three courses. Previously MUSTC 236. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 172
Dig. Audio Workstation II: Static Sound Design (5)

Students learn the Digital Performer or Apple Logic application as it applies to audio post-production of static sound design elements such as software graphical-user-interface (GUI), on-line audio and books-on-tape, simulating a commercial recording studio environment. Second in series of three courses. Previously MUSTC 237. Prerequisite: MUSTC 171. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 173
Dig Audio Workstn III: Film & Video Sound Design (5)

Logic or Digital Performer video post-production simulating a commercial environment. Third in series of three courses. Previously MUSTC 238. Prerequisite: MUSTC 172. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 200
Navigating the New Music Business (3)

As conventional models in the music business crumble, we investigate new revenue streams and emerging businesses on the web, incorporating social media into P.R. and how to network effectively. Explore new ways of creating, financing, promoting and distributing music. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 201
Masters and Mentors (2)

Students interact weekly with a different guest speaker from the local music community, including managers, label owners, studio owners, booking agents, entertainment lawyers and DIY musicians who bring real world credentials and expertise to the classrooom. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 221
Multitrack Music Production 1 (3)

Students learn the operation of a multitrack recording studio while working as engineers on mixing and basic recording projects. This course is the first of a structured three-course sequence. Previously MUSTC223. Prerequisite: MUSTC 123 or instructor permission. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 222
Multitrack Music Production 2 (3)

Students exercise intermediate skills in multitrack music production while working as engineers and producers on recording projects. Emphasis is on the development of a student recording portfolio. This course is the second of a structured three-course sequence. Previously MUSTC 224. Prerequisite: MUSTC 221 or equivalent with permission of instructor. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 223
Multitrack Music Production 3 (3)

Students exercise advanced skills in multitrack music production while working as engineers and producers on recording projects. Emphasis is on the development of a student recording portfolio. This course is the third of a structured three-course sequence. Previously MUSTC 225. Prerequisites: MUSTC 222 or equivalent with permission of instructor. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 231
Audio Post-I Digital Music Production (5)

Provides students with a working understanding of advanced non-linear digital production of music using digital audio workstations in a recording studio environment. Portfolio materials demonstrate music recording, mixing and mastering techniques. First in series of three courses. Previously MUSTC 246. Prerequisite: MUSTC 133 or instructor permission. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 232
Audio Post II - Digital Radio Production (5)

Advanced radio broadcast-oriented commercial, public service, short-and long-form programming non-linear digital production using digital audio workstations in a recording studio environment, based on a broadcast paradigm (quick turnaround, high-volume production of time-sensitive audio content.) 2nd in series. Previously MUSTC 247. Prerequisite: MUSTC 131, MUSTC 132, MUSTC 133, MUSTC 231 and VCT 124, or Instructor Permission. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 233
Audio Post III - Digital Audio for Video (5)

Design music, sound effects, and other creative audio components for existing video material, using advanced production techniques on a non-linear digital audio workstation. Learn standards and practices used in the post-production industry in a recording studio environment. 3rd in series of 3. Previously MUSTC 248. Prerequisite: MUSTC 133, MUSTC 232 or instructor permission. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 241
Pop and Commercial Music Theory I (5)

Basic music theory concepts as applied to pop and commercial music. Includes ear training and basic harmonic, rhythmic, and melodic applications in popular styles. Techniques for creating four-part harmony typical of horn and string accompaniments in commercial music. Previously MUSTC 215. Prerequisite: MUSTC 143 or permission of instructor. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 242
Pop and Commercial Music Theory II (5)

Music theory concepts to develop skills for analysis and construction of pop and commercial music. Harmonic, rhythmic, and melodic applications used in the industry. Creation of string and horn accompaniments to enhance the rhythm section. Previously MUSTC 216. Prerequisite: MUSTC 241. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 243
Pop and Commercial Music Theory III (5)

Application of music theory concepts to create commercially viable pop music. Advanced ear training, arranging, production techniques, chord substitution, progressions in non-diatonic function. Counterpoint technique in pop music. Individualized creative projects accumulate techniques acquired in 3-quarter sequence. Previously MUSTC 217. Prerequisite: MUSTC 242 or equivalent with permission of instructor. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 271
Advanced Electronic Music Production I (4)

Students gain advanced techniques in the creation of new musical timbres through advanced synthesis-patch and sample-patch design. Students learn to use these sounds through practical application within their own MIDI-based musical compositions. Prerequisite: MUSTC 151, MUSTC152, MUSTC 153, MUSTC 161, MUSTC 162, MUSTC 163, MUSTC 171, MUSTC 172, MUSTC 173 or instructor permission. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 272
Advanced Electronic Music Production II (4)

Students acquire techniques for producing realistic sounding emulations of acoustic instruments through the use of sequencers, synthesizers and samplers. Students also learn to incorporate recorded, acoustic instruments into their electronic music sequences. Prerequisite: MUSTC 151, MUSTC 152, MUSTC 153, MUSTC 161, MUSTC 162, MUSTC 163, MUSTC 171, MUSTC 172, MUSTC 173, MUSTC 264 or instructor permission. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 273
Advanced Electronic Music Production III (4)

Students acquire techniques in composing music for other media and will compose and produce music for film scores, video games, and other media. Prerequisite: MUSTC 151, MUSTC 152, MUSTC 153, MUSTC 161, MUSTC 162, MUSTC 163, MUSTC 171, MUSTC 172, MUSTC 173, MUSTC 264, MUSTC 265 or instructor permission. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 274
Music Technology Portfolio Development (2)

Create a professional portfolio which includes samples of student's work and is tailored to each student. Previously MUSTC 249. Prerequisite: Second-year standing and completion of advanced Music Technology courses, or with instructor permission. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 290
Internship in Music Business (5)

Application of music business techniques and theories in an off-campus environment. Site approval must be obtained by student. This variable credit course may be repeated. Prerequisite: Completion of at least 45 credits in Entertainment Business program and instructor's permission. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 291
Special Topics in Music Technology (1)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in music technology. Previously MUSTC 281.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 292
Special Topics in Music Technology (2)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in music technology. Previously MUSTC 282.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 293
Special Topics in Music Technology (3)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in music technology. Previously MUSTC 283.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 294
Special Topics in Music Technology (4)

Classes focusing on specific issues and/or topics of interest in music technology. Previously MUSTC 284.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 295
Special Topics in Music Technology (5)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in music technology. Previously MUSTC 285.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 297
Individual Project in Music Technology (1)

Individual project is a specific area of music technology. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 298
Individual Project in Music Technology (2)

Individual project is a specific area of music technology. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 299
Individual Project in Music Technology (3)

Individual project is a specific area of music technology. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience. Mandatory decimal grading.