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Last approved: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:01:16 GMT

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MUS (Music)
270
032324
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Songwriting using Digital Audio Workstations
Songwriting with DAWs
Division of Academic and Student Affairs
Music (24MUS)
Term Offering
Fall and Spring
Offered Upon Demand
Fall 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Yes
2
 
Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
MUS 295:002Spring 20158
MUS 295:002, 004Spring 201620
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
2
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Studio3
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
 
 
Gary Beckman
Teaching Associate Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Studio2010YesTwo sections each offering
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
A class specifically for songwriters, musicians, beat makers, sample manipulators and scratch artists using digital audio workstations (DAWs) as composition tools. This course will also introduce basic audio engineering, gain structure, and signal flow from interface to DAW. The goal is to explore the broader DAW platform as a tool in the songwriting process. Students will explore editing, looping, effects, equalization, plugins and rack hardware. No specific prior mathematics, engineering, or computer training required. Students may be asked to provide their own transportation to and cover the cost of an on- or off-campus event.

Digital music composition has grown radically over the past 30 years, becoming one of the most popular forms of music.  This course recognizes the cultural shift occurring among music consumers in how music is performed, produced, distributed, and consumed.  The Music Department is responding to a call within NC State student body to offer an interdisciplinary course that promotes technological innovation in the recording and editing of digital music composition.   A Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) is a recording software suite that functions as the modern-day home recording studio.  Knowledge of DAWs opens the door to several growing fields for the creative engineering, computer, or business professional, including video game audio engineering, film scoring, music management, and music therapy. 


Yes
Students may be asked to provide their own transportation to and cover the cost of an on- or off-campus event.
Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Visual & Performing Arts
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
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Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
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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 will articulate the historical development of digital audio technology, discuss the role of digital audio technology in shaping musical culture over the past three decades, and examine, discuss, and re-create the aesthetic values of contemporary music by composing songs using DAWs.
 
 
During class, the instructor and students will lead discussions on reading assignments related to the historical development and cultural assimilation and use of digital audio technology. Students will discuss in groups and individually how issues of taste and beauty (aesthetics) in the DAW-generated songs they currently listen to shape the songs they compose during class and for homework.
 
 
Students will identify and discuss the validity of common and accepted compositional features in digital music composition, such as song forms, sonic textures, rhythmic patterns, editing, chord structures, and text underlay. NOTE: Students’ analysis of accepted compositional features within works of art strengthens their ability to interpret and make critical judgments about other works of art (i.e., do other works of art observe the same common and accepted features of composition that I am studying and applying to my own art?).
 
 
Through works composed by the instructor, those heard in popular culture, and student’s own projects, students will explain how common and accepted compositional features are used to provide coherence and unity to musical compositions and apply these techniques to their own works in lab activities, homework assignments, and individual projects.
 
 
Students will create audio recordings of their own compositions using digital and MIDI inputs of hardware interfaces.
 
 
Students will produce several independent recording and editing projects using their newly composed songs on DAW software. Independent projects will entail the writing, recording, and digital manipulation of their own compositions.
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.
 
N/A
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
N/A
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
None
 
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)
 
None
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.
 
o Bartlett, Bruce and Jenny Bartlett (2012). Practical Recording Techniques, 6th edition. Burlington, MA: Focal Press ($39.23 at Amazon)
o Simos, Mark. Songwriting Strategies: A 360-Degree Approach. Boston, MA: Berklee Press, 2014. ($16.75 at Amazon)
o Goodman, John C. Poetry: Tools and Techniques. Toronto, CA: Gniess Press, 2011. ($8.99 at Amazon)
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
Please see attached syllabus
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
None proposed for fall 2016, but field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers may be included in subsequent offerings.
Additional resources would include funding for an adjunct instructor. Until 2018, this funding has been secured via commitment from DASA Vice Chancellor and Dean Mike Mullen.

Please see attached syllabus


Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of the semester, the student will:



  1. Successfully operate, maintain and use a DAW

  2. Demonstrate familiarity with rudimentary song structures and sampling

  3. Execute basic editing commands and file conversions

  4. Use poetic meter as a primary component in text underlay

  5. Apply rudimentary music theory to create basic chord progressions

  6. Create audio recordings of student compositions using digital and MIDI inputs of hardware interfaces

  7. Identify and manipulate separated and captured regions and memory locations

  8. Explain basic engineering, microphone types, polar patterns and microphone techniques.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Discussion20%Class Discussion, Participation, and Lab Exercises 20%
Homework20%Homework 20%
Project30%Independent Projects (i.e.: portfolio creation) 30%
Midterm20%Midterm 20%
Final Exam10%Final exam (= portfolio presentation) 10%
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Please see Course Calendar on attached syllabusVariesPlease see attached syllabus
Instructor changed to Gary Beckman per request of Tom Koch.
kkharris (Tue, 09 Feb 2016 13:13:30 GMT): Course was approved at the 2/8/16 University College CCC meeting.
lamarcus (Fri, 18 Mar 2016 21:02:33 GMT): Rollback: Student learning outcomes into the CIM field. Thanks!
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