MUS 110 – Music Technology Fundamentals (3 units)
This course is a prerequisite course to Recording Techniques (MUS 146a) and Electronic Synthesizers I (MUS 144a). This course is required of commercial music majors. The course covers the fundamental vocabulary, techniques, concepts, and devices used in contemporary music production and related media fields. This course covers sound fundamentals, professional audio equipment, computers, music production software, recording studios, MIDI, electronic music, audio-visual productions, and film. Topics such as trade publications, relevant conventions, and employment opportunities are also discussed.
MUS 135 – This Business of Music (3 units)
This course focuses on the music business as it relates to the market place and job opportunities. It teaches the student about the important jobs in the industry and their duties and responsibilities. Topics include the process of promotion, publicity, management, touring, recording, contracts, accounting, artist relations and development, marketing, advertising, copyrights, and related music fields.
MUS 146a – Recording Techniques (2 units)
This course covers the methods of audio recording in studio and live environments. It includes the technical, as well as the artistic, aspects of recording. Emphasis will be placed on the practical use of audio equipment both in a studio situation and on location. Several recordings will be required of all students. Individual lab time is provided.
MUS 145A - Live Sound Techniques (2.5 units)
This course provides an overview of live concert sound reinforcement. Topics include sound system theory and its application. The course covers individual sound system component operation, including microphones, mixers, effects, power amplifiers, and speaker systems. This course offers opportunities for hands-on experiences in troubleshooting, sound checking, and mixing sound for live performance applications. Students are expected to mix live performances.
MUS 146b – Mixing Techniques (2.5 units)
This course covers the methods of audio mixing in the studio, covering a variety of music genres. It includes the technical, as well as the artistic, aspects of mixing. Emphasis will be placed on the practical mixing strategies and techniques. Students will supervise at least one recording session and provide a mix of that session. Several mix projects in varying genres will be required of all students. Individual lab time is provided.
MUS 157 - Audio Systems Design (2.5 units)
This course trains students to design, implement, and support professional audio systems for studio, theatrical, and outdoor venues. Topics include sound system theory and integration. The course covers analog, digital, and network sound system component design, operation, and diagnostics. This course offers opportunities for hands-on experiences in designing and implementing sound systems for a variety of situations. Students will create several projects for different audio environments.