MUS 170 - Music and Computers
A hands-on introduction to how computers assist in music notation, music sequencing, and MIDI data entry. Topics include: audio synthesis, midi and audio editing, audio recording, creating a publisher ready score and Finale note entry and sequencing. A strong understanding of music notation is required. Music Theory I is recommended but not necessary.
3 Class Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Discuss different ways musicians use computers as a music production tool including the preparations required by the musician and specific minimum configurations required from a computer before it can be used for various purposes.
2. Complete a paper comparing different software programs and explain which one would meet their musical needs and how they would guide others.
3. Use a computer to create complex sheet music involving time signature changes, changes in modality, use of various notation alternatives such as rhythmic notation and accurately making use of articulations, expressions, lyrics and interpretive features used in the professional publishing of sheet music and scores. (This is a writing component using notation software, FINALE-2012).
4. Use ProTools to create a basic audio project using audio interface, a MIDI interface and basic signal routing within the ProTools environment.
5. Discuss various resources professional musicians currently use to share and continue to expand their skill with music software to continue their self-learning.
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