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MUS (Music)
306
001189
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
Yes
Course Prefix:
ARS
Music Composition with Computers
Mus Comp Computers
Division of Academic and Student Affairs
Music (24MUS)
Term Offering
Fall, Spring and Summer
Offered Every Year
Summer 1 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Dr. Rodney Waschka
Full Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture3030NoOne section only
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: Some knowledge of music or computer science (e.g. CSC 200)
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
Survey of the theory and history of computer music, compositional algorithms, digital synthesis techniques, composition of at least one computer music work -- a computer-assisted composition for traditional instruments, a piece for computer music on tape, a real-time piece, or a piece that combines tape and instrument(s).

This course is undergoing GEP review


Yes
Students are required to attend and cover the cost of an on-campus musical event.
Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Visual & Performing Arts
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Students in the course recognize and recall important aspects of the history of computer music (from 1946 (prior to the beginning of computer music) through the creation of the first computer music pieces in the late 1950s to the present day, including significant works that illustrate crucial aspects of the tradition.
 
 
The midterm exam includes a listening section in which students must identify a work upon hearing it, name the composer, the year of composition, and describe the musically significant aspects of the work not obvious to a casual listener. For example, it is insufficient to say that a piece is scored for piano and tape, the student must identify and describe salient aesthetic and technical information, such as the mapping techniques or Markov processes used to produce a particular type of sound or sound structure. Students also write an essay summarizing the history of computer music as part of the midterm.
 
 
Students analyze various works in terms of compositional techniques, structure, and style.
 
 
Homework assignments include listening assignments. Students report their analyses to the class and then are tested on their knowledge in the quizzes and midterm. The final piece also demonstrates their ability to employ or vary techniques or structures analyzed in class.
 
 
Students in the course create at least one 4-5 minute computer music composition based on synthesis and/or algorithmic techniques together with aesthetic principles learned in the course.
 
 
The success of the student com position(s) is measured by the aesthetic effectiveness of the work as a whole, plus the ability to effectively use digital synthesis techniques, such as frequency modulation, subtractive synthesis, additive synthesis, waveshaping, granular synthesis, etc., and/or compositional algorithms, such as various stochastic procedures, Markov processes, 1/f-noise, sorting, and mapping, as well as other non-computer-dependent compositional techniques.
Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
None
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
None
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
Prerequisite: Some knowledge of music or computer science (e.g. CSC 200)
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
Some knowledge of music or computer science
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
None
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
Please see syllabus
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
Please see syllabus
GEP review

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Student Learning Outcomes

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Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
OtherVariesPlease see syllabus; GEP review
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Please see syllabusVariesPlease see syllabus
This course is undergoing GEP review
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