SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS DIVISION OF MUSIC
SYLLABUS: MUSIC 214, Music Technology I (3 hours credit)
8:00-9:15 A.M. TTh, PFA 159
PROFESSOR: Kenneth R. Rumery office: PFA165 phone: 3850
Office hours: by appointment
COURSE PREREQUISITES: permission of instructor, ability to read music.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: An introduction to electroacoustic
music and computer applications in music. Class meets two
seventy-five minute periods per week in the PFA Computer
Media Center. Students will be introduced to the
electroacoustical generation of musical sound, synthesis
equipment and MIDI networks, sequencing and scoring
software, instructional software, recording techniques and
contemporary applications in film, video, broadcasting and
multimedia. Students will complete application assignments
in the Computer Media Center and reading assignments in
references, software and hardware manuals. Students will
search for, examine and log relevant WWW and other internet
sites throughout the semester. A project is due at the end
of the semester.
* learn MIDI setups and configurations
* find resources on the WWW that support activities in
* learn synthesizer control: assigning programs and
* learn sequencing techniques
* learn music typesetting
* learn use of such simulators as Band-in-a-box, Jazz
Pianist, Jazz Guitarist, Music Shop
* operate and review CD-ROM programs on music
References: An Introduction to the Creation of Electroacoustic Music
Samuel Pellman , Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1994
Experiencing Music Technology, David B. Williams,
Peter Webster, Schirmer Books, 1996
Various software and hardware manuals.
WWW and internet sites.
* MIDI: Principles, MIDI instruments, hardware and
software in general
* Introduction to computer networks, local to world-wide.
Internet resources, network software, network
etiquette and ethics, information services, news groups,
special interest groups.
* Legal issues: copyright, mechanical licensing,
synchronous licensing, patents
* Scoring, sequencing and editing
* Music typesetting and desk top music publishing
* Acoustics, synthesis and sampling. MIDI librarians
* SMPTE: synchronizing music with animation, video and
* Introduction to Computer Assisted instruction in music:
available programs and CD-ROM for instruction,
lesson writing environments such as HTML, Hypercard, Director
* Multi-media, presentation techniques and strategies
ASSIGNMENT AND TESTING SCHEDULE:
1 The Musical Instrument Digital Interface, software and networks.
Finding information on the WWW and the internet. Legal Issues.
3 Computer Aided Scoring
5 Computer Aided Sequencing
7 Music instruction and simulation software
9 Tone Color, Digital Sound Sampling and Synthesis.
11 Digital Recording
13 Multiple-Track Recording, Mixing and Editing
15 student presentations
GRADING: Final grades are based on the percentage of the
total points accumulated on tests, assignments, projects,
and class activities. Letter grades are based on 10 percent
increments; that is, A = 90-100%, B = 80-89%, C = 70-79%, D
= 60 - 69%. The semester project is roughly 20% of the
This course requires frequent use of the Computer Media
Center both during and outside of class time. A lab fee of
$25.00 is attached to the tuition for this course. We
recommend you have a MCEC account to cover your printing
charges in CMC.
SPECIFICATIONS FOR SEMESTER PROJECT
Purpose: To show your ability to develop and execute a
project involving synthesis, sequencing, music typesetting,
presentation technology or a critical review of music
related multimedia titles. You will be graded on your
ability to organize and express your thoughts.
Submitted Work Format: A presentation related to a topic in
this course accompanied by a paper that explains the
project. All work will be machine processed. Be prepared
to present your work to the class. Use an LCD projector in
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Last updated February 20, 1998