Skip to content

Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 1200

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Music
Title: Introduction to Music technology

Semester Approved: Spring 2018
Five-Year Review Semester: Spring 2023
End Semester: Spring 2024

Catalog Description: Students in this course are introduced to computer technology, and audio hardware and their application to music. The course includes instruction in music notation, MIDI sequencing, digital recording, and live sound applications. The course also includes an introduction to computer aided music education software programs.

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1; Lecture: 2; Lab: 0

Justification: As with other fields of endeavor, the personal computer has revolutionized the production and distribution of music. An understanding of these technologies is critical to musicians at every level. This type of course is offered at most NASM accredited institutions in the US and is offered at all USHE institutions.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students who complete this course will demonstrate an understanding of the processes of music recording, both digital and analog, from a historical perspective.  This outcome will be assessed via the administration of written assignments and exams.

Students will demonstrate an understanding of musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) and its various applications in music pre-production, production and performance.  This outcome will be assessed via group projects, exams, and created works of music.

Students will demonstrate an ability to use various software programs related to the production and distribution of recorded music.  This outcome will be assessed via group projects, written assignments, exams, and created musical works.

Students will be able to use music notation software for the production of printed musical scores and parts. This outcome will be assessed though the submission of written assignments.

Students will be able to identify the various connector types used in professional audio applications This outcome will be assessed through classroom participation, written assignments, and exams

Students will be able to use and evaluate computer aided software for classroom music instruction.  This outcome will be assessed through class participation, and written assignments.

1. music related computer skills for MAC and PC operating systems.
2. Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) set-up.
3. Music notation software.
4. MIDI sequencing.
5. Basics of live sound.
6. Review of music CAI software.

Key Performance Indicators:
Written Assignments 20 to 25%

Participation 20 to 25%

Group Assignments 15 to 20%

Exams 20 to 25%

Pedagogy Statement:
This course will be delivered via lecture, discussion, and hands on application of music technology skills.

Instructional Mediums:

Maximum Class Size: 15
Optimum Class Size: 15