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Music Technology Associate Degree Core Classes
Society & Media
Students are introduced to mass communication and explore its culture-shaping power, contemporary issues, and media’s impact on society. Students evaluate media economics, forms, history, ethics, careers, legal issues, societal issues, and religious issues.
Music Theory I
This course briefly considers the fundamental elements of music theory, including notation, scales, intervals, key signatures, meter and rhythm, and triads and their respective inversions. The majority of the course focuses on harmonic analysis, figured bass, cadences, non-harmonic tones, melodic organization, and texture/textural reduction.
Music Theory Lab I
This course is devoted to the development of aural skills through instruction in solfege-based sight-singing, rhythmic dictation, simple melodic dictation, ear training, and functional keyboard/piano elements that include root position triads and selected major scales.
History of Commercial Music
The study of commercial music from vaudeville to the Internet and beyond with an emphasis on music technology and how it has enabled the music industry and commercial music to explore ever-expanding paths.
Primary Instrument I (Piano)
This course provides individual instruction in piano technique and classical music appropriate for the level of each student. One half-hour lesson per week and solo class participation are required.
Primary Instrument II (Piano)
Students receive private instruction in piano tailored to the maturation level of the individual student. The instructor provides one half-hour lesson per week.
Live Production I
Students analyze the use and advancement of audio and visual technology in today’s church and gain hands-on experience in live production. They learn mix theory and styles, the proper use of analog and digital consoles, microphones, signal processing, effects, amplifiers, loudspeakers, systems design, maintenance and repair, and stage monitor systems for sound reinforcement. Students also explore staging, set design and construction, lighting equipment, lighting design and techniques, projection systems, presentation software, switchers, camera operation, image magnification, simulcast, and recording.
Studio Recording I
Students learn the basics of multi-track recording and engineering while focusing on techniques for tracking, capturing, and mixing sound throughout the production process. Students use software and hardware as they apply the principles of sound; operate microphones, recording consoles, and mixers; and become familiar with the workflow of digital recording systems.
Sound Design and Audio Postproduction
Students develop skills related to capturing, creating, and manipulating sonic materials for film and video. Students explore techniques for developing and presenting audio materials for a variety of narrative situations.