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MUS 384: Computer Skills for Musicians (Syllabus)

EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
School of Music

Syllabus for MUS 384: Computer Skills for Musicians, CRN 10385
2 Credit Hours

Fall 2017

Instructor: Dr. Dennis Davis
Office: Foster 112
Office telephone: (859) 622-5007
Email: dennis.davis@eku.edu

Office hours: By appointment.

Catalog Description:

MUS 384: Computer Skills for Musicians (2), I.II.
This course will provide a systematic investigation of four technologies and software relevant to the field of music.

Prerequisite: MUS 182 and a junior classification in Music.

Course Description:
Music professionals, including educators, performers, merchandisers, and conductors, will need to use and understand music technology during their careers. This course provides a general overview of sound reinforcement and recording technology, music notation software, digital recording, MIDI sequencing, and music-specific web design.

Student Learning Outcomes:

KTS

CAEP

InTasc

ISTE

NASM

Students will acquire and apply Macintosh operating system skills.


6.1, 6.2, 6.4

1

4

2, 3

Oc4b

Students will create and publish basic webpages with music-specific content.

1.1, 5.5, 6.4, 6.5

1

5, 8, 10

1, 2, 3, 4

B5

Students will learn how to configure and operate a basic P.A. system.

6.2, 6.3

1

4

3

Oc4b

Students will learn and apply basic audio engineering techniques.

5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4

1

4, 6, 7

1, 2, 3

Oc4b

Students will learn and apply basic digital audio workstation (DAW) editing and mixing techniques.

6.2, 6.3, 6.4

1

4, 7

1, 2, 3

Oc4b

Students will sequence and perform music using MIDI technology.

6.2, 6.3, 6.4

1

4, 6, 7

1, 2, 3

Oc4b

Students will learn how to use music notation software and create musical scores.

2.4, 2.5, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4

1

4, 6, 7, 8

1, 2, 3

Od4, Od6

Students will acquire a requisite knowledge of the history of music technology.

 

 

 

 

 

Students will adapt selected assignments and assessments for use in other educational environments (K-12, Private Studio, Conference Presentations, etc.)

 

 

 

 

 

Students will acquire the expertise to use technology as an assessment tool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Texts:
Assigned readings will come from a variety of sources and are available on Blackboard or on course reserve in the Music Library.

 

Evaluation Methods:
Students will be evaluated through projects, in-class learning assessments, and asynchronous and synchronous quizzes. Students will be assigned a variety of video, audio, and reading assignments. Announced and unannounced assessments will be given throughout the semester to evaluate the understanding and comprehension of the topics discussed in class and in the assignments. The percentage of each method of evaluation is indicated below:

·  Students will adapt selected assignments and assessments for use in other educational environments (K-12, Private Studio, Conference Presentations, etc.)

·  Students will acquire the expertise to use technology as an assessment tool.

 

Activity

Points

Mac OS & Survey Assessment

15

Weebly Quiz

20

Biography (BB Submission)

20

Résumé (BB Submission)

20

Résumé & Biography Quiz

20

History of Technology Wiki Entry Draft

10

History of Technology Wiki Entry Final Version

15

Finished Web Pages (5 pages X 20 pts. per page: 1. Landing, 2. Bio, 3. Résumé, 4. History of Music Technology Research Topic, and 5. MUS 384 Projects)

100

S.R.R.S. Terminology and Overview assessment in Blackboard

25

Audacity Quiz

15

Audacity Projects (Wiki: 40 pts.;  Four mini-projects: 20 pts. each.)

120

GarageBand Original Composition (40 pts.) and GB Quiz (20 pts.)

60

iMovie History of Music Technology Topic: Video Podcast

40

GarageBand (MIDI Projects: Bach Chorale & Coates Audio Recording Session: 50 pts.)

50

GarageBand (STEM Mixing Project: 30 pts.; MIDI Quiz: 20 pts.; Mixing & Dealing with Disasters Quiz: 15 pts.)

65

Sibelius Projects

Sibelius Quiz

110

25

Finale Projects

Finale Quiz

110

25

Final Exam: History of Music Technology

100

Module adaption of selected assignments and assessments for use in other educational environments (K-12, Private Studio, Conference Presentations, etc.) and the use of technology in assessment evaluation and feedback (20 points per module for 8 modules with notation counting as one module).

160

Unannounced Assessments (if given, points will be added to the total points)

0

Total Points

(NB: all projects should be posted on your Weebly site. Failing to post projects will result in a failing grade for that Module. The following projects should be posted on your MUS 384 Projects web page and uploaded to Dropbox: Audacity, Garageband, iMovie, and Notation.)

1125

 

 

 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Grading Scale:

All graded work will be given a numeric score. Those scores will be averaged to determine the final letter grade:

Percentage

Grade

Points

90-100%

A

1012 or Above

80-89%

B

900 - 1011

70-79%

C

787 - 899

60-69%

D

675 - 786

0-59%

F

674 or below

 

Student Progress:
Students will be able to monitor their progress in this course by a variety of means. Grades will be updated in Blackboard as assignments are completed. Students will also receive feedback about graded assessments during class.

Attendance:

  • Attendance is required and necessary for success in this class. Absences in this course are only excused if they are verifiable with proper written documentation and excused according to EKU policies. Students will be penalized 1% of their final letter grade each time that they are late and 3% for each unexcused absence. Five (5) unexcused absences will result in the automatic failure of this course. Decisions for excusing an unexcused absence or lateness that merits special consideration will not be made until the end of the semester, and only if it can be deemed that such special consideration is truly warranted.
  • If a student is absent, it is their responsibilityto contact the instructor about missed lecture material, handouts, assignments, or any other information that they missed from being absent. They should also ask classmates for a copy of their lecture notes.
  • All projects and assignments are due on the date given in the course schedule. Late work will not be accepted if the absence is unexcused. Planned absences that are excused by the School of Music and the University require the student to complete the work ahead of those absences.

Last Date to Drop this Course.

Syllabus Disability Accommodation Statement:
The University strives to make all learning experiences as accessible as possible.  If you are registered with the EKU Center for Student Accessibility (CSA), please obtain your accommodation letters from the CSA, present them to the course instructor, and discuss the accommodations needed. If you believe you need an accommodation and are not registered with the CSA, please contact the office in 361 Whitlock Building by email at disserv@eku.edu or by telephone at (859) 622-2933. Upon individual request, this syllabus can be made available in an alternative format.

A student with a “disability” may be an individual with a physical or psychological impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, to include, but not limited to: seeing, hearing, communicating, interacting with others, learning, thinking, concentrating, sitting, standing, lifting, performing manual tasks, working. Additionally, pregnancy accompanied by a medical condition(s), which causes a similar substantial limitation, may also be considered under the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA).

Academic Integrity Statement: Students are advised the EKU’s Academic Integrity policy will strictly be enforced in this course. The Academic Integrity policy is available at www.academicintegrity.eku.edu. Question regarding the policy may be directed to the Office of Academic Integrity. 

Academic Integrity Statement: Students are advised the EKU’s Academic Integrity policy will strictly be enforced in this course. The Academic Integrity policy is available at www.academicintegrity.eku.edu. Question regarding the policy may be directed to the Office of Academic Integrity.

Official Email & Email Correspondence: 
According to the EKU registrar: "Students who have not yet activated their EKU email account should do so ASAP and monitor that account regularly as it is an official means of communication between students and the university.

Smart Devices, Recording Devices, & Computer Etiquette in the Classroom:
Please power down your personal devices before class starts. Class disruptions will lower your final grade by one percentage point for each occurrence. Please warn me ahead of time if you think that you may need to take an urgent call. Please ask my permission if you wish to record my class. You are encouraged to use your LAB computer to take notes in this class, but if you are caught doing anything other than work for my class, such as browsing social media, checking email, or working on assignments for another class, your grade will be lowered by one percentage point for each occurrence.

Course Requirements:

  • As with the other sciences (chemistry, biology, physics, etc.), the study of music technology requires the regular use of a lab. You are expected to utilize the computer lab outside of regularly scheduled classes as much as necessary for the completion of required coursework. 

  • Computer access to Internet and email. 

  • USB-drives are required to archive your personal projects (16GB preferred). 

  • Personal Headphones are required at every class or one final grade point will be deducted.
  • No text is required, but copies of tutorials and other items will be the responsibility of the 
student. 

  • Understand that EKU retains the right to use, sell, or distribute any projects created during the 
completion of this course. 

  • All projects should be posted on your Weebly site. Failing to post projects will result in a failing grade for that Module. The following projects should be posted on your MUS 384 Projects web page and uploaded to Dropbox: Audacity, Garageband, iMovie, and Notation.

Course Schedule:

Date

Module Segment

No.

Activity

08-22-17

Mac OS/Weebly

1-2

Study the Mac OS and Weebly video tutorials.

08-24-17

Weebly

2

Continue to study the Weebly and Web design video tutorials in this module and start your Weebly site.

08-27-17

Mac OS & Weebly assessments & submissions due by 11 a.m.

1-2

Take the Mac OS and Weebly assessments in Blackboard and create and publish the following templates anytime before 11am: 1) Landing Page, 2) Biography, 3) Résumé, 4) MUS 384 Projects, and 5) History of Music Technology Research Topic. Email Dr. D the link for your landing page.

08-29-17

Weebly: Résumé & Biography

2

Study the Résumé and Biography video tutorials. Read and study the supplemental documentation and begin projects.

08-31-17

Weebly: Résumé & Biography

2

Continue Résumé and Biography assignments.

09-03-17

Résumé and Bio assessments & submissions are due by 11 a.m.

2

Complete the Résumé and Bio assessments and submissions. Add your content to your Biography and Résumé web page templates. Continue finishing the content for your other web pages.

09-05-17

History of Music Technology

3

Copy the review questions, study the lecture video, and compile your answers to the questions for the final exam. Home work: continue polishing your web pages.

09-07-17

History of Music Technology

3

Select a music history topic from the list provided, or an approved topic that you suggest, and complete your rough-draft (due 9-17 by 11:00 AM), two study questions, and final submissions. Post your final entry to your web page (“History of Music Technology Research Topic”) along with your two “study questions” for your topic (due 9-24 by 11:00 AM). Home work: continue polishing your web pages.

09-10-17

Weebly submissions are due by 11 a.m.

2

Publish the final versions of your other web pages. Your “Projects” page will remain a work in progress. The others should finished.

09-12-17

S.R.R.S.

4

Terminology and Connections: Lecture, Discuss the Yorkville PDF. Study the tutorial Videos.

09-14-17

S.R.R.S. 

4

Demonstrate and use the PA in the LAB.

09-17-17

S.R.R.S. Assessments are due by 11 a.m. ("Yorkville" and "Digital Audio and Computers")

History Wiki Rough-Draft Due via BB by 11 a.m.

4

Complete the S.R.R.S. Terminology and Overview assessment in Blackboard. (History Wiki Rough-Draft Due via BB.)

09-19-17

Audacity

5

Study the following Audacity tutorial videos:
1) “Intro and Overview”
2) Speech & Background Music Mixing
3) Vocal Reduction-Multi Export-Labeling (be sure to use a STEREO track)
4) Changing Speed-Tempo-Pitch
5) Reverb-Delay-Chorus
6) EQ & Compression
7) Audacity Tutorial-LAME MP3 Encoder

09-21-17

Audacity

5

Continue Audacity tutorials and begin projects.

09-24-17

 

Two Audacity submissions are due by 11a.m. 

Music History Wiki posted in BB and Published on Weebly (by 11:00 a.m.) along with two assessment questions for the Final Exam.

 

5

Export and post to Weebly: 1) Music History Research Topic Podcast with background music and 2) Vocal Reduction project. Be sure to include an explanation of your project and processes. Music History Wiki posted in BB and Published on Weebly (by 11:00 a.m.) along with two assessment questions for the Final Exam.

09-26-17

Audacity

5

Continue Audacity projects.

09-28-17

Audacity

5

Continue Audacity projects.

10-01-17

Audacity submissions and assessment are due by 11a.m.

5

Export and post projects to Weebly: 3) “Changing Speed-Tempo-Pitch, 4) Reverb-Delay-Chorus, and 5) EQ & Compression. Be sure to include an explanation of your project and processes. Complete the five question Audacity Assessment.

10-03-17

GarageBand 

6

Study the GarageBand tutorial video and begin the GarageBand Original Composition and be gathering photos for your iMovie History of Music Technology Topic Video Podcast. You will have three GarageBand projects to complete (Original Composition, Bach Chorale Midi Sequence with recorded Audio, and the STEM Mixing project).

10-05-17

GarageBand

6

Continue GarageBand projects

10-10-17

GarageBand

6

Begin iMovie History of Music Technology Topic Video Podcast and Continue GarageBand projects

10-12-17

GarageBand (MIDI & STEM Mixing Module)

7

Study the Introduction to MIDI Sequencing Video Tutorial and begin the Bach Chorale and Backing Track Sequencing Projects. Remember that you will need to schedule a recording session to record one part of your Chorale in COATES. This may be done only after you finish the MIDI sequence completely (all parts aligned, mixed, orchestrated, and tempo changes inserted (fermati if applicable and final ritardando).

10-17-17

No Class

 

Fall Break

10-19-17

GarageBand (MIDI & STEM Mixing Module)

7

Continue MIDI projects.

10-22-17

GarageBand assessment, submissions, and iMovie Podcast are due by 11am.

6

Export the GarageBand Music History Wiki as a video podcast and the Original Composition as an audio file. Publish both files on your Weebly “Projects” page. Take the GarageBand Assessment.

10-24-17

GarageBand (MIDI & STEM Mixing Module)

7

Basic Track Editing and Mixing with GarageBand (MIDI & STEM Mixing Module). Begin Mixing Project

10-26-17

GarageBand (MIDI & STEM Mixing Module)

7

Basic Track Editing and Mixing with GarageBand (MIDI & STEM Mixing Module). Continue Mixing Project.

10-31-17

Notation

7

Sibelius Ribbon & Note Entry Methods


11-02-17

Notation

8

Sibelius Tools and Editing

11-05-17

GarageBand (MIDI & Mixing Module) "MIDI assessment" & submissions are due by 11 a.m.

7

Export the Bach Chorale MIDI sequence as a standard MIDI file and as audio (two files) and the Mixing Project (audio only). Publish both files on your Weebly “Projects” page and place the “.band” files in DropBox.

11-07-17

Notation

8


Sibelius Dynamics and Articulations

11-09-17

Notation

8


Sibelius Special Notation


11-12-17

"GarageBand Mixing & Dealing with Disasters" Assessment due by 11 a.m.

7

GarageBand "Mixing & Dealing with Disasters Assessment" in BlackBoard, submit your Bach Chorale MIDI project with each track mixed, including your newly added audio recording of one part, create the final mix and export the MP3 to Weebly and original file to DropBox.

11-14-17

Notation

8

Sibelius Commercial Music Notation


11-16-17

Notation

8

Project Work
 & Sibelius Quiz (in class)

11-19-17

Sibelius submissions are due by 11 a.m.

8

1) Post Sibelius PDFs to Weebly and 2) submit your actual Sibelius files (.sib) through Blackboard.

11-21-17

Notation

8

Finale Note Entry Methods


11-23-17

No Class

8

Thanksgiving Break

11-28-17

Notation

8

Finale Tools and Editing


11-30-17

Notation

8

Finale Special Notation

12-05-17

Notation

8

Finale Commercial Music Notation


12-07-17

Notation

8

Project Work
 & Finale Quiz (in class)

12-10-17

Finale submissions are due by 11 a.m.

8

1) Post Finale PDFs to Weebly and 2) submit your actual Finale files (.mus) through Blackboard.

12-12-17

Final Exam

 

8 am-10 am: The History of Music Technology

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