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MUS (Music)
370
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Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
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Intermediate Songwriting using Digital Audio Workstations
Intermediate Songwriting DAWs
Division of Academic and Student Affairs
Music (24MUS)
Term Offering
Fall and Spring
Offered Upon Demand
Spring 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
2
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Studio3
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Course Is Repeatable for Credit
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Gary Beckman
Teaching Professor

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Prerequisite: MUS 270 or Departmental approval

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
This class is designed for intermediate songwriters, musicians, beat makers, sample manipulators, and scratch artists using digital audio workstations (DAWs) as composition tools. Intended as a continuation of MUS 270, this course provides intermediate audio engineering and applied technical knowledge, such as equalization, compression, digital signal processing and mixing. Weekly assignments demonstrate command of the sonic and technical aspects of digital audio as well as the craft of songwriting. Students may be asked to provide their own transportation to and cover the minimal cost of an on- or off-campus event. Prerequisite: MUS 270 or departmental approval.

Digital music composition has grown radically over the past 30 years, becoming one of the most popular forms of music.  With the success of MUS 270, the Music Department is responding to a call within the NC State student body to offer an intermediate level of Songwriting using DAWs that supports and advances technological innovation at NC State.  Knowledge of DAWs opens the door to several growing fields for the creative engineering, computer, or business professional, including video game audio engineering, music management, and music therapy. 


Yes
Students may be asked to provide their own transportation to and cover the minimal cost of an on- or off-campus event.
Is this a GEP Course?
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Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of the semester, students will be able to:



  1. Compose songs using a DAW, incorporating a variety of chord progressions, melodies, cadences, song structures, and expressive techniques.

  2. Execute intermediate editing and digital signal processing.

  3. Apply various acoustic, analog and digital production techniques.

  4. Demonstrate intermediate audio engineering and mixing techniques.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Lab assignments25%• In-class assignments and lab exercises. Each week, students will participate in hands-on activities related to subjects covered in the weekly lectures and presentations.
Homework20%• Homework. Students will demonstrate their skills and mastery of key concepts through homework assignments to be done outside of class. These assignments will generally relate to songwriting/DAW concepts or tasks. Due dates will be announced in class.
Project20%• Independent projects (portfolio creation). Students will produce several independent recording and editing projects using their newly composed songs on DAW software. Projects will include writing, recording, and digitally manipulating student compositions. Due dates will be announced in class.
Project15%• Group projects. Students will define individual roles and collaborate in teams to create music based on specific assignments given in class. Students will be required to collaborate with a team on at least one project. Continued collaboration is encouraged.
Quiz10%• Quizzes. Students will be tested throughout the semester on assigned reading as well as specific DAW skills covered during class time. There will be a total of six short quizzes, three based on assigned reading and three will be on specific skills and tasks centered around the DAW software.
Final Exam10%• Final exam (= portfolio presentation). A portfolio presentation will count as the final exam. Students will prepare examples of their work for inclusion in an online portfolio. This portfolio will be presented to the class at the final exam period, and will be subject to peer evaluation. Details and instructions will be discussed in class.
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