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MTEC-111 Introduction To Music Technology


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Office : B10, 150 Mass Ave Andrea Pejrolo

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An introduction to the fundamentals of music technology geared to the needs of today's professional musician. One of the most significant challenges facing musicians today is mastering the skills required to continually adapt to a changing technology. Musicians must understand and be prepared for the fact that technology is moving more rapidly than it can be assimilated. The course topics will give an overview of all aspects of the current technology with the primary goal of enabling students to make intelligent decisions in evaluating future technological needs. Upon satisfactory completion of this course, you will have an overview of today's technology. You will be exposed to the language of sound, acoustic and electric instruments, an introduction to computers, performance environment and sound reinforcement, synthesized sound, MIDI, music for visual media, home and the professional recording studio. No required text. See for notes. Suggested reading: Experiencing Music Technology 2nd Ed., by David Williams & Peter Webster, and Introduction to Music Technology: MT010 Handbook, by Tom Rhea. Weekly tasks and project work will be assigned. Midterm and final exams will be given. In order to maintain satisfactory standing in this class, approximately four hours per week of out-of-class preparation are recommended.

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Homework, Quizzes, projects and Out-of-class Preparation Midterm Exam Final Exam Grading

Assignment Assignment General information on grading is contained in the Student Handbook. If an assignment, quiz, or exam is missed, a grade of F will be entered and averaged. The mark "I" (Incomplete) will only be available in emergency situations; see Student Handbook for policy.
A (90-100) Superior, Exceptional; control of course material enables excellent production. B (80-89) Good; grasp of material enables above-average production. C (70-79) Average; assimilation of material enables acceptable production. D (60-69) Below Average; exposure to material enables poor, but passable production. F (below 60) Not Passing; assimilation of material insufficient to demonstrate acceptable productive capacity. Your final grade will be determined by considering the following components at the indicated weights: Project 1 20% Project 2 20% Final project 25% Online assessments 20% Class participation 20% No unexcused absences are permitted. If your unexcused absence occurs before the "W" deadline (see below), the instructor may request that you withdraw from the course. Only with the EPD Chairs approval may you withdraw from this class by completing a withdrawal form at the Office of the Registrar before 5pm, Monday Nov-14 from a class cannot be done after the deadline. The instructor will not withdraw you from the class for any reason (including absence) or submit the form for you. It is your responsibility to withdraw from the course. If you withdraw from this class, you continue to be nancially responsible for the class and

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MTEC-111 Introduction To Music Technology

are not eligible for a tuition refund or replacement course. Please be aware that withdrawing from a class may affect scholarship, nancial aid, and/or international student visa status. If you receive nancial aid or veterans benets, your eligibility for aid may be reduced by withdrawing. If you are an international student, you may jeopardize your F-1 visa status. In case of doubt about your status and options, please ask the instructor, department chair and/or the Counseling & Advising Center.

Recommendations: If you have any problems with understanding English, verbal or written, please see the Chair of Electronic Production and Design to drop this class and take English as Second Language. Lack of English skills will not be acceptable as an excuse for poor performance in this class. Topical Course Outline

1. Why Technology? 2. Working with Computers 3. Overview of Desktop Production 4. MIDI Editing and Basic Mixing 5. Electronic Instruments and Sequencing in Reason 6. Intro to Logic Express 7. The Properties of Sound and Digital Audio 8. Digital Audio Files and Music Distribution 9. Basic Audio Editing and Working with Loops 10. Recording Workshop 11. Mixing 12. Signal Processing 13. Final Project Reviews