Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Department of Music MUS 230 Introduction to Music Technology Approved by Department: November 4, 2003 Course Description This course will present the student with an investigation into the equipment and materials available in current trends in music technology. Information presented in the course will relate to the practicing musician as well as music teachers. The course will cover the technique and creative process of incorporating music technology into the school curriculum to meet current standards, and the methods of adapting music technology to various classroom and ensemble settings. Prerequisite: MUS 102 Harmony & Theory I or permission of the instructor. 3 Clock hours, 3 Semester Credit hours. Course Objectives The student will be able to: 1. demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the various components of music technology that are available. 2. incorporate music technology into the school music curriculum to meet current required standards. 3. apply the aesthetic and technical considerations inherent in coordinating music technology into various classroom and ensemble settings. Course Outline 1) PEOPLE AND PROCEDURES. a) The Importance of People b) Technology as a Musical Tool c) Misconceptions and Attitudes i) 10 Misconceptions About Music Technology ii) Resulting Attitudes 2) PROCEDURES AND APPLICATIONS a) Historical Timeline b) Your Stereo System i) The Red Wire Goes Where? ii) CD’s Don’t Skip iii) 5.1, 6.1 and the Virtual Recording c) Computer Applications i) Buy-and-Run ii) Fill-Your-Own iii) Roll-Your-Own d) Finding Help i) People with Technical Skills ii) Computer Facilities iii) Print and Non-print Materials 3) YOUR COMPUTER AND THE INTERNET a) Operating System Software and Hardware b) GUI and Practicing Safe Computing c) Software for Communication d) Data Structures for Computers and Networking e) The Mechanics of Computers and Networking 4) COMPUTER-ASSISTED INSTRUCTION IN MUSIC a) Instructional Software for Musicians i) Drills to Thrills (1) Toward More Realistic Music Experiences (2) Guided Instruction (3) Games (4) Exploratory (5) Creative Software ii) What to Choose: Content vs. Need b) Acoustics Primer c) Data Structures for Digital Audio and MIDI d) Hardware Devices for Music CAI 5) DESKTOP PUBLISHING FOR MUSICIANS a) Software for Desktop Publishing and Graphics b) Data Structures for Desktop Publishing and Graphics c) Hardware Devices for Music Publishing 6) MUSIC NOTATION a) Music Notation Software b) Data Structures and Coding Music Notation and Performance c) Input Devices for Music Notation 7) MUSIC SEQUENCING AND MIDI a) Software for Music Sequencing b) MIDI Data Structures Revisited c) MIDI Hardware i) The MIDI KISS System ii) Enhancing the MIDI KISS System 8) CREATING SOUNDS AND MUSIC WITH DIGITAL AUDIO a) Software for Capturing, Editing, and Organizing Digital Sounds b) Digital Audio Data Structures Revisited c) Data Structures for Laser Audio and Video d) Hardware for a Digital Audio Workstation 9) AUTHORING SYSTEMS AND MULTIMEDIA a) Authoring and Multimedia Software b) Data Structures for Authoring in Web and Multimedia Environments c) Multimedia Hardware Assessment Assessment of each student’s level of accomplishment with reference to the course objectives will be based upon the following: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. exams over written material evaluation of technical ability with audio equipment evaluation of instructional materials prepared by student evaluation of computer aided instruction materials prepared by student evaluation of participation Textbook Williams, David and Peter Webster. 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