2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Music: Technology, Performance and Musicianship

Revised Last Updated: 02/24/2009

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Ben Kamen music technology and theory

Faculty Signature Required: spring quarter

Major areas of study include music theory and technology.

Class Standing: Sophomores or above; transfer students welcome.

Accepts Spring Enrollment: This program will accept new students with faculty signature.

Note: This 8-credit program will meet from 6 to 10 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. First class Spring Quarter will meet in the Recital Hall (COM 107).

Contemporary musicians are required to be fluent in multiple disciplines. In addition to the language of music notation and theory, the field of music technology has emerged as a vital element of a musical education. This program will provide students with a framework for studying music as performers, composers, listeners and programmers. Students entering the class are expected to have some musical performance background and must be actively involved in the study of their instrument throughout the year.

Expressing a musical idea to a computer and to another musician are two very different modes of communication. Through sight-singing and ear training exercises, we learn to better comprehend the music around us and our own musical impulses. Music theory and notation, expressed through composition, allow us to communicate these ideas to each other. To translate a musical idea to a computer, we must also comprehend music on a quantitative level. This class will work to bridge the gaps between these types of musical understanding.

We will spend considerable amounts of time in the electronic music studios, learning to use mixers, effects, synthesizers, and sequencers as musical devices. We will also learn basics of audio recording for documentation purposes. Using MaxMSP, a visual programming language for digital media, we will learn to generate musical programs and to use the computer as a performance and compositional tool.

Students will compose and perform many small and several larger compositions throughout the year. Compositions will be specific to instruments, performers, techniques and electronic tools, each with constraints to guide the compositional process. In composing for each other and performing, we will give and receive direct feedback about our skills as musical communicators.

Credits: 8 per quarter

Enrollment: 25

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in music performance, composition, communications, and technology.

Planning Units: Expressive Arts, 8-12 Credit Programs

Program Revisions

Date Revision
August 26th, 2008 Added location of first class
January 14th, 2009 Faculty signature requirement added for spring quarter.
February 23rd, 2009 Spring Quarter class location added.
February 24th, 2009 Spring Quarter enrollment details added.