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Digital Music Degree

MUSC 106    Survey of American Popular Music (5 Credits)

Study of popular music in the United States from the eighteenth-century through the present in styles such as minstrelsy, jazz, blues, R&B, rock, punk and hip-hop. Style, musical forms, instruments, and lyrics are all discussed and analyzed. Cultural issues such as racism, religion, conflict, and protest are also investigated through music.  No prior knowledge of music is required (was MUSIC 105).

MUSC 126    Survey of Digital Music (5 Credits)

Overview of the technology, history and aesthetics of electronic music. Introduces acoustics and recording engineering in home or pro studios alongside such music creation techniques as sampling, synthesis, and modulation. The music of early experimental electronic composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pierre Schaeffer, and John Cage are discussed alongside contemporary artists such as Aphex Twin and Radiohead.  No prior musical knowledge is necessary.

MUSC 127    Digital Studio Level 1 (3 Credits)

Students will directly apply the concepts learned in Music 126 in the electronic music studio.  Student projects will revolve around recording, editing, and mixing audio as well as using MIDI-controlled synthesizers and samplers.  Students will be invited to use the well-equipped EdCC Digital Music Studios to complete their projects for the duration of this course.  Prerequisite: MUSC 126 (was MUSIC 126). Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 200 required.

MUSC 128    Digital Studio Level 2 (3 Credits)

Students are encouraged to develop there own original music in order to develop their own breadth and depth of their portfolios.  Students will meet once a week in small groups with instructor in forum-style lecture-workshops.  All students enrolled are invited to use the well-equipped EdCC Digital Music Studios for the duration of this course.  Prerequisite: MUSC 127, MUSC 200.

MUSC 129    Digital Studio Level 3 (3 Credits)

Continuation of MUSC 128.  Students are encouraged to produce there own original music in order to grow the breadth and depth of their own portfolios.  Students will meet once a week in small groups with instructor in forum-style lecture-workshops.  All students enrolled are invited to use the well-equipped EdCC Digital Music Studios for the duration of this course.  Prerequisite: MUSC 128.

MUSC 190    Introduction to Audio Engineering (2 Credits)

Introduction to terms, concepts, and equipment used to record sound in a home, collegiate or professional studio environment. All students enrolled are invited to use the well-equipped EdCC Digital Music Studios to complete a large-scale mixing project during this course.  No previous music experience or knowledge of digital music necessary.

MUSC 200    Digital Music Studio (2 Credits)

Introduction to the practical workings of a recording/production studio.  The concepts learned in MUSC126 are continued along with pragmatic lessons in troubleshooting and studio management.  Students conclude the course with a final project consisting of original music that will form as the basis for their portfolios.  Students will be invited to use the well-equipped EdCC Digital Music Studios to complete their projects for the duration of this course.  Prerequisite: MUSC 126. Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 127 is required.

MUSC 227    Digital Studio Level 4 (3 Credits)

Continuation of MUSC 129.  Students are encouraged to produce there own original music in order to grow the breadth and depth of their own musical portfolios.  Students meet once a week in small groups with instructor in forum-style lectures-workshops.  All students enrolled are invited to use the well-equipped EdCC Digital Music Studios for the duration of this course.  Prerequisite: MUSC 129.

 

MUSC 228    Digital Studio Level 5 (3 Credits)

Continuation of MUSC 227.  Students are encouraged to produce there own original music in order to grow the breadth and depth of their own musical portfolios.  Students will meet once a week in small groups with instructor in forum-style lecture-workshops.  All students enrolled are invited to use the well-equipped EdCC Digital Music Studios for the duration of this course.  Prerequisite: MUSC 227.

MUSC 229    Digital Studio Level 6 (3 Credits)

Continuation of MUSC 228.  Students are encouraged to produce there own original music in order to grow the breadth and depth of their own musical portfolios.  Students will meet once a week in small groups with instructor in forum-style lecture-workshops.  All students enrolled are invited to use the well-equipped EdCC Digital Music Studios for the duration of this course.  May be repeated for credit.  Prerequisite: MUSC 228.

MUSC 230    Digital Music for Media (2 Credits)

Focuses on creating original music for visual media (film, TV, video games, etc).  TV/Film examples will be analyzed for their sonic components both in and out of class.  An introduction to orchestration and writing/arranging for symphonic orchestra is also covered.  Individual student orchestral projects will be realized using EdCC's extensive orchestral sample library collection.  Prerequisite: MUSC 126, MUSC 127, MUSC 200, and completion of MUSC 101,102, or 103 with a grade of 2.0 or higher (or permission of the instructor).

MUSC 290    Advanced Audio Engineering (2 Credits)

A continuation of MUSC 190. New emphasis will be placed on live instrumental recording and mastering.  Additional topics to be addressed that are not covered in MUSC 190 include multi-band compression, stereo enhancement, mastering for other media, advanced mic placement, musical styles and form.  Prerequisite: MUSC 190.