Producing and Sequencing Music

Summer 2014 quarter (Session I)

Taught by

digital media, sound design, media technology

Computers are now the basic sketchpad for creating music. From recording instruments into them to using software instruments that sound like nearly anything, software recording allows extremely complex production. This 5 week program will familiarize members with the use of computer based MIDI soft and hardware, synthesizers, mixers, and cover some of the technical ‘mysteries’ which are critical to comprehending use.  This program is mostly about exploring the musical production process.  The only prerequisites are interest in music, some keyboard and/or guitar skill, and curiosity. 


The class structure will consist of three separate elements.  Lecture/Workshop sessions will cover operation of the systems, demonstrating different techniques in a group setting.  This will be the time for reviewing readings, presenting questions and troubleshooting. Students will play back their pieces for feedback, and so others can see how different people compose. Individual studio times will be assigned to each student.  These times are for trying the different functions of the software, creating short musical ideas to apply learned skills, and experimenting with new techniques. Members will be expected to spend a minimum of two 4 hour blocks in the studio per week.  Consulting times will be scheduled to permit members to meet for individual or small group assistance in the studio.  If members are having problems understanding operation, this is the time to get additional help.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day

Advertised schedule: First Summer Session 6/24-26  Tuesday-Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm 7/1-2 Tuesday   9:00am-5:00pm    Wed   9:00am-1:00pm 7/8-9 Tuesday   9:00am-5:00pm     Wed   9:00am-1:00pm 7/15-16 Tuesday   9:00am-5:00pm  Wed  9:00am-1:00pm 7/24-25 Thursday 9:00-5:00pm  final presentations,     Friday 9:00am-5:00pm evaluations


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Online Learning

No Required Online Learning: No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional for students.

Registration Information

Credits: 8 (Summer)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 20


Course Reference Number

First Session (8 credits): 40114

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