Music 150 Music Technology Syllabus
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Class Location: E102 M-F , at
Credit Hours: 5
MUSIC 150 is entitled Music
Technology, It is the first of a four quarter sequence that explores music and
audio production techniques in digital audio.
This course will begin with an overview of the
theory of sound, simple physics, electricity and acoustics. The history of music production will be
surveyed focusing on the progression from analog beginnings to today’s digital
workstations. Anecdotal information will be shared from the instructor’s
fifteen-year experience in running a recording studio and a college radio
station. Current hardware and software
for writing and producing music will be introduced, including
Texts: There are no required texts, but for the student who wishes to have hard copy references to supplement the course lectures and demos, the following texts are optional and on order at the bookstore:
Audio in Media by Alten,
Modern Recording Techniques, Huber Focal Press ISBN: 0240804562
Producing Music using Digital Performer by Newhouse, Berklee Press; ISBN: 0876390564
Additional requirements: Students may wish to purchase a zip disk or USB volatile memory device later in the term to save their projects to. A notebook or laptop will assist in notetaking. Please bring a writing instrument and paper to class. Students will be asked to supply their email address. Assignments will be submitted by email or on paper.
Course Organization: The course will meet Monday-Friday for fifty minutes
each day in a lecture/demo format. Demonstrations
involving sound, recording, and technology will be given as appropriate with an
emphasis on practical use. Students will be expected to participate in
discussions and may volunteer to perform as part of the class demos. Quizes will be given at least once a week and
at least two writing assignments will be given. There will be a final project
involving the use of the
Grading Criteria: Class attendance is required in lieu of required texts. Absences will lead to a lowered grade and students are responsible for material missed in class. Grade will be determined by attendance and ungraded assessment quizzes (40%), graded quizzes, (20%), midterm and final (20%), assignments, projects or presentations (20%).
Students with disabilities who have accommodation needs are required to meet with the Director of Disability Support Services in Rom B132 to establish their eligibility for accommodation.