Bachelor of Music - Music Technology Year 2 Unit Outline

Unit of Study - Music Technology

The following applies to Year Two Bachelor of Music students.

Unit Outlines

Unit Name

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

Unit Code

MUSTEC 202

Unit Duration

Year long unit over 4 terms

Year Level

Two

Module

Notation and MIDI

Module Code

MUSTEN2001

Year Coordinator

Leonie Wobking

Unit Coordinator

Dr Ern Knoop

Teaching Staff

Lecturer:      Bernadette Norton
Sessionals: Dr Merv Leeding, Trevor McQuade, Bradley Eustace, Robert Styles

Core/Elective

Core

Pre/Co-requisites

Year One

Credit Points

2 per term; 8 per year
Course total = 24

Mode of Delivery

 Face to face
Online
Distance/independent learning (un-timetabled)
Full-time
Part-time
External

Delivery/ Contact Hours

Lecture - 1 hour
Tutorial n/a
Personal Study recommended – 2 hours

Award(s)

Bachelor of Music

Resource Requirements

  • MIDI Keyboard
  • MIDI Interface
  • Software
  • Computing resource requirements
  • Technical Help

             

Unit Aims

The aim of this unit is to develop strong skills in music technology, MIDI and use of notational software to a publishing standard. Students will be able to research current technologies and apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to create professional scores and to make appropriate recommendations of a high standard.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge, confidence and understanding of notational software, MIDI and synthesizers to create professional notated scores for publication and use in practical applications. 
  2. Research current developments in MIDI, synthesizers, electronic music and notational software and communicate clearly on current trends and their application.
  3. Critically analyse technologies and make recommendations for application to diverse circumstances.

 

Teaching Outline

Year 2

NOTATION AND MIDI

Term One

NOTATIONAL SOFTWARE

  1. Introduction to notational software
    1. Finale
    2. Sibelius
    3. Note Flight
    4. Note Muse
  2. Overview of computer music

PRACTICAL SESSIONS

  1. Create notational scores utilising basic and intermediate tools
  2. Attempt to use at least two notational software programs

Term Two

MIDI

  1. Overview and historical development
  2. MIDI data
  3. Daisy chains
  4. MIDI connections
  5. MIDI devices & instruments

PRACTICAL SESSIONS

  1. Create notational scores utilising tools not already utilised

Term Three

SYNTHESIZERS

  1. Introduction to synthesizers
  2. Sound synthesis
  3. Polyphonic instruments
  4. Multi timbral instruments
  5. MIDI and the synthesizer
  6. MIDI data sends, events and editor

PRACTICAL SESSIONS

  1. Create notational scores utilising tools not already utilised
  2. Export graphic notational elements into Word

Term Four

ELECTRONIC MUSIC

  1. History and stylistic development
  2. Beginnings
  3. Technology developments
  4. Electronic studios
  5. Computer music
  6. Computer composition
  7. Development and revision

PRACTICAL SESSIONS

  1. Create notational scores utilising tools not already utilised at a professional print standard
  2. Create a music theory lesson using notational software

 

Prescribed and recommended readings:

Required textbook(s)
Online books/video access (Moodle)

  • AGME - Music Technology Lecture Books
  • AGME - Encore Textbook
  • AGME - Finale Textbook
  • AGME – Sibelius Textbook
  • Additional lecture notes uploaded to MOODLE when required
  • Oxford Music Online, a subscription to Grove Music Online includes The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians 2/e, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, the new Grove Dictionary of Jazz 2/e, The Oxford Companion to Music and The Oxford Dictionary of Music 2/e, plus updated content bibliographies, specially-commissioned articles only available online, and new and revised entries from the forthcoming The Grove Dictionary of American Music.
  • JSTOR Journals and book subscriptions
  • Lynda.com video tutorials

Reference Materials
Online streaming video and additional referencing videos.  DVD’s are available upon request and given/posted to students in groups, students upon completion of viewing are required to return them and then they will be supplied the next group of DVD’s.
Music and Technology in the Twentieth Century by Hans-Joachim Braun
Music Technology from Scratch by Mortimer Rhind-Tutt
101 Recording Tips
Home recording for musicians for dummies by Jeff Strong
Experiencing Music Technology David Williams
Creative Sequencing Techniques by Andrea Pejrolo
The Norton Manual of Music Notation by George Heussenstam
John Strawn and Alan Shockley. "Computers and music." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 22 Sep. 2014. <http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/A2256184>.

Peter Manning, et al. "Computers and music." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 22 Sep. 2014. <http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/40583>.

Kyle Devine. "Electronic instruments." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 22 Sep. 2014. <http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/A2256456>.

Richard Orton and Hugh Davies. "Theremin." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 22 Sep. 2014. <http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/27813>.

Student assessment 

Assessment Type

When assessed

Weighting
(% of total unit marks)

Learning Outcomes Assessed

Assessment 1a
Type: Practical – Notational Task
Word length: n/a
Topic: Enter the two required scores into Finale/Sibelius. The first score should be entered using simple note entry/mouse entry and the second score should be entered and saved; then parts extracted as individual parts. All notational score elements are to be included.

Term 1
Week 9

10%

1

Assessment 1b
Type: Assignment – MIDI instrument appraisal
Word length: 2000
Topic: Research and evaluate MIDI instruments.  Select one MIDI instrument to write an appraisal listing findings.  Research 3 additional items related to MIDI and discuss relevance to a music related employment position (performer, composer, engineer and/or teacher) and any other distinguishable features.

Term 1 Week 9

10%

2, 3

Assessment 2a
Type: Practical – Notational Task
Word length: n/a
Topic: Enter the required score into Finale/Sibelius, either by simple note entry/mouse entry and/or MIDI keyboard input. Guitar tablature is required and all notational score elements are to be included, as well as playback as per given score.

Term 2
Week 9

10%

1

Assessment 2b
Type: Assignment – Notational software appraisal
Word length: 2000
Topic: Evaluate and research notational software and produce a report on your findings demonstrating personal use of at least 2 notational software programs.  Identify key differences in methods to produce similar outcomes and noticeable usability preferences for both software programs.  Your report should be presented in a professional review format with findings, evidence and a conclusion. Students are to demonstrate analysis and evaluation.

Term 2
Week 9

10%

2, 3

Assessment 3a
Type: Practical – Notational Task
Word length: n/a
Topic: Enter the two required scores into Finale/Sibelius. The first score should focus on lyric verses and guitar tablature, while the second score should focus on voicing. Note input is optional. All notational score elements are to be included.

Term 3
Week 9

10%

1

Assessment 3b
Type: Assignment – Synthesizer Appraisal
Word length: 2000
Topic: Research the synthesizer and present a comprehensive report communicating your findings.  Incorporate an appraisal of at least 2 synthesizers that are available in today’s market.  Submissions should contain details of the history and development of the synthesizer. 

Term 3
Week 9

10%

2, 3

Assessment 4a
Type: Practical – Notational Task
Word length: n/a
Topic: Complete two divergent tasks: first, a given score and second, notational elements into Finale/Sibelius. Then export graphics and arrange them into a professional theory lesson format.  Note input is optional. All notational score elements are to be included.

Term 4
Week 9

30%

1

Assessment 4b
Type: Assignment – Electronic Music
Word length: 2000
Topic: Prepare a comprehensive report on electronic music demonstrating findings in the form of an analysis using ratios, and evaluation of its use in current music.  Research the progress of how electronic music came about; how it has been used in live and recorded music; and how it has complemented music.  

Term 4
Week 9

10%

2, 3

 

Graduate Attributes

Successfully completing this unit will contribute to the recognition of attainment of the following graduate attributes.


A. Research, critical thinking and inquiry

Learning Outcomes

A1. adjust knowledge to new circumstances to problem solve creatively and with imagination in public performance/professional practice

1

A2. research, analyse, evaluate, think critically, organize evidence clearly and logically in a range of circumstances, including written work, performance and professional practice

2, 3

B. Knowledge and Skills

 

B1. knowledge of music technologies required in performance/professional practice

1

B2. advanced knowledge of music theory, aural, and performance/professional practice in either solo or group settings

 

C. Communication

 

C1. communicate effectively to a variety of audiences using oral,  written, audio and visual applications to extend learning, (including while directing ensemble groups, instrumental tutoring,  and other professional practice), and utilising  assessment, negotiation and understanding

2, 3

C2. ability to contribute to teams and resolve conflicts whilst supervising group tasks, performing or other professional practice

 

D. Independent Learning

 

D1. independent learning in a self-directed manner while being able to reflect on and evaluate work practices and performance to achieve goals

1

E. Creative and Professional Understanding

 

E1. demonstrate professional understanding and respect for standards of current music knowledge, pedagogy, performance/professional practice.

3

E2. open to innovative concepts, procedures and philosophies in performance/professional practice and application of creativity.

1