Courses – Electronic Music Artist

DAP 1 Digital Audio Production 1

DSPT Desktop Studio Production Tools and Setup

EMAP 1 Electronic Music Artist Production 1

MMM Music Management and Marketing

TRE 1 Theory of Recording Engineering 1

UME 1 Understanding Music for Engineers 1

PD 1 Professional Development 1

DIGIP Digital Performer

EMA ES 1 EMA Employability Skills 1

EMAP 2 Electronic Music Artist Production 2

MDAM Mix Down and Mastering

MPSD Music Production and Sound Design

PRST Producing Styles

UME 2 Understanding Music for Engineers 2

PD 2 Professional Development 2


Digital Audio Production 1 (DAP 1)

In the digital audio series of courses, production skills are developed hand in hand with knowledge of the concepts, procedures, and techniques of non-linear digital audio production. By the end of this first course students are ready to apply their skills to intermediate and advanced work in non-linear digital audio production. Computer basics specifically relevant to the integration of audio applications withinthe operating system and hardware are covered.

Desktop Studio Production Tools and Setup (DSPT)

DPT introduces students to current trends and technology used by music professionals in various desktop and mobile production workstations. The course includes a focus on hardware (at the time of writing this includes Apple laptop, desktop and iOS systems) with a breakdown of major components and the unique opportunities created by each for electronic musicians. The course also includes a focus on the software which both powers and takes advantage of this hardware and delves into topics such as effective operating techniques, maintenance and an introduction and overview of the most popular third party software designed for each system. Furthermore, DPT will prepare students for collaboration with others by providing a thorough overview of modern collaborative tools and best practices for file distribution and organization.

Digital Music Entrepreneur (DME)

Building on a basic understanding of marketing and the structure of the music industry that is covered in Music, Management, and Marketing, this course focuses on the fundamental technical skills and knowledge to promote/market and distribute music on the internet. The knowledge and technical skills are applied to implementing Internet marketing and distribution goals for musicians, songwriters, and other artists and businesses. This is an overview course that will give students a lay of the land and appreciation for the factors involved in successful campaigns so that they are able to more intelligently manage digital marketing for themselves or clients by contracting appropriate help or building their own knowledge base further.

Digital Performer (DIGIP)

Digital Performer is about the live show. Taking your musical productions and performing them with others using industry standard formats. Class will begin with an introduction to the art of djing, turntables, and various ins and outs common to the dj life. Students will start learning about the standard cd turntable/mixer set up, and move quickly from there through the ropes of beatmatching, phrasing, and properly mixing two tracks together. Building on that, students will be introduced to digital dj formats such as Serato Scratch Live, and then begin to learn the skills necessary for using ableton in a performance setting, from pre-production and set building to midi controller mapping and live fx.

Electronic Music Artist Production 1, 2 (EMAP)

EMAP has two sections of approximately 50% of the course each. At the time of writing, the industry standard software is Ableton Live and Native Instruments Komplete, and therefore students will learn how to implement these techniques into their own productions through hands on learning and project based lessons using Live and Komplete. The first section of the EMAP course introduces students to creating modern electronic based music and EDM styles using industry standard sequencing techniques. In the process of exploring and developing their creative voice, students will acquire knowledge and technical skills such as playing instruments with MIDI, Looping clips, warping audio, programming computer based synthesizers and creative effects to help establish and develop their own unique sound. The second section of the EMAP course delves deeper into techniques surrounding the creation of modern electronic music and EDM styles. Students will continue the process of exploring and developing their creative voice through an original music project that is crafted from an increasing scope of technical skills such as programming multiple forms of synthesizers, creative effects and higher level aspects of sequencing using industry standard software.

EMA Employability Skills 1 (EMA ES 1)

Employability Skills provide a space to explore the realities of the work world by focusing on a number of potential areas that may be needed by the student cohort or individuals. For example, a variety of real world case studies, breadth and depth training opportunities, and/or work/production projects where employability skills (covered in the Personal & Professional Development series of courses) can be practiced. Each term the faculty will determine an appropriate focus for the courses that best serves the needs of the student cohorts or individual students, and local industry. Potential topics include specialized local industry needs overviews, guest speakers, case studies, or projects; interdisciplinary breadth and depth courses assigned per class or per individual need; class or individual development assignments and projects based on class or individual needs (as determined by the instructor or dept head or industry mentor); and work experience or simulated work experience projects and group projects. Electives that suit individual needs and that are available in the particular term (assuming appropriate prerequisites) may also be an option offered.

Mix Down and Mastering (MDAM)

Upon completion of this course students will be able to maximize their monitoring environment to ensure acceptable accuracy and therefore confidence that mixes will translate appropriately to other listening environments or situations.

Music Management and Marketing (MMM)

In this introduction to the music industry, students explore the music business from the perspective of the artist and the business manager. Topics include personal managers, getting signed, record company structure, independent releases, music publishing, and performance rights organizations, music supervision for film and TV, distribution and marketing of artists, national and international touring, record producers, income sources, budgeting and merchandising, unions, contract analysis, and career opportunities.

Music Production and Sound Design (MPSD)

Music Production and Sound Design provides the students with an outlet to get creative with synthesizers and explore the many functions found in common synthesis to create new and unique sounds for their original productions. The main focus of the course will be to develop 10 minutes of original material that will be presented throughout the term and finalized for performance and mastering towards the end of the term. An in depth look at the main features that make up popular synthesizers are covered (e.g., Native Instruments Komplete and a secondary tool set such as Logic Pro’s synthesizers and samplers), which will allow students to take that knowledge and make creative decisions when developing their own sounds using synthesis. An in depth look at tools occurs each week in order to build on what was learned in EMAP, providing the students with more opportunities to develop their own sounds and patches from the ground up. Students will have a chance to explore patches in popular soft synthesizers to identify what makes the synth sound the way that it does. Using the knowledge gained from creating and exploring these patches, students will have the opportunity to create their own patches and develop songs from the ground up in a genre of their choice. The teaching approach for this course will be open and critique based where each week students work will be critiqued and analyzed to ensure that the final product meets professional industry standard quality. Professional artist’s songs will be explored and analyzed to enforce production techniques and understanding.

Producing Styles (PRST)

PRST focuses on the composition and production of different genres and styles in EDM. Each class introduces a new genre, covering its composition, tempo, beat structure, bass styles and characteristic processing that sets it apart from the other genres.

Professional Development Program

PD is a specially developed course to help our students navigate college and prepare them for today’s highly competitive job market.  It recognizes that employers today are looking for employees who not only have the technical skills but also an understanding of themselves and the ability to interact successfully with others. With CAT programs being accelerated we want to ensure each individual is prepared to enter the job market and to thrive in their place of employment. PD is meant to be practical to each student and what is learned can be directly applied to the real world. PD helps students to foster positive, healthy relationships – both personal and professional.  PD encourages students to make connections – in their school, and in their industry.  PD gives students the most up-to-date skills to find and secure a job and gives them the knowledge and tools to advance in their career.


Professional Development 1 (PD 1) – Success in College

Students will learn about: the college, time management, their personality type and personal strengths, goal setting techniques, values clarification, managing stress and job hunting tips.


Professional Development 2 (PD 2) – Success in Teams

Students will learn about: overcoming conflict, handling stress, assertive communication, group dynamics, negotiation and collaboration.

Theory of Recording Engineering 1 (TRE 1)

TRE 1 lays the theoretical groundwork in acoustics and its relationship to electronic equipment used in the recording industry for practical applications in engineering and producing. Students are equipped with the fundamental concepts and terminology necessary to pursue a career in the recording arts, and to establish a foundation for higher-level audio courses. Students will also begin introduction to various sonic qualities of recording related equipment to support engineering skills being developed in other courses.

Understanding Music for Engineers 1 (UME 1)

Understanding Music for Engineers 1 introduces students to basic concepts in music theory. It is assumed students have no background in music theory prior to taking this course. The topics covered include staff notation, the keyboard, whole tones, semitones, accidentals, time values, meter, major scales, minor scales, key signatures and intervals. The topics covered are introductory and elaborated in UME 2.

Understanding Music for Engineers 2 (UME 2)

UME 2 elabourates on content covered in UME 1 and introduces new topics including chords and progressions, melody writing and creating a chord progression and melody based on one of the 7 musical modes. Topics covered each week build off the previous lesson content. For example, students will create a chord progression in one class and the next class they will learn how to build a melody that fits this chord progression.

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