Music Technology (MUST)

MUST 1220. Introduction to Music Technology. 4 Hours.

Provides students with instruction in the use of a computer for composing original music. Topics include MIDI sequencing, digital audio processing, and sound synthesis. Students use music hardware and software to complete a variety of projects.

MUST 1301. Introduction to Composition. 4 Hours.

Designed as the first step in the education of a student composer. The art and craft of composing music is grounded in knowledge of fundamental concepts and hands-on experience. Offers students an opportunity to acquire competence in the notation and layout of a score; develop basic compositional skills (control of melody, harmony, rhythm); and obtain a wide and deep knowledge of the musical repertory. Prereq. MUSC 1201.

MUST 1990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

MUST 2315. History of Electronic Music. 4 Hours.

Exposes students to the history of electronic music from its conception in the late 1800s to the present day. Requires extensive listening and analysis of representative works to ensure students have the opportunity to acquire a clear understanding of the music in question. Studies technical innovations that affected the creation of electronic compositions. Prereq. MUST 1220 with a grade of C.

MUST 2320. Sound Design. 4 Hours.

Instructs students in the art of producing and designing musical accompaniments for a variety of media including film, TV commercials, industrial video, animation, games, theatre, and radio drama. Focuses on abstract thinking regarding sound theory and practice and includes hands-on skills.

MUST 2990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

MUST 3421. Digital Audio Processing. 4 Hours.

Comprises the theory and application of digital audio processing techniques. Includes multitrack digital recording, sampling and sample processing, and encoding audio for various delivery formats. Prereq. MUST 1220 with a grade of C.

MUST 3422. Music Composition Seminar 2. 4 Hours.

Exposes students to methods of musical composition. Requires students to compose several short pieces and one piece in a large form on their own. Analyzes examples from the literature to facilitate understanding the methods employed. Prereq. MUSC 2420 or MUST 3420; music majors and combined majors only.

MUST 3540. Special Topics in Music Technology. 1-4 Hours.

Focuses on topics related to current trends in the area of music technology. Topics vary with each offering. Prereq. MUST 1220 with a grade of C.

MUST 3990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

MUST 4520. Interactive Real-Time Performance. 4 Hours.

Focuses on three high-end skills: advanced software-based synthesis and production, abstract reasoning and computer programming, and performing live with electronic instruments in an interactive human-computer environment. Utilizes the MAX programming language, enhanced with MSP, a set of extensions to the MAX graphical programming environment that provides for real-time synthesis and signal processing with a PowerPC Mac OS computer. Prereq. MUSC 2304 with a grade of C, MUSC 2420 or MUST 3420 with a grade of C, and MUST 3421 with a grade of C.

MUST 4610. Composition for Electronic Instruments. 4 Hours.

Instructs students in the composition of original music for electronic and computer-based instrumentation. Students create music to accompany video, animation, and film, and study suitable methods for creating original music for the Internet. Also surveys examples of music written for similar contexts. Prereq. MUST 3422.

MUST 4611. Music Technology Capstone/Senior Recital. 4 Hours.

Instructs students in the preparation and presentation of their senior recital. Fulfills the college’s experiential education requirement for music technology concentrators. Prereq. MUST 4610 and senior standing; music majors and combined majors only.

MUST 4990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

MUST 4992. Directed Study. 1-4 Hours.

Focuses on independent work in a selected area of music under the direction of a member of the department. Enrollment is limited to qualified students by special arrangement with the supervising faculty member and with the approval of the department chair.

MUST 4993. Independent Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers independent work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic. Course content depends on instructor.

MUST 4994. Internship. 4 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity for internship work.

MUST 4996. Experiential Education Directed Study. 4 Hours.

Draws upon the student’s approved experiential activity and integrates it with study in the academic major. Restricted to those students who are using the course to fulfill their experiential education requirement.