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MIDI Computer Music
Syllabus, Module I, Summer 2003

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GEORGETOWN COLLEGE GRADUATE EDUCATION
MUS 570B MIDI Computer Music (2 hours credit) (Monday/Wednesday)
-or-
MUS 570C MIDI Computer Music (2 hours credit) (Tuesday/Thursday)
Syllabus, Summer Module I, May 27 - June 20, 2003
NMB 11, 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
(switching to 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon when public school classes have ended)
Dr. Sonny Burnette, Office: NMB 12
Office: 502-863-8112; Home: 502-863-4152
Web site:  http://spider.georgetowncollege.edu/music/burnette/index.html
E-mail:  Sonny_Burnette@georgetowncollege.edu

COURSE DESCRIPTION
Study of the essential components of MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) technology: synthesizer and sequencer capabilities; sequence recording and editing. Prerequisites: ability to read music; basic instrumental keyboard competency.

TEXTBOOK
Pellman, Samuel.  An Introduction to the Creation of Electroacoustic Music, Belmont, California: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1994.  ISBN 0-534-21450-9.  Plus, information on web site indicated above.

REQUIRED MATERIALS
(1) 3.5" floppy disk, (2) cassette tape, (3) music score/sheet music of your choosing, (4) score paper–optional.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
At the conclusion of the course, you should be able to: (1) define common computer-music/digital terminology, (2) describe and demonstrate the functions of a digital synthesizer and sequencer, (3) record multi-track works, (4) edit digitally-recorded multi-track works, (5) save recorded data to disk or cassette tape, (6) demonstrate the ability to correctly interface MIDI hardware with connecting cables to create a functioning MIDI lab station, (7) demonstrate basic knowledge of computer music sequencing using Cakewalk software, and computer notation using Finale software, (8) implement relevant aspects of these technologies into your own teaching.

This course emphasizes the following goals of the Georgetown College Education Program:  Critical Competencies and Understandings. B. Professional Competencies:  Instruction: 6. Demonstrate new concepts, 8. Use varied approaches to teaching, 9. Engage students in the learning process, 10. Provide students with practical applications, 11. Be flexible, adaptive, creative, 12. Use technology appropriately, 14. Encourage critical and creative thought, 15. Create an environment that supports and enhances learning. D. Professional Competencies:  Assessment: 6. Involve students in self-assessment. Ethical Values. A. Value/affirm human dignity: 2. Belief that all students can learn. Reflective Practice. 1. Function as an independent autonomous decision-maker, 2. Recognize the importance of continuous reflection, 3. Knowledge of opportunities for continuous professional development.

REQUIREMENTS OF THE COURSE: outlined on Contract for Grade form.

COURSE OUTLINE

Class 1

Tuesday, 
May 27
5:00p-8:30p
Overview of MIDI technology
Components of a MIDI system
Familiarization with Roland patches (User, A, B, C, GM)
Roland synth function keys
Wednesday,
May 28
5:00p-8:30p
Read: Chapter 1, From Sound to Electricity and Back (omit pp. 14-23)

 

Class 2

Thursday, 
May 29
5:00p-8:30p
Cakewalk tutorial
Sequencing assignment: Haydn symphony excerpt
Monday,
June 2
5:00p-8:30p
Read: Chapter 3, Digital Recording

 

Class 3

Tuesday, 
June 3
5:00p-8:30p
TEST, Chapters 1 & 3
Sequencing assignment: Haydn continued/editing
Cakewalk: Event List View, Piano Roll View, Staff View
Sequencing assignment:  Hodgepodge sheet, Step Recording, Quantization
Wednesday,
June 4
5:00p-8:30p
Read: Chapter 5, The Musical Instrument Digital Interface

 

Class 4

Thursday,
June 5
5:00p-8:30p
Lab:  Begin work on Cakewalk Sequencing Project (approx 3' ... must be approved by prof.)
Monday,
June 9
5:00p-8:30p
Read: Chapter 7, Tone Colors

 

Class 5

Tuesday,
June 10
5:00p-8:30p, or
8:30a-12:00 noon
(TBA)
TEST, Chapters 5 & 7
Lab:  Continue work on Sequencing Project
Wednesday,
June 11
5:00p-8:30p, or
8:30a-12:00 noon
(TBA)
Read: Chapter 9, Digital Sound Sampling and Synthesis

 

Class 6

Thursday, 
June 12
5:00p-8:30p, or
8:30a-12:00 noon
(TBA)
Lab:  Conclude work on Sequencing Project
Introduction to Finale notation software
*Friday,
June 13
5:00p-8:30p, or
8:30a-12:00 noon
(TBA)
Read: Chapter 10:  Composing Electroacoustic Music

 

Class 7 Tuesday,
June 17
5:00p-8:30p, or
8:30a-12:00 noon
(TBA)
Begin work on Finale Notation Project
Monday,
June 16
5:00p-8:30p, or
8:30a-12:00 noon
(TBA)
Read: Chapter 11:  The Audience for Electroacoustic Music

 

Class 8 Thursday, 
June 19
5:00p-8:30p, or
8:30a-12:00 noon
(TBA)
TEST, General MIDI Procedures and Terminology
Conclude work on Finale Notation Project
Class presentation of Sequencing Projects
Paper due, if contracted
Wednesday,
June 18
5:00p-8:30p, or
8:30a-12:00 noon
(TBA)

Sequencing Project:  Due to the diverse level of musical skills normally represented in the class, you are encouraged to choose music materials which are appropriately challenging for your abilities.  Preferably, you may wish to work on a project from your own music literature library which may have practical application.  You may choose a piece of any aesthetic direction (art music or popular music).  In the past, some graduate students have recorded performance tracks for their school choirs, or for personal use.

Notation Project:  The primary objective is to gain a fundamental understanding of the procedures involved in basic notation.  Naturally, it will be impractical to study the program in depth.  The notation project will involve reproducing a single page (minimum) of music at publisher quality (involves note entry, page layout and printing).  You may select any piece of music for this project.  The Course Outline will be flexible.  The goal of the project is to enable you to achieve a basic facility in computer music notation so that you may be able to print your own music, or make adaptations of existing arrangements as is sometimes necessary in order to facilitate a performance.  Depending upon the speed at which you are able to progress, you may wish to pursue additional projects.

EVALUATION
Each graduate student will contract for a grade.  See attached form.  Also, see under attendance.

ATTENDANCE
Attendance at all class meetings is strongly encouraged, however, you will be allowed one excused absence.  If you have a professional commitment, we can deal.  An unexcused absence will result in the lowering of your contracted grade by one letter for each additional absence beyond the one excused absence.  Should an emergency situation arise, individual arrangements should be made with the professor.

MISCELLANEOUS
A number of new MIDI-related texts have been ordered through the Learning Resource Center which should be helpful in writing a report, should you opt to write one.  The LRC also subscribes to:  Billboard, Computer Music Journal, Computers and Humanities, Down Beat, Electronic Musician, The Instrumentalist, Music Educators Journal, Music Teacher, Piano Quarterly.  Web searches may also be useful (try searches using "Electronic Music," "MIDI," "Computer Music," etc.). Be sure to provide bibliographic references, including web sites used.

NOTE
A workstation rotation system may need to be implemented, depending on the number of students registered for the course.  Should this be necessary, you may work on your written report in the LRC if you are not scheduled to be at a workstation during a particular time.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Adams, Robert Train. Electronic Music Composition for Beginners. Dubuque, Iowa: Wm. C. Brown Communications, Inc., 1992.
Bates, John. The Synthesizer. Suffolk, England: Oxford University Press, 1988.
Boom, Michael. Music Through MIDI. Redmond, Washington: Microsoft Press, 1987.
DeFuria, Steve. The Secrets of Analog and Digital Synthesis. Pompton Lakes, New Jersey:  Third Earth Productions, 1988.
Dobson, Richard. A Dictionary of Electronic and Computer Music Technology: Instruments, Terms, Techniques. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
Dodge, Charles. Computer Music: Synthesis, Composition, and Performance. New York: Schirmer Books, 1997.
Lloyd, Les. Technology and Teaching. Medford, New Jersey: Information Today, 1997.
Manning, Peter. Electronic and Computer Music. New York, New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
Muro, Don. The Art of Sequencing: A Step by Step Approach. Merrick, New York: Electronic Music Productions, 1993.
Penfold, R.A. Electronic Music and MIDI Projects. Kent, England: PC Publishing, 1994.
Pressing, Jeff. Synthesizer Performance and Real-Time Techniques. Madison, Wisconsin: A-R Editions, 1992.
Rathbone, Andy. MP3 for Dummies. Foster City, CA: IDG Books Worldwide, Inc., 1999.
Robertson, Michael, and Simpson, Ron. The Official MP3.com Guide to MP3. San Diego: MP3.com, Inc., 1999.
Rothstein, Joseph. MIDI: A Comprehensive Introduction. Madison, Wisconsin, 1992.
Simpson, Ron. The Official MP3.com Guide to MP3. San Diego: MP3.com, 1999.
Teague, Fred A.; Streit, Les D.; Rogers, Doug; Tipling, Roger. Media and Technology in the Classroom. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt, 1989.
Tully, Tim. MIDI for the Professional. New York: Amsco Publications, 1993.
Walker, Dan. Recording & Film Scoring with SMPTE. Newbury Park, California: Peter L. Alexander, 1991.
Waugh, Ian. Sequencer Secrets. Tonbridge, England: PC Publishing, 1995.
Winkler, Todd. Composing Interactive Music Techniques and Ideas Using Max. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 1998.

 

MIDI Computer Music
CONTRACT FOR GRADE FORM

Requirements for a grade of A:
  • Write a report of appropriate length to fully discuss your chosen subject on an approved topic relating to MIDI Computer Music.  The report must be turned in by the end of the class period on the last day of classes, or please feel free to keep it.  The report should ideally involve some topic which is of interest to you, and which will be of potential benefit to you in your professional area.
  • Earn a mean score of at least 90 points on the three tests.
  • Satisfactorily complete the Sequencing Project and the Notation Project (no significant defects audibly or visually).
Requirements for a grade of B:
  • Earn a mean score of at least 80 points on the three tests.
  • Satisfactorily complete the Sequencing Project and the Notation Project (no significant defects audibly or visually).
Requirements for a grade of C:
  • Earn a mean score of at least 70 points on the three tests.
  • Satisfactorily complete the Sequencing Project and the Notation Project (no significant defects audibly or visually).
If you do not meet the requirements of the grade for which you contract, you may expect to receive a grade equivalent to the work which you have satisfactorily completed.  Please return this form to me by the end of the first week of classes.
I contract for a grade of:  ____.

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