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Course Description

Music - MUSIC 171

Music Technology 1 (3-0) 3 Cr. Hrs.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of music-making using computer hardware and software. The course will examine the basic functions of digital audio workstation (DAW) software as well as hardware and software synthesizers through hands-on experience and experimentation. The course will also introduce the student to current software applications that emphasize music performance and composition with the assistance of MIDI hardware and a desktop computer.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the application of MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) and the data protocol transmitted via MIDI.
  • Demonstrate the basic functions of a multitimbral synthesizer.
  • Demonstrate the basic functions of an audio interface.
  • Demonstrate the basic functions of a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software program.
  • Demonstrate the function of digital audio in the context of DAW software.
  • Create music using keyboard controllers and other MIDI devices.
  • Create music using synthesizers and digital audio through the use of DAW software.
  • Determine appropriate technology for specific musical needs.
  • Resolve problems that arise in using music technology.

Course Schedule

 CourseSectionCourse TitleModeCredit HoursInstructorsFeeSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusDays-Time-Room

Fall; 2017; MUSIC; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 8/28/2017

 171141820Music Technology 1 3Polot B$57.001/12/0OpenT R  01:00 PM-02:20 PM F300

Winter; 2018; MUSIC; No of Weeks : 7; Begins : 1/8/2018

 171111855Music Technology 1 3Minnick D$57.002/12/0OpenM T  09:00 PM-11:54 PM F300
M T  12:01 AM-12:11 AM F300