Courses in Digital Audio - Music Fundamentals, Music Theory and Concepts at Cogswell College

Music Fundamentals, Music Theory and Concepts Courses

MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS

Basics of musical literacy: Clefs, staves, pitch and rhythmic notation. Time signatures, key signatures and dynamics. Articulation and phrase marks. Basic scale patterns. Music manuscript practices. Other rudiments of music notation as needed to prepare for DAT102. Introductory keyboard musicianship, solfege and rhythmic practice.

DESKTOP PRODUCTION FUNDAMENTALS

Introduction to the software, methods and practices of desktop audio and music production, video editing and content delivery. Topics include an overview of computing basics, managing and processing of media, content creation and rendering audio and video files to disk. Methods for online publishing and preparation for on-the-air broadcasting are explored.

DESKTOP AUDIO PRODUCTION

Application of the principles, methods and essential tools of audio production in a desktop workstation environment. Topics include the seven basic elements of music (pitch, rhythm, timbre, texture, form, dynamics and spatialization), the methods and practices of MIDI sequencing and digital orchestration, elements of MIDI 1.0 Standard, Standard MIDI Files, fundamental concepts of digital audio, digital audio production techniques, audio file formats, effects processing and plug-ins, and basic concepts of soundtrack creation.

MUSIC THEORY 1

Thorough exercise in rudiments of music (major and minor scales, intervals, triads and seventh chords, key signatures, diatonic modes, elements of rhythm, common music notation practices, dynamics and articulations, phrase structure, diatonic chord function). Beginning ear training and harmonic analysis. Beginning solfege, rhythmic studies and keyboard musicianship.

MUSIC THEORY 2

Chord progressions, melodic shape, song forms, bass lines, and drumming patterns, introductory musical analysis and instrumental arranging. Focuses on mainstream musical styles (pop, rock, Hip Hop, etc.). Includes ear training and aural analysis. Solfege, keyboard musicianship and rhythmic studies with focus on mainstream music.

MUSIC THEORY 3

Intermediate level study of harmony, melodic shape, song forms, part-writing, instrumental arranging, intermediate musical analysis. Topics focus on world music styles and American jazz. Includes ear training and aural analysis. Intermediate solfege, rhythmic studies and keyboard musicianship with an emphasis on world music and American jazz.

MUSIC THEORY 4

Common-practice diatonic and chromatic harmony as applied to Western classical music. Part-writing, analysis of form in classical music, ear training and aural analysis. Advanced solfege, rhythmic studies and keyboard musicianship with a focus on Western classical music.