MUSC124 Music Technology
Department of Arts and Communication: Music
- I. Course Number and Title
- MUSC124 Music Technology
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- V. Other Pertinent Information
This course meets the General Education requirement for Arts/Humanities.
- 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
Course Learning Goals
- Demonstrate knowledge of the history of MIDI technology;
- Demonstrate the function of synthesizers and computers in contemporary music and its applications [Arts/Humanities];
- Create an original composition through the medium of electronic music [Arts/Humanities];
- Learn MIDI communication, data transmission and basic synthesizer techniques; and
- Perform computer-based sequencing, orchestration, and notation.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- This course begins with an historical overview of MIDI technology.
- Introduction to the use of appropriate software and hardware.
- Produce a Noise Project by using play as an impetus for creation.
- Produce a Film Project by representing the psychology of drama.
- Use MIDI technology as a tool for understanding the importance of time, meter, rhythm, and their traditional applications to produce a Drum Loops Project.
- Examine the interrelated aspects of auditory and visual arts to produce an Art Project.
- Students examining the interrelated aspects of auditory and visual arts to produce an Art Project.
- Determine what criteria are necessary to define a work as art in the production of "What is Art" Paper.
- Produce a Composition Project, by exploring the functions of form and orchestration in the creation of a completed musical and artistic work.
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsStudents meet the Course Learning Goals by submitting creative projects, written assignments, and a comprehensive composition project, in which they demonstrate both a thorough understanding of music technology and its subsequent application in a creative setting. The composition project is comprised of an original musical composition, a written paper that explicates the specific processes employed to compose the work, and individual presentation of the composition by its creator.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:See course syllabus.
Review/Approval Date - 4/08; Revised 3/2010; New Core 8/2015; Revised 02/28/2019; Revised: 6/20/2023