Advanced Digital Mastering, Editing, and Delivery
This in-depth, project-oriented class gives the student intensive exposure to the creative and technical issues involved in advanced music mastering, editing, and delivery. Topics include CD and DVD mastering, multichannel audio formats (5.1), internet audio, and the standards and practices of digital audio production. Students enhance their technical knowledge of advanced audio concepts and studio techniques while developing their ability to listen critically and creatively through hands-on projects. Further areas of exploration include audio restoration and forensic audio.
Hip-Hop Production for Records
This course is designed to focus on the musical, vocal, and technical production skills in hip-hop record production. Advancing the basic concepts of music production techniques introduced in Music Production for Records (MP-320), the course embraces the professional practices for record production in the hip-hop genre. Students are required to showcase their skills in weekly projects and a final original project.
Electronic Music on the iPad
In this class the student will use a wide array of music production tools available for mobile devices. Emphasis will be placed on scenarios where touchscreen mobile devices offer unique possibilities in the world of music production and performance. Students will explore new avenues for music creation and performance through solo and collaborative projects in a hands-on setting. Projects will include using the iPad as a self-contained production platform, as well as its integration into larger scenarios in music production and performance.
Production and Business of Dance Music
This course allows the student to understand the history and business of dance music from its early disco format in the '70s and '80s to its wide variety of current styles and trends. Students write, produce, mix, and remix their work in the related style within the various dance music genres. In order to do this successfully, students are required to familiarize themselves with the current outlets for dance music (i.e. Traxsource, Beatport, In Grooves, etc.) and the current list of artists, producers, DJs, and remixers whose work can be found charted on these industry sites. A full understanding of the inner workings of this popular genre will be necessary for the students to be successful within this field. Three production projects are required.
Audio Implementation for Video Games
This course provides an immersion in the techniques and methodologies used in implementing sound and music assets into a video game environment. Covers the tenets of sound and music implementation as part of the game development structure. Project workflow, audio pipeline, and common middleware tools are used to mirror current audio practices in the video game industry.
Surround Sound Techniques and Practices
This course is a survey of the history and techniques used in producing surround audio. The focus is split between understanding surround tools (microphones, consoles and monitoring), surround acquisition (recording techniques), and presentation (mixing and authoring) in the context of audio for disc, video, games and broadcast. The course includes practical work to reinforce theoretical and technical learning. It addresses the aesthetic considerations of surround production relating to varying end uses, and examines the elements of music that invite surround treatments based on the compositional ideas and production values.
Interdisciplinary Arts Institute Seminar
Interdisciplinary Arts Institute Seminar advances students' own interdisciplinary art projects, from the planning stage to the final public presentation. The seminar is designed for music students who aspire to create portfolio quality work in collaboration with artists outside of music. Emphasis is placed on the student's original composition, sound design, and musical performance for collaborative interdisciplinary work. Students learn to collaborate with artists from various disciplines including dance, theater, installation art, film, video, sculpture, spoken word, experimental performance, robotics, virtual reality, and other emerging genres. Students work directly with world-renowned artists, including arts programmers and critics, to develop new ideas, understand global dialogue, and advance artistic entrepreneurship. Students develop enhanced creative and critical thinking capacities and collaborative methods. Students leverage digital tools to emerge with a portfolio of works for new audiences, and they premier these works in local venues. Students may enroll in the class for more than one semester. Concurrent enrollment in MTEC-P480, Indisciplinary Arts Institute Directed Study, is required.
Interdisciplinary Arts Institute Directed Study
In this course, students will complete a project that exhibits the skills/artistry covered in MTEC-P475 Interdisciplinary Arts Institute Seminar, and that will serve as portfolio material as they enter the field. Individual critique of projects is provided. The specific nature of the project will be determined by written agreement between student and instructor. Students are required to take MTEC-P475 concurrently with this course.
Introduction to International Music Therapy
This course covers the theories and processes of music therapy, the history of the profession, and a survey of basic principles, methods, techniques, and applications. Students will visit facilities where music therapy is practiced, observe music therapists in action, and discuss the role of music in therapy within a wide variety of clinical and community settings. In addition, they will be introduced to music therapy practices in different countries through published literature.
Music in Special Education
This course allows students to learn and demonstrate skills in music therapy group leading. It also teaches students how to teach music to exceptional children and how to help them reach non-musical goals and objectives. Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate proficiency on modified guitar technique, omnichord, and rhythmic instruments in addition to songwriting and improvising skills.
Music Therapy Practicum 1: Special Education
This course is the concurrent clinical music therapy practicum that accompanies MTH-231. Students are assigned to a facility or agency in the community and apply the skills they are learning in the classroom to this clinical placement.
Practicum 1 Field Work
Students are placed in a public or private school that serves children with special needs, primarily in small groups. Practicum 1 provides students with their very first experiences of providing clinical music. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to make a clear connection to the group and meet the special needs of children through clinical music activities.