This course provides the student with the basic conceptual and practical skills needed to design sounds used in music and sound production, with a special emphasis on working with film and video games. Students will gain an understanding of basic subtractive synthesis and sampling techniques and design common types of musical sounds and sound effects. Sound sources used in the class will include original synthesizer patches, commercial sound effect libraries, and original field recordings. Common editing and effect processing techniques will be used to adapt these sources to specific needs of a project, as well as to create new and original sounds and effects. Projects will include musical examples as well as an original sound design for a video clip.
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.
Students will expand their analog DJ skills from ILEN-333 Turntable Techniques into the digital world with digital vinyl systems and MIDI controllers. The class will focus on learning popular DJ software to become proficient at performing in real world situations. Students will explore ways to remix live, organize their music library, edit songs for live performance and prepare sets. Weekly lab time will be required to complete class objectives.
In this course, students focus on the rhythmic and melodic characteristics of scratching records on turntables. They expand their knowedge of scratch DJ culture, scratch patterns, and techniques through analyzing and performing transcribed scratch routines. Students also develop their own routines, enhancing their live performances with unique, turntable-generated sounds.
This course allows students to focus on long form mixing of songs. Students apply mixing techniques including equalization, volume fades, and cuts and effects to create smooth and ear-pleasing transitions between songs. They also learn how to listen critically to different songs to identify structure and create dynamic playlists based on style, sound, or key. This class will help students as they prepare to play DJ sets for small club sets to festival stages.
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 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.
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.
This course teaches assistive music technologies that allow musicians with visual impairment to effectively communicate with other sighted musicians. The course explores Braille music and the basic elements and concepts of music through reading, listening, writing, and playing assignments. The course also explores notation and digital audio production through a number of projects. The projects include creating a lead sheet, a chart for the rhythm section and a lead line with Sibelius, and producing a musical arrangement and a podcast using Sonar.
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.
This introductory course is designed with the whole musician in mind and seeks to assist each participant to foster skills to enhance overall wellness creativity, and performance. Each two-hour class offers didactic information, interactive learning, and explicit skill building in conceptual and practical areas scientifically demonstrated to support the craft of creativity and wellness. These areas include balance, mindfulness, and mind-body science. Substantive threads from each of these areas will be woven through the texture of each individual class to support recognition of the interconnections that exist among them as a whole. All of this information will be used to help each student create a solid foundation of awareness as a musician.
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.