SRJC Course Outlines

2/19/2018 1:38:39 AMMUSC 50 Course Outline as of Fall 2015

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  MUSC 50Title:  INTRODUCTION TO MIDI  
Full Title:  Introduction to MIDI
Last Reviewed:3/23/2015

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

 Total Out of Class Hours:  0Total Student Learning Hours: 0 

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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An introduction to music sequencing and production with MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). Students will receive a solid technical foundation in MIDI, synthesis, and computer-based music notation, as well as hands-on experience with state-of-the-art industry 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
Description: Untitled document
An introduction to music sequencing and production with MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). Students will receive a solid technical foundation in MIDI, synthesis, and computer-based music notation, as well as hands-on experience with state-of-the-art industry 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:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply a working knowledge of MIDI terminology, sequencing, and synthesis to produce musical sequences and compositions on a MIDI workstation.

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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Explain the theoretical basis of MIDI and trace its historical development.
2. Utilize and apply a working vocabulary of MIDI terminology.
3. Demonstrate hands-on proficiency with a MIDI sequencer.
4. Explain and apply the concepts of hardware- and computer-based synthesis.
5. Demonstrate working knowledge of keyboard synthesizers, virtual synths, samplers, drum modules, and other MIDI sound generators.

Topics and Scope
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I. The History and Development of MIDI
II. The MIDI Specification    
     A. MIDI Devices
    B. MIDI Channels (1-16)
    C. MIDI Hardware signal path
    D. MIDI Channel messages
       1. Channel voice messages
        2. Channel mode messages
    E. MIDI System messages (global)
       1. System common messages
       2. System real-time messages
       3. System exclusive messages
    F. Global functions
    G. The General MIDI Spec
III. MIDI In 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: Freeze & Resample
    E. Elastic Audio: Warping
    F.  Working with grooves
IV. Hardware- vs. Computer-Based 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. Introduction to digital sampling
    E. Modeling synths
    F. Controlling synth parameters within a DAW
V. Common Modalities of DAWs: Ableton Live vs. Pro Tools
    A. Multitimbral synthesizers
    B. Sequencers
    C. ReWire data transfer protocol

Assignments:
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1. View online tutorials 2 hours per week at Groove3.com.
2. Weekly MIDI projects and weekly project review.
3. Quizzes (1-3) on vocabulary and technical terminology.
4. Completion of required laboratory hours.
5.  Final project: An original MIDI sequence or composition (minimum of 3 minutes in length) that demonstrates mastery of the concepts of the course.

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%
MIDI 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%
Terminology quizzes
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:
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Online tutorials: Groove3.com (all-access pass)
 
The MIDI Manual: A Practical Guide to MIDI in the Project Studio (3rd). Huber, David Miles. Focal Press: 2007 (Kindle Edition 2012)
 
Instructor prepared materials.

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