Music Technology Courses

The Music Technology program at Shoreline Community College is designed to familiarize the student who is interested in music merchandising, audio engineering. > More

 

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

 

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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. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 102
Music Business Law (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. 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 or MATH 098 (2.0 or better) or placement into MATH 099. 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. 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. 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. Prerequisite: MUSTC 122 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. 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. 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. Prerequisite: MUSTC 132 or equivalent with permission of instructor. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 135
Introduction to Live Sound Reinforcement (3)

Introduction to theory and methods necessary for live sound reinforcement in diverse applications. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 141
Tech Music Theory 1 (3)

An introduction to reading and writing music. Topics include standard music notation, meter, rhythm and aural skills. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 142
Tech Music Theory 2 (3)

Further study of reading, writing and listening to music. Topics include major scale construction, key signature notation and identification, rhythm and aural skills. Prerequisite: MUSTC 141 with a grade of P or 2.0 or better, or instructor permission. Concurrent enrollment in MUSTC 191 is required. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 143
Tech Music Theory 3 (3)

Focus on intermediate reading, writing and listening to music. Topics include minor scale construction, triad construction, rhythm, and aural skills. Prerequisite: MUSTC 142 with a grade of P or 2.0 or better, or instructor permission. Concurrent enrollment in MUSTC 192 required. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 151
Introduction to Music Technology (2)

Course introduces students to electronic music technology and production using personal computers with DAW, synthesizers, samplers, DSP FX and electronic control devices. The history, transmission, and protocols of Audio and MIDI data are examined. 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. 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. Prerequisite: MUSTC 151, MUSTC 152. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 154
Synthesizers: Modular & FM (3)

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. Creative sound design w/ modular synthesis software. Concepts of modular and FM synthesis. Prerequisite: MUSTC 151 with a grade of P or 2.0 or better, or instructor permission. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 155
Synthesizers: Sampling (3)

Recorded audio is used to create instruments and sound effects by applying the fundamental techniques of sampling, wavetable and granular synthesis (looping, pitch change, keyboard mapping, velocity layers). Modular synth construction software use for demonstration and analysis of basic sampling concepts. Prerequisite: MUSTC 151 with a grade of P or 2.0 or better, 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. 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. 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. 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. Prerequisite: MUSTC 172. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 180
Audio for Interactive Media - I (3)

Students learn various techniques and processes used for the integration of music and audio to video games and other interactive media. Students gain familiarity with the terminology and basic concepts of audio for gaming. Prerequisite: MUSTC 151 with a grade of P or 2.0 or better, or instructor permission. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 181
Audio for Interactive Media - II (3)

Students learn practical use of game audio middleware for the development of music and SFX for adaptive media (video games). Students are introduced to the extended musical processes and workflow. Prerequisite: MUSTC 151 with a grade of P or 2.0 or better, or instructor permission. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 191
Tech Keyboard 1 (2)

First year keyboard (piano) course for Music Technology students. Students are introduced to note names on the keyboard as well as major scale construction. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 192
Tech Keyboard 2 (2)

Students learn to create triads in various keys and forms on the keyboard. Prerequisite: MUSTC 191 with a grade of P or 2.0 or better, or instructor permission. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 193
Tech Keyboard 3 (2)

Techniques for musical data entry using an electronic piano style keyboard. Digital Audio Workstations provide keyboard access to notation, sequencing, and recording software. Improvisation and melody construction. Prerequisite: MUSTC 192 with a grade of P or 2.0 or better, or instructor permission. 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 classroom. 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. 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. 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. Prerequisite: MUSTC 222 or equivalent with permission of instructor. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 231
Audio Post-I Digital Music Production (3)

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. Prerequisite: MUSTC 131, MUSTC 132, MUSTC 133 with a grade of P or 2.0 or better, or instructor permission. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 232
Audio Post II - Digital Radio Production (3)

Advanced broadcast-oriented commercial, public service, short-and long-form programming. Non-linear digital production using digital audio workstations in a recording studio environment, based upon a broadcast paradigm (quick turnaround, high-volume production of time-sensitive audio content). Prerequisite: MUSTC 231 with a grade of P or 2.0 or better, or instructor permission. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 233
Audio Post III - Digital Audio for Video (3)

Design music, sound effects, and other creative audio components for existing video material. Use 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. Prerequisite: MUSTC 232 with a grade of P or 2.0 or better, or instructor permission. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 241
Tech Music Theory 4 (3)

Application of music theory concepts to 'real life' situations of contemporary music. Basic ear training, harmony, rhythm, and melody are examined. Designed primarily for students enrolled in Music Technology Program. Prerequisite: MUSTC 143 with a grade of P or 2.0 or better, or permission of instructor. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 242
Tech Music Theory 5 (3)

Application of music theory concepts to contemporary music. Intermediate ear training, harmony, rhythm, and melody are examined. The course is designed primarily for students enrolled in the Music Technology Program. Prerequisite: MUSTC 241 with a grade of P or 2.0 or better. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 243
Tech Music Theory 6 (3)

Application of music theory concepts to contemporary music. Advanced ear training, harmony, rhythm, and melody are examined. The course is designed primarily for students enrolled in the Music Technology Program. Prerequisite: MUSTC 242 with a grade of P or 2.0 or better, or instructor permission. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 250
Class Piano for Popular and Commercial Music (2)

MUSTC 250 focuses on rhythmic and melodic improvisation techniques for performers, arrangers, and composers. Students play along with pre-recorded rhythm tracks using common chord progressions. Skills in reading standard music notation are NOT essential for success in the course. Prerequisite: MUSC 151 with a grade of 2.0 or better, or instructor permission. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 271
Advanced Electronic Music Production I (3)

Students gain advanced techniques in the creation of electronic music through advanced synthesis-patch and sample-patch design. Students learn to use these sounds through practical application within their own electronic musical compositions. Prerequisite: MUSTC 151, MUSTC 152, MUSTC 153, MUSTC 154, MUSTC 155, MUSTC 163, with a grade of P or 2.0 or better, or instructor permission. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 272
Advanced Electronic Music Production II (3)

Students acquire techniques for producing realistic emulations of acoustic instruments through the use of sequencers, synthesiers, and samplers. Prerequisite: MUSTC 151, MUSTC 152, MUSTC 153, MUSTC 154, and MUSTC 163 with a grade of P or 2.0 or better, or instructor permission. Student option grading.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 273
Advanced Electronic Music Production III (3)

Students acquire techniques in composing music for various media such as film scores, video games and animations, as well as developing their portfolio and considering ways of sharing and transporting work. Prerequisite: MUSTC 151, MUSTC 152, MUSTC 153, MUSTC 154, MUSTC 155, MUSTC 163 with a grade of P or 2.0 or better, or instructor permission. Student option 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. 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.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 292
Special Topics in Music Technology (2)

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

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 293
Special Topics in Music Technology (3)

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

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 294
Special Topics in Music Technology (4)

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

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 295
Special Topics in Music Technology (5)

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

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.