Commercial Music (MUSC)

50 Music Fundamentals for the Studio Engineer 2.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab, 3 units Grade Only

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
This course is a practical study of the musical fundamentals required to work in a professional recording studio or commercial music environment. Emphasis is placed on basic keyboarding skills and rudimentary Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) sequencing. Topics include meter, pitch, chords, and scales. This course is intended for students majoring in digital music technology. (FT) AA/AS.

80 Introduction to Digital Audio and MIDI 2.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
This course provides students with the fundamental skills required to operate a digital audio workstation (DAW) for recording, editing and mixing of audio and Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) data. Topics include digital audio, MIDI, signal flow in the professional studio, elastic audio and quantization, automation, signal processing, basic mixing and editing techniques, and audio file formats for delivery. This course is designed for students majoring in digital music technology and anyone interested in entry-level employment in the music industry. Students may take industry-based certification exams at the conclusion of the semester. This course is an industry-partner training course. (FT) AA/AS.

82 Audio Recording 2.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab, 3 units Grade Only

Prerequisite: Commercial Music 80 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course provides students with the fundamental skills required to work within a commercial studio environment as a studio engineer. Emphasis is placed on commercial music genres, such as rock, metal, pop, and hip hop. Topics include session setup and acoustical treatments, types and applications of microphones specific to commercial music genres, common microphone techniques related to commercial music production, the mixing console, mixing and editing, signal processing standards in commercial music production, session management and protocol in the professional studio environment, and common real-life situations encountered with recording clientele. This course is designed for students majoring in digital music technology and anyone interested in entry-level employment in the music industry. (FT) AA/AS.

84 Fundamentals of MIDI Production 2.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab, 3 units Grade Only

Prerequisite: Commercial Music 50 and Commercial Music 80, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is a study of the fundamentals of electronic music production as applied to Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) sequencing. Topics include basic principals of MIDI in music production, the history of MIDI, MIDI hardware and software applications, signal flow, sequencing, keyboard/controller mapping, and synthesizer programming. Students design and create special projects using the equipment and proper protocol. This course is designed for students majoring in digital music technology. (FT) AA/AS.

95 Advanced Topics in Music Production 2.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab, 3 units Grade Only

Prerequisite: Commercial Music 82 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent. This course provides students with the ability to create a portfolio of original music and an electronic press kit to be used as a self-promotional tool. Topics include song forms, advanced topics in music production specific to stylistic genres, mastering techniques specific to stylistic genres, music’s application in multimedia formats, and self-promotional tools. This course is designed for students majoring in digital music technology, and for students who are interested in pursuing careers in music production, composition, and/or arranging. (FT) AA/AS.