Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 72 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 3 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree,   Certificate of Achievement
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 12/9;1/11;11/12;10/14

1. Description -
Introduction to creating music with computers, keyboards, audio samples and beats using Pro Tools. Basic principles and use of MIDI sequencing/audio software. Songwriting, musical composition, and the basic elements of music (pitch, rhythm, harmony, style and form) as they relate to contemporary music. Basic music production using Pro Tools. All styles are included, and prior musical training is not required.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Compare and contrast the basic principles of synthesis and MIDI.
  2. Write original compositions using a midi/audio workstation.
  3. Define and discuss the aesthetic qualities of music using contemporary media.
  4. Create unique programming/sequencing that includes the linking of patterns into a musical composition, and the inclusion of audio files as an integral element.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. When taught on campus:
    1. Macintosh computers, MIDI keyboards and MIDI interface.
    2. Digidesign M-Box USB audio interface.
    3. Video projector and screen.
    4. Pro Tools software.
    5. Reason software.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access:
    1. On-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities.
    2. Email address.
    3. Java-script enabled internet browsing software.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Study and analysis of digital workstation production techniques.
    1. Audio editing and conversion. (Lec, Lab)
    2. Basic mixing and editing. (Lec, Lab)
    3. Application of basic RTAS and Audio Suite FX. (Lec, Lab)
  2. The MIDI protocol and its implementation
    1. The use of MIDI as a control protocol. (Lec, Lab)
    2. The application of synthesizers in a musical context. (Lec, Lab)
    3. Basic synthesis patch and pattern design. (Lec, Lab)
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Written musical assignments that compare/contrast compositional techniques in the digital domain.
  2. Preparing digital sequences from a set of specifications for application in a digital environment, and evaluated from those specifications.
  3. Tests on the MIDI protocol.
  4. Graded lab assignments that demonstrate defined skills in the operation of audio editing software and MIDI sequencers.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Parsons, Alan. Art & Science Of Sound Recording. Hal Leonard Books, 2014.
Other written materials provided by the instructor and delivered online.

8. Disciplines -
Commercial Music
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations that demonstrate digital audio workstation production techniques.
  2. Classroom discussions that address the history of audio production and modern editing techniques.
  3. Student group presentations followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
10. Lab Content -
  1. MIDI
    1. Implementation and drivers.
    2. Velocity and aftertouch.
    3. Multiple routing assignments
  2. Virtual Instruments
    1. Layering.
    2. Volume matching.
    3. Panning.
  3. Audio
    1. Tempo matching via time compression expansion.
    2. Elastic Audio.
  4. ReWire
    1. ReWiring secondary applications via insert tracks and bus assignments.
    2. Plug in applications using internal busses affecting external applications.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Written critiques and analyses of audio production projects including albums, soundtracks, television, video games and Internet multi-media.
  2. Written summaries documenting technical and artistic elements for corresponding submitted assignments and audio projects.
  3. Written proposals, session logs, learning outcomes and reflections supporting submitted musical works and final master recordings.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a restricted support course for the AA degree and Certificate of Achievement in Music Technology.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-03-03 10:55:09

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines