Popular Music - Courses

Class Schedule

COURSES IN MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

MUS 130 - MUSIC PRODUCTION I

An introduction to computerized music creation using Ableton Live. Topics will include an overview of the digital audio workstation, software and hardware setup, midi, virtual instruments, drum rack, signal processing and controllers. Emphasis will also be placed on musical elements such as form, style, pitch, melody, harmony and tempo. 

MUS 131 - MUSIC PRODUCTION II

A second-level course in music production. Students will use Ableton Live to study topics such as audio effects, advanced midi effects, sampling, creating loops, signal routing and advanced controllerism. Emphasis will also be placed on studying and emulating dance music styles, including House, Drum and Bass, Dubstep and Hip-hop. 

MUS 118 - DIGITAL MULTI-TRACK MUSIC RECORDING

This class focuses on the theory behind sound-recording principles, techniques, and equipment. Students will study the multi-track music recording process, editing and mixing. Class projects use the Digital Audio Workstation, ProTools. Students will receive some hands-on experience with 24 track digital recording equipment. 

MUS 132 - INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

An introduction course to principals in music technology. Students will study sound properties, hardware, software, midi, sampling and notation software. Emphasis will also be placed on basic audio and midi editing. 



MUS 39, 182, 184 & 187  - COMMERCIAL MUSIC ENSEMBLES
      (including Popular Music Ensemble, Electronic Music Ensemble & Soul Ensemble)

Rehearsal and performance of commercial songs and material including but not limited to the blues, classic rock 'n' roll, folk rock standards, hip-hop, current popular music, electronic music and original material. Open to instrumentalists, midi instruments/controllers, vocalists, emcees and DJs.

MUS 117- POPULAR SONGWRITING

Explores the popular music songwriting process. Emphasis will be placed on the mechanics of music: rhythm, form, styles, melody and harmony. Students will also explore the relationship between lyrics and music. NR
 

MUS 120 - INTRODUCTION TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

A survey of the music industry with focus on skill, experience and education needed for careers within the industry. Other topics covered include music publishing, performing rights societies, music licensing, digital distribution, record companies and artist management. This class is currently only offered online.