MUSC124 Music Technology

Department of The Arts: Music

I. Course Number and Title
MUSC124 Music Technology
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
This course fulfills Core Category I: Creative Expression. This is a studio and lecture based course.
VI. Catalog Course Description
Following a general historical survey of MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) technology, this course examines entry, transmission, and editing of MIDI data and its musical notation via industry standard software and hardware. Students apply music technology in creative projects ranging from song writing to film scoring to studio preproduction.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. demonstrate an understanding of the history of MIDI technology;
      2. demonstrate an awareness of the role of synthesizers and computers in contemporary music and its applications;
      3. demonstrate personal expression through the medium of electronic music;
      4. practice MIDI communication and data transmission;
      5. practice basic synthesizer techniques; and
      6. perform computer-based sequencing, orchestration, and notation.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Category I:
      Creative Expression
      Students will:
      1. create a unique, personal, finished product appropriate to the medium; (1,2)
      2. perform a critical examination and assessment of their work, as well as the work of others;(1,3)
      3. demonstrate an understanding of the language, formal qualities, structure, and interpretive methodologies relative to the medium(3); and
      4. articulate how they got from the initial concept to the final product.(2)
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. This course begins with an historical overview of MIDI technology.
    2. Students are introduction to the use of appropriate software and hardware.
    3. Using play as an impetus for creation, students produce a Noise Project.
    4. Representing the psychology of drama, students produce a Film Project.
    5. Students use MIDI technology as a tool for understanding the importance of time, meter, rhythm, and their traditional applications to produce a Drum Loops Project.
    6. By exploring the functions of form and orchestration in the creation of a completed musical and artistic work, students produce a Song Project.
    7. Students examining the interrelated aspects of auditory and visual arts to produce an Art Project.
    8. Students are asked to determine what criteria are necessary to define a work as art in the production of "What is Art" Paper.
    9. Students create a Final Project that demonstrates both comprehensive and cumulative application of techniques associated with the Course Learning Activities delineated above. This assignment consists of 1) an original composition, 2)a written paper that provides a detailed description and analysis of the work composed, and 3) a presentation of the Final Project to the class.
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students meet the Course Learning Goals by submitting creative projects, written assignments, and a comprehensive final project, in which they demonstrate both a thorough understanding of music technology and its subsequent application in a creative setting. In addition, the project must include a written paper that explicates the specific processes employed to compose the work. The project must be individually presented to the class by its creator.
    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Students meet the Core Learning Goals of Creative Expression via class participation and discussion, undertaking multiple tasks involving creative application of MIDI technology in project-specific environments, and by performing individual and group critiques of student work.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    A departmentally selected textbook is required for this course. (See course format.)
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - 4/08; Revised 3/2010