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
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 12/05/2007;1/26/11;10/14

1. Description -
Beginning composing and arranging with Avid Sibelius notation software. Integrate Sibelius with Pro Tools, MIDI virtual instruments and Reason. Traditional and contemporary orchestration techniques with MIDI score editing. Analyze scores from a variety of styles including classical, pop, jazz, R&B and hip hop. Learn to write basic lead sheets with lyrics using either notation or guitar tab. Compose arrangements for small ensembles all the way to large orchestral scores. Recommended for anyone considering a career in music, or songwriters who want to publish their music. Prior musical training is not required and there are no stylistic restrictions.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in MUS 56.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Compare and contrast the basic principles of music notation.
  2. Write original songs and compositions using manuscript software at a MIDI/audio workstation.
  3. Define and discuss the aesthetic qualities of music using contemporary media.
  4. Create original arrangements of contemporary classical and popular music.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. When taught on campus:
    1. 30 Macintosh computers with MIDI keyboards.
    2. Video projector and screen.
    3. 30 Pro Tools software installs.
    4. 30 Reason software installs.
    5. 30 Sibelius software installs
  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 notational techniques and instrumentation
    1. Input of notes, rests, rhythms; use of multi-voices; lyrics; chord symbols, etc. (Lec)
    2. Introduction to basic principles of acoustic instruments and families of the traditional orchestra, transpositions. (Lec)
    3. The use of multitimbral synthesizers and samples to reference orchestral instruments and ideas. (Lec)
  2. The basics of musical composition and arranging and their application in various styles and genres.
    1. Contemporary classical music (post - Stravinsky). (Lec)
    2. Traditional classical music (pre - Stravinsky). (Lec)
    3. Contemporary and traditional jazz. (Lec)
    4. Salsa and latin jazz styles and concepts. (Lec)
  3. Arranging and composing for different size ensembles with varying orchestrations. (Lec)
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Written musical assignments that compare/contrast compositional techniques using digital notation.
  2. Preparing original compositions and/or arrangements using digital notation.
  3. Graded lab assignments that demonstrate defined skills in the operation of digital notation software.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Amaya, Jenny. Sibelius 101, MA: Avid, 2014.

8. Disciplines -
Commercial Music
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations and classroom discussion of the techniques for composing and arranging music with Sibelius.
  2. In-class viewing of historically significant scores followed by instructor-guided interpretation and analysis.
  3. Presentations of major orchestral recordings followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
  4. Demonstration of techniques for printing scores that meet industry standards.
10. Lab Content -
Lab content includes font selection, dynamic placement, print formatting as well as data and sample rate encoding for audio and video, web design for promotion, logo design, copyright registration, service mark searches, sample clearance searches, .mp3 tag editing, creating sample podcasts, etc.
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 musical compositions.
  2. Compare and contrast musical notation from different styles and eras.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a restricted support course for the AA in Music Technology.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-05-04 15:01:28

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines