SRJC Course Outlines

7/6/2022 6:11:25 PMMUSC 50 Course Outline as of Fall 2021

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  MUSC 50Title:  INTRO MUSIC TECHNOLOGY  
Full Title:  Introduction to Music Technology
Last Reviewed:11/9/2020

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled2.008 min.Lab Scheduled35.00
 Contact DHR1.00 Contact DHR17.50
 Contact Total5.00 Contact Total87.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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This introductory course examines the concepts, terminology, techniques, and equipment related to music technology. Students will receive a solid foundation in the principles of sound, MIDI, synthesis, digital recording, and computer-based music notation, as well as hands-on experience with state-of-the-art industry hardware and software. Designed for students with an interest in composition, songwriting, digital audio, and/or multimedia.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This introductory course examines the concepts, terminology, techniques, and equipment related to music technology. Students will receive a solid foundation in the principles of sound, MIDI, synthesis, digital recording, and computer-based music notation, as well as hands-on experience with state-of-the-art industry hardware and software. Designed for students with an interest in composition, songwriting, digital audio, and/or multimedia.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2009Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:
 CID Descriptor: CMUS 100X Introduction to Music Technology SRJC Equivalent Course(s): MUSC50

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1. Describe and explain the fundamental concepts, terminology, techniques, and equipment related to music technology.
2. Apply a working knowledge of MIDI sequencing, digital recording, and synthesis to produce projects on a Digital Audio Workstation.
 

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Students will be able to:
1. Explain the fundamentals of sound including waveforms, frequency, amplitude, phase, and
    harmonics.
2. Demonstrate a conceptual and understanding of and working proficiency with MIDI
    hardware, software, and sequencing.
3. Explain the fundamentals of synthesis techniques such as subtractive, additive, frequency
    modulation (FM), and wavetable.
4. Describe the theory and applications of digital sampling and recording.
5. Describe the elements and techniques of computer-based music notation.

Topics and Scope
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Lecture Topics:
I. Sound and Hearing
    A. The basics of sound and sound waves
         1. Frequency
         2. Amplitude
         3. Phase and phase shift
         4. Harmonic content (timbre)
         5. The sound envelope (ADSR)
    B. Loudness levels: The Decibel (dB)
    C. The ear and human hearing
         1. Thresholds of hearing, feeling, and pain
         2. Taking care of your hearing
         3. Psycho-acoustics
    D. Auditory perception
         1. Beats
         2. Combination tones
         3. Masking
         4. Perception of direction
         5. Perception of space (reflection and reverberation)
II. Introduction to the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)
    A. The MIDI specification
    B. MIDI devices
    C. MIDI channels
    D. Signal flow
    E. Channel and system messages
    F. Global functions
    G. The General MIDI (GM) specifications
III. Introduction to Digital Sampling and Recording
    A. Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs)
    B. Technologies and formats
    C. Quantization
    D. Sample rate
    E. Bit depth
    F. The Nyquist theorem
    G. Dither
IV. Sequencing with a Digital Audio Workstation
    A. The basics
         1. Starting a new project & saving
         2. Audio & MIDI tracks
              a. Record/play/mute/solo
              b. Softsynths (instruments)
    B. Recording modes
    C. Converting audio to MIDI
    D. Work flow schemes: freezing & resampling
    E. Elastic Audio: warping
    F. Working with grooves
    G. Effects processing
V. Introduction to Synthesis
    A. Analog (subtractive) synthesis
         1. Three elements of sound: pitch, timbre, and amplitude
         2. Voltage-Controlled Oscillators (VCOs): pitch
         3. Basic waveforms
         4. Filters (timbre)
         5. Amplifiers (amplitude)
         6. Modifiers
              a. Envelopes
              b. Low Frequency Oscillator (LFO)
    B. Frequency Modulation (FM) synthesis
         1. Carriers
         2. Modulators
    C. Wavetable synthesis
    D. Controlling synth parameters within a DAW
VI. Introduction to computer-based music notation
    A. Computer notation basics
    B. DAW score windows
    C. Major platforms: Finale, Sibelius, MuseScore
 
Laboratory Topics:
I.   Beginning-level usage of a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
II.  MIDI sequencing, sampling, and/or other digital recording applications
III. Basics of computer-based notation
IV. Individual projects

Assignments:
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1. Reading (10-20 pp. per week) from the text, handouts, and/or online tutorials
2. Weekly projects and classroom discussions
3. Quiz(zes) (1-3) on course topics (multiple choice/short answer/essay as needed)
4. Completion of required laboratory hours
5. Comprehensive final exam and/or final project designed in consultation with the instructor
6. Hands-on proficiency demonstrations

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
None
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
40 - 55%
Class project(s)
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
25 - 35%
Hands-on proficiency demonstrations
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 25%
Quizzes and exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 10%
Attendance and participation, lab hours


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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An Introduction to Music Technology. 3rd ed. Hosken, Dan. Routledge. 2020
 
Online tutorials: Groove3.com (all-access pass)
 
Instructor prepared materials.

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