This program will provide students with solid instruction in the variety of ways computer technology is employed in the music industry. It will cover essentials such as computer software, basic studio design, arranging, songwriting, Internet and World Wide Web applications. Courses in music theory and music history give a broad background in the understanding of music styles and genres. A course in business rounds out the curriculum and allows for the understanding of law as it applies to contracts, copyright and the electronic media. A Performance Senior Project is required to complete the concentration. In addition to the 28 semester hours of the Music Technology Concentration, students must successfully complete 93 semester hours of General Education and Fine Arts Requirements. It is suggested that all students enroll in an applied lesson each semester of enrollments, and participate in one of the several performance opportunities.
Expected Student Learning Outcomes and Competencies
- Explore the physical properties of analog and digital sound, synthesizers, microphones, music recording, and the history of electronic music.
- Develop knowledge of the use of Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MDI) techniques. Learn how to sequence with workstations, computers Learn editing and mixing techniques.
- Develop knowledge of the fundamentals of musical composition and arranging for song writing and commercial jingles while utilizing electronic instruments and devices. Notation for small and large ensembles and arranging concepts are among the areas of instruction.
- Develop skills to interface with multimedia projects. Preparation of websites, multi-media Power point presentations, and animation.
- Gain knowledge and understanding of various recording media (CD, HD, DVD, and, Mini Disk), microphones and sound mixers for live and recording concepts.
- Gain knowledge of the aspects of the business of music , including contracts, management, self-promotions, copyright, Internet and other electronic media.
All students applying for admission into the Music Technology Concentration must take a music fundamentals and theory placement test. The results of this test will determine the student’s level of understanding of music fundamentals and basic theory principals and assist in the advisement of the appropriate theory level. Students will also have to take an applied instrument evaluation exam to demonstrate sight-reading and performance knowledge. Students should provide a CD with examples of music compositions and/or arrangements that they have prepared using the appropriate software packages available for either the PC or Mac computer platforms. Students can setup auditions and personal interviews through the Music Technology Coordinator.
Student should prepare 3 short selections for the applied audition and will be asked to perform various scales and arpeggios, and given sight-reading materials. Interviews and auditions must be done prior to acceptance into the discipline. A visual/audio interview on DVD can be provided by the student that is unedited-nonstop for a 15 to 20 minute period. It should have explanation of what is being done and credit for the composers/arrangers of the pieces demonstrated. If a DVD is rendered for audition, the sight-reading requirement will be giving the day the student is officially on campus. Appointments can be made by calling (301)860-3750/53 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The DVD and CD packet can be mailed to DFPA, Bowie State University 14000 Jericho Park Road MLK RM 238A, Bowie, MD 20715.
Courses in music theory and music history give a broad background in the understanding of music styles and genres. A course in business rounds out the curriculum and allows for the understanding of law as it applies to contracts, copyright and the electronic media. A Performance Senior Project is required to complete the concentration. In addition to the 28 semester hours of the Music Technology Concentration, students must successfully complete 93 semester hours of General Education and Fine Arts Requirements. It is suggested that all students enroll in an applied lesson each semester of enrollment, and participate in one of the several performance opportunities.
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General Education And Institutional Requirements
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English Composition (6 semester hours)
Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours)
- ____ ___ Arts and Humanities Electives 3 Credits
- ____ ___ Arts and Humanities Electives 3 Credits
Sciences (7-8 semester hours; at least one of which shall be a laboratory course)
- ____ ___ Science Elective 3/4 Credits
- ____ ___ Science Elective w/laboratory course 4 Credits
Mathematics (3 semester hours)
Social & Behavioral Sciences (6 semester hours)
Technology (3 semester hours)
- ____ ___ COSC 110 3 Credits
- ____ ___ COSC 111 3 Credits
- ____ ___ COSC 112 3 Credits
- ____ ___ COSC 113 3 Credits
Free General Education Electives (9 semester hours)
Free General Education Electives: 9 semester credits for Bachelor of Science (BS) degree; 12 semester credits of foreign language for Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.
Selected courses chosen from any category within the General Education Course List. See advisor and refer to catalog for approved courses.
Total General Education Requirements: 40-41
Institutional Requirements (6 semester hours)
Freshman Seminar/Information Literacy
Total Institutional Requirements: 6
Fine Arts Core Requirements (27 semester hours)
Foreign Language (12 semester hours)
SPAN or FREN 101,102,201,202
Music Requirements Required Courses (28 semester hours)
Students who major in Fine Arts with a concentration in Music are required to take the following courses as part of their core, which cannot be substituted for others and not be used to satisfy and Arts and Humanities Gen Ed requirement.
Music Technology Required Course (28 semesters hours)
Fine Arts Music and Music Technology Concentration Majors. Fine Arts Music Concentration Majors are expected to participate on at least seven seminars and receive a satisfactory grade. Others are selected to participate by recommendation of their applied instructor. All music students are required to attend each scheduled seminar (two per semester).
Art (Studio) Requirements
Students who major in Fine Arts with a concentration in Art (Studio) are required to take the following courses, as part of their core, which cannot be substituted for others and not be used to satisfy and Arts and Humanities Gen Ed requirement. Students with an Art (Studio) Concentration cannot use ART 299, Art Survey, as an art history course in any part of their curriculum.
Senior Project Guidelines
There are two types of Senior Projects:
Recital Project: 30-40 minutes of live (real time) performance, containing original music or arranged selections prepared with sequencing and notation techniques. Program will be advertised and appropriately done as guided by the standards and procedures which govern MUSA 410. It is suggested that the student employs his/her applied instrument as part of this program. Works prepared should be of contrasting nature, (jazz, popular, blues, classical, and urban contemporary).
Collaborative Project: 30-40 minutes of live or real time performance incorporating dance, theater, film, and video or computer animation produced in conjunction with a second artist or artists. Works prepared should be of contrasting nature (jazz, popular, blues, classical, urban contemporary).
All performance materials should be constructed with the consideration of the performance arena used to assure a good balance of sound, and maximum audience enjoyment. Appropriate credit should be given to all participants for their contributions and each should adhere to the rules that establish good concert ethics throughout the presentation.
Permission for taping, use of materials, images and videotaping should be discussed with the coordinator to assure that all legal and copyright responsibilities are met.
Total Semester Hours: 120
The above is a suggested profile for study. Advisement is mandatory for proper course sequence.