Courses – Electronic Music Production

BT   Business Technology

DAP 1   Digital Audio Production 1

DSPT  Desktop Studio Production Tools and Setup

EMAP 1  Electronic Music Artist Production 1

MMM   Music Management & Marketing

TRE 1  Theory of Recording Engineering 1

UME 1  Understanding Music for Engineers 1

PD 1   Professional Development 1

 

EMA ES1   EMA Employability Skills 1

DIGIP  Digital Performer

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

 

AEP ES1   AEP Employability Skills 1

DMAS   Digital Music Arranging and Scoring

EMP PPW  EMP Portfolio Production Workshop

LSR   Live Sound Reinforcement

RSS 1   Recording Studio Sessions 1

TRE 2  Theory of Recording Engineering 2

PD 3  Professional Development 3

 

DIGIP  Digital Performer

DAP 2   Digital Audio Production 2

DME   Digital Music Entrepreneur

EMP 1   Electronic Music Production 1

EMP ES4   EMP Employability Skills 4

MTVF   Music for TV and Film

PD 4  Professional Development 4

Business Technology (BT)

In order to survive and prosper, businesses must take advantage of the most appropriate technology available. Students receive an introduction to various business technologies including word processing and spreadsheets. The medium to achieve this knowledge will be the Microsoft Office Suite. Building on a foundational understanding of Windows, as well as Internet browsers, students will learn the basic skills for Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Leveraging the interoperability of these applications will also be explored.

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 within the operating system and hardware are covered.

Digital Audio Production 2 (DAP 2)

Students progress to an intermediate level of audio editing software and digital audio skills that provide a solid grounding for entry-level positions in the nonlinear audio post-production field.

Digital Performer (DIGIP)

Digital Performer is about the live show. Taking your musical productions and performing them with others using industry-standard formats. The 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.

Digital Music Arranging and Scoring (DMAS)

Students study approaches to arranging as it relates to computer-based technology in contexts that are applicable to both musicians (arrangers and composers) and non-musicians (audio engineers and producers).

Digital Music Entrepreneur (DME)

The fundamentals of marketing and distributing music on the internet are applied to realizing Internet audio promotional goals for musicians, songwriters, and other artists and businesses.

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.

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 serve 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.

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.

Electronic Music Production 1 (EMP 1)

This is the first in a series of courses in which students develop a working theoretical and skills-based knowledge of the contemporary electronic production environment, starting with MIDI sequencing and the use of synthesizers. Both live and studio applications are covered, and full use is made of the digital signal processing resources available within the equipment.

AEP & EMP Employability Skills 1, 4 (AEP & EMP ES 1)

In addition to specific technical skills, employers desire candidates with relevant problem-solving abilities and what are called employability skills that include personal management, communication, problem-solving, positive attitudes and behaviors, adaptability, and teamwork skills. The Employability Skills courses are designed to allow just-in-time exploration of relevant realities of the work world through a variety of real-world case studies, breadth, and depth training opportunities, and/or work/production projects where employability skills can be practiced. Each term the faculty will determine an appropriate focus for the courses that best serve 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 department head or industry mentor); and work experience or simulated work experience projects and group projects.

Live Sound Reinforcement (LSR)

This practical course introduces the knowledge and skills necessary to design, operate, and troubleshoot small to medium-sized live-performance sound systems, and to overcome the problems inherent in difficult acoustical environments. Students are exposed to various audio systems and acoustical environments encountered in live sound situations such as live performances, speeches and lectures, and MC/DJ systems. Signal flow and troubleshooting skills are continually reinforced in the process of setting up and tearing down complete sound systems in class and, when/if possible, on location.

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 & Marketing (MMM)

In this introduction to the music industry, students explore the music business from the perspective of the artist and the business manager. Current topics are explored and discussed including new industry and alternative business models and intellectual property issues.

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 toolset 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.

Music for TV and Film (MTVF)

This course explores the creative, business, and production aspects of music within the TV and film industries. It starts with an analysis of contemporary musical and sound design trends and applies this to the production environment. The course also investigates the business aspects of creating music for the film and TV industries, covering practical considerations to get a career started.

Portfolio Production Workshop AEP (EMP PPW)

The focus of this class lab is on a final portfolio for publishing to the internet. Under the mentorship of their instructor students access the equipment and resources necessary to complete and polish a sophisticated and professional portfolio designed for targeted markets.

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 careers.

 

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.

Professional Development 3 (PD 3) – Success in Networking

Students will learn about: information Interviews, social media such as LinkedIn, email and internet etiquette, mentorships, networking events, and fostering professional relationships.

Professional Development 4 (PD 4) – Success in Career

Students will learn about: cover letter and resume writing, interviewing skills, and advanced presentation skills (culminating in an extended presentation to industry panelists).

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.

Recording Studio Sessions 1 (RSS 1)

These series of courses allow students to develop professional skills in operating a modern professional recording facility and running professional sessions as recording engineers and producers. Professional expectations of session protocol, equipment used, and other technical aspects of recording and producing are covered.

Theory of Recording Engineering 1 (TRE 1)

A theoretical groundwork in acoustics and its relationship to electronic equipment that is used in the recording industry for practical applications in engineering and producing is introduced in this course. Fundamental concepts and terminology common to the recording arts are covered and provide a foundation for higher-level skills and more advanced audio courses.

Theory of Recording Engineering 2 (TRE 2)

Psychoacoustics is added to acoustic theory and used to explore more advanced topics such as stereo microphone techniques, the acoustics of musical instruments in relation to microphone techniques, critical listening, and 3D and surround sound.

Understanding Music for Engineers 1 (UME 1)

Starting at ‘ground zero,’ the basics of music theory are covered as they relate to contemporary practical applications for music producers and engineers. Techniques will examine how to relate this information to musicians and others involved in music production. Emphasis is placed on the ability to write, read, and use charts in the studio.

Understanding Music for Engineers 2 (UME 2)

This second-level course delves deeper into an understanding of music theory for those involved in music production and performance.

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