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Music (MUSIC)

MUSIC 420 Song Writing and Recording (3) Song composition, arranging and recording in a variety of style genres.

MUSIC 420 Song Writing and Recording (3)

This course will take the student through the process of composing and producing a recorded song. The class will consist of a combination of class meetings and individual instruction. Topics will include form, lyric writing, arranging, audio/MIDI recording and sequencing. Familiarity with basic audio sequencing software and music theory concepts is essential. The focus of the class is vernacular song as opposed to classical art song, but all the basic concepts discussed in the class apply to either genre. The course requires the composition of original songs and the creation of high-quality recordings of them and their conversion to MP3 format. The student are expected to enter the class with a basic knowledge of digital audio and MIDI (MUSIC/INART 258 or equivalent).

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: INART 258, MUSIC 232

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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