Courses

e.g. AR or AR-211
e.g. Film or "Bass Lab"

MTI-543

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephen Webber
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: MPTI graduate students; elective course in GEMB and SFTV
Electable by: GEMB, MPTI, and SFTV graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: MPTI

This course provides musicians with the tools and techniques to create compelling, creative music videos, especially using guerilla techniques (self-produced low budget). The course introduces the fundamental techniques of music video production and provides practical hands-on experience for producing professional music videos. Students learn by doing as well as by study. They analyze different techniques and methods of planning and production and put them into practice as they create their own videos.

MTI-611

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephen Webber
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None; elective course in MPTI
Electable by: MPTI graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: MPTI

In this course, students learn to use the turntable as a musical instrument. Students explore the culture and aesthetics of hip-hop, turntablism, club DJs, radio, and mash-up DJs. They also study the following techniques: cueing, mixing, beat matching, beat extending, mash-ups, blending, and scratching (basic, scribble, laser, uzi, stab, cut, transformer, crab, chirp, and flare). Students learn to compose and perform DJ sets with creative and technical mastery.

MTI-613

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephen Webber
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None; elective course in CPRF, GEMB, and MPTI
Electable by: CPRF, GEMB, and MPTI graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: MPTI

This course explores topics in electronic production and live performance techniques related to modern electronic dance music production, sound design, arrangement, and performance. Students generate content and create their own music while learning how to use Ableton Live Suite. Students learn to analyze electronic music, and explore techniques for remixing, performing, and creating electronic music.

MTI-614

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephen Webber
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None; elective course in MPTI
Electable by: MPTI graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: MPTI

This course explores advanced topics in sound design, beginning with ear training and progressing through professional, cutting edge tools and techniques. Students learn to analyze musical sounds, deconstruct their elements and apply modern techniques. In so doing, students learn to apply new technological solutions to music production as they create new sounds and apply these to creative works. Students also master audio effects and apply automation to creative works.

MTI-615

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephen Webber
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None; elective course in MPTI
Electable by: MPTI graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: MPTI

This course explores technology in the context of live theatrical performance. In this course, students-whether performers, videographers, interaction designers, composer/arrangers, or music business people-work together to create new, digital interpretations of existing works of opera, zarzuela, or other music theater. In the process, students explore the work of important and innovative artists, as they also gain analytical, composition, design, and project planning skills. The final project will involve a performance of the reinterpreted work. This course presents an opportunity for collaboration, allowing students a firsthand glimpse of other disciplines, as well as valuable experience in front of a live audience.

MTI-616

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephen Webber
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: MPTI graduate students
Electable by: MPTI graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: MPTI

Innovation Seminar 2 picks up where MTI-515 Music Technology Innovation Seminar 1 leaves off, providing the platform for students in the music technology innovation master's program to launch the execution phase of their culminating experience project. The course will provide a framework for project management, including planned milestones, visiting artists, and material strategies to incorporate students' projects into tangible career opportunities.

MTI-617

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephen Webber
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None; elective course in MUTI
Electable by: MUTI graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: MPTI

In this course, students learn the architecture and operation of an integrated studio centered around a large format digital console (in this case, the Avid System 5) and advanced methods of modern music production. Students learn specific recording techniques as well as critical information on digital audio, synchronization, music tracking, and mixing. Projects explore the flexibility of large format systems for use in audio engineering and production.

MTI-618

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephen Webber
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None; elective course in GEMB and MPTI
Electable by: GEMB and MPTI graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: MPTI

In this practical, hands-on course, students learn to design, test, analyze, and improve music apps for iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Several small apps will be created and prototyped over the first half of the semester, with a larger apps being created, tested, and deployed for the final project. Existing music apps will be evaluated for effectiveness and usability, and this evaluation process will be incorporated into the prototyping stage of the students' own app development. Students learn and use the Swift programming language, and also become familiar with the Objective C programming language.

MTI-641

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephen Webber
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None; elective course in MPTI
Electable by: MPTI graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: MPTI

Technology offers today's musicians unprecedented opportunities for creative expression via the development of new performance interfaces, interactive platforms, and multimedia environments. At the same time, digital distribution and mobile applications are allowing musicians to reach untapped audiences, even as older formats decline in prominence. This course prepares students for the challenges of the new digital economy by sampling some of the most prominent and promising of the new technologies available to today's cutting edge musicians. Topics to be covered include the following: sensing mechanisms for performance and interactive installations; control systems for actuating acoustic sound; the app as the successor to the CD; web pages as platforms as well as distribution mechanisms; real-time visuals for live performance; data processing, sonification, and visualization. Students will take a hands-on approach, with follow-along demonstrations and lab time in every class, allowing them to learn through experimentation and experience. Coursework will build on student experience using Max, while also demonstrating how the skills they've already acquired apply to text-based programming languages, with an emphasis on JavaScript as used in HTML5 applications.

MTI-643

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephen Webber
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None; elective course in MPTI
Electable by: MPTI graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: MPTI

This course builds on the skills and experiences gained from MTI-543: Music Video Production, providing additional mastery of the tools and techniques needed to create compelling, creative music videos. Students refine their filmmaking methods and clarify their artistic vision, creating music videos that are technically and aesthetically polished. Students learn to apply additional promotional best practices in pursuit of video virality. They also explore specialized areas of video production, including video projection mapping.

MTI-645

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephen Webber
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: MPTI graduate students
Electable by: MPTI graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: MPTI

This course comprehensively explores and combines the in-studio aspects of professional multitrack mixing and unique qualities of live performance mix techniques. The curriculum thoroughly studies the integration of advanced large and small format consoles, digital audio workstations, professional outboard equipment and cutting-edge control surface modules. In the studio, students will analyze and contrast the core/foundational elements of a mix versus peripheral accessory elements. From this analysis, hands-on mixing strategies as well as emotional destinations will be drawn in order to provide each student with a clear and focused goal for their mix projects. In live situations, the mix engineer will have a direct reactionary relationship to a live performance in order to express his or her artistic sensibilities in order to achieve a desired emotional impact. The course aims at streamlining the technological aspects of any mixing process as a means to innovate and ultimately facilitate the endeavor of creating deliberate emotional impacts through the manipulation of sound.

MTI-695

6 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephen Webber
Semesters Offered: Summer Only
Required of: MPTI graduate students
Electable by: MPTI graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: MPTI

Music technology innovation students are required to complete a culminating experience project. This creative, artistic or research project enables the student to make a contribution to the music industry. The student will work in consultation with his/her faculty advisor and/or program director to develop his/her unique project. The goal is to complete original work at a professional level. A faculty committee composed of the advisor and one to two other faculty will evaluate the final project that results from the culminating experience. This team will serve as the examining committee.

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